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:
1,461
Reviews:
508
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
Wants:
214
Gots:
360
For Trade:
15
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a very american barleywine ale, as determined by its aggressive piney hop profile that is just as prevalent in nose and taste as the malt here, which is what english barleywines usually showcase. more of a balanced offering, but a massive one. beautiful red copper glow to this, high gravity for sure, under a khaki head an inch tall and thick as tar. lots of hops on the nose, bitter, which counters the sweetness of the grain well, and it transitions right into the flavor. but grain bill no doubt, caramel sweetness and a dried fruit complex, but the hops wake you right up and this finishes real hoppy and bitter. like all the foiled alesmith brews, the alcohol is brilliantly well disguised and this drinks far lighter than it really is. a scary bottle to finish alone, but i would be happy to try. nice example of the highly hopped american barleywine.

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Photo of john0721
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ricecracker420
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Jimsal27
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of BierJager89
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Red tinted brown with a light brown head, and beautiful.

S: Tons of orange in the nose with some alcohol.

T: Orange/mango, papaya, brown sugar, and some alcohol character, but more burn than flavor.

M: Close to full bodied, average carbonation, a bit harsh with alcohol.

O: A great (I'd say American-style) barleywine.

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Photo of Mdog
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red-amber with slight haze, good head, good lacing.

Smell: Hoppy citrus, not much malt detected.

Taste: Candy sweetness to start before a big kick of bitter citrus pith. As it warms up, a little more caramel comes through, but this seems more DIPA than barleywine.

Overall: Tasty stuff, but straddles the line between BW and DIPA. Even hoppy BW's like Bigfoot have substantial malt flavors when young, this one leans even harder on the hops. Not a big deal as I like both styles.

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Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DIPAFAN
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of gr8zehaman
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Shaimless
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jwhancher
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml bottle at the brewery back in 2011 on a trip to San Diego. Aged this one in the cellar the last few years. Capped with foil presentation. Cold as heck in Philly right now after about an 8- inch snowstorm so figured the timing was right to open this one up.

Pours a hazy orange amber with nice lasting head. Lacing clings to the sides of the snifter I poured this into. Good solid carbonation evident.

Smells of orange marmalade, candied sugar, and sticky/chewy malt sweetness. Hops seem to have since faded but some lingering piney citrus seem evident in the background. No hot alcohols in the nose.

Tastes sweet upfront with nice firm bitterness that dries out most of the residual sugars before giving way to more sticky/chewy malts. Some dark fruits and light cocoa seem evident.

Feels full, thick and chewy. Exactly what I've come to expect from an American style barley wine. A few years seem to have mellowed out any potential harsh alcohol notes. 2-3 years seem about right to age this badboy.

Overall, another excellent beer from a brewery I truly admire and whose beers all seem to kick some ass.

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Photo of Sippinonsizzurp
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Eweber
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Dave1999
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Kiniey01
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of crnipeter
2.86/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Following the brewer's advice I left the beer to mature for 18 months with dubious results.

Deep murky coppery with 1/4 inch of light tan head that gets easily revived with each swirl.

Resinous-woodsy hop aroma mingles with caramel-marmellaty malt foundation and plummy ester undertones.

The flavor starts malty sweet with orange-liquor qualities but the balance quickly shifts towards bitterness. The later combines with alcohol to lend dry finish. The alcohol is too evident throughout the smell and taste and overrides everything else as the beer warms, completely ruining the impression.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with tiny-bubbled moderate carbonation.

Ageing hasn't softened the booze and the beer is just another let down from the Alesmith.
But one must admit the name has been well chosen: the Numbskull...after purchasing it I feel exactly like one - a stupid person, that's it.

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Photo of Troville1990
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 1,461 ratings.
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