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:
1,456
Reviews:
508
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
Wants:
214
Gots:
357
For Trade:
15
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Photo of Muss42
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of TBoneJones
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of q33jeff
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

**
09/24/16
Bottle, 25.4 oz, to goblet. Dated 11/15/15

LOOK: hazy brown, thick, shows legs, medium off white head...lasts.

AROMA: malt, spice, toffee, caramel,

TASTE: leather, brandy, toffee, touch of raisin, some late wood or ash.

FEEL: slightly above average body, low carbonation, creamy, alcohol burn is apparent but in a good way.


Another Quality beer from Alesmith.
**

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Photo of REDAMI
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle (May 2015) into Chimay goblet.

L-Deep copper brown, thick off-white head. Excellent retention.

S-Citrus/grapefruit hops, sweet malt, toffee and burnt sugars.

T-Roasted grain, bready malts, molasses, apricot brandy, faint bitterness.

F-Alcohol. A thin syrup with oily hops, decent carbonation for it's weight.

A good variety of flavors in a barleywine. Not overly hopped. While the alcohol is noticeable, it's not overpowering. Well done.

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Photo of Pug
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of giediprime41
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kinmundy77
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Korbynlehr
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

11% ABV, 96 IBU, OG=1.106, $10.99 for a 750ml bottle at Goodmans in Kenosha.
Pours out to a slightly hazy deep amber, forming a nice poofy yellow head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Thick layer of debris in the bottom of the bottle. The nose is fruity, apples, tropical fruit, strawberry jam. Mouthfeel is slick, syrupy, dense bodied. The taste is quite good, opening with lots of strawberry jam and piney hops, followed by dates/figs, lots of sticky malts, a firm bitterness, more fruit in the finish. Well balanced bitterness makes it a bit more approachable than some other sickly sweet barleywines. A little warm and peppery in the finish that is hidden behind the hops, but still able to be distinguished as some drying alcohols. No appreciable flaws in nose or flavor.

A really nice barleywine. The last few Alesmiths I've had were oxidized but thankfully this one is not. Goes down nice, well balanced, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Gemini6
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aknalley
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DocWaters
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Alesmith tap house 8.27.16

L - Copper, amber, ruby. Clarity. 2 fingers of head. Lots of lace. Impressive

S - Brown sugar and molasses

T - Same as the nose. Lots of sugar! Awesome sipper

F - Medium carb and body

O - An awesome Barleywine. Doesn't get much better

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Photo of sjrider
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 1,456 ratings.
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