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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: 268 | FT: 16
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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Reviews by Tupperwolf:
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Tupperwolf

Washington

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
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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.

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AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
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