Numb Comfort | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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154 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Texas, United States
deepellumbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Dwtucker90 on 05-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
154
Reviews:
14
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
12.07%
 
 
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19
Gots:
37
For Trade:
1
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my favorite chalice glass. Let it be known that this was aged approximately six months from purchase.

Pouring with standard vigor, I received a finger of creamy tan head. Bubbles were very compact and pillowy. It takes about five minutes to recede, and the lacing is very thick, including a rather thick layer clinging to the side of the glass. Color is a deep mahogany. Carbonation is actually quite decent considering the 11% ABV. I'm actually surprised at the head retention here, after having read other reviews.

I smell spicy, fruity esters, deep, brown caramel smells, raisins and alcohol. The latter isn't too bad, honestly, I've smelled worse alcohol scents in less potent beers. No hops worth mentioning on the nose.

This tastes very sweet, but not so sweet that it's unenjoyable. The hops come on very slow, not like a standard pale ale where hops are forward. I get some molasses tastes, more raisins or grapes, other flavors that remind me a good, rich brown bread. Bitterness takes a while to make its presence known, but when it does, it helps a lot to cut the sweetness. It's not quite as floral as I would like, but after swallowing the beer, there are slight hints of resinous, dank hop oil. As the beer warms, the alcohol presence gets stronger, but it's almost like a good bourbon. Not too much, it feels like just the right amount of flavor for the ABV.

As expected, this has a very heavy body, pretty sticky after swallowing the beer. The alcohol dries the tongue, and that astringency takes time letting go. Not much carbonation. Being a barleywine, this is a slow sipping beer. I don't expect it to be a crisp, refreshing session, but I don't really feel bloated after finishing the bomber, just slightly buzzed.

Overall, this is pretty good stuff. I get the feeling that there are a few things that could be better, and I honestly still think of myself as a bit of a novice with this style of beer, but overall this is a nice entry in the catalogue. It's pleasant.

To good health and good beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

love the name, am relatively neutral on the beer. this is not the best work of deep ellum, i know that to be true. this is a paler colored barleywine, but lacks in depth of flavor, especially compared to the best beers in its field. its a caramel to mahogany color in the glass without a head on it, and it smells like a sugar bomb. brown sugar and raisin is what i get on the nose, that and an absolute ton of alcohol. not disguised at all. this is very two dimensional in the flavor too. sweet and booze. thats about it. maybe hints of walnut and dried cherry, perhaps a faint hint of the promised oak, but thats fishing i think. lets call a spade a spade. crystal malt weight and sweetness, with fusel jet fuel type alcohol following it up. even more intense as it warms. i like the honey flavor and the brown sugar i get, its not just flavorless sweet, but its over the top. like the name suggests, this might simply be best for getting down the hatch and cranking the drunk level up to eleven. as a slow sipper, i got tired of it rather quickly.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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Numb Comfort from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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