iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz, capped bottle: pours a deep, garnet with purple hues and a light tan, creamy head. Oaky, alcohol phenols in the aroma, along with butterscotch, pecans, and caramel. Sweet, vegetal-like flavours initially; lightly bitter with darkly toasted caramel fritter clusters. More butterscotch mixed with loads of vanilla beans and honey butter. Alcohol is laced throughout the palate and flavours, but isn’t overpowering and is oddly soothing. This really was a tasty treat, thanks a bunch Hopdog!
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown color with a quick head. Nice sweet barley wine with a little or no bitterness. Thick and and smooth caramel taste.
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brownish red with a quickly dissapearing, leaves some belgian lace. Lovely smell of grapes, yeast, earthy, caramel and oak. The taste is smooth and velvety, but not as busy as the smell. Well masked alcohol.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very similar to the Blithering Idiot. The Bourbon cask element does not dramatically improve the beer. Amazing cover art though and an amazing name. Very solid beer, but not as amazing as a transformation as Prophecy.
22 ozer. Reddish brown with medium head. Very easy to drink for a strong Barley wine. Some sweetness and tartness is evident. As it warms, it does develop. This is a beer to enjoy over a long long night.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque dark copper mud with a yellow cascade during the pour. A slow to grow, semi-excited helmet of ivory foam decides to stop at about a half inch tall. Compacts itself down to a thin haze and wide collaring. Great lacing; huge clouds billow across the glass eventually breaking into thin strings
Plummy rummy raisin aroma with a soft whisky malt sweetness. Even softer elements of hard alcohol are evident with a wavering oakyness.
Taste is heavy and broad with substantial alcoholic heat lurking low behind the flavors of pleniful plum, raisin, and dates. Bold, rich malt base tends to have some caramel aspects blended into its overall dark fruityness. Bits of vanilla, oak, and favorable whisky/scotch tones decorate the rest of its character. Not much hops to this one. A very slender and slight floral tint slips into some of the finish where the whisky fades off. Ends very smooth and dark with a dropping off into a lighter, welcoming sensibility. Lingers for eternity on the memory and on the palate with warmth, alcoholic spice, and whisps of chocolate dustings.
Feel is big and warming within a mediumish body. Seeming light, but really, not at all, once it grabs hold with its warmth and soothing darkness. Lots of evidential whisky/scotch-like meaty malting and alcoholic noting pepper the entire stay. Malty rich and very smooth.
Insanity is about right for the name, as its crazy warmth and smoothness drenches your buds with malty darkness and soothing smoothness. A very slow drinker though, the harder alcoholic tendencies and warmth really makes for a mellowing experience. One to warm up with for sure!
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A Dark borwn pour. Little aroma but a very strong falvor. Sweet and tart but not tart enough. Left a warm feeling in my mouth.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted side by side with blithering idiot. Only a good idea if your not driving home. Pours a hazy dark orange with a small amount of white head...exactly the same as its brother beer. Aroma is slightly citrusy, but dominated by the burbon smell. Flavor is totally different, and actually tastes much like a mellow burbon, complete with the warming sensation down the pipes. I personally, never have been a fan of hard liquor and dont understand weyerbacher’s fascination with taking good beers and turning them into booze pretenders. Overall, if you want to buy a weyerbacher barley wine, go with the alternative, though thats not great either.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy peach color with a pinkish head. High fruit aroma with apricot, mango, some bread and light caramel. I don’t get any bourbon in the flavor. Nice and smoothe though.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby hue. Hoppy nose but surprisingly malty flavours. Lingering mouth-coating caramel sweetness and a little too much alcohol for my liking. Decent but not great.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2005 Copper, reddish brown ruby body with medium tan sticky lacing head. Bourbon and cooked caramel aroma. Vinuous bourbon with slight candied apple flavor and strong alcohol finish that gave a good afterburner. Aroma and flavor matched. A bit potent to start, but grew on me as I got through the bottle.