Blithering Idiot - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ElCommodoro:
5/5 rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is one of the most perfect beers I've ever enjoyed. I'm not entirely sure it can be beat and this isn't even one of my top 10 styles of beer. Maybe I should make some room because this is phenomenal.
How to describe the smell besides overpoweringly delicious? It's sweet, alcoholic and...red? Can something smell red? I think it can because that's what I smell. What that means to me is that there are scents in there I generally associate with red ale. Similar malts are probably used. There are also hints of apricot, red apples, fresh grass, and hay. Some yeast smell too, as you'd expect.
The taste is mesmerizing. I can't properly convey what the taste is in words. The constituent parts wouldn't properly explain anything. What they are isn't important. It's how they come together in the perfect amounts that creates perfection. Or maybe it's just brewed with immense amounts of love. It's hard to say. Anyway, it has the intensity, smoothness, and complexity of a very old, aged whiskey. Which is not to say it tastes like one. There's no whiskey flavour. It's very strong. The alcohol is up front for sure, along with the smooth sweetness. It's a very sweet beer. But there's a lot going on in the background for you analysis connoisseurs. I'm not good with this part of the review, but it's definitely spicy. That apple flavour present in the nose is definitely there. Not green apples, but sweet apples. The hops are mostly spice hops, but there's some astringency on the finish as well. There's a bit of that apricot I detected on the nose in there as well, with about of that straw flavour. The rest is all malt complexity. It's too complex for me to understand, but there must have been several malts used in this. All I can say is they are all excellent and used in perfect proportion. Now I'm going to stop annoying myself by trying to analyze this for this review and sit back and enjoy this perfection, because that's what this beer is. It's pure perfection. You don't have to be a blithering idiot to appreciate it. But you'd have to be one not to give it a try. Beware the bite though. This stuff bites like 19th century cough medicine. So be warned, but if you're into that sort of thing, enjoy the hell out of it. I know I will.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2013 07:53:12 | More by ElCommodoro
More User Reviews:
2.08/5 rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
I did not enjoy this beer. Smelled like a ripe banana after popping the cap ... even more so in the glass. Probably the strangest smelling/tasting beer I've ever had. I like the lack of hops, but I can't seem to like anything else. Again I'm reminded to do a more detailed analysis before I make a blind purchase.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 01:36:20 | More by Vierenner
3.86/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours out light brown in color and although not translucent it is not really dark with a small beige head with little retention.
Smell is very sweet from the dark malts, smells of banana, slight spices, and a nice tiny bit of vanilla although very faint. The smell is mostly sweet bananas which is very nice.
Taste is very sweet with bananas in the forefront as in the nose. There seems to be some spices that may be a little clove but hard to pinpoint. I really like the taste as I have always lived this beer.
Edit: After drinking a little I do seem to get more malts as it goes down the throat but not much.
Mouthfeel is semi-thick when you flush it around your mouth. It's not real thick to be sure but it does have some thickness to it.
Overall this is a fairly nice barelywine that I have loved for quite some time. It could use a little more time in the bottle to get rid of a little bit of the sweetness but it is not bad in any way. Really this tastes like a small barleywine that could be a little thicker and more robust for the style. I love the beer and would love to drink it plenty but it just isn't a true barleywine as I have drank. It's a little thin and just not robust as I would expect. Still a great beer. For the ABV it certainly doesn't taste that strong. It tastes like it could be 8ABV instead of 11ABV so it does mask the alcohol and seems like a beer I could drink all day but certainly not a session beer due to the high ABV.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 08:40:34 | More by TheBeerDrinker
Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,584 ratings.