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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4.09/5  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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4.53/5  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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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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4.24/5  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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy garnet color with a off white, thick, frothy head with great retention. Appears still and leaves some spotted lacing behind.

S: Very strong dark fruits up front with a big kick of alcohol and piney hopes towards the finish.

T: Matches the aroma to perfection. Dark fruits including figs, raisins, and plums come through initially, followed by a slight booziness and a light hoppy finish.

M: Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. The alcohol is hidden dangerously well. Finishes with a slight drying effect

O: A solid barleywine all around. Alesmith continues to impress me. I will seek this one out again including other offerings from this great brewery.

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Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,493 ratings