Old Numbskull - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | AleSmith Brewing Company

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4.3/5
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440 Ratings
Old Numbskull - Bourbon Barrel-AgedOld Numbskull - Bourbon 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:
A West Coast style barleywine. A huge malt profile and a very aggressive dose of premium domestic hops give Old Numbskull a tantalizing complexity, from the aroma to the aftertaste. A year spent in bourbon barrels adds amazing depth and complexity.

Added by kmcnair on 12-13-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,014
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
440
pDev:
7.67%
 
 
Wants:
378
Gots:
112
Trade:
15
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Ratings: 440 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emyers
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage. 750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours brown color with a thin white head.

Nose: sweet caramel up front followed by oak, bourbon, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste: bourbon and sweet caramel up front. Finish is sweet with a touch of alcohol heat.

Feel: full-bodied, rich. Medium-low carbonation.

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Photo of dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank at the brewery. Pours a deep red/amber color. The smell is of caramel and dark fruits. The taste is complex with the caramel, fruits, vanilla and bourbon at the end. The bourbon lingers nicely. The feel is pretty heavy and creamy.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from last night’s share. Thick amber body, small ring of bubbly head, Picking up all of the barley wine essences, but little of the bourbon barrel. Sweet malt, toffee, caramel in both aroma and taste. It doesn’t even present itself as that boozy of a beer. Some dark fruit, raisins, some vanilla

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Photo of TWStandley
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MDDMD
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage.

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Syrupy.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Treyliff
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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 +5.3%
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 -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wellsnb
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobinLee
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Old Numbskull - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 440 ratings