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: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Builds a one inch, rocky, beige head that slowly drops, leaving a coating of lace above a reddish brown, hazed ale.

This has a nice balance of sweet malt and pine, offset against orange. Fruit is more prominent than any spice.

A Dogfish Head snifter showcases this quite bitter beer with lots of grapefruit and pine tar. The background contains black tea and, oddly, some roasted malt. The finish is drawn out and builds in bitterness.

A full body with fine, prickly carbonation and dry alcohol as expected. There is a touch of astringency in this chewy beer with a woolly texture.

Old Numbskull is definitely a sipping beer with strong flavors. Bitterness is assertive and it warms well, probably best with a meal. I’ll finish this bottle with dinner tomorrow.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red color with a large tan head that longers for some time

Smell starts out a bit sweet, candy like with caramel and a bit of sweetness. There is a bit of a floral and grassy mix from the hops as well.

Starts out on the sweet side with caramel and candy sugar notes, then the hops kick in. The sugar taste is similar to a Belgian candy sugar.

Feel is pretty decent, maybe a touch on the thin side.

This beer reminds me a lot of an IPA. It starts out a bit sweet, but the hops kick in so fast, the sweetness is quickly overwhelmed. I think cutting back on the hops a bit would provide a better balance. If you like a hoppy beer, give this one a try. I am not a big fan of a lot of hops, but if you are, worth trying.

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

A - pours a deep murky cherry wood/ mahogany color. bubbly frothy light tan foam. leaves little dots of lacing against the glass.

S - nose is deep and sweet. notes of blackstrap molasses, burnt sugar, and gooey caramel. faint notes of citrus as well as hints of clover honey, black peppercorns, and allspice.

T - deep toasty, caramel flavors. notes of burnt sugar and molasses. almost like an unsalted pretzel. deep woody, almost tree bark like flavors as well. notes of allspice blend with herbal and earthy bitterness. peppery notes on the finish with maybe a tinge of warming alcohol.

M - Full bodied. buttery texture. almost like it has touched oak. carbonation is medium at best adding to the syrupy thickness of it.

O - a feel like i caught this beer at a strange time. It seems like it is inbetween trying to be hoppy and trying to be malty. I would definitely like to give it a try again though to get a better idea of where the sweet spot is.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a nice and thick caramel with a 1 1/2 finger head that leaves the 1/2 head for a while. There is some sediment.

Smell: hops and sweet malts and caramel. There is a slight vanilla scent too. there is some alcohol presence

Taste: This is yummy. sweet malts and caramel with a good hop backbone. nice west coast style.

Mouthfeel: medium to thick body with a great mouth feel. leaves a malt and sweet resinous quality.

Overall: This is a really good beer. A great interpretation of a hoppy barelywine.

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