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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 021914 Sandalwood and sweetened licorice. Absinthe-like delight. Spicy, herbal hops linger throughout.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of thebigredone
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure of the vintage on this, at least a year old. Possibly two.

Pours a medium brownish orange.

Smells of hops and light sweetness.

Taste is initial bitterness, followed by light toffee and caramel sweetness. The bitterness stays through the mid-palate and the finish. 11% ABV is fairly well hidden.

Mouthfeel is viscous.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Not sure if this would have been better fresh or not (never really intended to age it so long), but I would be up for trying a newer vintage.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A beautiful amber/auburn color, initially the former then it fades into the latter. The finished product a deep auburn, verging on nutty brown. Tan, foamy head with nice retention. About a finger and a half of head for a good while.

S: Lots of yeast and sweet hop to the smell. Semi-sweet, fruit lingers in the glass. A slight tinge of alcohol afterwards.

T: A bitter initial sip, hoppy on the tongue. Definitely some booze as well, but not so much so that it masks anything. Very interesting flavor, but not one that lingers. An elusive complexity, this beer.

M: The carbonation is perfect and the overall finish is very dry. This is probably as good as it gets.

O: I'm not too sure what to think about this beer. It has a very interesting flavor profile and the finish is wonderful. I think this would pair well with a variety of heavy meals. This, however, is not my go-to AleSmith. Definitely worth a try, though. And I would definitely want to age this.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but was purchased in late 2011. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Light soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, apple, orange zest, floral, brown sugar, pine, molasses, toast, orange rind, brown bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, orange zest, apple, toast, floral, pine, orange rind, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, light roast, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, orange zest, orange rind, light fruits, toast, light chocolate, brown bread, brown sugar, floral, pine, light roast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of deep malt and hop flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance, and hardly any cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic well aged barleywine. Fantastic complexity and balance of deep malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,496 ratings