Blithering Idiot - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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Reviews by happy4hoppybeer:
4.43/5 rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Drink by date on "Big Beers" case is January 26,1012. So I'm going to assume this one is fairly aged, as you these and any barley-wine will age several years past bottling.
Into snifter glass: A gorgeous dark amber near-brown with just enough shiny clear ruby red and cloudiness to keep it from being all dark. Moderate foamy and creamy vanilla head, with nice bubbly holes. Ditto with the lacing. Bubbly carbonation surfaces quite obviously for a while. Decent retention.
My nose detects lots of sweetness from malted barley, fruits, wine-like grapes, and some nuttiness. Very pleasant aromas. A bit on the sweet side. No hops on the nose to speak of.
A fairly above-average body, with very minimal carbonation, obvious malt sweetness comes through. Some of that same grape and nutty characteristics from the aroma come through. Alcohol is surprisingly undetectable, making this a fairly dangerous brew. This seems to be an aged/mature version, last time I've had this it was too sweet and little else. This time, it seems to have a little more complexity, due to what I believe is a couple of years maturation.
This is a better brew when it's matured. Drink it young, and it's not so swell. Let this age a few years, and it pays off. Very good when it's properly matured a few years. When it;s consumed shortly after bottling, it's rather mediocre and unbalanced.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2011 23:11:14 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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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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