Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coming out of the bottle definite alcohol and woody aroma,could be the bourbon barrel. Poured out reddish scarlet, clear, aminimal head. Definite full body, long finish. Reminded me fondly of exactly what it sat in. Thought I was sippin a fine whisky. Interestingly I got this directly at the brewery, had the tap sample which had several different characteristics
1FastSTi (3282) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is malty, dark fruits, colored alcohol (bourbon, cognac, sherry, etc), caramel, strawberry leaves. Appearance is red, white head with good lacing. Flavor is oak, vanilla, toffee, strawberry leaves. Very strong flavor. Very good. Palate is warm. Sweet. REALLY good barley wine!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hazy orange / scarlet hue. Minimal tan bubbles forming a Pac Man like formation for the head. Fascinating lacing. Aroma is bubble gum, sherry, orange ring and strawberry wafers. Dynamic. Oak barrel aging helps bring out vanilla, oak and some bubblegum in the flavor. Very smooth. Modestly balanced. This one weighs on the palate - itís not sticky, but itís got stopping power. Finish is warming with hints of alcohol. A good nightcap. Thanks to lamas for the bottle!
zach8270 (3217) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [22 oz. bomber] Pours a cloudy and hazy brownish color with a creamy tan head. Very fruity and sweet aroma of malt and dark fruits mixed with alcohol, bourbon and caramel. Flavor is very smooth and well blended. Begins with a sweet malt and port-like flavor that transitions to a caramel and alcohol middle and a warming and slightly sweet finish. Not much of an aftertaste and definitely hides the alcohol well.
obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome, very awesome, on draft at the Drafting Room in Exton, it was like drinking the offspring of all that was heavenly, I really donít care that much for Blithering Idiot by itself, but with the aging in the bourbon barrell this was something extraordinary, nose was full of fruits like a fine port, full-bodied but yet very drinkable & smooth, alcohol flavor was subtle yet noticable, notes of toffee, chocolate, vanilla & caramel, very complex & satisfying, awesome, just plain awesome
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A cloudy brown beer witha light tan head. It had a fruity taste, light on the hops. I didnít taste the oak or the bourbon influence.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown, practically no head. Sweet nose, some banana, toffee.
Flavor is quite sweet, lots of banana, some vanilla, grainy malt, dry bitterness. Notable alcohol flavor.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 Lightly hazed ruby/tan liquid. Taller (for style) tight bubbled beige head. Nice rings of lace. Caramel and oak aromas dominate, with a touch of light fruit and alcohol. Light vanilla start with caramel and pale malts mid sip. Bourbon flavors take over mid to late swallow and add little to the brew other than add the bourbon flavors. Finish does regain some brew qualities with toffee and more vanilla. Seems to have lost a bit of the acidity I found in the standard Idiot. A rich luscious feel that is cut by a rather biting alcohol presence. A bipolar brew. Not that complex, but has a simplistic "enjoyability" to it. While I once thought I loved all barley wines. I recently find myself not being their biggest supporter. Maybe itís just that it nearly hit 80 F today and winter seems to be over, but I donít think so. So many seem to be simple and bordering on boring. Lately it seems that the dopplebocks have more malt depth than most barley wines.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled: Cloudy, light brown with a reddish tinge, sugar and bourbon nose. Flavor is simply overpowered by bourbon, not much else even noted. Very disappointing, but at least its something different than a stout in a bourbon barrel. Oh well, cool bottle though.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thoroughly hazed, deep crimson, slice of cocoa-cream foam rests above.
Rich aroma, complex and cognac-y, ripe fruit, cherries and grapes, dates, plums, my favorite kind of barleywine aroma. Gloriously good.
Taste: hot from the start, and dripping with juicy fruit, with an alcoholic sting on the side. Abundant flavor, lush, vibrant texture.
Iím a little confused, as the label only mentions an aging in oak barrels, yet doesnít state whether they were occupied by wine or whiskey....I am getting some bourbon notes, but theyíre overshadowed by the bubbling fruit, the vanilla tones speak up, too, feeling more mellow as we go...just a brief flash of harshness. Iím liking this lots.
Yummmm....a very complex and tasty creation. i like it, like it, like it.