Rastacouere (6155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear medium brown, no head. Light rummy and bourbony aroma presenting vanilla, and sadly no fruits at all, resulting in a simple sweet slightly woody and earthy array of flavors at which the integration is not all that. While I can name a few flavors, itís not too complex and very candyish. Straight bourbon flavor also makes for a disappointing palate compared to the aroma. Astringent finish. Almost roasty finish feels a bit harsh. Alcohol is strong still. Creamy medium body is very liqurous, but this fits here. It feels like a run as fast as possible to follow a trend to me. Do they also run to catch the new seasonís fashion clothe color? Or perhaps it was just released a little too early. Still, as it is: boring.
OldGrowth (2876) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Julioís. Good nose,Vanilla, whiskey, plum, raisin, Hazy brownish orange color, small head that faded quickly. Bitter sweet flavors. Same as the aroma with a rock candy and carmel. Bourbon dominates, other flavors follow. Thicker body, creamy mouthfeel, dry warming finish. Bourbon barrel gives this more oomph, still a little short of great.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. 49.5į. NB Worthy glass. Brown, with orange tint on the bottom of the glass. 1/4" offwhite head that subsides quickly leaving a haze and a couple bubbles in the middle and around the edges. Lots of lacing. Aroma is oak with an underlying sweetness. Oak and vanilla flavors seem to dominate. A base of malty sweetness. There might be some toffee and fruity notes, but they are hidden behind the woodsy flavors. Nice mouthfeel. Tannic finish with some sweetness. This, along with its barrel aged sibling, Heresy, I feel derive too much of their flavor from the wood and not enough from the beer that was put into the wood. The wood should add to the flavor, not dominate it.
BBB63 (6396) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from DocLock, thanks!: Moderate ruby brown hue with initial medium frothy head which fades but lasts to produce good lace (and slightly oily covering) in my Duvel snifter. The aroma are unique and interesting. Lots of woody and bourbon qualities on top of dark and carmel malts, aromatic hops, and cardamom, white pepper, and clove spices. The tastes starts sweet and fruity (plum and candy apple). An earthy pipe tobacco like quality as well. The finish displays the barley wine nature fully. Salty, spicy, and more than enough alcohol bite. As warming as it is, I never felt overpowered like I did with some in this genre. The feel is lush and sticky, which I like in my barleywines followed by a palate cleaning salty and alcoholic nature. The beer let you know it is a powerful statement of the brewers craft, enjoy but do it slowly! Recommended fully.
Panzuriel (1385) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oaky nose with definite hints of evident alcohol. Sweet almost whiskey like quality to aroma. Beautiful ruby brown liquid with a persistent beige head. Light toasty flavor. Slightly dry and juicy acidity. Finishes very clean. Warms. Mouthfeel is full and satin. Very fluid. Very nice beer. ETOH is very present..
pivo (2626) - GERMANY - JAN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fitting name for a pretty hefty beer. Some chocolate and wood in the nose. Dark brown clear amber color. Yeasty, estery flavors prominent in the body. Sweet and caramelly too. Low bitter but spicy. A thoroughly warming ale. Brandy-like and really defies any one style. Check it out.
Dogbrick (9191) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 14th, 2005: Clear, dark amber color with a very thin light tan head. Lacing is nonexistent. Woody aroma, with a strong bourbon/whiskey presence. Rich body, and the alcohol is not hidden in this one at all. Oak and toffee flavors are masked by the bourbon flavor at first, and the sting doesnít go away for awhile. The finish is dry and bitter. Pretty good beer but kind of hard to drink.
Arayaga2 (1886) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2011 Lingering bourbony after-goodness allows you to savor a bottle of Insanity over the course of an hour, and itís one of the few beers I prefer at room temperature. Much, much better than Blithering Idiot. Essentially perfect on draft, but bottles are not always consistent. $7.50/13oz
sfontain (834) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 Rerate, 5/14/2006, 8/5/8/5/18 = 4.4. Thanks to Lauren for this birthday gift. 22 oz. bomber, the first time Iíve had this in 16 months. This was my highest-rated beer out of the 390 Iíve had to date. Pours a dark amber with a hint of red and produces a small but gorgeously frothy and bubbly head. Aroma spicy with pepperiness and is reminiscent of scotch; tiniest hint of bubble gum; alcohol is perceptible and adds a hint of astringency. Flavor is awesomely overpowering yet subtle in some respects, which is a huge accomplishment; not quite as complex as I recall from my previous rating; there are loads of dark malts along with some licorice, and the finish is just superb with the lingering oak and vanilla flavors. Mouthfeel really is as perfect as can be expected; yes, it is a bit sticky, but I have to concede that thatís how it goes, because the full, silky mouthfeel is just stellar. Iím subracting 1 aroma point for the alcohol astringency, adding a point for appears, leaving flavor alone because Iíd add one for the stupendous finish but subtact one for the lesser complexity, adding 1for palate for the amazing texture, and subtracting 1 for overall impression because Iím not quite as absurdly impressed as I was 16 months ago, probably because Iíve had so many other beers since then. This is still the or nearly the best beer Iíve ever had.
1/14/2005, 9/4/8/4/19 = 4.4: Small sample from bomber at From the Vine beer tasting in Lewis Center, Ohio. Light amber; small, white head. Aroma honey, hoppy, floral. Flavor malty but primarily hoppy. Medium body, clean; good but not incredible. Dark brown; medium head. Aroma IS insane: Pepper, scotch, raisin, red wine, alcohol; wow! Flavor is super-complex with bread, vanilla, malts, licorice, cookies, alcohol. Awesome body; full and frothy; only fault is itís a little sticky. A truly "insane" beer.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby/light brown with no head. Aroma is spicy, brown liquor, mild hops. Fruity sweet taste, slight malt twinge, average earthy hops. Decent.