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 | 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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle undated, drinking within 6 months of purchase. Poured from a 750ml into a snifter. A little cold as I start the review, as in 10 minutes out of fridge temp (mid 40s). Letting warm as I drink.

Appearance is a dark reddish copper. Slightly hazy. Nice thick mixed size head quickly dissipates into a thick lacing.

Smell is out of this world. Bready, and spicy, bold with alcohol. Getting some anise-type spices, strong pine notes, some citrus (kumquat is emerging as it warms), just sublime. And it's still a bit cold at this point!

Taste - Lots here! Initial impression is of strong malts and hops to match, a very good balance. No yeast notes to speak of, some resin character, maybe a touch of honey in the long finish. Spices (towards mace and clove?) come through as well, complimenting some bitter citrus. Finish is smooth and long, belying the 11% ABV.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light bodied for this gravity. Plenty of substance without being cloying, just on the edge of the thicker style you sometime get with heavy ales, reminiscent of a 120 Minute but lighter (a good thing). Finish is long and just barely off dry.

This is good stuff, and can easily sneak up you. Recommended!

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours this excellent orange, red, copper color, and leaves a small head that has a slight tannish color to it, looks thick and looks creamy as well, beer is pretty murky, can see about halfway through the glass, I really enjoy the way this beer looks!

S: Definitely has a hop forward smell to it, get some orange, lemon zest, very slight hints of grapefruit, and pine. There is also a nice caramel toffee smell to it which makes it smell very sweet, can't detect any booze which is a bit surprising with 11% ABV, the smell welcomes you to the beer unlike some of the other American style barley wines I have tried, the smell is more refined with this beer

T: The taste is still kind of hop forward but it is executed well, the taste almost similarly follows the nose, at first I am getting that piney slight citrus broken down hop profile which is expected, but the hops aren't overpowering, it is quickly joined by the sweet caramel toffee flavor, a few bready malt flavors are joined shortly after and finishes with a crisp sweet slightly bitter piney bite from the hops at the end, the flavor doesn't linger at all, finishes properly, so far the best flavored american barley wine I have tried

M: Love the feel of this beer, it's very chewy! Thick bodied, slightly creamy feel to it, finishes quickly which really compliments this beer, doesn't leave an overbearing lingering broken down hop taste in your mouth like other american barley wines that I have tried, even though this beer is thick and chewy it finishes really crisp!

O: I was quite surprised by this beer, I've been wanting to finally try a solid and this one has done it for me, this beer is extremely well rounded and almost executed perfectly, almost gave up on this style of beer, but this one will keep me trying more of this style, well done Alesmith!

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Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,489 ratings