IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2005
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!!!! BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05’ (Montréal) Grand TastingChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2005
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, it’s still not the beer I was hoping for. Maybe a bit much hype? The finish isn’t balanced with flavors going back and forth, couldn’t really decide what it wanted to be when it grew up. My notes say "strong, rancid, no smoothness" but I thought I’d shine it up a bit for the audience.
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
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. DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Bottle RBSG05 157/225. Aroma is slightly bourbon-like with some vinous and peppery notes. The barrel is apparent in the nose. Hazy copper/amber color with a tan/yellow head. Boozy to start with some bourbon and vinous notes. Nice and smooth with some alcohol to finish. Like the regular Old Numbskull, this finishes quite hot as well. The barrel doesn’t really add or retract from this beer, although it does give it a different flavor. Kind of like the difference between Yeti and Oaked Yeti. Either way, this didn’t really live up to the extremely high expectations for me.
jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 2008-03-01. 2005 Vintage. Sweet boozy aroma, sweet malt, wood, hints at molasses (7+) Similar flavour, sweet malt up front, dry alcohol bitterness to round it out. Rich but not over powering (8+) Smooth medium palate is a bit under carbonated but still quite lovely. Nice, I think some age has improved this one. Bottle, Shared by the British contingent at Zythos Festival, St. Niklaas 8/3/8/4/17-18 - 4.0
<P>RBSG 2005. Unknown Vintage. Eagerly anticipated, this was a let down. Orange amber body with a small off white head. Aroma seems more alcoholic than the regular, as does the flavour but this might drop off with age. Flavour seems to have a mild acidity lurking underneath, and similarly pleasant hops as the non-BA but overall I don’t know that the barrel added anything I am appreciating. Shows all the alcohol and flaws that I praised the Old Numbskull for lacking. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4 MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 12, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 RBSG 2005: Poured caramel brown in color with a medium head. Big caramel and malt aroma. A bit of nuts in the flavor along with malt. Big alcohol. Perhaps a bit more flavor than the original and very good. 21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2005
ah yes, i had to go all the way to tha noog to have some of this beast. very darkish amber color, cloudy and thick. I get alot of alcohol and burnt carmel on the aroma. Very thick body, it tastes like im taking a shot of carmel flavored rum and there is a peanut brittle thing going on. Its really full of lots of goodness and alcohol, love it. SpringsLicker (3641) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Big thanks to JohnC for this one!
I’d love to do the BA version side by side with the regular, both are excellent Barleywines in any case.
Deep amber color with a small head typical of Barleywines.
Rich caramel aroma with a resiny hop note to it.
The alcohol comes through lightly in the flavor but is dominated by a rich smooth caramel and dark dried fruit blend of flavors. Very creamy and smooth palate. Probably my favorite of the American Style Barleywines. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Bottle, compliments of JohnC. My notes indiciate bottle #36, but it was the same bottle as Suttree’s, and I was yelling across the room, so I probably heard wrong. Dark ambery orangy color. Lots of sweet malt aromas, with vanilla and oak. Flavor was very well balanced. Sweet caramelly maltiness and some nice fruit like maybe prunes. Lots of vanilla and oak in the flavor too, but not anywhere close to overpowering. This is one of the most in-balance oak-aged beers I’ve had. Very very impressive.