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AleSmith Old Numbskull 750mlNR

AleSmith Old Numbskull 750mlNR

Old Numbskull
750ml Bottle

AleSmith’s first barley wine offering. You may find the name "Old Numbskull" curious. Barley wine has its origins in England and tradition is to begin the name with "Old": Old Nick, Old Sampson, Old Jock, etc. Tongue-in-cheek is often the spirit in naming a barley wine. After drinking a glass or two, you may agree that Old Numbskull feels like a fitting description. It also reminds us of the Three Stooges, one of the greatest comedy teams of all time, so it's meant to bring a smile even before the first taste. Barley wine is typically the strongest ale that a British brewery produces. English barley wines often emphasize the sweeter malty flavors offset by mild hops that play a less prominent role in the overall flavor profile. Many American craft brewers brew barley wines with a "bigger is better" philosophy. They typically use large quantities of domestic hops and adapt their mash techniques to achieve a high alcohol content. As a result, their barley wines often have an assertive impact on the palate. At AleSmith we combine qualities of both styles to hand-forge a robust ale that is at once smooth, complex and warming. The mash is forged from pale ale malt derived from the prized Maris Otter barley and a touch of crystal malt. Both of these top-quality malts are imported from the British Isles. In the kettle, Old Numbskull is charged with the classic English aroma hop varieties Fuggles and Goldings as well as a new English variety that is more pungent and intense. Numbskull is dry-hopped with a combination of the more aromatic British varieties and the highly aromatic (domestic) Mt. Hood and Centennial hops. Abundant quantities of the freshest hops and top-quality British malts, along with special water treatment and fermentation with our championship yeast strain produce a fine, BIG ale, which is complex and intriguing. Exotic fruit aromas, along with clean ethanol, caramel, honey and toasty notes are present in the nose. At five months of age, the Numbskull flavor begins malty and the hops become more evident from the middle to the finish and linger nicely in the aftertaste. The aroma notes also show themselves in the flavor. Try a bottle now, and compare it to bottles at six or twelve month intervals. It’s striking how the flavors mellow and improve with age. Old Numbskull is one barley wine that is truly "hand-forged to perfection." Original Gravity.: 1.100 Terminal Gravity: 1.026 Alcohol by Volume: 10% Ideal Serving Temperature: 50-55 F (10-12.8 C).

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