Old Numbskull | 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: Rotating

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Added by xlperro on 02-14-2002

BEER STATS
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#1,929
Reviews:
515
Ratings:
1,482
pDev:
9.47%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
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Photo of buzzardman
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Citrus, caramel malt, brown sugar.

Appearance: Poured from 750ml bottle. Big light tan head, body is reddish/dark copper and clear.

Flavor: Sweet caramel with a light hoppiness at finish. Clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy, slight bitterness and dry. A little sticky at end.

Overall: Good Barley wine, a little too sweet fresh, might be a little smoother with some age. Not a whole lot to the beer that makes it stand out but it is a very nice drinkable beer. $15 for 750ml bottle

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 9-17-10. Props to zoso1967 and TCGoalie for bringing this brew to my mouth.

A: The color is a little strange... its murky, light brown, reddish orange hue reminds me a little of loose feces (not really in a bad way, though). Atop this curious looking body is a one finger, khaki head in my oversized wine glass. The carbonation bubbles are moving very slowly and the lacing is thick and swirly.

S: A very robust smell of musty caramel and brown sugar emanates from this numbskull. There is a slight citrus presence of orange zest along with some white pine coming from the hops. I also smell some thick, creamy butter. The biggest aroma in the batch is that malty, mustiness.

T: A musty caramel and brown sugar sweetness is tempered by a tingly pine hoppiness. The order of that taste on my palate is the brown sugar upfront, with the musty caramel taste in the middle, finished by the drying pine hop bitterness.

M: This numbskull MF has a very creamy, buttery, medium feel on my palate with a lovely, dry hop bitterness at the end.

D: I really could not detect the 11 % a.b.v. at all. This is very smooth drinking beer that is not exceptional, but was quite tasty and will be worth another try in the future.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. A little tricky to pour at first, was hard to keep the yeast in the bottom of the bottle. My fault, I was a little too excited to try this beer. Strong taste; alcoholic, with nice mix of flavor. Enjoyed this beer a lot. Will definitely buy again. I would like to age one for a year and see the difference.

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Photo of pat61
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Aged 18 months
Nose: caramel, toffee, plum, dark raisins, some biscuit and hop.
Pours deep hazy amber to chestnut with a clingy 1" light tan tinted foam cap that descends to a thick film but is easily roused. Has legs and is lacy.
Palate: Initial attack of rich malt flavors, dark caramel, a hint of dark chocolate, fruit, dark grapes, plum, prune, and then sherry to port flavor, alcohol, heat and a lingering sweet finish accented by hop bitterness.
Creamy chewy body with soft, medium carbonation.

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Photo of samtrillo
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwgduke
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Silver foil capped 750mL bottle from Halftime Beverage. 2012 vintage. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours chestnut with orange hued highlights and a two finger cap of dense, pale head. Retention is nice with a thin halo and a huge, lingering island of froth. Lots of splotchy lace.

Malty aromas of cereal, caramel, bread, earthy hops and faint toffee.

Flavors are earthy, sweet and boozey. Lots of grain character. Cereal, caramel malts and an alcohol flavor without the burn. Piney, resinous, herbal hop bitterness. A great mixture of big, sweet malts with earthy hops and an appropriate nip of booze.

Sticky, oily, medium feel with mild yet present carbonation. Resin, cereal and burnt caramel finish.

Two year aged Old Numbskull is tasty for sure but I recall fresh being a touch better for its more vibrant hop character. Time trades the fresher hops and hotter booze for smooth edges, fuller feel and more sweetness. All in all you can't go wrong either way. This is an excellent American barleywine.

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Photo of stortore
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of atigerlife
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a small creamy brown head. Small carbonation rising. Very nice to look at.

Aroma is sweet, malts, overally ripe dark fruits [prunes/figs]. Alcohol in the background.

Taste is sweet, malty, caramel, some hops and hints of slightly old orange and dark fruits. As it warms, the alcohol makes it presence known.

Mouthfeel is syrupy, heavy.

Overall, a wonderful barleywine. Very drinkable given the ABV. Not my favorite style, but I would recommend this [and wish I had another bottle].

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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle came from Tayner. Thank you.

Old Numbskull is pretty on pour and pretty in the glass.

It doesn't strike me as an English Barleywine, but whatever style it is, it is very good.

Caramel and citrus fruit. Smells like candy.

It is smooth and goes down so easy. It almost seems light.

This is one I'd like to always have on hand.

