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AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company

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1,158 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,158
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 180
Gots: 291 | FT: 20
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +1%

Silver foil capped 750mL bottle from Halftime Beverage. 2012 vintage. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours chestnut with orange hued highlights and a two finger cap of dense, pale head. Retention is nice with a thin halo and a huge, lingering island of froth. Lots of splotchy lace.

Malty aromas of cereal, caramel, bread, earthy hops and faint toffee.

Flavors are earthy, sweet and boozey. Lots of grain character. Cereal, caramel malts and an alcohol flavor without the burn. Piney, resinous, herbal hop bitterness. A great mixture of big, sweet malts with earthy hops and an appropriate nip of booze.

Sticky, oily, medium feel with mild yet present carbonation. Resin, cereal and burnt caramel finish.

Two year aged Old Numbskull is tasty for sure but I recall fresh being a touch better for its more vibrant hop character. Time trades the fresher hops and hotter booze for smooth edges, fuller feel and more sweetness. All in all you can't go wrong either way. This is an excellent American barleywine.

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3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 bottle. I can't believe I've never reviewed this.

Appearance - Deep amber body. Medium off-white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Citrus. Nutty barleywine malts. Caramel.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Nutty and toasty malt. Aggressively hopped. Culminates to quite a strong hoppy flavor. Grapefruit bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium heavy.

Overall - It's hoppy, which I know everyone doesn't love, but this is very nice.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Appearance: Amber. Clear. Lots of bubbles rising to a thick tan head.
Smell: Christmas tree.
Taste: golden raisin, molasses, booze. Fusel Booze, and citric hops.
Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation. Dry.
Overall. Big. Boozey.

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2.24/5  rDev -45.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.11/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.48/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.56/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served @ 50deg in Bruery snifter.

A - Nice brown body with Amber highlights. Thick ~1.5-2" tan head when poured aggressive.

S - Smell seemed to change a little each time I inhaled. Hops are very present, probably partially due to this still being a little fresh. Lots of caramel and toffee malt notes.

T/M - Lots of hops and malt, with sweet clean finish. A little thin feeling considering the carbonation was more than expected.

O - A solid American Barleywine. Alesmith hasn't disappointed me yet, so I didn't expect that they would here. Will get another bottle and cellar it for a little longer next time. Prost!

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,158 ratings.