AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by Tupperwolf:
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
Pours into my tulip from a typically handsome green champagne bottle the color of cran-apple juice, deep red with a few tinges of gold-blonde; A bit of experimental pouring comes up with a finger-thick yellowish-tan head of bubbles of quite varying sizes, from invisibly small to poofy. It's hazy, and there are teeeny-tiny bubbles rising. The head sticks around in an opaque tan scum a millimeter thick, leaving behind a lazy wall of lacing on the far side and a sort of caramelization of the glass where the beer's been on the near.
Okay, this is the first barleywine I've ever tried! I'm not really sure what to look for here, so bear that in mind - and I may tweak this review later, depending on what I find with other beers
The first scent I get, I jerk my nose back out of the glass - what the heck is that? Very familiar. Very, very familiar. A pungent, grassy kind of scent - and then it comes to me! This smells like dry cat food. Yup. Maybe petting zoo pellets, even. Some steamed vegetables and cabbage - this smell isn't just malty, it's positively rainforesty. Hiding behind those pungent aromas are a few honey-slick scents of malt. I'm not sure if this is what barleywine smells like, but it piques my interest.
Okay, yep, I see why the style is known as barleywine. If there ever was a beer made out of malts that was like wine, this style is it. It's sweet all the way, with almost nothing bitter on the tongue except the bite of alcohol that is present. Biscuits and honey, more earthy flavors and steamed broccoli, rum, rum, rum. Lots of alcohol hanging out amidst the other flavors. This beer doesn't hide its alcohol - it puts it right out in the open and says, "Hey, drunky, taste me!" This brew celebrates alcohol by putting it in a delicious manner right on center stage.
Great mouthfeel, I think, especially considering how much alcohol is present while drinking this one. A minimally fizzy wash douses the burn of alcohol and makes sure all the flavors go where they need to, then cleanses the palate almost completely, save for some very, very light honey tastes.
Well, for something as brash as this beer - it ain't sweet, but that's the only way to describe the combined heaviness and easy-to-drinkness of the flavors - it's reasonably easy to drink. This glass of beer is half gone and my head is spinning cheerfully. I give it an above average score.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2006 07:59:15 | More by Tupperwolf
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.