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Blithering Idiot - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,932 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,932
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 52
Gots: 252 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2001

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Ratings: 1,932 | Reviews: 854
Photo of Gr8Stouts
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a good Barleywine. Tastes better than it looks

Photo of Tiger1833
1.48/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Not a good beer. I poured it out.

Photo of synapseprolapse
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Amber, slightly hazy, half-finger head that dissipates rather quickly.
S: Malty, spicy
T: Very malty, finish reminds me of Belgians.
M: Flat, super thick.
O: I enjoyed it. The mouthfeel lets you know that it's going to be a heavy beer. It's very much a Belgian beer, and could probably be labeled as such since the finish has a strange twist that ping-pongs my taste buds (think: malty, malty, malty, twang). One hell of a way to get drunk fast, since my mouth numbed up pretty quickly, and I only noticed the malt towards the end. Lacks breadth, but has depth, if that makes sense.

Photo of xtavior
1.66/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This was easily the WORST thing i have EVER drank. It was like someone took a cheap red wine and mixed it with a cheap American lager (ala bud light). I bought a pack weeks ago and can't even get drunk enough to stomach it. Just. Frigging. Terrible.

Photo of tkolterman
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has good taste from being to end. I'd buy it again

Photo of StoutHunter
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Weyerbacher's Blithering Idiot last week for $3.19 at The Lager Mill. I've been working my way through the Weyerbacher lineup and I thought it was time to give this Barleywine a try, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 2/15/15. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's eye catching. It poured an amber red color that took on of a ruby red hue when held to the light with a half a fingers worth of bubbly light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish the head and retention were just a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a fruity aroma being the first to show up and it imparts a mixture of apples and light dark fruit aromas with no single aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes a slight alcohol aroma that leads into the malts which are on the lighter side and they impart some sweet malt, caramel malt, caramel and grainy aromas. This beer has a nice aroma, but I wish it was a little more complex.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with very high amount of medium sweetness with the same fruity aspects that I got in the aroma being the first to show up, but this time they aren't as bright and they are just a little lighter. Up next comes a noticeable alcohol flavors that isn't too warming and it's followed by the malts which are lighter like they were in the aroma and they impart the same aspects with caramel and sweet malts seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's no bitterness with some sweetness and booze taking it's place and it had a fruity aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but just like aroma I wish it was more complex.

M- Fairly smooth, not too cloying, slightly crisp, on the very thick side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer has a nice mouthfeel that works well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was it a nice example of an English Style Barleywine, but In the end it didn't turn out as great as some of the better ones I've had, it just lacked the complexity and big mouthfeel that some of that better ones seem to have and it left me wanting more. This beer has nice drinkability, it's fairly smooth, not too cloying, slightly crisp, a little filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think one is a good amount for me, I don't really have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was how true to style it was, besides lacking it complexity it had pretty much all the things that I look for in the style. What I like the least about this beer is the lack of complexity, that aspect could use some work. I would buy this beer again, but I'm not going to go out of my way to stock up on it and I would say it worth a try if you are a fan of the style. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love, it needs a little work, but I think it has potential. IT's not a favorite Weyerbacher beer and it's right about average for the style. Nice job guys, but I think with a little more work this could be a very nice Barleywine.

Photo of dwitmer1989
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So good! Tried it for the first time today just to get a high percentage in. Very pleasantly surprised.

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome beer...little boozy, not more than one an evening for me...

Photo of Mitchster
2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

11.1% ABV, Original Gravity: 26.2p, 34 IBU's.
Hopped with Northern Brewer (B), Perle (B), Hallertuaer.
12oz bottle.
Pours out to a medium amber, forming a soft yellow head with good retention and solid lacing. Carbonation is moderately brisk, ~2.75 carbs or so. The nose is ripe with figs, dates, belgian candi sugar, grape juice, plums, cherries and apple juice. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a dense body. Tastes like a fruit salad, lots of grapes, fugs and dates. Modestly strong oxidized wet cardboard flavor half way through with moderate higher alcohols and soy sauce like yeast autolysis with mild herbal bitterness.

The oxidation and higher alcohols definitely ruin this for me. Not a very good or very well brewed beer. I definitely wouldn't buy this again. Drain pour. Blithering indeed,

Photo of larryarms847
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark copper and slightly hazy with a solid finger of light khaki and creamy foam.

Earthy, dark fruits, cherry, toasted malt, and some spicy yeast aroma.

Spicy yeast, dark fruit, toasted dinner rolls, and slightly odd.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, spicy, astringent, not good.

Overall, this pours well and smells halfway decent, but the flavor and mouthfeel are rather bizarre and off-putting.

Photo of Mikus
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looked good. Had some interesting aromas (some sort of spicy hop or yeast note that was interesting), along with some bready maltiness. Fell apart on the taste and mouthfeel. Really muddy, nothing distinct or stand out shining through. Would not recommend. Still haven't found a decent Weyerbacher brew.

Photo of Johnd8
4.41/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A little light on the nose, and slightly dry for my tastes. But overall a great barley wine. The newer batches must be much better then the old.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottling date of 01/05/15

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear copper red color with a beige head that peaks at about half a finger's thickness. Poor retention results in a mostly barren surface with a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Strong cherry aroma backed by notes of caramel and banana.

