JorisPPattyn (8570) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish-brown; good foxy yellow, creamy head, slightly irregular. New oakwood, much vanilla with grapey aroma and white chocolate. Very almondy flavour, peaches, bitter almonds and marzipan, more vanilla. Sharp bitterish taste, not quite in balance with the sweet chocolate underneath. Wood, but stripped viciously. Sharp MF, full bodied, outspoken slickness. Indeed, imagine marzipan made with bitter almonds... New Bourbon casks, OK, but this has eaten through them. And I never drink Bourbon anyway - some Lagavullin, please...
badgerben (4630) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 Original Rating, December 31, 2004: Deep red color with a thin head. Aroma definitely of bourbon with a bit of barley. The taste is again dominated by bourbon. There seems to be a bit of the "winter spice" array (nutmbeg, cinnamon, etc) in here. A slightly sweet arrival of barley. Very good, but being slightly out of balance keeps it from being legendary in my book. 8/4/8/4/17 Re-rating, May 28, 2010: Murky brown/orangish color with no head. Dry, chalky aroma with apple and brown sugar. Strong vanilla taste. Definitely spent time in the barrel. A lot of time. Light fruitiness. Moderately malty, light earthy hops. I think the barrel obliterated the beer.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught Blind Tiger NYC
This is a World Class barley wine. Soft on the tonque, great sweet finish, but not too much. Well balanced. Dry flavor, but still fruity and malty. Freat barley wine.
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I will preface this by saying that I typically do not care for barrell aged beers at all. I will also tell you that I enjoyed the Blithering Idiot as it received a 4.3 from me. See, this doesnt even smell like a barleywine. It doesnt even resemble the aroma of a barleywine. Itís your sweet jack Daniels aroma with maybe a hint of chocolate malts in the nose. Transparent amber/mahogany/ruby color with a fine light tan head. Start is sweet, and almost chocolatey. The flavor of bourbon is slightly overdone. Usually itís way overdone, so this is a decent effort here. Nice roasted nuttiness in the finish. More sweetness. The aroma of this beer went downhill with the aging. The beer is still good, and barely overpowered by the bourbon, but not enough to the point where it is overly detrimental. This is quite a boozy high octane offering. I prefer the Blthering Idiot.
boto (1963) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. Bottle: This beer pours a dar, caramel color. Kind of like a thick coke with no bubbles. There was a limited amount of carbonation. There was a very small head that died off rather quickly. The nose was very nice. There are notes of bourban, oak and floral to go along with a rich malt sweetness. The taste is very rich: almost sherry-like. A well balanced caramel malt sweetness, with some hints of the bourbon. There are also notes of some chocolate in the taste also. Malty, smooth, and the alcohol is well hidden. This is really nice! Thanks to my son for sharing this one with me!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I feel like a bad person for drinking this with a slight headcold, as I wonít be able to get the full effect from this. Anyhow it poured a murky dark red almost brownish color with no head on it. The aroma is oh so good and deep. It smells heavily of chocolate, malt, sweet fruits, bourbon and earthy tones. The more I sniff this the more I get out of it, definately impressive. The flavor is right up there with this one. It is initally a bit crisp and bitter, then the barrel aging takes affect and it smooths out the rest of the taste with cherry-like sweetness and a thick malty back bone. This is a hell of a beer, definately one of my all time favorites.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
strong brown in color. Presence of malt and a sweetness to finish. Warming beer.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown with a thin head - somewhat cloudy. Very malty, sweet and warming - with notes of spices and bourbon in oak. Smooth body and warm finish. Very nice on a cold night!
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours copper with a timid tan head. Nose is strong wood, bourbon, some odd multigrain notes, vanilla, and spice. Taste is sugary with big alcohol notes, more wood, light spice, fruit, and some candied flavors. The body itself is medium with mild alcohol warmth. Finishes with alcohol, vanilla, more spice, brown sugar and wood.
CamdenD (1118) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Havenít had the Blithering Idiot yet, but this is a nice brew. Wonderful aroma of pine, whiskey, and, well, more whiskey! The taste is a bit sweet for me, like a cheaper bourbon, but still very nice. Well done and different!