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AleSmith Old Numbskull | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#1,835
Reviews:
511
Ratings:
1,472
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
213
Gots:
362
Trade:
15
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,472 |  Reviews: 511
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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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Photo of JOrtt
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Lucho
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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2/5  rDev -51.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a dark clear copper mahogany colour.

S - Intense aromas of wood whiskey, hop and malt. Has a cola aroma too. Very intense.

T - Up front some some nice hop and malt flavours.Wow the finish is long and chocolatey and toffee, very nice indeed.

M - Full body and medium carbonation.

O - This is a massive beer, the flavours are very complex and its one of the few beers that you can smell from the glass when its on the table in fri=ont of you. Highly recommended.

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Photo of C_bill
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large wine glass. Smell is very alcoholic with some malty notes, but nothing specific. Deep amber to ruby in appearance with a good head initially that dissipates fairly quickly. Good lacing throughout drinking the bottle.

It has a very malty taste, with toffee being the most predominant flavor. It is pretty well balanced, but the hop flavor doesn't really show through the maltiness and alcohol level. Very viscous.

Overall a good representation of the style, though it could have a little more hop balance.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of korguy123
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I think this has been on my wants list since I signed up to BA years ago.
2012/2013 bottle into snifter.

Super hazy burnt copper/brown pour. Slightly creamy, half finger light tan head. Lacing is minimal.

Right up front alcohol, citrus, sweet cookies, dark stone fruits, caramel, toffee and some bitter pine.

Bitter pine, sweet candied sugar, caramel, light coffee, sweet malts, dates, figs and a touch of alcohol. It's amazing how the aroma has a strong alcohol and the taste has almost none.

Light to medium body, low carbonation with a slight alcohol warmth.

This was well worth the wait. It's listed as American but it has an English influence.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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