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AleSmith Old Numbskull - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,012 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 177
Gots: 274 | FT: 19
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 02-14-2002)
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Photo of charlesw
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Way pale (light amber) in color with a tiny head. Smells so strong... Smells so bitter... Maybe a bit of caramel and other malts, but a lot of citrus and grassy hop smell to it, too. Tastes... Pretty close to a barleywine, darn it all! "Not like that other crap we've been drinking!" says SWMBO. Ah, interesting... Listed here (now) as an English b'wine. Well... Weird. It's way too bitter for one of those! Of course, it's not bitter enough for a 'merican b'wine... So... How do you rate it? Arg, I say, arg! I'll call it 'merican and say that it's lacking in bitterness. For an English... It's fricking amazing except that it's way too bitter. Oh! The traumas! Right, it's too bitter and too light. At least there's enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness, you know what I mean?

charlesw, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of TheBierBand
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says "improves with age... 6-24 months or longer"... HOWEVER, there is NO DATE ANYWHERE ON THE BOTTLE! So, consequently, I have NO IDEA how old this bottle is... Maybe it's already 24 months old?

I poured it from the 750ml brown bottle into a tulip glass to form a 1" light beige/off-white head. The head dissipated to a thick cap leaving pronounced lacing. The beer is copper in color with a trace of cloudiness.

The nose is abundant. Lot's of toasted malt. Some grassy hops. A sweet, fruity aroma is also present.

Taste: Big taste! Good mix between the sweet and the bitter. The sweet somes from the toasted malt and a little bit of raisin. The bitter comes from the grassy hopsand also a little touch of smoked nuttiness.

The mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side... not as smooth and chewey as my favorites in this class. Although I HAVE NO IDEA HOW OLD THIS BOTTLE IS....

Drinkability: Good solid barleywine... I definately prefer Weyerbacher Insanity to this though.

TheBierBand, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a light brown body with a deep amber glow at the base of the beer. There is a yellowish tan head that is bubbly but last for a good bit of the beer as a thin film.

S- This beer has a faint musty quality to the sweet malt that has a light caramel quality to it. The smell of grassy pungent hops with a citrus nose that increases as the beer warms finishes it. There is a nice resiny note that comes through as the beer warms also.

T- The taste of caramel sweet malt has a dry malt note that follows with some honey notes aswell. The big dry pungent flavor of hops finishes this beer. There are big resin qualities to the hops that linger for a bit after each sip.

M-This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat that increases to a whiskey burn in the second glass.

D- There is some nice complexity in the malt which is followed buy a big monster hop flavor. So although the hops are the biggest flavor the malt complexity really adds to this beer.

rhoadsrage, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to imstillthegman for sharing this bottle of the 2000 vintage at the Phatz barleywine tasting. Decanted cool into a snifter.

A - A murky med brown w/ a ring of tan head. The ale has reddish highlights and leaves a film of lace.

S - Smooth and creamy malt odor w/ a sweet fruit note and slightly caramel like smells.

M - Moderately effervescent w/ a subtle hop and English malt feel. Lightly bitter aspect and a warmth of alcohol in a subtle way.

T - A very well balanced barleywine w/ caramel malts, sweet nutty notes that seems relaxed from the aging, the abv is noticeable -just nowhere near what an 11% beer tastes like fresh. I found the flavor to be very well blended and just the right amount of bitterness in the mix.

D - This is a fine example of a traditional Barleywine w/ plenty of english malt traits and sufficient abv to make it a satisfyingly drinkable brew.

Slatetank, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle came from Tayner. Thank you.

Old Numbskull is pretty on pour and pretty in the glass.

It doesn't strike me as an English Barleywine, but whatever style it is, it is very good.

Caramel and citrus fruit. Smells like candy.

It is smooth and goes down so easy. It almost seems light.

This is one I'd like to always have on hand.

LittleBreeze, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of grub
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

got this one in a trade with tangfoot, and it didn't even last 24 hours. thanks fred!

