Old Numbskull | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of brycemc
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of bpasquini
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of hardy008
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
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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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
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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4.45/5  rDev +8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,496 ratings