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AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

958 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 168
Gots: 266 | 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 jdklks:
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jdklks

Nevada

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours an absolutely gorgeous dark rusty amber with a thick two finger orange-ish tan dead that laces the glass very nicely. beautiful does not even begin to describe it. smells great, though i prefer a more intense aroma to the rather faint scent of citrus hops and sweet malt fruitiness. smells like the best of the barleywines, just not strong enough.

this is a fantastic barleywine. it is overly-hopped, but, and i never thought i would say this about an overly-hopped barleywine, in a good way! the over-abundance of citrus fruitiness mixes very well with the darker sweetness of the malt, and neither of them take away from the other. there is a very smooth alcohol presence that declares itself most notably in the aftertaste, accompanying an almost grapefruit-like hop bitterness that is not at all overwhelming but rather pleasant. everything about this beer is subtle, which could be good or bad, but right now im enjoying it very much.

great mouthfeel. nice and thick. oily from the hops, and carbonated so as to make it perfectly smooth. drinkability is great as well. keeps you reaching for more. now i wish i'd gotten more of this when i had the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 04:50:07 | More by jdklks
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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.

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AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.