750ml bottle with silver foil top. sampled dec 22/07.

pours a great red colour witha small dense tan head. the head drops fast but leaves lots of spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. resiny grapefruit and pine. alcohol. big caramel. biscuit and bready malt. a touch of earthy character too. orange and tangerine.

taste is excellent. nice solid medium bitterness level. grapefruit and pine balanced with orange and tangerine and a great caramel sweetness. big bread and biscuit malt. light alcohol and a nice warmth on the way down. light toasty and earthy notes in the background too.

mouthfeel is excellent. low carbonation level, very well integrated and super smooth. medium-large body.

drinkability is excellent too. perfectly balanced - even my coors light drinking father-in-law liked it and commented on how well balanced it is. one of the benchmark beers for the style. balanced and complex enough to keep you going back for more. a big beer and yet the full 750ml bottle went down with no trouble and i was still wishing for another. i really just need to get a case of this one in my cellar...

grub, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with silver foil purchased from the Beverages and More in Torrance yesterday while on sale for about eleven dollars

Split with my dad last night as our New Year's Eve drink of choice, decided to hold onto the bottle of Surky Darkness a little longer for another special occasion

Poured into my Firestone pint glass with a deep amber brown color with a bright red tint when held up to the light, large 3/4 inch creamy off white head that stayed almost the whole time, great retention and lots of sticky lacing

Smell was complex but a little boozy and strong, some oak, vanilla, raisins, sweet caramel, cream, figs, cognac, and other dark fruit aromas, smelled something different each time it seemed like, all over the place

Taste was hot but not in a bad way necessarily, first few sips had some dry hoppiness but the beer became sweet once it warmed slightly, some toffee and sweet white zinfandel-like tastes shortly after, got some caramel and creamy accents following that, lots of malt in this one and not as much of a hop profile like I was expecting, by the end I could taste fig and a signifcant amount of chocolate, lots of sediment in the bottom of my glass once I started to reach the end, took me about an hour and a half to get through twelve ounces, great tasting beer overall

Body was really thick and looked sludgy, good level of carbonation, aftertaste stuck around for a long time and it was nice, both chewy and spicy, great mouthfeel

Could drink another bottle of this no problem but it is certainly a sipper, heavy stuff but not overwhelmingly filling, alcohol percentage is very high though which makes it drinkability lower than it would have

Great way to end 2007 with a bang, also wanted to drink this one soon as I will be trying the barrel aged version in the upcoming weeks most likely, even though I do not know how much better it could taste than this

Another fantastic beer from Alesmith, one of the better barleywines on the market, cannot wait to try this on tap, highly recommended regardless of its hefty price tag

Hello 2008 and another year of great beer drinking, definitely going to pull out some amazing beers from my cellar this coming year, hope everybody had an enjoyable holiday

Floydster, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tayner for the trade.

Pours a deep amber red/brown, mostly brown. Good off white head with good lace. nose is of mad hops and clean malts. some malt and dark sugar as well. Taste is a wonderful balance of hop and malt. The malt flavors come first with dark fruit/date and some raisin. Through the middle the sugars and hops creep up slowly. The hops become more intense as the sugar fades. A good crisp hoppy finish. Sugar and hop bitterness linger. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin, but overrall its refreshingly smooth for a BW. Drinkability is dangerously high. Overall this is a wonderful barleywine, I wish it had a little more malt and a little less hop flavor for an english style, but overall it is quite good. The 2003 in my cellar is laughing at me, and begging me to open it like a serpent in the garden.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of ccrida
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my old La Cinacienne snifter, my 2nd of maybe 5 or 6 bottles in the past year that cracked out at the lip when I opened them, and the only bottles to do so, weird...anyways, Old Numbskull is bright garnet with nice sized, spidery off-white head that leaves pretty thick, sugary lace.

Smell is rich and very spicy, Slivovitz, deciduous forest, tangy biscuit, and caramel, and rather boozy.

Taste is very rich, hop-malt bomb tug-of-war, lots of phenols and firm bitterness but still somewhat clean and balanced, a bit dry and generally fantastic. I love how rich the cured dark fruit taste is, honestly reminding me of my favorite, medjool dates, wow! I normally can't get enough flavor from my beers, and Old Numbskull really delivers. I can't wait to try this with some age, hopefully soon at a winter fest near me! A truly classic American BW.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and dry, with a boozy tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability is rather high, as this is a fantastic BW. Served at cellar temp, good thing theres a few more in there! Alesmith, can't go wrong, I had this during a MASSIVE BW tasting (thx SamuraiArtist!), and now a full bottle to myself is barely enough!

ccrida, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one time (thanks Dauss) during a pretty intense tasting/drinking session; let's see how this holds up to a fresh pallet!

