Numb Comfort | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Dwtucker90 on 05-02-2013

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from oversized wine glass.

a - brew pours a deep purple with a creamy foamy white cap that leaves oodles of lace on the glass.

s - nose is a really nice caramel malt, perfect balance...great toastiness.

t/m/o - what can I say? This beer is delicious. Caramel dominant toffee flavor. I know they say American barleywine but this is not a hop bomb, actually quite like a English barley. Worth checking out and even hunting for. This is a great barleywine. Apparently a portion of this is aged in rye whiskey...perhaps that is what gives it that magical creamy caramel. Not boozy at all, kinda surprised to see that it is a barrel aged since it is not a dominant flavor like in most BA barleys. No vintage listed on the bottle. Really nice beer, very much enjoyed this one. Smooth, silky, caramel happiness.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Deep ruby red with a one finger off white head leaving plenty of lace.

Lots of dark fruit in the nose. Plenty of barrel with vanilla and whiskey make this one smell really good. I don't notice the resiny hop aroma that many mention, but I may not be fully tuned to it.

Front of the taste is great. Smooth, the bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit mix really well and sweet. Very good. However, on the back, the alcohol and hoppiness was distracting. Maybe aging this one would file off the rough edges a bit.

The mouthfeel was good. Fizzy, yet thick, as it should be.

Overall a really good tasting beer, just wasn't keen on the bite toward the finish. Going to try and get another one and age it.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dface
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of En29356
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 1 pint 9.4 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Points for the appearance definitely. Creamy, chewy oatmeal-colored head a few fingers thick and more than reluctant to recede. A wall of lace shoots up all sides of the glass. Mid- to dark-brown body with plentiful carbonation. The body is mostly opaque but some lighter hues show at the outskirts. 4.75

Sweet jaysus. No for real, sweet, sweet liquid this is. Caramel in a glass is my first thought. Vanilla and oak round out the flavors although otherwise there's only vague whisky here...although I do detect some spice with a few more whiffs. 4.25

Okay. There's the whiskey, much more present on the palate. But it's neither overpowering nor overbearing. I am loving the finish on this, essentially a sweet cinnamon roll. Damn tasty. Vanilla, caramel and oak and spicy rye make appearances as well. 4.25

Medium-bodied liquid with a a bit of a bigger spirit feel at times, not quite hot, nor solvent, but thinner. There's a good combination of smoothness and spice that drinks fairly easily. It's filling, so you won't just gulp it down, but it's devilishly creamy. 4

It's pretty much dessert in a glass. No joke, you'll think you've bitten into a cinnamon roll on a few occasions. If you like a nuanced malt beast, this should please you. 4.25

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BayouMafia
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opens as a gusher... grrr. Pours a hazed & effervescent brown/haze; with a thumb of cream colored head. Stays turbid, pretty good lacing & head retention. The gushing is not loved

S: Sourmash & cakeyness. Vanilla & a little caramel.

T: Follows the nose, woodyness & dryness as well, plus a little vanilla up front. Vanilla, Sourmash, dryness & oakyness, faint raisin & Port notes as this warms. Finishes dry, raisiny with, woody & leafy hops & more Sourmash

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, thins out a touch once warm

Good take on the style, only the gushing drags this down

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Photo of Dwtucker90
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Dancing Bear Pub. Enjoyed out of a Numb Comfort snifter.

Look: beautiful dark cherry/mahogany color. Small white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: lots of malt and ripe fruit, caramel. Typical Barleywine profile with some light alcohol sweetness.

Taste: very similar to the smell. Very balanced with lots of malt and some hop taste on the back end and in the middle. Just delicious.

Mouthfeel: nice and bubbly. Plenty of carbonation but also a smooth sticky finish.

Overall: an excellent Barleywine from one of my favorite breweries. Not sure I picked up much of the barrel aged notes but still delicious nonetheless. Will definitely have another.

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Photo of dumptruck81
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of fjdelvalle
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bkeller04
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of humpty1602
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of dvmin98
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Magery
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Caj1
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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  rDev -2.9%

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4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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