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  rDev -2.9%

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4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Numbskull is a very good barley wine as I enjoyed it very much. The skull pours a very generous head and has crisp carbonation. The aroma to me is molasses and dark fruit. The skull was hot but I did not age this one very long. I would purchase this again and since I have five more bottles I can experiment with age. Overall this is not Fegleys brewery barleywine but it's good.

Bottom Line: Good!

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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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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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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3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
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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Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,496 ratings