750 ml bottle pours a chill hazed caramel with minimal sand colored head into my Bush tulip glass. Average head retention & lacing

S: Rich oaky, boozey, plumy notes

T: Jammy fruit, raisins, boozeyness & a bit of smokeyness up front. Piney hops come to the fore as this warms, along with much fruittyness & a bit of boozey heat. Finishes with leafy hops, caramel, leafy hops, Finishes, dry, chewy, figgy & oaky; with a touch of vanilla; yum!

MF: Chewy, syruppy, fairly balanced for the heft, with just a trace of carbonation

Drinks a bit slow, despite all the goodness, a very nice AMERICAN (IMO) style BW, their ABW might just rip your lips off. My favorite Cali brewery, now. Stellar offering!

russpowell, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of DIM
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This beer pours a hazy apple-cider amber color. The long skinny neck on the bottle produces a big off-white head that leaves lots of lace.

s: This smells great as a DIPA, but they call it a barleywine so... The most noticeable aromas are a combination of brown sugar from the malts and some alcohol. Some raisins and a piney hop are also present.

t: Here also I'm reminded of a very good DIPA rather than a barleywine. The malts are rough and sugary, lacking the ripe fruit tastes I'd associate with the style. The hops on the end are piney and somewhat subdued. The warming alcohol upon exhaling is very pleasant.

m: The body on this is a bit thicker than average. The carbonation is superbly lively.

d: Thanks to tayner for this one. I enjoyed this much more than the score would indicate, I just could not find many barleywine characteristics here.

DIM, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as part of a shipment from South Bay Drugs. Everyone should check them out if they plan on ordering beer online. Thanks Joey, this is some tasty stuff. I wanted to bust out something special for my 100th review, and this is it. This is my first English-style barleywine.

Poured part of a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - It produced a one finger head that slowly rose from the bottom of the glass. It then dissipated to a thin halo around the perimeter of the beer's surface. It is a ruby burgundy color that was hazy on the initial pour, but became transparent as the beer warmed to room temperature. There is a minimal amount of lacing left behind.

Smell - This beer smells good, but perhaps slightly subdued. I guess I am just used to American styled barleywines. It has a pineapple scent, tied very closely to a pine-like essence. The 11% ABV makes its presence know as the beer warms to room temperature. There is a sweet scent that is similar to caramel or toffee. The scent explodes the warmer the beer gets.

Taste - This beer is tasty. It has a sweet initial flavor with raisin-like notes tied with caramel and toffee. The flavor morphs to a resinous pine-like hop overtone. The alcohol presence comes through, big time, as the beer warms. There are a lot of different flavors going on here, and it takes the beer warming to make them apparent. This beer is very complex.

Mouthfeel - Medium/Full bodied. On the lighter side of full bodied. It is much lighter in the body than a lot of other barleywines I have had. The carbonation level is excellent for a barleywine - very fitting. The finish is very dry. It isn't really sticky or mouth coating or oily, it just goes down smooth. It makes for very easy drinking.

Drinkability - The drinkability is excellent. This is an instance when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The mouthfeel and scent and flavor tie together to make one delicious beer. It is much easier to drink than a lot of other barleywines I have consumed. This is a beer I would regularly search out, if it was available in my area. Until then, I am content to order it online, as a special treat.

MiguelMandingo, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with a friend and poured into Brooklyn goblets. Poured a seductive brownish-red, with one finger tan head. Quite opaque with tiny bubbles in the head. Huge hop notes followed by a nice backing of caramel. Mega-syrupy in the mouth, as one would expect from a 11% Barleywine. Unbelievably smooth for such a big beer! Hop Kicker the whole way.

RustyDiamond, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy red hued dark amber orange color with an innocent layer of eggshell colored bubbles that disperse quickly. Limited lacing observed. The smell is a thick rich malt over a nice hop and alcohol fibre that involuntarily cautions the user to dispense a meager portion for consideration. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is heavy but notably shy of being syrupy. Full flavored, the honey caramel vanilla taste is complemented by its smooth texture. The 11.0% ABV is not bashful nor overbearing; very smooth and without any burning effect. A really nice warmer; recommend enjoying this one when you can take it down a notch.

jjayjaye, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of fartingdog
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 3 years. 2004 bottle, enjoyed Nov 2007.

