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AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Old NumbskullAleSmith Old Numbskull

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

891 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 891
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%


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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bamadog

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
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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S: Densely sweet honey, brown sugar, and malt, with notes of dark fruit.

T: Sweet and complex to start, leading into a striking hoppy note that dominates the finish.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, excellent. It has a lot going on, and does a good job balancing and not making anything overwhelming.

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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...

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AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
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