AleSmith Old Numbskull

AleSmith Old Numbskull

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Brewed by AleSmith Brewing Company

San Diego, CA, United States

Style:  English Barleywine

11% Alcohol by Volume

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A West Coast style barleywine. A huge malt profile and a very aggressive dose of premium domestic hops give Old Numbskull a tantalizing complexity, from the aroma to the aftertaste.

ID: 1997 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank43
Overall Percentile99.9
Style Rank2 of 375
Style Percentile99.5
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.9
Average Score4.200
Weighted Score4.123
Standard Deviation0.413

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  • TREBORIUS 308 reviews
    rated 3.6 2 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    The beer pours a clear mahogany color with a tight creamy tan colored head. The aroma is caramel, figs, molasses, yeast, and light citrus. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel and plums. You can certainly taste the alcohol, but it isn’t overpowering the rest of the beer.

  • R.ROUX 395 reviews
    rated 4.3 6 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Bottled on 11/15/15. Pours a hazy mahogany/brown color with a foamy tan head that leaves some strong lacing on the sides of my snifter. Dark fruit, caramel malts and faint hops on the nose. Dates, prunes, raisins, caramel and toffee flavors on the tongue. Being almost 10 months old, the hops have faded, but peek out a bit on the finish. Mouthfeel is full and rich. An outstanding example of an English Barleywine.

  • CYBERCAT 11694 reviews
    rated 3.8 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours hazy mahogany with pale buff head. aroma has strong woody and fruity notes. Flavor has woody, caramel and malty notes plus a snip of caramel. Texture has average viscosity but good fizz,leaving a woody finish.

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    750 ml bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

    The aroma is toasted toffee malt, some sugary fruit and strong alcohol.

    The flavor is sweet toffee malts with some fruit and a harsh ashy alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

    Overall, OK barleywine, but too much over the top alcohol.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 4.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    One of the many Alesmith beers i have been waiting for since they finally started distribution up this way. A very classy barleywine that is as tasty as any I have tried. Its a nice warming beer for this 12 degree November day!

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    Picked up in Ohio last summer. Shared at #KnoxBeerCrew tasting. Dark reddish brown pour, tight short off white head, nice lacing. Aromas of ripe dark fruits, tons of malts, a touch of cocoa, then an ample dose of very earthy hops. Taste is big boozy and rich, creamy with an alcohol bite, caramel, dates and plums, malts galore and hops a'plenty. A fantastic hug beer - no way I could drink this by myself. Definitely a sharer. Another one marked off the Wish List.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Not sure of the age, but I can tell it's been sitting in a cool dark place for a loooooooooong time. Basing my initial thoughts on this mottled, aged bottle which I find to be very enticing. Clear copper/amber body with a filmy cap and crap-tons of lacing. Sweet malt bomb aroma with a heavy bran cereal quality that I adore. Medium bodied, clean and slinky smooth. Flavor is friendly and definitely malt forward, no trace of hops in this bottle. Toffee, mixed berries, rum, and buttered toast. Very nice.

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Hoppy sweaty feet aroma with caramel, salty grapefruit and on slow deep inhales I hit sour cherry. Brew look mahogany gold with a thin skiff floating on top. Taste is not nearly as thick as I thought it would be. Taste is sweet citrus, hints of pine, massive woody malts. Just tasted so peach. Beer is coming across very sweet it’s not overly sweet but its close. Good very easy drinking B-wine…almost to drinkable, however the epic flavor I was expecting and hopping for just wasn’t here. Would gladly drink again.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Bottled (thanks to whoever sent this to me, someone in the us... drewbeerme or jjpm74 afair...). Reddish amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is raisins, toffee, some mild hoppyness along with some earth and some stuff. Flavour is toffee, caramel, some mild alcohol, pleasant "old dead hops".

  • FLASHPRO 1175 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Interesting sweet spicy fruit aroma. Dark brown color with tan head of cream topped medium size bubbles. Alcohol is apparent in this 11% barleywine. This one could definitely use some aging. Dark fruit and peppery. Maybe a tiny bit of chocolate, but not much. The finish is a little hoppy, making it more of a mix of an American and English barleywine. Very nice lacing as I lower the liquid level in my glass. Very good, but I don't think it should be the #1 English Barleywine.

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