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AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company

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1,098 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 184
Gots: 279 | 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%

danielp215, Jan 02, 2012
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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
Photo of rdespain
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
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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

CelticAleMan, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

JoshVandy, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

tclapper, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of mindspin315
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany body with a bubbly tan head that doesn't last to long. Crazy amounts of lacing on the glass, alcohol legs are prevalant as well.

Lots of fresh squeezed lemons, mild pine, toffee bar sweetness, yeast and fresh bread.

Old Numbskull's mouthfeel is incredibly balanced and is out of this world good. AleSmith has one incredible yeast strain that they use in their beers. Numbskull is smooth & creamy, has a touch of spice, vanilla, and very delicate on the palate. Phenolic alcohol and a light pine grassy taste. Bitterness comes out almost in the finish but fades real quick. Mild tart lemon along with malty sweetness linger on well after the finish.

True to the barleywine style...familiar aromas and tastes, but the mouthfeel is what makes this one shine above most of the others in this style category. The flavors that linger on are another amazing aspect of this well thought-out and balanced beer.


mindspin315, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

alamode, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

sobeleg, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

jophish17, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

bespin15, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

2378GCGTG, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

BeerMe42, Dec 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

mhaugo, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of dawatts
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful deep reddish brown, mahogany with an off white head that quickly disappates.

S: Just lovely. Figs, prunes, caramels, molasses with a hint of Ethanol. Very inviting.

T: A near perfect barley wine. Perfect carbonation rolls onto the tongue laying out the sweetness and then a little bite near the end but not too much especially for 11%. Molasses and fig, like the smell, but the complexity of the caramel is amazing. It is rich and deep and still has a little hoppy snap to it adding in a little bitterness to balance the perfect fruit sweetness. A bit of brown banana and a touch of nuttiness.

M: Creamy and perfectly carbonated. This is a very smooth beer.

O: May be the finest barley wine I've had to date. This being my first review should also say something...I felt compelled to write about this beer. Alesmith has made a near perfect blend of creaminess, sweetness, and bitterness that is a wonderfully drinkable high abv beer. The only fault I would say is that its TOO stealthy if that's even a bad thing.

dawatts, Dec 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Jules11788, Dec 03, 2011
AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,098 ratings.