AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by Tupperwolf:
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
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
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3.71/5 rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
1/23/14 Bottling poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a medium amber color with one finger of off-white head that lingers and becomes a long lasting lacing.
S - Very, very hoppy. Almost a piney smell.
T - Hops up front with a mildly malty finish.
M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - More of a triple IPA than a barely wine. It needs quite a bit more malt to be the balanced barely wine I was expecting. This is my first Alesmith ale. Maybe they are all on the hoppy side...
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2014 21:57:13 | More by kdahnke123
4.26/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours an excellent hazy amber/red copper with nice 2 finger frothy khaki head that depletes to 1/4 inch and stays. Leaves Killer sticky lacing.
Smell is where this beer is lackluster (or I could just be getting a cold) either way the scents don't really smack you in the face. I pick up some base hops & malts plus mango, cinnamon, caramel, honeysuckle, and pine.
Taste is where I really appreciate this beer. It seems to be a blending of the best of both worlds. English meets American Barleywine. I feel there is a great balance between the two styles with the beer being hop forward and finishing with a great malty/caramel finish.
Mouthfeel is definitely medium bodied with nice carbonation and a slick oily chew.
Overall great and one of the top end Barleywines I've ever had
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2014 22:11:58 | More by oldmankoch
AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
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