Old Numbskull - Brandy Barrel-Aged | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
96
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
30
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of FriedSlug
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty clear and reddish brown with a tan head that retreats quickly to the edge of the glass. No lacing. The smell is sweet and oaky with brandy, caramel, raisins and vanilla. The flavor follows the nose. Very sweet with caramel, raisins, oak, vanilla and brandy but with a crisp, dry, bitter finish. Nice thick body and moderate carbonation that slightly stings the tongue. You can taste the booze and feel the heat but I want that in a killer barleywine.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bunuelian
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11/25/2016

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Photo of JakerLou
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swanfungus
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BAsbill
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drewone
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cultclassic89
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Perfect for a barleywine. Deep murky caramel with an off white head faded to a ring. Off to good start.

S: Some caramel and plenty of oak. A little mild though.

T: Very much the same. Mild caramel and oak are the dominant flavors here.

F: I want to say it was a bit thinner than I would like, but very fine.

O: I like caramel bombs for barleywines. It was a little mild and I didn't really pick up the Brandy much, but it was still a very good beer.

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Photo of rspauldi
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Milquetoast
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The best barley I've tasted. Funny had to come back to Minnesota to get it. Strong attributes in all areas: smooth feel, pleasant essence, and quite attractive in its appearance. The high alcohol provides a little kick too. I've got three on the shelf to enjoy over the next 3 years.

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Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of imonhiatus
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage enjoyed side by side with a 2012 bourbon barrel old numbskull. this brandy is far superior to the previous years bourbon. node is great, the brandy really compliments things adding a layer of fruitiness. taste to match and an unreal mouthfeel. very nice brew.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mersh
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dicers
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

2013 vintage shared tonight at the Christmas Party.
Deep reddish brown color with a smallish off white head, Fruity brown sugary maltiness with hints of earth and bits of vanilla oak and ethanol. Still seems a little hot but still a nice sipper!

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Old Numbskull - Brandy Barrel-Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 96 ratings