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Numb Comfort | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Dwtucker90 on 05-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,883
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
157
pDev:
11.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
36
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1.32/5  rDev -68%

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2.53/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

BOTTLE 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass. Boring unappealing label. Unbranded gold colour pry-off pressure cap.

Reviewed as a barrel aged American Barleywine per the label. Expectations are low given the brewery. Served cold into a snifter and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide. Pale khaki colour. Average creaminess and thickness. Underwhelming complexion. Uneven, shallow consistency. Lacks fullness and strength. Retention is horrid - less than 45 seconds. Excusable at this high an ABV, I guess. Leaves specks of lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Dark murky red colour of poor vibrance. Translucent. Nontransparent. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. Overall, it's not much to look at. Pretty mediocre looking for a barleywine.

AROMA: Caramel malts, faint bread crust, raisin, toffee, toasted malts, mustiness, light marshmallow, and old wood on the finish (perhaps from the rye whiskey barrel?). There're no overt whiskey tones, and I don't find rye's signature spiciness. On the sweeter side. Flirts with cardboardy off-character; this would likely age poorly judging by the aroma.

There's no overt hop profile. It does have some alcohol warmth, but it's pleasant; there's no egregious boozy heat. I find no off-notes aside from that borderline cardboard.

Overall, it's light in intensity for a barleywine aroma - let alone a barrel aged barleywine - and I find myself wondering where the rye whiskey character is. As it warms, a bit of fruit does poke in, but it's wanting. Can't say I'm impressed so far.

TASTE: There's a dab of dry plum and a bit of caramelized/candied fig in the third act - which arrives quite quickly as the duration of flavour here is incredibly brief. Caramel malts comprise the bulk of the boring uneventful body, which has a kiss of marshmallow but little else going for it. True to the aroma, this is a barrel aged beer in search of barrel aged notes - I find nothing at all besides an old musty wood note that doesn't do it any favors. This beer lacks cohesion, and the base isn't complemented at all by the barrel notes - largely because the purported barrel notes are absent. Just how long was this aged in barrels, anyway? A week? The barrel imparted next to nothing, making aging this beer a colossal waste of time and effort which probably got passed onto us via a price increase.

What few hop notes I can pick out evoke more of an English barleywine. This brew suffers from a shallow depth of flavour, but does have an average flavour intensity. I struggle with its lack of complexity, intricacy, nuance, and subtlety, all of which are paramount in a barleywine...what were they after with this?

The only enjoyable aspect of the beer - the fruit - does come a bit more to the forefront as this comes to temperature, but it's far from enough to save the flavour profile as a whole. I'm so underwhelmed by this. As bland and boring a barleywine as I've had in the past year.

TEXTURE: Musty and unnecessarily coarse and dry, which tanks drinkability and keeps it unrefreshing. Feels a bit rough and scratchy on the palate, dragging somewhat. This mustiness coupled with the borderline cardboard/oxidation notes evokes a staleness that really turns me off to the beer. If it wasn't a Deep Ellum beer I'd wonder if I got a badly stored bottle.

This texture is just plain bad for a barleywine, and doesn't fit the taste except by virtue of its low quality. Poor execution across the board.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

OVERALL: More mediocrity from Deep Ellum, only this is less excusable than their other pedestrian brews because of its unreasonably high price point for the (absence of) quality. I don't like it much, and while I'll finish the bottle, I'd caution friends from trying it. Whoever is running their barrel aging program needs to be replaced if this is what they're going to greenlight for market release. The kind of bland forgettable stab at a style that typifies the bulk of the Texas beer scene.

High D+

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Pour is hazed dark copper with a lot of tan head and some foamy bubbles on top. Nose has a fair bit of caramel malt, faintly toasted grains, some sticky toffee, and a strong herbal hop presence. Very chewy body, soft palate and almost flat. Flavors are huge malt, chocolate and caramel malts with a touch of toasted grain. Hops are still quite strong, herbal and moderately bitter in the finish. A fair bit acidic and the lack of carb being down the back end.

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of deadliest
3.27/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of JustinFinger
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.48/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
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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3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTbrew32
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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Numb Comfort from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 157 ratings
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