80skid (65) - New York, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not exactly my type of beer but I still need to give it a relatively high rating for the bold flavor. I got the impression that I was drinking out of a barrel while sipping this. Alcohol very present with a strong wood, earthy flavor that you can taste the entire way down. Not something I’d go out and buy often but definitely worth the experience.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Poured with a loose head that dissapated rapidly. Amber, still. Nose full of sweet, absolutely sweet, with a huge hit of balsa wood. Intense. Flavors were sickly sweet (a bit of mango and cane sugar) at first, overwhelmingly so. And I started this not too cold - thank goodness. Later a pervasive aftertaste of saltiness came through, and it was a relief from nearly fatiguing sweetness. This was OK, and a challenge, but not one that bears repeating. Serious high heat though, be forewarned.
hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Small ivory head that was mostly lasting, fair lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, hazy, no visible carbonation, and an orange brown hue. Malty, caramel, sweet and alcohol aroma. The flavor was sweet, caramel, smooth, alcohol was not overly done. Nicely done. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium-full body.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Before getting to the contents, I must say that this bottle has one of the best labels I’ve ever seen. The silhouette of the ‘Idiot’ bursting into the red doorway….just looks intimidating. Upon pouring, the aroma is surprisingly faint, with mostly sweet scents. Body is a moderately clear burgundy, with a thin tan head. The real joy of this beer is all in the mouth…big rich body that covers the tongue. The flavor is very deep; sweet up front, but plenty of bitterness, vanilla, boozy burn, and a perfect hint (but not domination) of woody/bourbon from the barrels. Very well done.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful clear mahogany with a thick beige head. Aroma is somewhat of a letdown; some faint caramel, fruit and a little alcohol. The taste, however offers more - notes of dark fruit, cherry, tropical fruit, toasty malt, brown sugar/molasses and a hint of bourbon. The slight oak woodiness is picked up mainly in the aftertaste. Pretty sweet. Soothing/warming alcohol presence on the way down. Smooth medium body with subtle carbonation. Pretty easy-drinking for a barleywine. Overall, enjoyable.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber garnet red. The aroma hints of a warming character. Has a standard barley wine malt base and a hind of brown sugar. The first feel is a very full, round mouthfeel. Smooth with a malty sweetness. Nice alcohol character seems to go well with a woody dryness. Vanilla is a nice addition as it softens the alcohol impact and plays nicely in the finish.
Gachupines (1247) - USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Might not be the most representative of a barley wine, but overall I enjoyed this experiment with bourbon aging. Taste is smoother and sweeter with a slight hint of vanilla. Bourbon taste is more prominent in the finish, but the result is surprisingly drinkable. Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.
lamas (1550) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pour is a nice amber/iced tea color with smallish creamy tan head. Aroma is rich vanilla extract, bourbon, licorice and cherries near the end. Taste is nicely rich, smooth and balanced. The presence of alcohol is a bit too strong for my taste. Begins nice and smooth and fruity and finishes with an intense kick of warming alcohol. I didn’t care too much for Blithering Idiot but this is better. I can’t deny this beer’s quality.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
OK, who’s gonna be the first to age bourbon in old barleywine casks?
Definately a good looking beer. Deep, dark mahogany body with a small sticky head lace. The aroma is dominated by bourbon and oak with a lot of alcohol present. Much more like a barley-wine than I expected. I don’t mind the woody flavors in this one and the bourbon’s not as explosive as it was in heresey. Huge sweet malt flavor that helps hide the alcohol. Very good stuff.
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark ruby pour with foamy white lacing in surprising abundance for something with this much alcohol in it - aroma is heavy with alcohol, caramel malt, bourbon and wood - unlike with the Heresy, the bourbon doesn’t nail you over the head in this one - fairly tasty and sweet (borders on cloying, though) - however, just like its cousin, the elements the cask imparts to the ale don’t balance out very well with the fruity esters and thick malt body - perhaps something as simple as aging the beer a while will balance out the abundant, yet conflicting flavors, but for now this is far too brash and palate-confusing.