Taste - Notes of cherry and caramel upfront and throughout. Distant banana undertone that peaks through mid-taste. Cloyingly sweet finish with an astringent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Sits somewhere between medium to full in body with a sticky texture; like maple syrup cut with water. Low carbonation. Drying finish.

Overall - People have compared this to cough syrup, and I have to agree that to an extent it does have a cherry cough syrup. Very little balance, no depth, and really just kind of a big ol' mess. Maybe it would age to something better, but I won't be the one to try it.

Photo of budgreenhi1000
4.79/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cherry taste, just wish it was a little thicker

Photo of Granuaile
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This has been a household fav for a few years now.

Photo of tfsimpkins
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Young for a barleywine. Give new batches some age.

Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

dark amber with a great looking head that fades to a good film on the sides and a little bit of fuzz on top maintained by the carbonation.

Very malty smell, with a sweetness to it, with a light raisin smell to me.

Nice big and sweet malt to start the taste, and then the sweetness continues with a caramel flavor, but the beer finishes with a somewhat strange bitter hop, that just doesn't sit quite right.

The carbonation is great, and the beer really seems to settle and stay on the back top part of the mouth. It has a pretty light feel for how big a beer it is.

This is a pretty good beer(best served not too cold), and I usually love big hop finishes, but something about this beer just didn't sit quite right with me, which is a bit of a bummer.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 edition 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with orange highlights, and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with strong aromas of toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted English muffins, followed by some notes of brown sugar, toffee, dried stone fruit such as raisins, figs, prunes, and a touch of maple syrup.

Taste: Delicious! Strong flavors of toasted malt, brown sugar and maple syrup-like sweetness, dried stone fruit, and a touch of hoppy bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but leaning a little towards the thin side. It’s a very smooth beer as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 11.1%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a very, very, good barleywine! Excellent, in fact! It has great flavors of malt, brown sugar and maple syrup-like sweetness, dried stone fruit and a touch of hops. The only thing keeping this barleywine from being world-class is the slightly less than perfect mouthfeel. If it had a chewier mouthfeel, it would be world-class.

Photo of m_hall
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour from 12oz. bottle into a wine glass, Pours clear copper, capped with a 1-finger cream head that falls fairly quickly. Scant lacing.

Aroma is dominated by malts, more towards the sweet end than bread-y.Some wine-like dark fruits. There is a very distinct alcoholic tang, which at 11.1%, is unsurprising.

Flavor is sweet to bitter-sweet, with fig and apricot notes, along with a bit of caramel. Alcohol on the finish, and a great deal of it. Little to no hop bitterness or floral tones.

Mouthfeel was smooth, a trifle thick, quite pleasant.

A good representative of the style, though I think cellar aging could improve this by allowing the alcohol to settle down with the rest of the flavors. I'll give this one another look in a year or so.

Photo of Thomas_R_Spitzer
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pure joy in my mouth!

Photo of Mrbseward
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Ok, a beer worth trying but probably never drinking again

Photo of predikit
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pours a reddish brown, leaves a thick light tan head that sticks around for an amazing amount of time.

Smell is fairly mute, slight citrus, barley and malt, orange peel.

First taste was interesting, but then it just started going downhill. Eucalyptus, caramel, the alcohol lends a great deal, could almost say that in itself is the prime flavor with the rest just acting as support. Not very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, smooth and creamy. Medium bodied, light carbonation, goes down easy, at the least.

Had to finish off Weyerbacher's locally available at some point, I guess trudging through brews like this is inevitable, wouldn't ever go near this again.

Photo of DarthVorador
2.29/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Looked & smelled great, but went all down hill from there. Couldn't get past the strong cough syrup flavor. This one definitely needs to be aged, otherwise it's damn near undrinkable.

Photo of glass_house
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a sniffer

Pours a deep dark mahogany with copper highlights and one finger of creamy khaki head that leaves a wisp of a light cap. Looks thick and sticky on the sides of my glass. Aroma is intense dark caramelized malts and overripe banana peel soaked in sweet dark rum. No disguising that this is a huge, sweet English barleywine.

Taste starts with a rush of dark fruits. Figs, prunes and a touch of dried apricot. Gets even sweeter in the middle with the banana coming through, along with some molasses. The hops certainly take a backseat, but it does finish with a slightly dirty grassy note and leaves a brandy-like sweetness. It's fairly smooth, but there's a noticeable alcohol warmth. It's obvious this is a huge beer, meant to be sipped. As anticipated it's viscous and chewy, coating the palate maybe as much as any beer I've had. Carbonation is low and suits the style well.

Overall this is an intense version of the style, and one I would drink again, as I appreciate the occasional big bad malt bomb. However, I prefer to share it, as the syrupy sweetness can become a bit much.

Photo of delta490
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy ruby-tinted copper with a barely-there white head. No lacing whatsoever. The aroma is light, but does have some nice caramel and dark fruit notes (I'm thinking dried figs). The taste is a little bit more robust, with a little more depth to the fruit and sugars and a nice warming effect from the alcohol. The body has a nice thickness to it and a little tingle to it on the finish.

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Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,932 ratings.