Blithering Idiot - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to a generous BA for a sweet Weyerbacher hook-up!
This liquid is a medium-to-almost-dark shade of amber with some mild crimson tinting. It is mid-level in it's haziness. A light tan colored head, almost a full finger thick, forms then recedes to a thin, filmy, surface covering. The lacing is is in dots and tiny strand-lets which are nicely sticky.
Lots of maltiness comes forth in the nose. Big fruit notes; some orchard/white fruits and dark fruits, as well. Candi sugar sweetness. Treacle and buttery caramel. Light hints of fusel alcohols.
This is a nice nose, but I've had to search to pull out the individual elements of it. It's rather muted, overall.
This is a big, malty monster. Just like it should be. Tons of maltiness, drizzled with hot buttered rum caramels, spooned onto medium level toast points, topped with a paste of figs, dates and raisins and sprinkled with golden brown sugar that has a touch of cinnamon and ginger added to it. This is garnished with mango and peach slices.
This absolutely benefits (opens up) from some minutes of letting it 'rest' and 'breathe'. It's getting better and better as it goes along.
It's just shy of being full-bodied with a light-to-almost-medium level of carbonation. The light touch of creaminess that it has gives it an almost silky smoothness.
Very tasty and smooth, but the 11.10%abv is not very hidden. This is no surprise with a big brew like this one, though. English barleywines are not intended to be 'slammed' all night long. They are more designed as a 'sipping' drink, and this one is no exception.
Delicious....but don't expect to down a 6-pk by yourself!
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2011 20:26:39 | More by coldmeat23
More User Reviews:
3.29/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Bottle: pours a deep ruby-brown with plenty of fine sediment throughout the profile. A thin beige head drops quickly to a solid ring, leaving a light lace. A nice-looking beer.
Appearance: a quite strong aroma of maraschino cherry and heavy sherry alcohol. Not much more than that - a little one-dimensional.
Aroma: once again fairly one-dimensional with the sherry alcohol up front. Lacks the complexity of a usual barleywine.
Taste: a slight heavy fruit joins the sherry alcohol. Still a little dominated by the alcohol, but certainly a big flavour.
Aftertaste: a fairly heavy body with light, fine carbonation.
Mouth feel: at over AU$170 a case, this one is a no-go.
Overall: I have quite a sweet spot for a decent barleywine - this one falls a little short of the mark though. It is a bit one-dimensional, but still a worthwhile drink every now and then.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 07:29:24 | More by SmashPants
3.4/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Appearance is a brownish copper with a half finger of head. The head dissipated rather quickly. The nose had the slight hint of sweetness. The malt flavors are not nearly as hearty as they should be considering the style. The lightness of the malt makes the alcohol tastes strong and intrusive. The only real highlight of this offering is the trace of dark fruits in the flavor.
Serving type: on-tap
02-22-2014 22:44:29 | More by 57md
Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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