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AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

962 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 168
Gots: 270 | FT: 17
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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Wbradfordheaton


4.75/5  rDev +15%

06-12-2014 20:17:29 | More by Wbradfordheaton
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Kegger37

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-09-2014 23:52:08 | More by Kegger37
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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%

06-03-2014 19:34:17 | More by ramrod666
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-01-2014 11:48:52 | More by Yeti1979
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Daniel101

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-30-2014 23:04:30 | More by Daniel101
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slheinlein

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-28-2014 23:13:27 | More by slheinlein
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +15%

05-26-2014 18:52:22 | More by Soneast
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nineworldseries

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

05-26-2014 04:31:17 | More by nineworldseries
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robear

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

05-24-2014 17:14:46 | More by robear
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-24-2014 13:05:38 | More by Latarnik
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/23/14

A - Pours a dark copper with a thick khaki head. Thick sheets of lacing with nice retention.

S - Toasted caramel barley, toffee, citrus peel, pine hops, fruit bread, sugary alcohol.

T - Follows the nose with fruity caramel malts, sweet bready toffee, citrus oils, pine, with a kiss of leafy green hops. The sugary grains are nicely matched with the dominate hops, and the beer finishes quite dry.

M - Medium body with just the right amount of carbontion.

This went down very quick. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 05:45:12 | More by StaveHooks
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neckbracesub

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-23-2014 00:03:07 | More by neckbracesub
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JoninVT

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-16-2014 22:08:11 | More by JoninVT
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-11-2014 12:33:35 | More by ahbithwabm
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MonkeyBread

Nevada

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-09-2014 04:15:46 | More by MonkeyBread
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL, bottled on 09/24/13
L - huge beige head tops a bronze colored ale. Head retention is remarkable, as is the lacing
S - huge malt presence with caramel, toffee, bread, vanilla, juicy pineapple and mandarin are faintly present
T - big and boozy, very flavorful and complex; caramel, toffee, bread, nut, vanilla, fruit which is still a bit tropical with the pineapple and orange, earthy hop. More sweet than bitter.
F - full body, nice carbonation, actually very well balanced, with the booze lingering more than anything
O - different and delicious barley wine. For such a heavy beer, it managed to be pretty refreshing. Glad to try it. It's awesome see this brewery available in IL!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 02:45:47 | More by barnzy78
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-07-2014 20:51:34 | More by Zachtheporter
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gordo7

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-05-2014 21:20:34 | More by gordo7
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-05-2014 08:51:01 | More by zestar
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours with huge, thick, creamy (bit of big bubbles), yellow (light mocha) head. Good, slow retention, some random sticky lacing left on the way down. Leaves a very thick, mountainy, creamy top layer. Clear, deep amber.

Smell: Oak the most dominant, bourbon. Malt driven center with molasses and caramel, medium intensity. Lightly hop driven freshness, mostly pine. Also very light alcohol notes, they get up when it warms up. Sugary and a bit salty.

Taste: Medium-light honey, molasses start, that goes to medium sweet caramel, molasses middle and finishes with light pine bitterness with medium molasses, honey sweetness with a bit of oak. Oak and bourbon still stand strong. Lots of bitter honey sweetness stays on the lips. Nothing spikes out, everything in line - superb balance.

Mouthfeel: Full body, syrupy, bit of alcohol warming.

Overall: Expected it to be a lot sluttier, but everything stays in good taste. Mostly amber malt and barrel driven, but the hop character is very welcome and lifts this one to a superb level.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2014 17:51:10 | More by tmzl
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Stillmakingnoise

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-26-2014 21:43:25 | More by Stillmakingnoise
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wolf_switzer

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

04-21-2014 20:09:47 | More by wolf_switzer
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ItsYourBoyBlue

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-19-2014 08:14:06 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
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seand

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a small amount of tan head. Just some spotty surface film retains, leaving mild lacing.

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 00:03:15 | More by seand
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-16-2014 17:14:36 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.