A- Deep amber with a slight haze. almost no head.

S- Fruit, rasin, sherry-like. Occasionally a hint of cardboard.

T- Dark fruit, sherry, faint hint of of cardboard, slight astringency.

M- Full, slightly dry at the finish. Very light carbonation.

D- Good- Nice and mellow. Perhaps slightly after it's prime.

I think this one has jst gone past it's peak, or possibly is in a rut and more age would bring it back.

fartingdog, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06 vintage, into my oversized Riedel snifter it goes.

A: A warming brick color brew with a stillness to it. The head is minimal, with wisps across the top and a sudsy ring of off white bubbles around the glass.

S: Iron, dust, old caramel, bitter English hops, fruity pebbles, maple and tropical esters.

T: Begins with loads of caramel and butterscotch at the front of the palate. From here, the fruity esters take shape, complex and divine. There’s an underlying mineral aspect to it, which is quite fitting for an English barleywine style. This is a really hoppy barleywine, and really quite bitter. Piney hops with a resins aspect to them. The alcohol vapors are causing havoc to my nasal cavity. Figs, mushrooms and yellow raisins add a quality baseline. Serious phenol at work here; banana, papaya and even strawberry. Finishes sorta nutty, perhaps sunflower paste working with the massive phenolics at play.

M: Full bodied and syrupy. Not overly syrupy though.

D: Crazy huge beer. Explosive flavor with major complexity. This one could cellar for years to come.

Westsidethreat, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Dansting
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured a cloudy, dark amber color with almost no head. Very slight lacing. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, and maybe a hint of fruit. Nice full mouthfeel. Flavor is very potent with alcohol, almost bourbon-like. Finish is hoppy with more of a yeast and bourbon flavor to it. Very nice barleywine.

Dansting, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very red amber colored barley wine with almost a flourescent touch. A small off white head is full bodied and leaves a very thin sticky lacing down its path.

Very fine nose and truely a barley wine by aroma. Cranberry, fresh fig, fresh dates, brown sugar, maple, milk chocolate, hints of toffee, some green herbacious character, and a bitter floral hop aroma.

Much more hoppy than anticipated. Full of floral piney hops with a hint of citrus. Totally american in style with some residual sugar on the finish but I think there is much more RS than the hops are letting me believe. A candied nutty character with more of a dried fig and date approach in the mouth. Maple with less brown sugar than the nose would indicate. Very toffee and caramel driven with a medium mouthfeel that leaves a long thick resiny finish. I think this would be more to my liking and much higher scoring with a years age on it. However fresh as this one is it's a damn fine beer.

mcallister, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at BevMo in Van Nuys for 10 bucks. I love BevMo, they really have a tremendous selection. This was my first barley wine. Also my first AleSmith. I'm pretty sure this is the 2007 edition, but haven't been able to confirm. Silver foil with blue lettering and a blue and silver anvil.

A: Just a beautiful dark red-amber, quite hazy. A huge tan head, two finger, considerable lacing. Almost a root-beer head on this beer, although it dissipates rather quickly.

S: When you pull off the cap, this permeates the room. Huge hop blast followed by a fruity and sweet malty finish. I can't wait to taste this.

T: Super strong and extremely flavorful. The taste is the oppostive of the smell. First I was hit with the sweetness. Bold tropical fruit with mild citrus overtones. Next came the carmely malt, and finally a blast of hops, pine and resin. This really challenges the palette with tons of different flavors.

MF: Very thick and syrupy beer with a lingering hop aftertaste. Very smooth. Tons of warming, but the alcohol isn't as noticable as I would have expected for 11%.

D: I don't know if you could find a more flavorful beer, but I'll keep trying. This is amazing and complex, but still drinkable. I wouldn't try to drink this without some food though. I had it with dinner and I think that balanced some of the flavor and alcohol. I'll drink this again, but probably best to share with a friend, and not an everyday beer.

Score one for AleSmith.

rxdrewthejew, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of jakon
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased for $10.99 on 10-3-7 at Belmont Station. No freshness date.

