1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Blithering Idiot - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Blithering IdiotBlithering Idiot

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

1,714 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,714
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 44
Gots: 156 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,714 | Reviews: 822 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by bjohn84:
Photo of bjohn84
bjohn84

Minnesota

2.42/5  rDev -33.7%

A - 1 Finger of creamy off white head, that dissipates fairly quickly. Color is deep amber with a hint of orange. Numerous particles floating throughout glass.

S - Nothing potent. Some herbal spicy floral, dried fruits

T - Caramel sweetness, along with dark fruits. Alcohol comes through on back end fairly strong. Flavors don't come through very strong

M - Medium body here with medium-high stickiness in the mouth

O - Overall nothing too special. Taste and smell don't have a ton of character and the lingering alcohol potency is probably a bit strong.

02-05-2012 06:00:48 | More by bjohn84
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Had this on tap at the Spring House Drafting Room,poured a medium brown with some amber tones with a light but somewhat creamy head,aroma was of burnt fruit and alcohol.Taste was very rasiny and of dried fruit definently sweet and chewy and gets better as it warms.A pretty nice brew I think the best I have had from Weyerbacher.

09-29-2003 20:51:10 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT
RoyalT

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance – This was a dark, orangish brown with a gorgeous cascading nitro-looking head a la Guinness. The head consisted of fairly large bubbles that hung over the fluid like a drizzling nimbostratus.

Smell – The sweet malt base dominates the nose of this one. It’s pretty laid back but consists of tons of sugar and some ripe fruits like apricots along with a noticeable warning of alcohol.

Taste – This one has a deep, malt base that is laden with big sugars. It is very wine-like, consisting of big, dry, chardonnay grapes along with lots of fruity notes. The alcohol blends right in with the winey character and is hardly detectable.

Mouthfeel – This was smooth enough but could probably benefit from cellaring. It was a little heavier than medium-bodied and ended pretty dry.

Drinkability – Very good now, probably better in two years or so.

Update – I can’t believe that it’s been seven years since I last had this BW, but now that I’ve moved back to the Midwest I was able to find it in a local beer store. It’s a lot less sugary than I noted on my original review and I thought the alcohol was a bit more prominent but otherwise a terrific sipper.

02-09-2004 02:33:19 | More by RoyalT
Photo of DaPeculierDane
DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%

Deep copper amber with an off-white head that dissolves to clingy lace. Easy drinker despite the high ABV. Very well concealed strength. Flavor and aroma are largely one dimensional and port like. That port quality consists largely of booze soaked dark fruits and spices that tend to indicate high alcohol presence. Hops are much lighter than expected indicating that this barley wine follows the English tradition rather than the American. Mouthfeel is rather warming and light for a barley wine. Flavor and aroma greatly improve as the beer warms to room temp but it remains rather dull and lacking in complexity. Still very drinkable and in fact dangerously easy to gulp down. Many thanks to expatsteve for the sample.

08-21-2006 17:48:26 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of OhioBobcat
OhioBobcat

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-29-2014 01:19:49 | More by OhioBobcat
Photo of Zakk
Zakk

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

08-14-2012 01:35:20 | More by Zakk
Photo of JacobMutberg
JacobMutberg

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-09-2012 16:30:11 | More by JacobMutberg
Photo of SIRIUS2
SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet style glass.

A: Deep clear ruby brown in color. Minimal white head quickly dissipates into a thin white layer of bubbles and healthy white perimeter ring. Very little (if any) lacing.

S: Very light smells of candied fruit and minimal whiffs of alcohol

T: Sweetness quickly takes over the palate with a very refined grain malt taste combined with something on the order of rock candy; sort of a fruity flavor similar to that of a sweet wine.

M: Very heavy and sweet. Light but persistent carbonation keeps the sweetness from cloying on the tongue. There is definite warming but no real intense alcohol presense. Goes down easy but catches up to you quickly.

Barley wine style. Definitely. Blithering Idiot is deceptive in that it is quite sweet in both nose and mouth and manages to hide that serious kick with the exception of some enjoyable warming at the end. Awesome. And that color! Almost like a ruby colored port. So long as you aren't put off by the sweet profile, you will probably like this. Recommended.

02-15-2008 02:08:49 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of wrycon
wrycon

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -19.7%

Dark orangish- brown in color, slightly muddled complexion. Nose is full malt, with maybe some plum or raisin. Drinks thick. Initial rush of caramel, that exits quickly. Middle is malty / watery and leaves a carpet of malt on the tongue. Expecting more from the end, but it simply finishes unceremoniously.

Like It? Have Had Better

11-07-2011 02:42:45 | More by wrycon
Photo of orbitalr0x
orbitalr0x

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a deep reddish amber with really no head to speak of. The smell is caramel covered fruit with plenty of piney, earthy hops coming out as well. Not too overpowering.

The first taste is a candied fruity, hoppy punch in the mouth, with just enough caramel maltiness to keep it all together. Biterness and alcohol sting the back of the palate on the way down. A little off balance, but I do love the hops so I won't complain.

Mouthfeel is good with a nice full body and good consistency. Drinkability is good as well, but after a few of these you'll end up looking like the joker on the label. I think this one could've used some more time in the cellar...but it's good fresh if you're looking for a hoppier taste. Check this one out if you like barleywines. Thanks to, ironically enough, blitheringidiot himself for the chance to partake.

