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:
1,454
Reviews:
507
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
Wants:
214
Gots:
357
For Trade:
14
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Ratings: 1,454 |  Reviews: 507
Photo of hardy008
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper with a one finger light tan head, with nice retention and lacing. Nice aroma with caramel, toffee, toasted malt, oranges, and dark fruit. Smells both sweet and hoppy at the same time.

Tastes as great as it smells. Has a sweet flavor with toffee, caramel, toasted malt, dark fruit, oranges, citrus zest, and brown sugar. There is a perfect amount of sweetness for me, with a nice hop kick for some balancing bitterness.

Full bodied, chewy, smooth, and easy to drink. Has modest carbonation. One of the best Barleywines I have had in a long time.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of pheggeseth
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of vfgccp
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unaged bottle opened Oct 2013.

A - Great looking barleywine. Maple brown body with a nice yellowed paper head. Nice retention and great lace.

S - Maple syrup, brown sugar, touch of smoke, soft booze, crab apple.

T - Similar profile to the nose. Maple syrup, oak, malt powder, soft booze, and molasses. Herbal hop and caramel finish. Better as it warms.

M - Medium-light frame. A little thin for the style.

O - Decent, but might need a little more time for it to peak.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 05/07/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger light tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A pretty aggressive hop forward aroma with lots of earthy hints and a big caramel malt base. Upfront presence of earthy, floral, and herbal hops with big hints of grass. Piney hop hints and citrus hop hints of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Also some apple fruit hints. Toasty malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, grains, and cracker. Sweet hints of molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruit hints of fig, raisin, and dates. Noticeable scent of booze as expected for the style. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the big aroma suggests, a big mix of both hops and malt with good notes of earthy hops and caramel malt. Big notes of earthy and grassy hops along with some floral and herbal hop notes upfront. Dank pine resin hops. Also some notes of citrus grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Toasted malts with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, yeast, and crackers. Taste of apple cider lingers. Sweet taste of molasses and brown sugar notes. Dark fruit undertones of raisin, fig, and dates. Some alcohol taste is apparent. A really nice barleywine taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely chewy with a fairly drying finish. Some alcohol is felt as expected but its not overly hot.

Overall: A really great take on the American Barley wine style. Big upfront earthy hop presence with a good balance of bready caramel malt.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

A: Slightly haze reddish chestnut color with a thin off white head. The lace absolutely coats the glass. Insane.

S: Big and hoppy aroma with huge pine and floral notes. Grapefruit and orange zest, pine resin, caramel and a rich malt presence in the back.

T: Floral hops and pine held up by a big toasted bread malt backbone. Orange zest, toffee, and some sticky floral hop resin. Totally unlike any other barleywine I've had. And I like it.

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Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of damienblack
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Beersnake1
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of borrachoso69
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of PopnLoads
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

750ml into a tulip. This one's a gusher.

A: Pours a rich maple color with a nice beige head.

S: Thick pine, cider, molasses, maple, leafy hop notes, grapefruit, brown sugar.

T: Taste brings somewhat pungent hop bitteness, earthy, burnt caramel, bitter grapefruit skin, toffee, browned apples, cooked sugar, booze.

M: Thick-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A pretty characteristic hoppy American barleywine, perhaps a bit heavier on the bitterness than most, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Evan
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of Jtrigonis
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of kevwcamp
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, muddled, opaque, chestnut-brown coloring with a dense, creamy, off-white head that sits low and slowly settles into a sparse, filmy surface coating. Aromas of cedar, peat, cracker and biscuit, toffee, apple, pear, and an overall fruitcake character. Smells balanced, but rich and imposing at the same time. Flavors of toffee and roast on the forward tongue, with hints of chocolate to follow. Apple pie, with all the spices, some subtle tropical fruit notes, and a light caramel highlight. Earthy notes pop in and out on the taste buds, helping to keep everything in some semblance of balance. Very balanced on a mid-bodied feel, which pulls off a lightening effect on the heavy, robust palate. The aftertaste is roasted sweetness, with a blending of all the rich, sugary sweetness together with all of the fruit characteristics, and also the first real hints of booze. A fruity sweet linger at the end, both tangy and slightly cloying, into a slick, slightly bitter, lingering finish. Tasty brew, and I bet it ages nicely.

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AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 1,454 ratings.
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