Friday, November 1, 2013

AleSmith Brewing Company Old Numbskull Barleywine Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is AleSmith Brewing Company Old Numbskull Barleywine Ale. I’m quickly becoming a big fan of AleSmith’s beers and since I’m a sucker for a great Barleywine Ale (and the fact that I had heard this one was in fact fantastic) I thought this would be a good “post-Halloween” review to post.  An All Saints post if you will.

From the AleSmith Brewing Company website: “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.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a rich caramel color with a foamy tan colored head and lots of sticky lacing on the glass.
Aroma: Huge hop forward aroma – pine, floral, citrus and tropical with sweet caramel malts, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla and dark fruits.
Taste: Flavors follow the nose with big hop bitterness – earthy, grassy, citrus, floral and pine. Balanced perfectly with toasted, biscuit and caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits and some alcohol heat.
Overall: Big in every way, AleSmith Brewing Company Old Numbskull Barleywine Ale is as complex as it is delicious.  I plan to pick up some more of this 11% ABV gem and age some for the future (as well as probably drink another one this holiday season). I highly recommend this one!


Mark Harvey

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