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AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company

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1,051 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,051
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 176
Gots: 278 | FT: 18
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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Photo of tony223366
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: First of all... huge head! Three fingers easy. Tan and super fluffy. More red than dark brown. This is a truly gorgeous beer.

S: A bit more subdued. I get some dark fruits. Definitely some caramel malts and citrusy hops towards the end.

T: Good flavors. Rich caramel malts. Great bitter finish. Dark fruits. Surprisingly not nearly as boozy for being 11%.

M: Smooth and creamy. But too thin. Almost watery. I need more substance!

O: I enjoy the flavors. Not quite big enough though. I like my barley wines bigger than this. To be honest I think Alaskan beat this on all marks besides the appearance. This is the clear winner in that category for me.

tony223366, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of AshleyMiller
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to srandcarter for including this in a recent trade. poured into my stone snifter

a - pours a royal red amber with a slight haze and a two finger head. tons of tiny little symmetric bubbles in the head with a sticky lacing.

s - picking up some apple, honey, hops, and some yeasty banana bread, faint spice scent. alcohol is much more prevalent in the aroma, especially as it warms.

t - a delicate balance of hops and fruity esters. the alcohol is hidden well. definitely some honey sweetness in there.

m - medium bodied, thicker as it warms. carbonation recedes as it warms.

o - this is a good american barleywine. it starts hoppy and as it warms turns more syrupy and sweeter. the alcohol stays subdued for most of the glass. i'd be curious to see what some barrel-aging would do to this one.

AshleyMiller, Nov 11, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 11-6-11

Pours a deep red/brown color, with a foamy off white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Thick and syrupy looking, and menacing.

Smell is more subtle than I expected, lots of hops and sweet malt and a light amount of agedness. The alcohol is at the very end, contributing to the sweetness.

Taste is right where the smell leads you, well balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Not very complex, with some light fruit flavors and lots of piney hops. The finish is smooth and slightly hot, with a dry and tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is right for the style, sharp carbonation enhances the bitterness.

Drinkability is good, the flavors are well balanced and the alcohol is surprisingly tame.

Overall, a very well made beer, but nothing special. It's hard to tell if more age would have helped, but the hops are still strong after at least a year.

BMoney575, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Marty30
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle,no date that I'm aware of.Served into a Jacke O's snifter at 60 degrees.

A. Clear brown with ruby highlights,no head just large bubbles that stick around for a good while. No lacing.

S. I get plums and fig and brown sugar. Bready notes and cinimmon. Small amount of citrus also.

T. Ripe fruits such as prunes and plums with underlying citrus. Good amounts of brown sugar. Good grainy taste then come the bitter hops in the end.

M. Medium feel ,smooth. Could be carbonated a little more In my opinion. Nice bitter dry aftertaste from the hops.

Overall a solid barlywine for sure. My first Alesmith brew and it didn't dissapoint.

Marty30, Nov 06, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark amber with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap. Random chunks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and lots of citrus fruits and citrus zest. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, citrus fruit, citrus juice, and citrus zest. A mild bittersweet flavor lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a medium body and is smooth on the drink down. Overall, this is a very good barleywine with a nice balance between sweet and bitter.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 31, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Numbskull is an amber to brown color. It has both orange and red highlights when held to light. It’s an interesting color. Unfortunately, the head never fully materialized. A collection of bubbles gather on the surface, but quickly disappeared. Lacing was very spotty and light.

The nose is good. Caramel malts are readily apparent. Smells sweet. It smells a little fruity. There’s a light citric orange scent that must be from hops. Light cherry and raisin are also noted. A few more whiffs reveal a stronger dark fruit presence, including plum. Hops aren’t all that strong. I was expecting more, but this bottle is a little old. Not sure exactly how old. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t really smell like 11% abv.

The flavor is likewise good. The caramel malt base is very flavorful and anchors things down extremely well. It’s sweet, but not overly so. Dark fruit notes of raisin and plum complement the malt base extremely well. There are some hop remnants, but they’re largely swallowed up. There’s a hint of citrus orange and grapefruit, but that’s about it. A little more of that would be good. Alcohol is definitely there, but doesn’t come through all that strong. Perhaps it’s integrated well over time. I wouldn’t guess 11% abv. Finishes malty with a touch of dark fruit.

The body is medium-full. It’s not quite as substantial as it should be. More would definitely be better. Carbonation is also very light. I wouldn’t mind more bubbles. It goes down pretty well for a big beer. I’ll finish off the 750. It’s big though.

Old Numbskull is a pretty impressive American Barleywine. This bottle is a little old, although I’m not sure how old. There really isn’t much in the hop department going on at this point. I’d be interested to see if they are more vibrant in a fresh bottle. My only other complaints are the body and the carbonation. More body and bubbles would be good. Really good stuff in any event. Easy recommendation.

prototypic, Oct 30, 2011
AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
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