dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoah Boy. I think a just got whiplash after my head snapped back from a whiff of this. The malts just took a swing at me, but i managed to knock a few back. Excellent barley wine the alcohol taste was a well hidden bonus in the la la land of malt character in this. Hints of sweet fruit and much more. I’ll be back for some more rounds.
Indra (2595) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Formidable, blood-red color. Malty aroma is reminiscent briefly of wassail-spice and light berry, then an almost cotton candy aspect. Very slight head and no visible effervescence. Flavor is very much on the sweet side, with a lightly syrupy texture to match. It leans towards the UK style of barleywine, with the sweet, fruity, almost juicy malt providing the large percentage of the overall effect. Hops only serve a smaller, supporting role here, almost a walk-on you might say. Alcohol is also present enough to effect a texture itself, most noticeably in the finish, which just goes on and on. Thanks to Nerofiddled for this unique barleywine. Very suitable for dessert. I would recommend sharing this 12oz. bottle with a friend, (perhaps as a nightcap?) and be sure to have your trusty snifter.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very thick and syrupy, sweet and nutty
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very different tasting beer. There were hints of what seemed to me to be ginger ale in it. Still a decent amount of malt flavor though. Definitely worth a try, but expect yourself to only want to drink it in small quantities. Nonetheless it is decent.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep Amber/ruby. Thin off-white head and lace. Nose of caramel, malt, toffee, figs,alcohol and others. Almost thick bodied with a nice malt backbone with a touch of smoke? Dark fruits swirl around the sweet malt while the alcohol presence balances.Its warming with hints of tobacco and white wine. Drinkable,mellow and smooth. Good barleywine that gets thicker as it warms.
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 (8914) - 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 (2826) - 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!