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Photo of Hayes86
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerNW
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now that's a true American Barley Wine! Big on everything; from hops, to barley, to alcohol, to richness. Full of flavor and intimitating from beginning to end. Big barley, bready, hoppy aromas stare down over a dense, ruby colored brew. Leaving good head retention and lacing, evidence of great proteins. Overwhelming flavors of barley malt, taking on molassas and brown sugar proportions. Intense hop flavor casts a piney, citrus shadow on on the malt base. Well aged and melded into a bitter, earthy, malt sweetened beverage. Alcohols take on caugh syrup intensity and reach a light solvent evaporative sensation. Though thick and heavy on the palate, the beer finishes a balanced sweet / bitter ratio. As great as it is, I often have problems assigning very high marks to the extremely-hopped Barley Wines. Alcohols strength also keeps me from scoring higher.

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this home from a visit to San Diego last fall and finally got to it last night at the well chronicled Warwick Drinking Society session hosted by Ohoove last night. This one poured a dark amber color with lots of floaties and a decent oatmeal colored head and nice big clumps of lace. The aroma is incredible with butterscotch malt, buttery smooth and vanilla beauty, awesome! The flavor isn't quite as awesome as the aroma but it is still great with a viscous feel. Buttery malt and vanilla. Plenty of herbal hops bouncing around here. Nice body with even carbonation that makes this reasonably drinkable for the style. Not as robust as some but quite enjoyable to my tastes and a very solid barleywine!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Mauerhan. 750ml bottle capped with silver foil served at 49 degrees in my Old Guardian glass (also courtesy of Mauerhan). Poured a translucent mahogany with a rocky, two inch beige-colored cap. Head eventually settles into a frothy, solid quarter inch skim with some residual slashes of lacing revealed during the tasting. Complex and intense nose - grapefruit, citrus, caramel, malt, brown sugar and molasses. Consistent with nose, but also a little peppery, some dark fruits (perhaps prunes or figs), with a little residual booziness at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and quite bright and lively with a mild burn at the back of the throat. Typically not a style I seek out; however, this is delicious. While there is definitely an alcohol presence, I have to say that it is not suggestive of an 11% abv. An exceptional beer I have to say.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Redgoatman
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy reddish color with 2 fingers of frothy of white head that recedes extremely slowly. the smell is malt s booze and a huge dose of piney hops. the flavor follows suit with a bit of malt sweetness that helps to balance out the bitterness from all the hops and there is a piney spicey hop flavor followed by big booziness. the mouthfeel is well carbed with a medium to full mouth feel and a fairly bitter nifinsh. overall a fairly good american barleywine but could definitely use some age on it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer when held up to the light is a hazy copper-orange color, otherwise it is a fairly drab amber color. It is topped by a fairly dense tan head. The aroma at first is all hops; grapefruit & flower nectar. As I smell more the malt comes out in the aroma. The malt aroma helps to thicken the aroma of the hops in this beer. The taste is surprising in its restraint from bitterness. The hop flavor is here I full force though The body of this beer is like a beefy giant. I find myself enjoying this beer quite a bit. The interplay of the malt and hop is quite well done. The predominant taste is that of a hoppy nectar, there is a solid malt character & the bitterness is fairly subtle for an over hopped big beer (which I really like here). There seems to be some light oxidation notes here (perhaps a hint of sherry), which helps to further the complexity. Quite enjoyable and I have a full 750 to savor this evening.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle from a kind BA whose name eluded me.

A: Fairly clear and bright for a barleywine. Amber in color. One quarter of white head with some lacing.

S: Nice clear malt nose. A touch of tea as well. Has that nice aged beer smell.

T: Nice faded hop smell with a good malt backbone. Nice sweetness with a touch of raisin thrown in. All of the booze is gone.

M: Nice full mouthfeel. Spot on carbonation.

D: Super easy drinking. Probably too drinkable for the ABV. So smooth all around. So smooth in fact that nothing really pops out.

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Photo of BoozyCollins21
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBierBand
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says "improves with age... 6-24 months or longer"... HOWEVER, there is NO DATE ANYWHERE ON THE BOTTLE! So, consequently, I have NO IDEA how old this bottle is... Maybe it's already 24 months old?

I poured it from the 750ml brown bottle into a tulip glass to form a 1" light beige/off-white head. The head dissipated to a thick cap leaving pronounced lacing. The beer is copper in color with a trace of cloudiness.

The nose is abundant. Lot's of toasted malt. Some grassy hops. A sweet, fruity aroma is also present.

Taste: Big taste! Good mix between the sweet and the bitter. The sweet somes from the toasted malt and a little bit of raisin. The bitter comes from the grassy hopsand also a little touch of smoked nuttiness.

The mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side... not as smooth and chewey as my favorites in this class. Although I HAVE NO IDEA HOW OLD THIS BOTTLE IS....

Drinkability: Good solid barleywine... I definately prefer Weyerbacher Insanity to this though.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,482 ratings