Pours a dark ruby reddish hue with a 1 inch head comprised of tiny bubbles. The foam steadily recedes leaving beautiful sticky lacing in its wake. The aroma consists of equally big hop and malt characteristics. Very pungent and inviting. Grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, caramel, butterscotch, yeast, dates, grapes and fig are all perceived. The taste and mouthfeel are excellent. Malts come through first with a light sweetness and luscious flavor, and the hops come through strong toward the middle and end. There is a pleasant lingering bitterness that leaves you salivating and reaching for another sip. The alcohol is a non-factor as far as the tongue is concerned. Overall, this is an excellent beer and probably my favorite barleywine to date.

jakon, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gave this a try tonight (after a lengthier than planned session).

Pours a cloudy orange-ish amber. Delightful big, white head. Smells like fresh fruit juice, grapefruit, mango, papaya ... a few other things I'm not sure about.

Taste is remarkably fresh and appealing. How is it that Alesmith manages to consistently pack so much darned flavor into their beers? Of course, you do pay handsomely for the privilege. There are hints of pine, tons of grapefruit and sweet tropical fruits rounding it out, and a nice hop after-taste. And, not much alcohol to detect either.

A superlative beer.

Overlord, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of klewis
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy copper with a big bubbly head. Thick bubbles form a ring around the surface of the beer with occasional wisps of lace.

S: Big malty smell. Slightly metallic with a strong molasses aroma.

T: Somewhat indescipt taste. Sweet and sort of salty with vague fruity, malty, hoppy flavors. Well-balanced but leaning strongly towards the sweet side.

M: Full-bodied with very light carbonation. Slight warming sensation from the booze.

D: Good and fairly easy to drink, but this one lacks any real character. Nice to try, but I probably won't be buying this one again.

klewis, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off Alesmith, gets a vote from me as having some of the best bottle designs. Especially with these 750 ml bottles They just look really classy with the simple single color lettering, and bright silver foil on top.

Onto to the beer...

Pours a dark crystal clear amber color, with a nice head on top.

Aromas are of dark fruits, sweet cereal grains, and pine resiny hops.

Taste is surprisingly subtler than I expected. But still with a lot of very nice flavors. Definitely tastes like an English Style Barley Wine, with a bit of a San Diego twist. Beer has an overall creamy and caramel malt flavor and feel, along with dark stewed fruit notes. Finish has a pleasant hint of alcohol warmth, and a pine hop like bitterness. But all in all, the malts stand out here.

Mouthfeel is about perfect. This beer feels "soft" but is still very full in the mouth.

Drinkability is excellent. This is so very easy to sip, and extremely enjoyable. I'd be really interested to see what one of these would taste like with a year or two under it's belt. I am so surprised that this is 11% ABV, it is so well hidden.

Overall, a very excellent and well crafted beer. About my only critique, is that I like Barley Wines with a bit more flavor and punch, but this is still a top notch beer in it's style.

Alesmith is becoming a new favorite brewery of mine.

flexabull, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of bradford
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

POured from a bottle into my new Duvel tulip, thanks to my girlfriend.
Looks pretty good. Ruby red, brown, orange and even some black depending on how the light hits the glass
Smells pretty damn good. Fruity, spicy, hoppy, I can actually smell the malt as well.
Taste is good, not great, but pretty good. I expected more hops in the taste, but a pleasant balance without going over the top is evident.
Mouthfeel is good, a little thin, but nice. I expected it to be aggressivly bitter, but it is not. Nor is it a sticky sandwich beer.
Drinkability is dangerously high. Like the bottle says, "If you're not careful, Old Numbskull may live up to it's name!"
Recommended

bradford, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of stewart124
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Columbus Ohio.

Pours a dark amber with an orange glow and a thick off-white head that leaves a nice lace.

The smell is almost overpowering but has very strong notes of citrus hops and floral aromas. There is also a nice maltiness to the nose.

Taste is very powerful and could surely stand to age in the bottle. Alcohol is present throughout the taste and it only seems to get strong with each tasting. Carbonation is high and the hops are very powerful in the taste too. There is a dry aftertaste but it lasts and leaves a citrus note. Spicy and it tickles the tongue.

This beer is very drinkable and I split it with a friend. A great barleywine and I will be picking up another as soon as I get the chance.

stewart124, Aug 29, 2007
AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.