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AleSmith Old Numbskull - Brandy Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (2626) - Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2016
2015 750ml. Murky brown/copper. Caramel malt. Fig, toffee. Smooth brandy. A lot more of the base numbskull comes through than i remember in the bourbon version. Slight sweetness. A solid BA barleywine, but im not sure if worth the Alesmith price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (11610) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2016
2015 sample at Anvil & Stave. Murky mahogany-brown color with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of brandy, oak and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of brandy, oaky vanilla, malt and fruit. The finish is sweet with a brandy and malt aftertaste. Good beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2016
Draft at the speakeasy. Clear copper color with small tan bubbles. Aroma is figs, molasses and malt; light not heavy. Flavor is a hint of coffee with more caramel, toffee and molasses. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10520) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Bottle thanks to Neemo. Poues a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong brandy, dark fruit, toffee, wood. Medium body, toffee, raisin, brandy, wood, nice sweetness, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (2376) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Bottle shared by slowrunner77 in Reno pour lightly hazy copper mahogany brown with moderate ecru head. Nose boozy red fruit, caramel, toffee. Taste big flavors up front, toffee, raisin, caramel, and late red wine. Still some strong tannin. Thick mouth feel. Finshes with light bitter mixing with toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (3979) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2016
bottle shared by a friend. 2013 version. poured a murky dark caramel brown colour with a non lasting tanned ring on top. nose has a lot of sticky toffee, caramel malts, butterscotch, oak, clear fruity brandy notes, brown sugar, caramel covered apples, figs. taste is still a bit hot, even for the 2013 version. i think it has improved compared to a fresh version. sticky full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1854) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2016
750ml bottle of 2015 release. Pours a copper color with a bit of head. Brandy flavor dominates and a little hot. Could do with some more time in the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SeniorZozo (1274) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 1, 2016
Tasting session @ Budapest. Pours cleave red brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, butterscotch. Flavour is over moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Brutal! Luxury!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8267) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Draft. Pours deep amber-isn brownish with an off white head. Sweet malty base, raisin and other dark fruity notes, a bit of booze, bread, and rum cake. Good stuff; a bit boozy but otherwise pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2016
750ml bottle pours with a murky deep mahogany colored body that supports a light tan head. The aroma offers up molasses, toffee, sweetened cherry, brown sugar and then muted sweetened pine hops and full on yum. The taste is rich and deep and luscious, wow! I get molasses, toffee, brown sugar and deep dark ripe cherry richness. To midway it gets into sweetened pine hops and more cherry mixed with booze and Brandy. This is such a great sipper.

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