AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,117 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 184
Gots: 285 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 02-14-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JNForsyth
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radome
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

L - Color is deep copper verging on brown, with red highlights. It is clear when held up to the light. Head is light tan in color and is made of teeny tiny bubbles. Starts as a thick, creamy layer and drops to a semi-opaque layer on top of the beer. Solid, unmoving lace is left on the glass.

S - Aromas are very malty, reminiscent of graham crackers, gingerbread, molasses and sherry. There is an erarthy and spicy hops aroma, but well in the background.

T - Strong malt flavors of graham crackers, light roast, brown sugar, molasses and aged sherry. There is some earthy/spicy hops flavor, but it is muted against all the malt flavor. Clean despite the aged sherry character. Complex.

F - There is a medium to high hops bitternes. Low carbonation. Medium to thick body. Strong alcohol burn. All well-fitted to the style.

O - I find this to be on the bitter side and also to have an excessive aged sherry character, but it is still complex and enjoyable.

Photo of ambruns1979
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leaversuch
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveRinn
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jworkman
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of jakea
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of wulfie85
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of ejhansen7
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Silver foil capped 750mL bottle from Halftime Beverage. 2012 vintage. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours chestnut with orange hued highlights and a two finger cap of dense, pale head. Retention is nice with a thin halo and a huge, lingering island of froth. Lots of splotchy lace.

Malty aromas of cereal, caramel, bread, earthy hops and faint toffee.

Flavors are earthy, sweet and boozey. Lots of grain character. Cereal, caramel malts and an alcohol flavor without the burn. Piney, resinous, herbal hop bitterness. A great mixture of big, sweet malts with earthy hops and an appropriate nip of booze.

Sticky, oily, medium feel with mild yet present carbonation. Resin, cereal and burnt caramel finish.

Two year aged Old Numbskull is tasty for sure but I recall fresh being a touch better for its more vibrant hop character. Time trades the fresher hops and hotter booze for smooth edges, fuller feel and more sweetness. All in all you can't go wrong either way. This is an excellent American barleywine.

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3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 bottle. I can't believe I've never reviewed this.

Appearance - Deep amber body. Medium off-white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Citrus. Nutty barleywine malts. Caramel.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Nutty and toasty malt. Aggressively hopped. Culminates to quite a strong hoppy flavor. Grapefruit bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium heavy.

Overall - It's hoppy, which I know everyone doesn't love, but this is very nice.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.08/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Btip1969
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jellikit
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Bottle.
Appearance: Amber. Clear. Lots of bubbles rising to a thick tan head.
Smell: Christmas tree.
Taste: golden raisin, molasses, booze. Fusel Booze, and citric hops.
Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation. Dry.
Overall. Big. Boozey.

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2.24/5  rDev -45.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.11/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Seabass1964
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.