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AleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel AgedAleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kmcnair on 12-13-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
426
Reviews:
96
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
Wants:
378
Gots:
109
For Trade:
16
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Photo of BergBeer
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Treyliff
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage
750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep amber color with a thin foamy off-white head that has decent retention

S- tons of caramel and toffee on the nose, as well as leather, tobacco, plenty of wet oak and barrel juice

T- caramel & toffee follow the nose up front, with an immediate hit of barrel notes; wet oak, barrel juice and sweet vanilla. The finish is sweet with more caramel/toffee and plenty of bourbon on the linger

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that leads into a creamy chewy finish

O- plenty of bourbon blends perfectly with the base beer, delicious

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Photo of BillRoth
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 release; cellared and opened 6/24/17. Had a great 5 year sleep.
Beer had many of the scent and flavor characteristics of Alesmith BBAging. Warm and incredibly rich and satisfying. I believe the extra aging in the bottle removed any trace of higher ABV and could not have been smoother. Great medium mouthfeel; nothing sticky or cloying. Had been a little fearful because some times a BW ages into something too sweet and worse yet... syrupy.The caramel and vanilla were well pronounced without being obtrusive or distracting. All the wood, malts and hops were very well merged into a singularly excellent barrel enhanced version of the great Alesmith Numskull BW. Flavor was distinguished/outstanding.
Frankly...after many years...and many beers...there are now many good barley wines, and BBA is far from rare these days. Having noted that...it was really great to experience something really special and well crafted.
Highly recommend you grab one of the next releases and hide it way for a long while.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wellsnb
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage, on tap at Alesmith Anvil and Stave in San Diego, CA.

This one pours a dark rusted looking brown, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like caramel drizzled brown bread, dark fruit, piney hops, figs and oak.

Despite the extended barrel slumber, this still has some vestige of hop character left, which was cool and surprising. It was piney and slightly bitter. It may have added some fruitiness, but the base had a figgy fruity flavor anyway so it's hard to tell. There's also raisin, and a nice caramel sort of brittle flavor. This is quite nice, and usual with Alesmith- quite complex.

This has a surprisingly crisp mouthfeel, with only slightly syrupy feelings.

This isn't Alesmith's pinnacle of BA beers, but it's still quite competent and delicious- gets the job done.

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4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rypkr
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mythaeus
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kenai4
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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