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Blithering Idiot - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,919 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,919
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 52
Gots: 243 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2001

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Ratings: 1,919 | Reviews: 849
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5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pure joy in my mouth!

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5/5  rDev +37%
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.

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Photo of 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.

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Photo of ggroller
4.87/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ya know, I've drank this beer so many times it's time I give this beloved brew it's proper due.

Blithering Idiot. What a namesake. It is in fact the reason I decided to try this beer for the first time.

Poured into a tulip, the beer is a burgundy, mahogany, and dark brown in color.

It smells like bubblegum, cotton candy, beligan dark candy sugar. Hints of vanilla, brown sugar, and cardamom.

Tastes sweet. But not sweet like sugar or candy. Sweet like a piece of baklava. Brown sugar, vanilla, honey, and oven browned cinammon. The complexity of the taste is almost overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is huge. Sticky and chewy.

Drinkable for a Barley Wine indeed. Especially on those cold Pennsylvania winter nights. Sit by the fireside with this one. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of avylover
4.85/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this brew is about top notch. Very nice clear mahogony with a 1/4" head that hangs around and provides good lacing. Aroma is heavy the fruit, with peaches, grapes, and a good whiff of alcohol. Actually reminds meof westy12 a bit, to be honest. The similarities don't end there, suprisingly!! Grape taste along with apple, pears - just alot of fruit. The malt is more of an afterthought to this onslaught of great hoppy fruit flavors!! This suprised the hell outta me. Mouthfeel is not to thick, with a light foamy ness that makes for a great drinkability. The best barleywine I've ever had...hands down.

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Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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