AleSmith Old Numbskull | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Old NumbskullAleSmith Old Numbskull

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 02-14-2002

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Photo of ptarmigan98
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of stone3187
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
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 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 it warms, a ton of 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 -3.4%

Photo of GotWad629
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of dan027
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rapidsequence
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle that Erin got for me. No date, but I've had it for 6 or 8 months.

Appearance: Its a real beaut. Mostly clear dark amber color, off white head with surprisingly good retention, and incredible sticky lacing.

Smell: Rich sweet malt with lots of caramel and toffee notes. Fruity esters and some citrus hops, but its not super bight with hops as if it were fresh. A little boozy.

Taste: Very big, sweet, and boozy, but not hot. Fruity esters. Lots of dark crystal malt flavors from caramel up to a touch of cocoa. Hoppy bitterness and citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel: Big and sticky. Dries out some in the finish. Great.

Overall: A pretty excellent barleywine. I'd like to have a real fresh one to compare.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes

Deep maple, quite clear, with a nice frothy off-white head. Touch of orange peel, brown sugar, and pine. Pretty nicely done. The mid palate is exploding with flavors of citrus, pine, malt, maybe even a tiny hint of cocoa. Finishes strong and alcoholic, with hints of sweetness, biscuit, grapes, and citrus. However, a touch boozy at this point in time. Very full, thick, and chewy body and fairly brisk carbonation. This beer has much potential to age.

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Photo of Hopsiam14
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of HopsintheSack
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 bottle that has been sitting for 2 months, maybe slightly longer. Pours a beautiful deep red-orange, clear, with big creamy head that has an orange/beige hue. Smells like serious pine and toffee. Was surprised at the hop presence in the aroma here. Nice toffee flavor, with a hit of hop on the tongue. Bit of grapefruit and slight booze, but hides the abv awfully well. This is a bit too easy to drink, and definitely the most balanced of the style that I have ever encountered. Very nice.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of cdkrenz
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This bottle was cellared for 2 years at a temperature ranging from 53 to 65 degrees.

A - Clear reddish body with minimal head. Nearly no carbonation in this ruby bodied beauty.

S - Pungent fruits of apricot and prune.

T - The pungent fruits transition well into the flavors. There's a definite sharpness in the finish which is likely a remnant of the large amount of hops it took to brew this beverage. Outside the finish the hops have receded well leaving the malt well balanced and tasty.

M - Thick body making for a brew that doesn't go down all that easily, however, who would expect an easy drinking barleywine. Certainly not this guy. Job well done once again.

~ This is a great example of a barleywine. It aged well and I wish I had another bottle available.

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Photo of mrbojangles31
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hay amber colour with a creamy, off-white head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

Sweet and earthy with some toffee malt. Very nice.

Sweet toffee malt and lots of earthy, resinous bitterness. Nice fruitiness. Touches of citrus. Good.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A really nice Barleywine. Sure, it's not barrel aged but it works well and is well crafted.

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Photo of ElSid
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: None

A: Deep mahogany with hues of burgundy with a finger of creamy off white head which dissipates to an island of bubbles and faint lace on the glass.

S: Smooth at first, almost hot cocoa-esque, with wood, wineyness, berries, and an earthy, bready base with hints of grass.

T: Wood, wineyness and tobacco which transitions to strawberry preserves. The malt is subtle but present and bready with a nice caramel thick sweetness. Then comes the bitter hop attack which is mostly earthy, leafy, and faintly citrus peel. The bitterness transitions to spice on the sides of the tongue and the finish is of warming alcohol.

M: Big and smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation and syrupy linger.

O: A solid Barleywine with good complexity and excellent feel. AleSmith produces well crafted brews and never seems to disappoint.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of champ103
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mildly hazed, burn red color. An orange/white head is slow to form at first. The eventually rises to two fingers. Rocky, and pitted. Good retention, and sheets of lace left behind.
S: A big malty aroma, with citrus and slight resiny hops pocking its head through. The resiny, piny character builds as this warms. Dark fruits of plums and cherries. Toasted and caramel malts. Love it.
T: Follows the nose. The malt and hop interplay is near perfect. Maybe just a bit to resiny for me in the end, though not a big deal. Toasted malts, toffee sweetness, dark fruits. Citrus and pine resin to balance the big sweetness. Plenty of alcohol warmth. Also, just slightly metallic.
M/D: A big full body. Slightly resinous, though excellent and fine carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Very easy to sip on. The alcohol is apparent, but just so enjoyable. A very nice sipper.

A big beer, but still very enjoyable. Tons of malt, and balanced with big resiny and piny flavors as well. Really well done. Highly recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

AleSmith Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company
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