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AleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel Aged | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.3/5
Outstanding
429 Ratings
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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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kmcnair on 12-13-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#739
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
429
pDev:
7.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
381
Gots:
110
Trade:
16
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 429 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of kmoen
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WiscoBrewsco
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wulfie85
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

It seems unfair but I can't help but compare this to Mother of All Storms. This Old Numbskull is truly excellent but, for me, not as good as Mother.

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Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown almost black in color. Cherry, oak, vanilla, toffee and caramel. Good boozy dryness. On the thin side. Lacks a true depth of flavor, but overall still pretty good.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of vutoq
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aquazr1
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of sendbeer
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rudzud
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this beer during a little cellar cleaning party with JLindros and friends. 2012 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy dark bronze with a thin tan head. Decent legs.

S - Aromas of caramel, toffee, vanilla beans, rich bourbon, barrel. No noticeable booze.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Loads of caramel and vanilla courtesy of the barrel and bourbon. The bourbon is rich and mellow. Incredibly harmonious.

M - Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost silky, with no discernible alcohol.

O - Overall this beer really held up nicely. Age made this barleywine super mellow and drinkable without a hint of the ABV. Tasty.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of wiescins
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I believe the vintage was 2014. Color on this beer is lovely - caramel apple with a loose, cream-colored head that dissipates into a cluster of bubbles around the shoulders. Nose expresses a bready quality, figs, buttery notes and a trace of vanilla. Taste follows nose; however, some bourbon notes comes through in the flavor profile along with caramelized sugar. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, but closer to the medium side of the spectrum, with a mild, barely detectable carbonation and a slightly oily texture. Overall, I'm very impressed with this beer - it's been a long-time want and I wasn't disappointed.

I also had the opportunity to try a 2002 vintage side-by-side. It was still and slightly oxidized, but quite good nonetheless; however, I have to say that I enjoyed the more recent vintage more.

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Photo of BColton1
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 thanks to rudzud

No head, hazy reddish murky color.

Taste big sweet malts, toffee caramel, syrup, juicy, big sweet candy malts, little oxidation, light vanilla barrel and faint bourbon.

Taste brings sweet candy, smooth caramel, nice toffee, velvety smooth soft malts, complex, nutty, chewy, little nougat, nice vanilla barrel faint bourbon, touch of oxidation.

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ElGordito
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iSkiCO
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

AleSmith Old Numbskull - Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 429 ratings
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