AleSmith Old Numbskull | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Old NumbskullAleSmith Old Numbskull
BA SCORE
90.1%
Liked This Beer
4.12 w/ 1,468 ratings
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:
#1,787
Reviews:
510
Ratings:
1,468
Liked:
1,323
Avg:
4.12/5
pDev:
9.71%
Alströms:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
214
Gots:
363
Trade:
15
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Beaver13
2.91/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is toasted toffee malt, some sugary fruit and strong alcohol.

The flavor is sweet toffee malts with some fruit and a harsh ashy alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, OK barleywine, but too much over the top alcohol.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I managed to get my hands on and have a decent sized sample of during the Belgian Beer Board website Pre-Brugge Beer Festival bottle swap on 31st Jan 2014. Thank you whoever brought it.

My second ever Alesmith, I hope to meet some more one day.

Misty reddy brown with a light beige topping.

Dark fruits and caramel hit the nose initially, then more subtle notes arrive: light citrus hints and yeast esters mingle with the stronger said fruits and caramel malty molasses.

The taste is very similar to what your nose has told you: semi-sweet caramel, dark fruits with an underlying yeastiness with a citrus trace or two. Most enjoyable.

Rich and deep body with the alcohol just about kept in check.

Overall a very good brew and one I'd happily have again: maybe a bottle to myself next time.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark amber (almost chestnut) cloudy liquid forming a medium creamy, thin bubbled beige head. Medium retention and a lot of lingering and molasses lacings left in the glass

S: Delicious combination of caramel and sweet malts. Strong notes of wood and dark fruits. Citrus hops. Notes of orange, brown sugar and nuts. A bit booze in the end

T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts and dark dry fruits. Notes of oak, brown sugar and orange. Citrus hops. Good bitterness kick in the end. In overall, a mild sweet beer with a light but significant bitter end. Balanced

M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Bittersweet malty aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. AleSmith quality. One of the best Barleywines I've ever had. Very tasty but not extremely sweet. Molasses but balanced. Recommended

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

750ml bottle: Didn’t realize I had this for so long. 2003 bottle drank in Feb 2014. This one pours a dark caramel color. There was about no head on mine, nor was there any lacing. The aroma is very nice. Faint citrus hops, along with some caramel malts. No sweetness to speak of. Possible some honey and raisins in there, as well as some toffee and biscuit. The taste is excellent. A slight sweetness, as well as a definite silky texture. Some caramel, raisin, toffee. There is a lot going on here. Actually a faint dryness to the finish. A wonderful offering.

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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Citrus, caramel malt, brown sugar.

Appearance: Poured from 750ml bottle. Big light tan head, body is reddish/dark copper and clear.

Flavor: Sweet caramel with a light hoppiness at finish. Clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy, slight bitterness and dry. A little sticky at end.

Overall: Good Barley wine, a little too sweet fresh, might be a little smoother with some age. Not a whole lot to the beer that makes it stand out but it is a very nice drinkable beer. $15 for 750ml bottle

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AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 1,468 ratings
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