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 (3413) - 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.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light tasting in the malt department for a barley wine, but packs a good punch. Alcohol was very well masked. Perhaps should have let my only bottle age a bit, but I couldn’t resist. Thanks VENOM!
omhper (18757) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber. Very fruity, soft and malty with balanced bitterness.
KenB148899 (10) - Island Heights, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ilove hops,and thats the thing that this ale is missing.I like the malt sweetness,but is on the verge of being too sweet.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very sweet smell. Copper brown in color with an extremely malty taste. This stuff needs to mellow out though. Maybe some heavier hoppping would help take the edge off the sweetness.