swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
A nice smooth red colored ale. Where the Heresy was strong and meaty this is smooth and rich, similar to a cognac. The aroma is equally inviting filling your nose with alcohol that is overpowering in the smell but not dominant in the taste. Like the Heresy this is also a limited release and both beers would be a fine addition to any cellar. This is the big version of their Blithering Idiot. walleye (1102) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2005
from the bottle. poured a muddy brown with a light tan head some lacing. aroma alcohol, wood, fruity leans toward apples and pears, dark brown sugar, brandy, plums, caramel. flavor the alcohol was a little stong in this one at least it was like a nice bourbon so it wasn’t bad,,than came some apple , plums, malt, a little wood, not to bad of a beer. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Dark mahogany, crimson edges, creamy tan head with lots of yeast floaties. Spotty lacing. Nose of alcohol, fermented jam, vanilla cola & aged oak with light sherry notes. The flavor is very hot with some alcohol with an unbalanced hop note & finishes creamy but tart. Good attempt but seems a bit off. Thanks DocLock! bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a murky orangish-brown body with a small beige head. Complex aroma of toffee, toasted malt, nuts, pear, wood casket, and cinnamon. Flavor of chocolate, lactic, roasted malt, marshmellow, and some fruit and wood. Soft, creamy mouthfeel with a warming alcohol pressence. Excellent beer! IndianaRed (5022) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 Bottle Pours a medium redish deep caramel color with a very dense thick light tan head. Very heavy thick lasting lacing as well. Aroma was awsome. Sweet brown sugar and caramel with a definate alcohol slant as well. Flavors were I think over shadowed a bit by the seemingly very strong alcohol flavor. Would have guessed over the 11% stated. The oak barells are there and the sweet malty flavor is really all that I noticed. Fairly one dimensional I thought. Tasty though. Soft smooth feel. Would like to try the Blithering Idiot now. Thanks again to Buck Dich for sharing.
eczematic (1326) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAR 15, 2005
very nice aroma - plenty of vanilla, floral cascade, some interesting earthiness, crystal malt and wood. looks nice too - glowing amber with some nice creamy white head. so far so good. unfortunately it tastes like cream of mushroom soup with bourbon stirred in. disgustingly thick and viscous in the mouth, with horrific one-dimensional toffee and bourbon sweetness. uck. might be good poured on icecream but as a beer - no way flemdawg (565) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Hazy dark amber/brown body with a small lasting white head that left some good lacing. Apples, alcohol, wood, and some vanilla in the aroma. The taste had lots of alcohol in it, more liquor than expected like whiskey, or burbon, also some vanilla, bitter wood, and a slight hint of fruits. The taste mellowed a bit as it warmed Decent mouthfeel, but leans toward the thin side. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Bottle pours an extreme dark brown, slight garnet hue, fairly opaque, with a large off-white foamy head and attractive lacing. Fantastic aroma of bourbon and vanilla, sweet and candyish. Me likeee!!! Smooth bourbon and vanilla flavors on the tongue, but the underlying barleywine seems fairly weak. Its definitely enjoyable, flavor wise, but it doesnt seem very big. However, the 11% ABV seems well hidden. Body and mouthfeel are surprisingly average, albeit enjoyable. Finishes with with only a minor hop twang, but mainly the bourbon and vanilla. Quite tasty, but not terribly big. I’d have it again in a heartbeat tho. Thanks goes out to egajdzis for the trade! BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2005
Hazy brown with a thin tan lacing head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, some alcohol, sweet caramel malts, banana and brown sugar. Starts rich and malty, with oak and vanilla but becomes somewhat alcoholic with mild hops. Tastu and smooth, a nice barley wine. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Just a touch of hazy is found in a deep honey mahogany body capped by a medium tan head that doesn’t stay around long. The bourbon taste of this brew really sweetens things up, bringing hints of butterscotch, vanilla, caramel apple, and toffee out. Hints of alcohol are found throughout, but never overpowers or really shocks the palate. Smooth and long lasting taste. This was a great barleywine, very complex, but had a bit of alcohol showing here and there.