Numb Comfort | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Dangerously drinkable and with a depth of American ale complexities, the mind numbing effects of barleywine come with a bittersweet session thanks to the competent team at Deep Ellum Brewing.

Deep chestnut amber in color, the hazy ale crowns with a dense ecru froth. Aptly named, Numb Comfort rounds the nose with deeply caramelized, toasted barley malt, a moderate citrus tone and a plethora of dark fruit, stone fruit and grassy nuances. Its upstart in flavor has a juicy malt taste of caramel, toffee, sorghum, toast and pecan.

As the flavors unfold, its rich barley presence is unwavering. But the growing hop presence brings a sharp balance that seem from the peels of grapefruit and orange. Curacao liquor adds a spiciness to balance the lingering sweetness while the taste of macerated cherry and date bring a subtle fruitiness to the middle palate. Remnants of barley keep an element of pecan lingering into a bitter, grassy and citrusy finish.

Full in body, the beer's creamy texture adds fullness to the initial sip, but facilitates dryness late especially in the presence of hop resins, powerful alcohol and a slight toasty char from grain. A long and bittersweet linger of curacao, licorice and citrus peels give the ale a great sense of drinkability.

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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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4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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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3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

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

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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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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Numb Comfort from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 161 ratings