SPDickerman (830) - Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a reddish caramel with a tiny ring of fizz. Smells of caramel with hints of vanilla. Taste is sweet, lots of caramel, hints of vanilla. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Weyerbacher Insanity finishes with a bold sweetness and some refreshing warmth.
AndyW68 (706) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown pour with off white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, vanilla and dark fruit. Taste is the same but with a bourbon finish. First couple gulps are insanely good. Love for it fades quick. Still very good.
ICEatALAMO (783) - Troy, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle the pour is a hazy caramel with thin lacing. The aroma has only a hint of wood and some deep fruit tones. The taste is nice. Not overly boozy, but the underlying barleywine is rather smooth.
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boxofrane (1704) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2013 Bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small white head. The aroma is toasted marshmallow and vanilla. The taste has sweet vanilla and big bourbon. I chugged this just to finish it. Not enjoyed but I respect what the brewer is going for.
bytemesis (2156) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish hazel with floaties. Small off-white head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is bourbon, wood, toffee. Flavor is quite woody, notes of bourbon, toffee, vanilla. Medium sweet, light bitter, a fair amount of astringence. Full body, creamy mouthfeel, pretty hot. Interesting beer, but REALLY strongly influence by the barreling process, to the point where it becomes a distraction.
ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Today I started my drinking adventure in Texas, moved north to Ohio, west to California, and now Iím heading back east to Pennsylvania in search for the best way to end my Saturday. Iím a lover of barleywines, and I canít think of a better style to end a pleasant day of beer consumption.
Iíve never had Weyerbacherís Blithering Idiot, so I wonít be able to compare this to its original form. I will, however, enjoy it. Itís bold, dark orange, close to ruby in color with a very light brown head. Thereís alot of precipitate in suspension, and it doesnít seem to settle, no matter how much time you give it. It smells very sweet, with loads of residual sugars hanging about, thanks to what seems to be a fair amount of highly caramelized malts. (Note to future self: be careful how strongly you inhale, especially when the surface of the beer is so close to the top of the glass.) Alcohol, resinous hops, and rich, caramelized malts rule the nose, and itís even just as pleasant after soaking the sinuses. An almost bourbon and oak character decorates all of this, making for an incredibly smooth experience for the nose.
Rich, malty, and meaty, with an almost fruitcake-like sweetness, itís a delight in the mouth. I would, however, suggest that this age for two additional years. Although softened nicely by the oak, it still has a slightly immature nature. Donít get me wrong... itís still a fantastic barleywine. Itís just that it could be even better after additional aging. You get a stiff, sweet, high-alcohol, meaty old ale-like experience up front, followed by a sneaky, ninja-like silence of flavor, then a strong, alcoholic, almost sour, but fibrous wood and grain finish. To top it off, you also end up with a nice layer of sweet, hoppy alcoholic residue on your lips after itís all said and done with.
This is a really nice barleywine. Itís soft and smooth, somewhat heavy, but lifts the spirits as if it were lighter than air. Well-balanced on all accounts. This is well-worth the price tag, and reinforces my love of the style.
Mep3222 (149) - - AUG 15, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells oaky, sweet and strong. Head disappeared fast. Taste is of sweet oak, maybe a bit of plum/fig like taste. Palate is a bit too sticky and overall too sweet and not greatly balanced. Prob wouldn't buy again, but would have a small glass if given the chance.
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JStax (2344) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a murky darker copper with a thin line of white foam around the perimeter of the glass. Some bubbles floating up the side of the glass as well. The aroma has dark fruits, wood, light vanilla, berries, and a faint alcohol presence. Taste is sweet and slightly musty. Thick, chewy mouthfeel with just a tingle of carbonation and a slight warming sensation on the back of the throat.
BlowOffTube (251) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Real solid barley wine. Pours a lighter amber with a very thin tan head. Aroma is wood, raisins, and bourbon. Taste is vanilla, raisin, oak, and decent bourbon notes throughout. Thanks Jester for this great bottle!
DSG (4694) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Arielís place. Thanks beerandbeyond. Slightly hazy reddish amber. Aroma of malt, caramel, vanilla, wood and some fruitiness. Sweet malty flavor, pretty alcoholic, with lots of vanilla, caramel, a bit of honey and some fruitiness.