MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 vintage from Matt
A dark mahogony pour w/ a nice light tan head that laces well. A huge malt aroma full of carmel plums and raisens.. w/ a bit of brown sugar alcohol and bourbon. Palate is well carbonated thick and creamy. Flavor is bourbon brown sugar, plums, raisens and a touch of raw alcohol. This stuff is GREAT.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ RBESG2005. Huge notes of very woody malts, some alcohol, lots of sweet candy. Hazy brown to amber body, small white head. Strong and quite sweet flavor, loads of dark fruits, ends slight alcoholic.
TBone (12474) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nut brown, not much head. Smokey, woody, some cheesy notes. Full-bodied. Licorice, oaky notes, barley. Liquerish palate. Good barley-wine, but why so high-rated, hype?
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle RBESG. Tastes like malty, syrup candy. Very flavorfull, very smooth. Holds a lot of different flavors. Some bitterness, some sourness. Spices and lots of sweetness.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle number 37/100 big thanks to MI2CA for the bonus in our trade a while back. Shared with Eyedrinkale on 8/5/2005.
Pours a thick, opaque, dark, dark brownish-black body, with a huge head formation, that is not that long-lasting, though there are bits of lacing down the glass. Smells of rich, green, bitter, mega-hoppiness, thick, salty, bitter roast and dark chocolate. Rich, heavy caramel sweetness. The flavor, personified, is like a thick, hot, humid night with heavy, stifling air and no moonlight. Good lord, this is one of the most powerful, richest, just all out massive beers Iíve ever had. Huge hops bitterness (and a weird dill-like note), salty, thick, rich black malts, massive caramel and bitter bakerís chocolate. The body is awesome, even at 3 years of age, it still shows no signs of aging, while the carbonation is low, with a creamy and sticky consistency (which really saves the palate score, as this stuff demonstrates no balance). Alcohol is hidden as in regular Old Numbskull (seems to be variability on alcohol apparency looking at other ratings). The barrel aging is not overdone, which is another impressive aspect. Just enough to add some character without dominating the beer (though in actuality, it would take a lot to dominate this monster).
What do I think??? I hate it and canít even drink my half of the bottle, but then, itís no surprise, as this aint my thing. Do I think itís all hype?? No, not really hype as much as peoplesí preference for big, rich, hoppy beers. And thatís cool, this is a barleywine after all, as EDA says. Iíll try this one again in about 5 years, I should like it more then, as I really think itís a well made beer, just ridiculously unbalanced/young at this point.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of BBB63, bottle 92/225. Pours dark cloudy amber with nice white head, that fades to film. Aroma is loaded with caramel and mollasses, a little fruit and only faint bourbon/oak. Flavor is once again all sweet malt with lots of residuel sugar, and a huge alcohol kick in the finish. First time I have actually enjoyed the alcohol presence in a beer. Hard to believe this is only 10% though.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 157/225 courtesy of DYCSoccer17. Murky amber color, thin tan head. Aroma of maple and caramel, also plenty of booze. Flavor bludgeons you with sweetness and alcohol. Palate is thinned out and completely one dimentional with alcohol. The things that make the original Numbskull a stellar beer (the hops, the subtle alcohol, the balance) have been completely erased and replaced by this mostrosity. HYPE!!!!
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05í (Montrťal) Grand Tasting
Light murky color, an average sized off-white head and decent lacing. Nose of aged caramel, a bit stale with lots of sweetness and aged hops present. The flavor has strong bourbon notes and a hit of acidity that made me cringe, itís still not the beer I was hoping for. Maybe a bit much hype? The finish isnít balanced with flavors going back and forth, couldnít really decide what it wanted to be when it grew up. My notes say "strong, rancid, no smoothness" but I thought Iíd shine it up a bit for the audience.
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 RBSG - 2002 courtesy of DYCSoccer17. Dark brown pour, aroma is vineous, oakey. Noticable bourbon flavors, smooth, vineous. Quite delicious. Alcohol is still fairly evident, however this is extremely smooth.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 Side by side with the O.N. Poured a dark brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma is nutty with carmel and bourbon. Flavors are quick bourbon with carmel malts, nuts, oak, alcohol, and a subtle hop finish. A very good BW.