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AleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 373
Gots: 101 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kmcnair on 12-13-2004)
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

lunarbrew, May 05, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Poured into a brandy snifter, 5/2/2014. Updated the previous Hads which was from a beer fest.

A- Caramel brown body, neither light nor dark but certainly substantial and slick appearing. One finger off-white head, minimal retention, not much lacing.

S- Delicious caramel glaze, melted toffee mixed in with a shot of whiskey and a heaping dose of barrel-contributed vanilla and oak. Has a slight but distinct melted marshmallow character hiding behind the whiskey.

F- The whiskey seems to cover up the caramel and toffee malt beneath more than in the nose but this still has a very nice vanilla contribution. Caramel, nougat, toffee with the whiskey barrel contribution. Very good.

M- Medium body, good carbonation for the style which is to say on the lower side, but still plentiful to keep things interesting throughout the palate. Finish is a bit hot, but not too hot.

O- Very nicely done BA English Barleywine. Not anywhere near the best, but it's definitely better than the vast majority of the other BA English Barleywines out there.

Stevedore, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

BrownAleMale, Apr 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Jordy777, Apr 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Apr 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

TXhomebrewer, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

JohnnieNepal, Apr 04, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rating #1,100!!! 2012 bottle from trade. Thanks dude! Pours dark reddish amber with a small yellowish khaki head. Aroma of hard candies (like the kind on the outside of candy apples), brown sugar, toffee, biscuits, a small bit of vanilla, oak, and some whiskey. Flavor is very similar to the regular version up front: hard candy, toffee, biscuity sweetness. But the finish provides something new: notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. The difference from the regular is rather subtle and maybe that's because this has been in the bottle for 2 years or so. Slick and thickish bodied, low carbonation, but not quite syrupy. This is a very good beer, but I must say, I am a bit disappointed at the lack of barrel influence here. I was expecting a big oaky vanilla infusion here that I didn't really get.

BMMillsy, Mar 25, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage on tap poured into a snifter.

A: burnt amber but clear. Very little head with some lacing.

S: malty sweetness. It's decently subtle but so e oaky/woody underneath.

T: malt heavy and glorious at that. The alcohol is hidden very well. Sweet caramels and burnt wood.

M: moderately bubbly in the mouth, it coats the mouth well but doesn't outlast it's welcome.

O: Numbskull is great to start out with, the barrel aging makes it even better. Well balanced malt and sweetness forward with some smooth finish.

Sumdeus, Mar 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

jzeilinger, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

millerbuffoon, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Knapp85, Mar 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jvillefan, Mar 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

mikeincharleston, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

BMart, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

ThatsThatDude, Feb 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

kbuzz, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Phobicsquirrel, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

allstar255, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

ssgunbond, Feb 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Feb 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

striker2160, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

stevec32, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

oline73, Feb 05, 2014
AleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.