AleSmith Old Numbskull | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Old NumbskullAleSmith Old 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 02-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,442
Reviews:
505
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
Wants:
213
Gots:
357
For Trade:
15
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Ratings: 1,442 |  Reviews: 505
Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kiro
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmh21
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey_L
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of byronic
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 05/2015

Still a little hoppy, delicious raisins and caramel malts, slight bitterness, raisins, prunes, other dark fruit. Not too intense but it has aged nicely. Highly recommended.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an deep ruby brown with minimal head that moves to become a collar pretty quickly. The aroma is nice caramel malts, hops and dark fruits. Taste follows the nose, and the hops are nicely defined here. The malts and the hops work very well together. Feel is on the heavy side, with a lower amount of carbonation. Finishes creamy with an alcohol warmth. This is a great beer. This one was a 2015, and just pleased my palate to no end. I will seek this out again.

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Photo of Wamba
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pandow
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gobuccos
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManBearPat
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Biggtriksta
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daem3384
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KeyWestGator
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A beautiful copper-red color with a frothy tan head. The smell and taste was bright caramel and toffee. There was a sweet nature to the beer, but it was full-bodied with a bitter citrusy backbone. Smooth drinking and a great representation of the style.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Redrover
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one was one of 6 large format beers my wife bought me as part of my Valentines present. We split this one while watching Taboo (still can't decide if I like this show or not).

Poured into a snifter, the beer is bronze with a decent cream colored head.

The aroma is of caramel malts, sugars, some dark fruit.

The taste leads with some robust roasted grains, a bit of toffee and some raisins. There is some nice hopping at the start that seemed to fade into the background as I drank the beer. There is also some apple and plum notes with just a hint of alcohol heat. It is sweet but not cloying.

The mouth borders on thick with lower levels of carbonation and a soft feel.

I like this one and the beer gift is off to a good start!

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Photo of sparx1100
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdFed
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks luscious.
Smells give me more caramel malts than hops.
In the Taste, hops come do their job well. Balanced.
Mouth also luscious.
Overall great

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Photo of thoglund
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 1,442 ratings.
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