zathrus13 (1684) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2004 Beautiful copper/red color witha white/tan head. Aromas of caramel, whiskey, fruit, and alcohol. Flavor starts sweet, with fruit, whiskey and vanilla. It gets a little more bitter towards the end. Very complex, but also seems edgy and young. Aging should do wonders.
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red and transparent, with a white head. Aroma is very fruity with some caramel and alcohol, especially after it warms up a little bit. Light carbonation and a sticky/chewy texture. Flavor is sweet at first, with fruits and vanilla, then this warming feeling of bourbon that leads to a hoppy citrusy bitterness (humm, grapefruit!) and finally ends up on a tannins-like taste coming from the oak barrels. A smooth, complex, well balanced beer. This is defenitely growing on me, every sip tastes better than the previous one!
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 I am honored to be the 10th rating for Insanity. From the label it looks as if the jolly figure on the blithering idiot label has been imbued with unholy demonic power and is screaming his insane ramblings to the sky before he searches out his victims. Those victims being you and I.
First off, pours a deep reddish brown with a head that fades quickly yet sticks to the sides of the glass (in this case an ommegang chalice). Smells like alcohol and fruit. Tastes like....the same delicious barleywine as it was before but now a little more full and mellow. Also has gained the flavor from the bourbon casks. Going to the store tommorrow for another bottle to cellar. Stupendous. Everything I hoped it would be.
Update, 4/30/05: Six months later, six months in my cellar...this has....matured...into an amazing beast. I want to rate it higher, but it almost seems impossible to do so....the palate is so much more refined...not nearly as sharp in its alcohol taste...six months later this is an even more amazing beer.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fascinating to see what the bourbon cask did to the Blithering Idiot. Deep reddish orange, very hazy, head faded away rapidly. Aroma was washed in molasses, caramel, and alcohol, with a fruit note. Flavor was of warm caramel, some apricot fruitiness, and vanilla flavors. Alcohol not as prevalent as I expected from the nose, instead acting simply to turn this into a warming sipper. Much more full bodied than I recall Blithering Idiot to be, and quite complex. This should age beautifully. Thanks to Sue for the sneak preview!
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer was awesome... plenty of vanilla extracted from the whiskey barrles, mellows out the Blithering Idiot quite a bit... bitterness is present, but subdued, alcohol is also toned down
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at LV Fest. Orange and slightly cloudy. Malty aroma. Smooth. Full bodied. Sherry like aroma. Enjoybale. Tasted like a well aged barleywine. Its good.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at LV brewfest 04. Seemed as if the whole fest was about unveiling this beer. Orange and slightly cloudy. Massive sherried malt aroma. Thick and chewy perfect aged barleywine flavor. This one tastes like a barleywine aged under ideal conditions for many years. I think it is a prize that should be sought.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours transparent amber. Aroma is raisin, alcohol, and soft wood. Flavor is sweet malt balanced by alcohol and the dryness of the wood. Backed by oak flavor.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small tan head, fair retention. Hazy amber, orange hued color. Lotsa whisky in the nose with sweet malts in the background. Medium body, slick. Malty, whiskey flavors up front, slight wood with a hint of apples and vanilla notes, maybe a hint of chocolate also. Medium sweet, fruity finish. The barrel aging doesnt do alot for the Idiot though this is better than the Heresy IMHO.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2005 Doesn’t live up to the expectations, just yet. Now it’s a little hot with way too much bourbon in the taste. May be very good in the future but not for me right now. Bumped it up a few notches after it mellowed out. Body tastes a bit thin though. Re-rated in Oct ’05.