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AleSmith Old Numbskull | AleSmith Brewing Company

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4.12/5
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AleSmith Old NumbskullAleSmith Old Numbskull
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:
#1,856
Reviews:
512
Ratings:
1,473
pDev:
9.47%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
212
Gots:
364
Trade:
15
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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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  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red/apricot color with some haze topped by a nice billowy caramel head. The retention is superb, and as the head subsides, leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel, citrus, hops, malts, toffee, licorice, fruits.

T: A bold, complex flavor that is sweet, boozy, and similar to the smell... ...with caramel, yeast, and hops dominating the palate. Very delicious.

M: Well balanced--the carbonation is at the right level. A little chewy. Finishes dry.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this barleywine, and will be aiming to pick some more up so I can age it to perfection.

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3.75/5  rDev -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%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: creme head, soft-ish and spongy - really (infected-looking) hazy, burgundy liquid - some spotty, crystalline lacing...it looks like a barleywine, however, the amount of haze, even when pouring very carefully in an attempt not to disturb the sediment, was off-putting to the eye

S: potent, orange-peel citrusy hops, (rasp)berry fruit puree...dark, raisin-y crystal malts...vaguely perfumy alcohol....as it warms, a ton of caramel....it smelled good, nothing unique...perhaps a little muted by yeast

T: caramel malty, dried-out caramel chews....backed with a ester-y alcohol and a good bit of raisin in the aftertaste...immediately reminiscent of SN Bigfoot (or any textbook American barleywine)....bit of a yeasty flavor on the edges, dry, piney hops....the alcohol is not harsh or hot and it's felt a hair above and ahead of the malts....little bit of smoke and tobacco on the end

M: a fullish body, a little residual syrupy-ness, yet not too viscous....the alcohol and the moderate bitterness do a decent job of establishing some balance, taming the concentrated crystal malts - it's dry enough and its warmth is nice and mellow

O: a solid effort - nothing particularly noteworthy other than the heightened yeast flavor and the moderate depth and intensity of the caramel flavors

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a murky amber with a thick head that slowly dissipates leaving a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells exactly like a west coast barley should. Caramel and toffee with a big citrus presence.

Toffee, caramel, pine, citrus and resinous hop all come through in the flavor. A very complex beer for sure. A perfectly balanced west coast barley wine. The hops are definitely present but they don't over power the malt profile.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. It ends with a nice dry finish.

I've got to cellar this one

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,473 ratings
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