10-15-2004 01:47:51 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of rwinzing
rwinzing

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured a bottle into my Duvel tulip

It poured hazy amber with barley any head. Gentle lacing on the side of the glass

Smell was sweet but not over powering. Expected some hop aroma but did not get any

Taste - Sweet through out. Very well balanced and not bitter. A little hot but not overwhelming nice to the style

mouthfeel was not overly full but not thin either

overall not a bad barleywine very enjoyable and balanced

08-02-2011 20:41:00 | More by rwinzing
Photo of JasonA
JasonA

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

12oz single from Cooridor Wine and Spirits. Excited about having this beer, huge WYB fan. I think the label is funny with the huge UPC bar code up front. Are they trying to tell us something?

Pours almost a grapish translucent copper. Good amount of lacing, even from this smally bottle. Head pours 1.5 fingers and settles. While the head has no staying power, lacing does which makes it 'pretty'.

Taste is not what I expected from a Barley Wine. Dare I say watery alcohol initial. Settles in with mild fruit and barley. Warming through from alcohol. Not a biting alcohol, but warming, much nicer.

I gave a 4.5 on the mouthfeel. Im not exactly sure why. While taste is definatly coupled to the MF, setting taste aside I like the way this settles in my mouth. Carbonation runs a nice smooth course. Very settling.

I am interested in having this again, just not quickly. Not a bad beer, but I would like to try some more BW before this again.

11-17-2006 02:52:40 | More by JasonA
Photo of BigMarty1980
BigMarty1980

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-01-2013 00:04:06 | More by BigMarty1980
Photo of lordofthewiens
lordofthewiens

Maine

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

A 12oz bottle poured into a snifter, this is an attractive beer. Red/orange color, small head, nicely carbonated. It had a dark fruit, malty aroma. The taste showed a strong malt presence, with little, if any, hops . This was a mild beer, not at all aggressive. I thought it to be very drinkable, even at 11% ABV.

04-29-2007 15:43:11 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of thetommo
thetommo

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-27-2014 19:52:14 | More by thetommo
Photo of warnerry
warnerry

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-04-2013 23:48:06 | More by warnerry
Photo of sponberg
sponberg

New York

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Can't describe the appearance much as I had no glassware at the campsite, but it looked pretty good when I poured a bit into a plastic cup. Had this bottle in my beer cellar for about 6 months or so waiting for the first night on the Cape. The one I had when "fresh" was rather unbalanced and screamed for aging.

Aroma was ripe fruit & alcohol - sweet apple, figs, plums, and fumes of alcohol. Started out with a big fruity malt assault - the same three as above, with caramel & toffee-like sweetness joining the fray. Somewhere way in the background a hop raised its hand for recognition by the chairman, but it was never recognized by the floor so it left the meeting with reserved bitterness. The alcohol remained well in check until it hit mid sip and bellowed loudly but briefly. The finish was sweet, sugary, alcoholic, but not at all cloying, with a lingering toffee apple aftertaste. Hugely drinkable for its potency after aging.

09-18-2002 08:23:05 | More by sponberg
Photo of nstroup
nstroup

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-10-2013 06:49:17 | More by nstroup
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-30-2013 03:16:55 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of bigdipip
bigdipip

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-21-2011 03:32:35 | More by bigdipip
Photo of TimoP
TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-29-2012 05:17:00 | More by TimoP
Photo of Doomcifer
Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-01-2014 14:13:38 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of megamass
megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-07-2013 05:08:57 | More by megamass
Photo of Jason
Jason

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle, no freshness date to be found but with its strength this beer will last perhaps years adding to the complexity. Light powdery sediment does not stay still when pouring.

Appearance: Light brown with cranberry red hues in the colour. The head was awesome at first with a big fluffy and think meringue look, unfortunately it dissipated to almost nothing.

Smell: Humongous esters of ripe dark fruit, dates and figs come to mind obviously as well as some brown sugar. Within the alcohol aromas comes a solvent and spicy aroma that tells you to beware cause this is a kick in the ass strong beer.

Taste: Huge creamy body, low carbonation though the creaminess does just fine to hold the mouth feel together. The creaminess looses ground as the malt tries to gain, all seems lost as a juggernaut of alcohol engulfs the taste buds with mammoth fists of fruity esters and solvent alcohol. Sweetness is big and hardly budges. Hops are pummeled to desperation and struggle to hold on, barely can balance this big beer. Complex flavours of rum raisin, figs, and dates soaked in alcohol. Brown sugar and coffee make their way to the palate and add to the cruel mix of flavours, soft husk flavour cover the tongue and the alcohol faded and leaves a prominent warming feeling through the mouth, throat and chest. Husk gains ground in the finish as well as some veggie hop flavour.

Notes: Not aged enough to quell the huge alcohol character, hops are lost. Alcohol seems a bit out of control. This is still a fun beer to drink and it shows you that it is a strong brew without a doubt. If you have a bottle of this don’t drink it yet, wait another year or so.

10-22-2001 07:30:36 | More by Jason
Photo of Billolick
Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

12 ouncer, allowed to warm up near room temp. Pours a nice warm honey almond, clear, under a puffy medium tan head, showing respectable retention and then leaving thick sticky sheeting. Intense nose of fruit, alcohol, and clearly cherries and banana peels. Warming, rich, buttery with notes of more fruit, leather, butter. Intense and bold brew. Fine quality night capper/sipper. I put a bottle of this nectar away to let it soften up a bit. Well worth a try.

01-03-2008 01:31:14 | More by Billolick
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,714 ratings.