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)

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Added by Hotrod88 on 05-05-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
94
pDev:
8.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 12
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of timc100
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After just one year this has improved greatly. Intense caramelized brown sugar, toffee, sweet brandy, grape, and sharp concentrated vanilla. A lot of toasted oak as well. Flavor is strong but dry. A lot of vinous fruits, oak, and toffee/caramel.

Fantastic beer. So much better after just one year, very much so looking forwards to future tastings of this

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy and murky deep amber body. Medium off-white head. Chunky collar.

Smell - Slightly sweet brandy. Lots of oak and barrel character. A little oxidized. Light citrus and deep caramel.

Taste - Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Some brandy. Much more oak. A bit of hoppiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy and kinda boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Nice. The barrel isn't quite what I'm looking for, but the base beer is excellent regardless.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at the tasting. Vintage 2013. Big thanks to mancallede for the bottle! From notes.

Very faint chestnut body color, with a nice yellow edge and hue. Not much of a collar on this with an off white appearance.

Very nice mild grape aroma, but with a thicker almost roasty boozy heat strangely. Nice herbal sage notes a bit, and some classic sticky warm toffee to round out.

Palate really hits well but gets the brandy nicely. Mild toffee, with a fruit angle that goes towards red berries, and a cherry brandy quality. Light body but definitely with a good malt thickness to carry the palate and coat. Slightly silky also.

A real nice barleywine, but I usually prefer them a bit fresher, as this one seems to have much of its hop angle reduced by no surprise. A real good slow sipper too, if you can.

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4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Old Numbskull - Brandy Barrel-Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 94 ratings