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AleSmith 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 02-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,841
Reviews:
511
Ratings:
1,472
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
212
Gots:
363
Trade:
15
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,472 |  Reviews: 511
Photo of Redrover
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Beginner2
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear clean copper with a receding off white head. Nice lacing and film.
Aroma burnt sugars, hops and malts.
Flavors are sweet, happy and some fruit.
Smooth texture, easy to drink, little to no alcohol feel.
I'm relatively new to Barleywines and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a dark coppery hazed color with off-white head. Caramel, dark fruits, toast, and some leather on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more caramel and dark fruit sweetness.

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Photo of Avatar113
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DamienI
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jason_nwx
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

L-Russet Brown...no head or foam

S-Citrus hop forward...tangerines...malt aroma is toffee like on the aroma...

T-More malt forward on the flavor...a lot of goey caramel...some toffee as well...definitely a sticky sweet BW which I appreciate.....hops only lend a touch of citrus..otherwide it is all high abv malt goodiness.

F-Body is about right...heavy but not immense...carbonation is perfect

O-Excellent BW. This should be a benchmark for the style.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd beer in that it is not sweet like a regular barleywine. It is hoppy. In fact I thought I had a drain pour when I smelled it. Way overhopped. But it didn't taste that way. It actually kind of worked. Not enough for me to buy again at $12 but it was worth drinking once.

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Photo of rarigney
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olafphysics
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Muss42
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of TBoneJones
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown pour with some ruby when held to light. Decent head.
Smells robust of malts, and sweet with caramel and milk chocolate hints.
Taste is so well-balanced for a barleywine: it has a steady roasted malt/ sweet caramel, dark fruit and sweet and bitter hop characteristic that makes each mouthful tasty stuff. After s few sips it seems to end on the dry side.
Feel is full with medium carbonation, creamy.
Nice overall beer.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

8 month old bomber into a goblet at cellar temp

L: Golden amber with a slight haze, nice head, quick to fade to a collar, pretty lacing
S: Sweet caramel, toffee, old hops
T: Not as sweet as the nose, hop bitterness is more up front than the sweetness, long bitter fade, nice!
F: Full bodied, no trace of alcohol,
O: Impressive balancing act - very well executed

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AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,472 ratings
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