Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bananas and dark fruit w/ an alcohol sweetness on the nose... Caramel, dark fruit sweetness w/ bananas and citrus notes in the mouth. This beer poured a deep brown w/ orange highlights, thin head and thin lace. Minor effervescence w/ full body and well-rounded mouthfeel. Ah, yeah. Thanks to IDrinkAle for this one.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A New Year’s Eve brew, 12/31/2004. First impression - big, huge, gi-gundus BOURBON aroma - surprisingly not too much alcohol - more of the "essence" of bourbon and vanilla, oak, sweet cherries, malt. This deep burgundy brew absolutley coats my mouth and throat with sweet boubon soaked cherries covered in chocolate and toffee. At times, the alcohol becomes a little rough - I may set another bottle aside for maybe just a few months and see what happens. "Jim Beam does the Hand Jive with Bo Diddley"
rajendra82 (999) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This 22 oz. bomber was shipped as part of the BIF X-Mas package by shippos. I saved it for the grand finale of the experience. When I poured the beer into a goblet, it had a deep red color, and a clear body. A fizzy one inch thick head formed while pouring, but soon dissipated to a quarter of its original size. The aroma was relatively mild, and reminded me of toffee, pears, powdered cocoa, and vanilla. The taste was divinely mellow with oak aged vinous dry notes shining through each sip. The malt presented itself as raisin, cherry, raspberry, and subtle hints of dark chocolate. The mouthfeel was medium thick and a bit prickly. The alcohol was very boozy and hot, detracting from being able to down this one quickly. For those of you that can get this, I’d recommend some ageing in the bottle for additional improvements.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, dark amber color with a small off white head. Aroma of the bourbon definitely stands out, with traces of wood. Flavor is again dominated by the bourbon taste, but you can make out some malt sweetness and a touch of vanilla. I can appreciate the quality, but I’m not much of a bourbon drinker.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bourbon oak aroma. Flavor is bourbon, wood, buttery. Alcoholic finish. This bottle was apparantly off as i was told by jimmack04 who i shared it with that his previous bottle was better. Ill try again though i never really like strong bourbon flavors.
JorisPPattyn (8796) - 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 (4682) - 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 (3513) - 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. It’s 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 it’s 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 (1981) - 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!