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AleSmith Old Numbskull | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Old NumbskullAleSmith Old 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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Photo of notchucknorris
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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Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +3.2%

Photo of Evan
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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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2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,472 ratings
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