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Blithering Idiot - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,852 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 1,852
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 47
Gots: 200 | 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)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Ok, a beer worth trying but probably never drinking again

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3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pours a reddish brown, leaves a thick light tan head that sticks around for an amazing amount of time.

Smell is fairly mute, slight citrus, barley and malt, orange peel.

First taste was interesting, but then it just started going downhill. Eucalyptus, caramel, the alcohol lends a great deal, could almost say that in itself is the prime flavor with the rest just acting as support. Not very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, smooth and creamy. Medium bodied, light carbonation, goes down easy, at the least.

Had to finish off Weyerbacher's locally available at some point, I guess trudging through brews like this is inevitable, wouldn't ever go near this again.

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2.15/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Looked & smelled great, but went all down hill from there. Couldn't get past the strong cough syrup flavor. This one definitely needs to be aged, otherwise it's damn near undrinkable.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a sniffer

Pours a deep dark mahogany with copper highlights and one finger of creamy khaki head that leaves a wisp of a light cap. Looks thick and sticky on the sides of my glass. Aroma is intense dark caramelized malts and overripe banana peel soaked in sweet dark rum. No disguising that this is a huge sweet English barleywine.

Taste starts with a rush of dark fruits. Figs, prunes and a touch of dried apricot. Gets even sweeter in the middle with the banana coming through along with some molasses. The hops certainly take a backseat, but it does finish with a slightly dirty grassy note and leaves a brandy-like sweetness. It's fairly smooth, but there's a noticeable alcohol warmth. It's obvious this is a huge beer, and a sipper for sure. As anticipated it's viscous and chewy, coating the palate maybe as much as any beer I've had. Carbonation is low and suits the style well.

Overall this is an intense version of the style, and one I would drink again, as I appreciate the occasional big bad malt bomb. However, I prefer to share it, as the syrupy sweetness can become a bit much.

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Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,852 ratings.