Old Numbskull | AleSmith Brewing Company

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4.12/5
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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:
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Added by xlperro on 02-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,930
Reviews:
515
Ratings:
1,482
pDev:
9.47%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
215
Gots:
364
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Ratings: 1,482 |  Reviews: 515
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

Photo of Calraven
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass
2012 Vintage

A- pours a deep amber color with a small creamy white head, good retention

S-smells of caramel/toffee, leather, tobacco, faded earthy hops, overall sweet and malty

T- lots of dark fruit up front with notes of raisin and fig. Mid-palate gives some earthy tobacco, caramel & toffee. The finish is more earthy malt, that longersnof caramrel and tobacco

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- this had completely mellowed out in five years, sweet earthy and malty, delicious

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

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a semi-hazy burnt amber color with a thin white slim little head. Lacing was filmy and glossy along the glass. The smell started off with leafy tobacco aroma up front. Subtle citrus hops invade light toffee and caramel malts. Crisp yet sweet and dry fruity esters slyly move in. The taste was moderately dry with a subtle sweet dry caramel to toffee. Subtle dried fruit rides underneath. Dry semi-sweet caramel to fruity to toffee aftertaste subtly moving into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation rides in subtly and nicely, allows a super big stickiness, almost cloying, but not. Overall, as an American Barleywine it works, I'd have again.

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eman17
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kiro
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmh21
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey_L
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +2.2%
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 +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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