Style: American Barleywine

ABV: 11.0 IBU: 96

86/100
Aroma: 10
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

AleSmith Brewing Company Old Numbskull

What the brewers say

“Caramel and toffee notes abound in this deep copper-colored American Barleywine-style ale alongside toasted malt and a hint of ripe dark fruits. Old Numbskull showcases malt sweetness, intense American hops, and an aggres- sive bitterness.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Nice malt sweetness with hints of orange, lemon, and pine. Bready and sweet malt aroma.”

Flavor: “Bright and juicy hops avors push forward over moderate caramel sweetness and yeast esters that almost venture into Belgian-style bubble gum territory. A slight nuttiness adds an earthy foil against sweet orange and grapefruit citrus and lingers into the aftertaste with only a slight alcohol heat and a smidgen of phenolic bitterness.”

Overall: “An enjoyable beer that starts off fruity with strong citrus hops char- acter over a light and sweet malt base. The phenolic component was slightly off-putting and the hops aroma wasn’t quite as assertive as hoped for, but it was earthy, well-grounded, and very drinkable as an American barleywine.

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