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AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,175 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,175
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 183
Gots: 295 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 02-14-2002

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Ratings: 1,175 | Reviews: 459
Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why anyone would sleep on Ale Smith. But don't if you do . . . This is a delicious barleywine. Toffee, caramel and other subtle sweet flavors come together to make this more than another enjoyable sipper.

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kplummer82
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joecaddie
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of founddrama
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Velvety smooth. A little boozy but dangerously drinkable. Sparkles a bit on the tongue. Sweetness present but not *sweet*.

Good comparison here is Old Horizontal. Both make Ridge Runner look like a Pabst.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boccu
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent barley wine. Very drinkable

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of k3lso
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GatorCoop
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CCutch
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephens101
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burgundy in color with a bubbly, fluffy tan froth. A prominent caramel malt aroma is followed by notes of gum and cherry. Tastes of caramel, cherry, alcohol, taffy, spice and pine. Becomes slightly phenolic as it warms. Heavy and creamy. The alcohol heat lingers at the back of the throat.

Hot as hell and sweet as pie makes for very fine drinking.

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RussBeercier
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Codycusey
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BWood
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Clouser
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A reddish amber color with a short white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Strong caramel malts and fig, some earthy and spicy hops

Taste: Fruity, caramel malts, light earthy and spicy hops

Feel: Full body, low carbonation

Overall: A pretty good barleywine, though it probably isn't something I would hunt for

Photo of EricTeusink
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerNW
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftBeerGuild
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,175 ratings.