Alesmith Rye Barrel Aged Old Numbskull

Alesmith Rye Barrel Aged Old Numbskull

Rated 3.350 by BeerPals
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Brewed by AleSmith Brewing Company

San Diego, CA, United States

Style:  American Barleywine

11% Alcohol by Volume

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A new twist on the barrel-aged version of our American Barleywine, Old Numbskull has been matured in premium rye whiskey barrels for over a year to develop its rich and intense flavor profile. The result is an amazingly complex beer that balances the caramel and toasted malt character of Old Numbskull with spicy notes of vanilla and oak from the barrel aging process.

ID: 55327 Last updated 8 years ago Added to database 8 years ago

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Overall Rank7506
Overall Percentile84.7
Style Rank143 of 436
Style Percentile67.2
Lowest Score4.4
Highest Score4.4
Average Score4.400
Weighted Score3.350
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.4 8 years ago

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

    Had side by side by side with a super fresh (base) Numbskull, and a bourbon BA Numbskull. Alesmith has always been heavy handed with the barreling, and this is no exception. I think the barleywine base is hoppy enough to cut through all the time in the bourbon, but in this one, that really wasn't the case. The barrel influence is strong. Tasty, but heavy. Smells awesome. Super smooth body. You expect a ton of heat on the back end and never get it. Pleasantly warming throughout. Spicy, sweet toffee, beautiful nose. The flavor is delicious but more one dimension than the bourbon version and especially the base. This seems to have been a very sweet rye whiskey. Overall, a decadent treat, but not as complex as I'd hoped. At "barely" a 4.4, probably my least favorite numbskull (every batch ive had of the base has been better than the last, including last night's - a 4.5+ on it's own).

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