AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
4.13/5 rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I have had this bottle a little over a year as well...just the same as I had the Grand Cru that I just reviewed from Alesmith. Anyway, I always like American Barley Wines after they have had a few years to soften up, so hopefully this one is about in its prime. Let's see...
Appearance: The beer pours with very little head and is a cloudy burnt orange color with really no bubbles rising and only a few sticking to the edge of the glass.
Aroma: Some grainy malts along with a boat load of hops are the predominant aromas that I get after the pour. As the beer sits for a little bit, it gets a little bit more of a chalky impression...probably because the hops have a bit of age on them. This isn't a bad thing.
Taste: The flavor is really bold with tons of hops and plenty of spicy alcohol to make sure that the palate doesn't get bored. The hops are a mix of grass and citrus, and the malt is just plain strong with some grainy qualities, but mostly sweet maltyness that makes no secret that this beer is strong. The alcohol is definitely there and is a key player from the first sip until at least a minute after the sip with the burn on the back of the throat. The overall balance of the beer is pretty balanced for a Barleywine. It is just barely tipped toward the hops at this age, so it was probably quite hoppy as a fresh beer. Either way, this is a pretty good example at this time.
Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I would have liked it to have a bit more carbonation so that the mouthfeel would have been somewhat lighter, but still this is not out of style. I like the flavor and overall balance and presentation, so I would certainly like to try this one again. I am a little weird in that I don't really like fresh Barleywine, and this one at ~2 years old is pretty much in its prime. Again, I would like a tad more fizz, but still it's not bad at all.
Serving type: bottle
09-08-2008 03:54:14 | More by SkeeterHawk
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
92 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.