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AleSmith Old Numbskull | AleSmith Brewing Company

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4.12/5
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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
Ranking:
#1,859
Reviews:
512
Ratings:
1,473
pDev:
9.47%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
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212
Gots:
364
Trade:
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Photo of Everydayoff
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Nov-2015, drank Dec-2017.

Mildly hazed with deep ruby copper color, the pour builds up massive silky light brown head that withstands with great retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting fluffy layer on the surface and leaving lots of sticky lace here and there.

Full of malt through both the aroma and taste, I got obviously creamy smoothness layer as well as malty sweetness, also caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted malt, burnt bread, and biscuit. Note of ripe dark fruit in kind of fig and raisin too as a complex layer together with the assertive hop profile of some fruitiness, peppery spice, and long-lasting earthy yet leafty bitterness. Of course, the booze is there with its pungent spiciness but who really cares? The end and aftertaste is lingering with hop bitterness, big malty sweetness, and some alcohol.

The body is rather full with smooth mouthfeel and mild to moderate carbonation through the palate. The feeling is well-rounded and just right to carry all the things well. Finish is very dry.

Kneel to this malty monster with its uncompromising booziness in contrast with the wide varieties of malt yet with earthy hop, it is great and can be a benchmark of what American Barleywine is all about.

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

Photo of StanleysCup
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sludgeman
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this back in Sept 2015. (just found the written review).

Poured into a small stemmed tulip.

For me, this is a classic barley wine. Malty sweetness balance with an herbal bitterness and a background alcohol that makes this beer very drinkable. Crack this one open on a cold winter evening. 4.5

A – Pours amber and clear with a big 3-finger mousey reddish beige head. Nice lacing and a long-lasting head. 4.25

S – Aromas of caramel and malt with a slight sweetness. 4.0

T – Molasses, caramel, malt, faint vanilla and pepperiness, some dark fruitiness, a bit of alcohol bite and herbal bitterness at the backend. 4.5

MF – Medium heavy bodied with a semi-dry finish. Warming. Slight creaminess. 4.5

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Photo of Nat1975
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maltznhopz
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/2016 bottle poured into a snifter glass. Aroma is of burnt brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste follows the nose with some added toffee and raisin. Fairly thin, medium carbonated mouthfeel.

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

Photo of MikeWard
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a tulip. only dating i could see was "02". rest was worn away.

looks great. dark but clear red/amber body, small but persistent off white head leaving decent lacing, very light carbonation stream.

aroma is boozy and candy.

this is one hot beer, alcohol wise. that is the prominent flavor. There is some sweetness, and a suggestion of hops, but mostly hot, hot, hot.

above medium on the mouth, candy and booze on the finish, with, surprisingly, a little hop bite at the end.

overall, this one is just too much hot booze for me, and not enough of everything else.

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Photo of JuiceMan818
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The ol numbskull! Its a bozzy beast!

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Photo of jldoyle89
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of OldRickSputin
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle

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Photo of BergBeer
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmurphy7
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

as far as barley wines go, this AleSmith brew is solid. the strength of this brew happens on the nose and quickly dissipates in the finish. I have certainly had more complex barley wines, but this one was an OK option.

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Photo of MikeBogert53
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AGoodStout
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crob3888
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mcrawford
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADG2995
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,473 ratings
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