Alesmith Old Numbskull - Rye Barrel Aged | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Alesmith Old Numbskull - Rye Barrel AgedAlesmith Old Numbskull - Rye Barrel Aged

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by socalbrewlvr on 10-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium off-white head. Aroma consists of caramelized sugar with some caramel and dry fruits notes. The taste is a mix of caramelized sugars and light toffee notes with some dry fruits notes. Barrel seems to be rounding any of the rough edge of this beer and adds some light vanilla notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no real alcohol is apparent. Well executed.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky deep amber body. Big khaki head and an uneven collar.

Smell - Grapefruit hops. Nutty malts. Light whiskey, but not much.

Taste - Much more rye flavor here. Grapefruit hops. Caramel and brown sugar. Bright fruity flavor to the malts, too. Boozy.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Boozy. Well carbonated.

Overall - The barrel doesn't do a whole lot in this version.

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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Thanks to RussianDragon for the share.

The beer is mostly clear and appears a golden amber hue with a small tan head. Aromas of malt, dark fruit, raisin, caramel malt, oak, booze. Light sweetness with warming alcohol throughout. Raisin bread and figs with sweet bready booze. Toasted malt with vanilla and caramel. A nice sipping beer and a good bottle to share.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with low translucency and a thick light tan head that dissipates to a thin film. Classic barleywine aroma of intense caramel malt, dark fresh and dried fruit, vanilla and toffee with a light overtone of rye whisky, a hint of alcohol. Flavor follows aroma, dominated by caramel and caramel malt, honey, rye whisky, vanilla and tannin from the barrel. Finishes slightly boozy with more caramel, whisky and light hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. An intensely flavored barleywine that skates on the edge of being too hot. Initially very mellow and well balanced, but finishing with more suggestion of the alcohol; with the strong rye flavor almost as if it has spirits in it. Flavor covers the 11% well, but this is still quite warming and a slow sipper. Old Numbskull is a fine barleywine and the period in the barrel has given more depth. Very high price point; I hope Alesmith thinks about putting these barrel aged versions in smaller bottles. A daunting task for less than a crowd to finish a 750 ml bottle. On the other hand, eases the trepidation of finishing fairly quickly….

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