VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This brew is significantly lacking IMHO. BIG spicy, peppery alcohol taste that just sticks around through the aftertaste. This has a fairly prominate medicinal quality as well. Hops are subtle and the malts are big, the latter you’d expect at 11%. Very light bitterness and not well rounded in the least. On the upside, it has a beautiful deep orange-brown color and a medium head. There are many quality barleywines out there and this one won’t be making a return trip to my fridge.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2003 Re-Rate: I cannot, in good conscience, award this barley wine even one-tenth of a point lower than Victory's Old Horizontal. Simple score adjustment. I highly recommend getting your hands on a fresh bottle if you can.
This beer rocks. Weyerbacher Brewing Co. is the best thing that ever happened to Easton... with the possible exception of Sheena.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It would take an idiot to fail to recognize how good this beer is. Suitably complex, it almost holds its own against the standard bearer for the Barley Wine style: Old Horizontal. However, it’s a bit thinner, and fizzier and lacks the malty complexity that would make this truly a standout.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is very good, and very strong! Smooth and very flavorful, not too alcoholic tasting. Great for a nite cap.
Pours with large head (at cellar temp.) but soon deminishes. Deep amber in color. Fruit and spice aroma. Smooth quailty port wine flavor. No adverse aftertaste. VERY GOOD
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Idiot makes it’s mark by standing apart from the crowd. There are alot of barleywines that tend to follow a similar taste profile - Sierra’s Bigfoot is in many ways a footprint for Brooklyn’s Monster (sorry Garrett) - but the Idiot has an unusual prune/date/fig flavor that is unique. Not that there aren’t alot of barleywines that display a dark fruit character, but the Idiot is set apart. Everything else falls right in step. An excellent beer that deserves more attention!
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Creamy, yellowish-tan head, which unfortunately fades quickly. A LOT of floaties spinning about slowly... just waiting to be consumed. Turns out they’re chewy little morsels. A rounded alcohol flavor warms the back of the throat. Malts are super smooth, thick & rich, and very soft, like velvet almost. Maybe too smooth; somewhat cloying... with some ’cobwebs’ developing in the back of the throat. Hops are fruity and soft; very little bitterness. Leaves a sweet stickiness on your lips. Like an aged, heavy wine. Very malty. Good, but seems a little sticky, heavy, and ’green’ in a way.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 26, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 dark amber. thin head.
big sweet malty nose.
lots of fruit and raisins in the palate. the sweet malt and fruit flavours predominate but with enough hops to give a dry bitter finish.
turtlehead (111) - Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
So this isn’t my favorite Barleywine, but it has is high points. A deep caramel color, poured with little head. Almost a medicinal quality to it. It is nice to see a beer that isn’t completely clear I must say. Claims to be malty, but could use more.
quiksilverxtc99 (99) - USA - MAR 9, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sets you on your ass just like a blithering idiot! Eh, probably an acquired taste, wasn’t for me.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice dark copper color - kind of a mediciny/fruity taste - slightly watery mouthfeel. Not as impressive as I thought it would be.