AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by Floydster:
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle with silver foil purchased from the Beverages and More in Torrance yesterday while on sale for about eleven dollars
Split with my dad last night as our New Year's Eve drink of choice, decided to hold onto the bottle of Surky Darkness a little longer for another special occasion
Poured into my Firestone pint glass with a deep amber brown color with a bright red tint when held up to the light, large 3/4 inch creamy off white head that stayed almost the whole time, great retention and lots of sticky lacing
Smell was complex but a little boozy and strong, some oak, vanilla, raisins, sweet caramel, cream, figs, cognac, and other dark fruit aromas, smelled something different each time it seemed like, all over the place
Taste was hot but not in a bad way necessarily, first few sips had some dry hoppiness but the beer became sweet once it warmed slightly, some toffee and sweet white zinfandel-like tastes shortly after, got some caramel and creamy accents following that, lots of malt in this one and not as much of a hop profile like I was expecting, by the end I could taste fig and a signifcant amount of chocolate, lots of sediment in the bottom of my glass once I started to reach the end, took me about an hour and a half to get through twelve ounces, great tasting beer overall
Body was really thick and looked sludgy, good level of carbonation, aftertaste stuck around for a long time and it was nice, both chewy and spicy, great mouthfeel
Could drink another bottle of this no problem but it is certainly a sipper, heavy stuff but not overwhelmingly filling, alcohol percentage is very high though which makes it drinkability lower than it would have
Great way to end 2007 with a bang, also wanted to drink this one soon as I will be trying the barrel aged version in the upcoming weeks most likely, even though I do not know how much better it could taste than this
Another fantastic beer from Alesmith, one of the better barleywines on the market, cannot wait to try this on tap, highly recommended regardless of its hefty price tag
Hello 2008 and another year of great beer drinking, definitely going to pull out some amazing beers from my cellar this coming year, hope everybody had an enjoyable holiday
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2008 17:56:15 | More by Floydster
More User Reviews:
4.53/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Served in a snifter glass.
Appearance: Cloudy brown ale, with a thin head that is a bit off-white. Has a slight orange tint to it and I have to say very beautiful. Heavy bubbles to the body, looks delish. Serously.
Smell: The aroma that this brew gives off is very f'n addicting. Feels like roasted caramel, with a wave of barley hovering your nostrils. Yes I said it.
Taste: Has a caramel alcohol taste, complex and a tad sweet but feels just right. Honestly It's like a honey carbonated bourbon and I am not complaining at all.
Mouth: It's sticky, but only for a few moments...I am pairing it with pretzels and has an almost dessert feel to it.
Overall: I can honestly say this beer is one of the best American Barleywine beers I have had. I actually had one of my favorite a few hours earlier but this just tops it by a few notches. I have seen and hesitated in buying this and finally bit the bullet because I have been impressed with other Alesmith beers, this one hit nail in the coffin, Kevin approved! Salud.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 05:23:41 | More by BlurryVisi0n
4.09/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Nice mahogany brown color with excellent clarity. There's a quarter inch head of light brown foam on top. Brussels lacing. Strangely on this barleywine I smell more of a piney hop aroma than malt. The taste has a strong pine hop edge but there's plenty of malt to back it up. Plenty of interplay between hops and malt going on. The mouth is somewhat sticky,but the drink ability for this barleywine is quite amazing. I notice hop aroma fades as it sits for awhile.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 21:10:17 | More by Franziskaner
AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
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