AleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.8/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Huge, incredibly well balanced and interesting aroma - hard to find a place to start. Burnt brown sugar, bourbon - caramel, oak, vanilla, oak - wet oak. Then there is another layer of vinous red grape, booze soaked raisin, tobacco and leather. The hops have fadded quite a bit giving an old-caramel note. Amazingly well balanced - each flavor in tune with one another. It tastes fantastic as well, but not as outstanding as the nose. Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon. booze, and oak dominate. The tobacco and leather come through as well - lesser fruits and sweet vanilla and coconut. I'm not sure how best to describe this, but there is a musty/old-feel to it - like an attic. Full, smooth mouthfeel - appropriately bereft of carbonation.
This is truly outstanding.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2013 23:29:38 | More by timc100
3.19/5 rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Sampled at the Alesmith taproom. 2013 version.
Appearance: Pours a nice clear auburn color. Decent off white head which reduces to a pretty nice ring around the glass. Looks pretty nice.
Smell: Smells of caramel and strong hopping with a good level of barrel as well. Rye whiskey and wood. Lots going on here, overall it contributes to a bit of a muddled overall scent.
Appearance: Caramel malts and heavy hopping presence up front. Initial impression is that it tastes buttery, and I could not shake that throughout the duration of the beer. The barrel is fairly subtle. Oak tannins and rye whiskey stand out.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Under medium bodied with pretty high carbonation. Okay mouthfeel, probably a little thin for my tastes. Overall, I wasn't a huge fan of this BA version of Numbskull. As I mentioned before, I could not shake the impression of buttery flavor and that pretty much sealed this beer's fate for me. Definitely would not be opposed to trying this again at some point to give it another shot.
Serving type: on-tap
10-06-2013 05:17:39 | More by zhanson88
AleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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