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AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

962 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 168
Gots: 270 | FT: 17
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: xlperro on 02-14-2002)
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Jables

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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Gusler for sending me this brew.

Pours a cherry wood color that you can't see through but it does allow light through.

Aroma is big with caramel and candied cherries covered in warm toffee. Alcohol is also very present on the nose.

Flavor is also big with lots of up front sweetness that is soft caramelly candy. Spicy hops come through also in a fairly big way, this is a really big beer so in reality the hops are big but relative to the rich malts, they take a backseat, but don't back down by any means. Alcohol warms the finish in a very satisfying way.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and fairly viscous.

Drinkability, while being hurt by the magnitude of the beer and the alcohol level, is quite good and I'll be enjoying the rest of this bottle with my homemade Arrabiatta sauce on penne noodles.
To quote a local bike shop
"EAT" I'll insert DRINK here as well "CARBS - RIDE YOUR BIKE!"

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 01:44:15 | More by Jables
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AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
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