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AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 177
Gots: 274 | FT: 19
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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5/5  rDev +21.4%

kevgod, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Weizen glass in low altitude Orange, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery and the style.

A: Pours a two finger head of very appealing smooth glossy cream, great thickness, and very impressive retention (especially considering the 11.00% ABV). Colour is a dark auburn.

Sm: Surprisingly, it's a floral hoppy aroma. Cream and pleasant malts. A pretty strong aroma, and certainly an enticing one.

T: Nicely hoppy and balanced, with undertones of the nice malts. The hops cut out near the finish leaving the bare malts, which isn't particularly enjoyable. Other than that naked finish, I quite fancy the build. There's not too much bitterness from the hops, and no alcohol comes through in the flavours. There's not even any alcohol warmth in the stomach. It's nicely creamy up front, but this might be a touch overdone. The citrusy notes don't really fit into the flavour profile well, but they're tolerable.

Tastes nothing like any barleywine I've ever had.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a fair amount of cream as well. It suits the flavours generally. The thickness is awkward; it's too heavy for the citrusy vibe but too thin for the malts of a barleywine.

Dr: Very drinkable - especially for the high ABV. It'd definitely be better aged, which is a strange thing to say considering how hop-centric it tastes. I don't know that they've fully resolved the battle between malts and hops for control of the focus, but this remains an experimental and bold brew that seems to challenge the conventions of the style.

kojevergas, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Burnt orange with a white head.
S - Citrus fruits, caramel, and alcohol.
T - Citrus, caramel, coffee, floral notes, alcohol, and a nice hop bitterness at the end.
M - Heavy body with medium carbonation.
O - A lot of flavor and aroma in this beer. Also, the pleasant mouthfeel makes this a really enjoyable beer to drink.

3HovsepiansBrews, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Gushue3
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Creamy looking white head that's about 2 fingers big. The body is a deep dark ruby red almost mahogany color that looks like the background of a grade school picture. As the head comes down lacing is left all over and there is still 1/4" foam above the body.

S Sweet malts in the nose and some fruit as well. Caramel and green apple come to mind.

T Big sweetness upfront like caramel and sweet malt. Light hop bitterness toward the finish but mostly sweet in the taste. Some leather and candied sugar flavors come out as it warms. Sweeter than I imagined it would be.

M Medium-ish mouthfeel that would be nicer if it were a little thicker. A lighter carbonation feel on the tongue

O Not a bad barleywine but it felt like something was missing. Maybe a fresher bottle is what I'd be interested in but there are some nice flavors.

Gushue3, Jan 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Turbodog666, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle covered in silver foil. Poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass at around cellar temperature.

Appearance: Medium to dark brown with nice ruby highlights. Light beige head creates a nice lacing around. The lacing sticks nicely to the glass.

Aroma: Right after opening the bottle, big hop notes appear and create nice pine and citrus. A good balance of caramel and breadiness from the malt. Really nice balance.

Taste: Nice fresh pine and citrus hop notes upfront. Background caramel and vanilla notes complement the hops. Really smooth alcohol, but very warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lower than average carbonation. Very smooth though.

Overall, a really nice barleywine with a nice hop bite. Really smooth, balanced, and fresh tasting. I would be interested to see how this evolves over time. I would definitely get this again.

Gosox8787, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of kevfujii
3.5/5  rDev -15%

kevfujii, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of silentnoiz
3/5  rDev -27.2%

silentnoiz, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of rrryanc
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

rrryanc, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -2.9%

IrishColonial, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev -2.9%

IdrinkGas, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a crystal red wine glass- pours a dark orange/brown color with a solid head; good retention and a good amount of lacing. Foam is a sort of vanilla chai color. The smell is a homogenous combination of hops and specialty grains (I say that because it smells like my kitchen does while I'm steeping the specialty grains for my homebrew). The taste is fantastic- I'm not sure exactly what a barleywine is supposed to taste like because the only other that I've had is Stone's "Old Guardian". This is quite different than that because of its hoppy characteristics. It has a good strong dose of barley throughout the sip and long afterwords while hops punctuate the beginning and middle of the sip. The 11 percent abv is expertly hidden with medium-light carbonation perfectly suited to it.

As I mentioned before, I'm no expert when it comes to barleywine but I am thoroughly enjoying this one and much prefer it to Stone's (although that is solid and cheaper).

Hopdaemon39, Jan 03, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 w/ my girl, this is one of my favs! From quality Liquors Salem ma

A- dark amber/mahogany w/ off white fluffy head, steady lacing

S- rich caramel, citrus, sticky pine, brown sugar, light figs/raisins

T- sweet, resiny hop juice, hops contribute citrus and pine, balanced by a sweet, but not overly sweet malts, which give me caramel and fig flavors, a touch of alcohol on the end, but very well hidden.

M- very smooth, almost creamy, with a very dry finish, not syrupy.

O- I love this brew, it's like hop juice, my favorite barleywine to date.

PeterIngemi, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -15%

drummermattie02, Jan 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

danielp215, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of beerman207
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Have always wanted this beer but didn't have a reason to drink such a big beer. New Years eve sounds about right!

A: Pours a nice brown and orange color in the glass with about 5 inches of head. Wow, this thing is a geiser!

S: Nose is candied apple along with some clove and some malt.

T: Flavor is similar to the nose but has some nice bitter hop presence.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit drying and the carbonation is lower than anticipated.

O: Overall, I'm very pleased with my choice here and feel like this is one of the better barley wine beers I've had the pleasure of tasting.

beerman207, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

rdespain, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into NB snifter.

A: Pours a murky iced-tea brown with almost no bubbly head or lace.
S: Notes of caramel, sweet brown sugar, pine resin and tobacco.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of caramel, resin, tobacco, leather, toffee and a touch of vanilla.
M: Thinner body, smoothish mouthfeel but it’s a bit rough around the edges. Bubbly carbonation.
O: Not the greatest barleywine. Good flavors but a bit rough.

scottfrie, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.2%

moreyswig, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Bobbydigi, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

GuisseppeFranco, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

GradyS1, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

rpaul2012, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -15%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

CelticAleMan, Dec 19, 2011
AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
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