Old Numbskull | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Old NumbskullOld Numbskull
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 xlperro on 02-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,124
Reviews:
521
Ratings:
1,500
pDev:
9.47%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
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215
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366
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Photo of MartyMaltose
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pretty meh. I only finished it because I had paid so much for it.

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Photo of Houborg1
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky bronze with a finger of khaki foam that retains fairly well. Aroma is roasted, toasted, nutted and breaded malts with caramel, toffee, and pine and dank hop notes behind. Flavor profile is toasted, nutted, caramel, and breaded malts with caramel, toffee, and molasses mingled into the mash. Resin and pine hops give it a bitter finish. The alcohol kicks a little. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a surprising fizziness that stands out against the velvety backdrop. Overall, a hearty and flavorful beer that combines sugary, dense malts with bitter, biting hops.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

$ 17.70 (Including shipping)/capped 750 mL bottle ($ 0.697/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
Bottle undated. Stored at 42 degrees prior to consumption and served at 59 degrees in a hand-washed and hand-dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Dark amber, hazy. When held to the light, it becomes translucently medium amber.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.4 cm, controlled center pour), medium density, tan, average retention, diminishing to an irregular three to five mm ring and a thin complete layer with a rocky island.
Lacing – Poor. Just a couple of drag marks as the level drops.
First pour – Honey-amber, clear.
Aroma – 4 - Caramel malt. Lasts.
Flavor – 3 – Begins slightly sweet with caramel; the middle and the end are the same. The aftertaste has an unexpected slight metallic bitterness which hangs on. And on. And on. No alcohol (11% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. No gastric warming.
Palate – 3- Medium, creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.25 – Basically, a one-trick pony until the metallic aftertaste hits. The alcohol is well-hidden, but the metallic ending precludes consuming mass quantities. A bit of diacetyl would have gone well with the caramel. Sorry. This is an expensive drain pour.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GarrettB
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 15th, 2015 - Alesmith shows off how much nitro can change the face and character of a beer in their nitro Old Numbskull. Still dark and somber in the glass, the aroma is now twangy, grassy and lemony, with an herbal edge that really catches me off guard. The flavor has also gone weird. Its perky and acidic here too, beginning with a bright strawberry sweetness and sunsetting into a deep cherry lollipop sugar bomb. This sweet aftertaste is somewhat refreshed and lifted by fruitier notes of Fuji apple and bordeaux grapes, which brings me back to what the original Numbskull tastes like.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Devonking
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Approximately 1 year of age on this bottle.

Pours a beautiful butterscotch blonde-caramel color with a lovely head of 3 fingers, egg foam color. Lots of lace left behind as the head recedes.

Beautiful fruity and caramel aromas waft to the nose, with notes of vinous grape, popcorn ball, butterscotch, caramel, slight chocolate, and the same yeast of Speedway.; Slight smokiness, mouth-watering.

Flavor brings much more bitterness than the nose would suggest; with some of those grape notes giving off a white wine-meets-sauvignon flavor, with smokey caramel lingering in the background and alcohol heat lapping it at its heels. Hints of fruitcake develop as it's left to rest on the palate, with hints of raisins. That's the good. The bad is that it indeed tastes like oxidized hops, like someone aged a 120 minute in the sunlight for a year. Some onion and garbage flavors too.

Feel is velvety, then leathery, then hot, and dries out considerably on the finish. Carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, it's a great beer until it hits your lips. It's not something I'm overly excited about. The more I drink it the more it tastes like old oxidized hops or a very poorly aged 120 minute. Probably would not revisit.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD_PNW
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date: 2/4/16

Malty and spicy. Hops are are very evident, though they take a background to the complex maltiness of this brew. Bready and toasty with heavy raisin and fig type flavors. A little boozy, even after the two years of aging. The body is medium, coating and warming. Wonderful brew. Looking forward to drinking this again. The bottle shop down the street had five bottles of this vintage.

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Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Ale Arsenal. Hazy, copper pour with bubbly ring of beige head. Caramel on the aroma, bready malts. Taste amplifies the caramel, mildly sweet, strong too. Fruitcake, raisins and molasses. Dries out a bit in the finish. I’ll be feeling this tomorrow.

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of trevorpost
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mmilyko
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taybeh
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle into a little Steel Toe snifter, this pours a beautiful slightly magical reddish copper with a decent head and some retention...the color is kind of bewitching. Nose is a whole lot of different kinds of sweet: some chewy caramel, some light molasses, some warm booziness. Taste is all of that but even more, with some additional dark fruitiness (maybe figs) and some biscuity malts, too. Also a little edge of earthy hoppy sweetness, too. Very smooth but very rich and layered. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Duncian
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best Barleywines I’ve tasted. It’s definitely not an everyday beer for myself but great to share with friends who appreciate a great Barleywine!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber color with beige head. Aroma has caramelized malt and earthy, resiny , woody hop notes. Taste is really well balanced with rich, complex malts and earthy hop bitterness. Medium body, a bit sticky, soft carbonation. A great american style barleywine.

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Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,500 ratings