hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy, deep orange ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Nice retention, but minimal lacing. The aroma is nice with lots of caramel, strawberry, mango, vanilla, bourbon and oak. The flavor is very bourbony with sweet, chewy malts and a warm blast of alcohol with notes of toffee, bourbon and fuzzy fruit. Full-bodied and syrupy with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter-sweet, alcoholic finish. Good stuff. Buy two bottles and drink one on a very cold night this year. Save the other until 2006.
steview (1018) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i had this after tasting the 2002 north coast old stock ale. and you know, itís pretty similiar. but this has a sharp liquor flavor, less caramel, and a better woodsy characteristic. thanks dorwart! this is excellent.
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bye bye Blithering Idiot - hello Bourbon. The aroma is the typical aged vanilla and coconut. The flavor yielded to some anise and cloves, with a little butter. Finish medium length and dry. A different, but not better beer than its sibling.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tight silky off-white head, mild viscous carbonation, and a red-amber body. Big bourbon barrel nose with aromas of black cherries, currants, plums, vanilla bean, and alcohol. Malty flavor of vanilla, pecan-like nuttiness, and early maple syrup sweetness. However, the finish is hoppy and semi-dry, less sweet than most barley wines. Noticeably tannic mouthfeel. A nice oaked barley wine, but not a significant improvement over the regular Blithering Idiot.
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Heresy impressed me. When I heard about Insanity, I couldnít wait to try it. At 68 bucks a case, I was slightly hesitant to buy this case. Let me tell you that it is worth every penny. All other spiced and holiday beers are the dog-collared bitch of Insanity. Just popped the cap and what a friggin aroma! Huge hops, malt, bourbon, scotch, fruit, oak, vanilla, peppermint, toffee, even shellac, for Godís sake! Definite 10 for aroma. Color is as ruby red as my wifeís toenails, with medium off-white head and superb lace. The taste...Holy shit the taste...tons of fruit, malt, berries, vanilla, oak, with a finish of bourbon, scotch, smoke, and hops. This may be the most complex, intense beer Iíve ever had. The balance is not earth shattering, but the intensity of flavor and aroma is mind boggling. You must try this. Itís not perfect, the alcohol does show up as it warms and it needs a tad more balance, but it is as close to perfect as you can get, and I believe my first 4.9 rating. This is the chain smoking, three input, Britney Spears-looking call girl of the beer world, and youíll go insane if you donít get to try it. This is the kind of beer that grizzled beer veterans like myself get up in the morning and go to work to make money to buy. Itís as simple as that. I was excited when I bought this, I was excited as I was popping the cap, and Iím even more excited knowing I have 20 more bottles left after trades.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours clear garnet-brownish brew with a nice rich creamy tan head. Man,I can smell the oaken-bourbon and this suckaí isnít even close to my nose,sheeezzzz. Gettín some vanilla and fruit off this as well.Complex. very complex.The bourbon flavor is not overpowering which allows the vanilla and some of the sweet maltiness to come out to play. Some toffee and some alcohol.Nice and smooth with the high ABV noy kicking you to bad.I like this a lot.BIG thanks to Jeff,Zathrus13 for this treat.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy deep red. Aroma of sugar, berries, and the usual bourbon barrel. Very buttery, some caramel and oak, again with the bourbon. Quite salty. A bit too sweet at the end, but still reasonably pleasing.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Hazy ruby/amber with a small tan head. Aroma: banana, bourbon, alcohol, chocolate, wood, vanilla. Flavor: banana, earth, burning alcohol(mild), vegitables, salt, chocolate, bourbon, grass, wood. Medium to full bodied with a dry hop finish.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark amber body with a pleasing tan head. The aroma is woody, vanilla, oak, etc.. but not over the top. Alcohol and sweet malt back up the wood. The flavor is medium caramel, oak, vanilla, light butterscotch. Medium-full body with a big hoppy bitter finish. Not bad.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Iím going to say if you really like Heresy you will like this one. I liked it because I frequently fine barleywines to be too sweet for me. Insanity has many of the same flavors as Heresy. Aroma is very woody(vanilla, oak, and some bourbon). Mostly vanilla for me. The roast flavors found in Heresy are substitued with rich malty sweetness. There is some earthy funky flavors too! Finish pretty sweet, but that is what I say about most barleywines. I like it better than most barleys, and yes I know barrel aging is the rage, but many times that is not a bad thing and frankly trying new processes is how new style originate. Cheers Weyerbachers for your efforts!