Old Numbskull | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Old NumbskullOld Numbskull
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Old NumbskullOld Numbskull

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by xlperro on 02-14-2002

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wine glass.

A: Pours amber with two fingers of yellowish/cream colored head. Excellent retention, with the head only slowly deflating over several minutes, leaving behind a wall of lacing.

S: I can smell the pine and citrus hops from several feet away. Caramel and toffee and some dark fruit that you might see in an old ale.

T: Bitter grapefruit pith and pine hops, with a generous backbone of caramel and mild to moderate, gripping bitterness on the finish. Quite dry, I actually wouldn’t mind a touch of sweetness.

M: Delicate, light carbonation and medium-full body. AleSmith always nails the mouthfeel.

O: Finally getting around to reviewing ON. This is very good, despite my not being a huge fan of the style in general. The draft is excellent, and I think better than out of the bottle (freshness may play a role in this).

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours deep orange auburn with a near 2 finger sandstone head. Fair to good retention, leaving a fair and consistent layer of suds upon the surface. Lacing is small and spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Fruity esters are strong in this one, with a fair caramel backbone.

Taste - Follows the nose; fruity esters take a prominent role while the caramel character fills in most of the rest. Touches of heat nip around the edges, but an earthy sweetness is mostly to be found in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Bone dry finish.

Overall - A fairly good barleywine, though mostly forgettable. While it's drinkability is there, it fails to capture the spirit of uniqueness and/or tenacity of your outstanding Barleywine. In the end it comes across as good, but unremarkable.

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Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,500 ratings