AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by bamadog:
4.7/5 rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I've been sitting on this bottle for 3 years now, and it's just a hot enough day in Atlanta that included an early morning trip to the DMV, so I feel it's well deserved at this point. Review is from notes taken on 7/7/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.
Appearance: Pour is a dark mahogany/caramel brown with some ruby highlights; starts with a big 2 finger light tan head that is light and frothy, which also fades to a relatively full skim that is uneven with a thicker ring around the surface; body is murky and clouded; just a couple of strands of lacing left behind.
Smell: The smell is robust and fantastic on this one -- tons of sweet caramel, sticky malt; a fair amount of some very ripe fruit that is of a citric nature (green apple, perhaps?); just a very slight touch of alcoholic vapor wafting in the background, but for being 11%, it's well hidden in the nose.
Taste: This is a great barley wine, perhaps one of the best I've come across; the malts are as mentioned above -- full of caramel, and even a slight touch of chocolate in there; the hops, while a bit subdued from the time in the bottle, are still present in the mouth and are of a very citric nature (grapefruit?) -- I wouldn't expect anything less from a strong Californian brewery; slight spice to it; alcohol is more present in the mouth than in the nose, but it's still well blended and mixes well with other strong flavors. An excellent array of flavors for the palate.
Mouthfeel: Body is between medium and heavy in terms of weight, and the carbonation has really held up well and adds plenty of fizz to the thicker body; a thick and sticky coating is left all over the mouth; gums and belly are left warm and tingly.
Overall: This is a great beer, and I'm kind of sorry that I sat this long on it, but I have to admit that I tend to lean towards the English barley wines and the balance and I thought it would be a good idea to put it down. I think the next chance I get, I'll pick up 2 and put one down and kill the other quickly and see what the difference may be. Plenty of great smell, plenty of great flavors, and a body that lets you know you're drinking a real beer as opposed to some watered down oat soda.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2012 01:12:47 | More by bamadog
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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.