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AleSmith Old Numbskull - Brandy Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Our 2013 Great American Beer Festival gold-medal winner, Old Numbskull, has been aging in premium Brandy barrels for the past 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 notes of plum, honey, and oak from the barrel aging process.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3561) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2015
750 ml bottle courtesy of hackobock. Pours murky reddish brown with a small beige head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and fruity with sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, raisins, prunes, dates, resin, moist soil and brandy alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and fruity. Mouthfeel is round, sticky, oily, boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, raisins, dates, dried cherries, resinous wood, moist soil and brandy alcohol. Heavier on the dried dark fruits most likely due to the brandy barrel treatment. Bit hot but very nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2902) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle @ ZEBF 2015. A lot better than the normal one. The brandy ba has more body and more depth. Notes of raisin, grape and a little caramel. Tasty beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (500) - - JUN 21, 2015
Drank at ZeeBra 2015 (21-6-2015). A sweet beer, with alcohol taste and a slight bitterness. Easy drinkable, rich taste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1199) - New York, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle, 06/12/2015. Pours a dark chestnut brown color, off-white head fades relatively quickly leaving a spotty haze on the surface. Aroma of plum, dark fruit, resinous honey, raisins and brandy, somewhat earthy caramel, touch of roast lurking in the background. Taste is raisins, fruity brandy, full rich dark malts and moderate sweet caramel, dark chocolate adds a bit of bitterness near the finish, lingering heat. Thick, chewy body. Wow, brandy on prominent display here, quite different from the bourbon and rye versions. Enjoyed this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12738) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle split at the sleepy-rapping tasting at Ronny & Alex’s pad, CBC fine tuner, 30/04/15. Lightly hazed chestnut brown with a decent tan covering. Nose is rich brandy fumes, spice, toffee, malt, light cocoa, earthy fruit notes. Taste comprises subtle BA wood tones, apple brandy, light spice, caramel, dark fruit strands. Medium + body, fine carbonation, light warming booze in the close. Solid Brandy BA affair, brandy noted but in check, drinks well below the ABV. Winner!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (18174) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
30th April 2015
Bigger tasting at Ronny’s flat, Copenhagen. Hazy deep amber beer, small bubbly pale cream colour head. Palate is airy and smooth and semi dry. Caramel malts. Mild spice. Nice mellow brandy blends well with the dried fruits. Light semi dry finish. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (3955) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 30, 2015
Bottle@Ronny and Alex pre cbc tasting #2 - dark brown pour almost no head. Aroma and taste is dark dried fruits (prominent sultana) sweet malts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vineous mouthfeel, lovely brandy backing. Beautiful! ---Sent via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (13387) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Bottle at the pre-CBC tasting in Copenhagen 150430. Hazy dark golden/brown beer with a small offwhite head. Malty caramel aroma, raisins, figs, banana, dades, grape notes, bready, warming alcohol, toffee notes. Fruity caramel flavor, raisins, licorice, toffee, banana, warming alcohol. Malty caramel flavor, raisins, figs, caramel, brandy, licorice, dades, warming alcohol. Very nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (5343) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2015
This poured a medium brown with a minimal beige head. Aroma was of vanilla, hops, dark fruits, caramel and light booze. Flavor similar, lightly hot, nice oakum barrel character, citrusy hop character, dark fruits and laden caramel. Pretty good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Art (2266) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2015
BA barleywine tasting. 1. Flying Mouflan 2. BA Behemoth 3. Deal with the Devil 4. BA Gratitude 5. BA Numskull 6. Straight Jacket Red brown cloudy pour. Grape, raisin, vanilla aroma. Little to no barrel. Light green tea aroma. Light sweetness.


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