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Blithering Idiot - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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83
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1,818 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,818
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 48
Gots: 186 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boozy whiskey great aroma. Taste sharp whiskey and then mellowed by the barley. Very finishable. Fig date licorice chocolate malt essence and sharp sour plum soaked for a while. Wow, 11% warming. A 55 degree room temperature offering. Amber ruby colour.

Sammy, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

t0rin0, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jnorton00 for sending me this one!

Pours a slightly murky orange-brown with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and some metallic aromas. Taste is of malt, metal, and burnt brown sugar. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with some off aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

djrn2, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

acurtis, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to ChrisPro in Blind BIF #4. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a dark copper color with a good white head. Starts out with two fingers and fades down into a moderately-sized collar with some film on top. The nose is fairly sweet with a bit of dark fruits. Quite a bit of sweetness coming through along with some cherries. Taste is mildly sweet with a bit of malt and caramel. A bit of yeastiness comes through as well. Difficult to pin down. The yeast reminds me of Harpoon's house ale yeast. Drinks pretty well, though there's nothing too noteworthy about it. I don't get much other than the yeast, though that portion is distinctively American.

Thorpe429, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and poured with a thin creamy beige head that quickly faded away leaving lacy patterns floating in the center of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of alcohol and dark fruit in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel, dark fruits and toffee; there are some hints of sweetness in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and somewhat syrupy on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: Considering its strength, this beer is not that difficult to drink, although there's no way I could have more than one of these at a time.

metter98, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

kjkinsey, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a three-fingered head that caps the clear burnt orange liquid; plenty of lacing

Smell: Cherries, fig, dates, treacle and nuts

Taste: Treacle, fig, dates and nuts, up front, with a developing spice cake aspect; the sweetness builds, after the swallow, along with a boozy, spicy aspect

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: Just not that excited by this beer; would have preferred a bit more hop elements even though I recognize that this is in the English barleywine style

brentk56, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Barley Wines out there. Strong alcohol and thinly sweet malts throughout. From the onset, gives the sensation of warming and lightly fusal, yet pleasant. Boldly sweet with syrup, molassas, and brown sugar. Hopped for balance and light bittering. Moderately thick and silky to the palate. Finishes with a light sweetness, light drying, and palate clensing bitterness. I will be drinking quite a bit more of these. It's certainly an Enlish Barley Wine with a subtle American twist.

BEERchitect, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber looking ale with a medium head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is quite sweet with some great malt also noticeable. Taste is very warming which is probably due to the high content of alcohol, which is not easily discernable. Quite sweet throughout with some caramel and light bitterness at the end. Overall, this is very pleasant stuff and looking forward to try the Insanity.

Phyl21ca, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoldering cherry-bronze with orange juice trim. Man, I love the way most barleywines look in the glass! The lid is a looker as well. It's orange-tinted ivory in color and is as frothythick as whipped eggnog. Since it has no desire to deflate in the next hour or so, my lace assessment will have to wait. At the moment, it appears as if the glass will be pretty well covered. (Note: in the end, very little lace ends up sticking).

The nose is pretty standard for an English barleywine. It's a little lax in the power and depth departments, there isn't much hoppiness, and there's a wee bit too much undisguised alcohol. That whole 'cherries and figs macerated in brandy' smell is present and accounted for, but it fails to impress due to the faults noted a few lines up.

The flavor is much more agreeable than the aroma. The beer is nicely malted, with muscular flavors of black cherry, orange, dark rum-soaked dates and English toffee. It isn't as complex as some of my favorites of the style, but it's still pretty tasty beer. I have no doubt that it's hard to completely neutralize an 11.10% ABV. Given the circumstances, this big ale is just about as mellow as possible. Cellaring it for 18 months, as I've done, was a good choice.

I won't say 'with warming' since I started the bottle out at cellar temperature, but with time the various members of the flavor profile knit together more completely and the alcohol becomes even more rounded and smooth. On second thought, the latter may be due to nothing more than tongue numbing. I love how the boozy cherry flavor hangs on seemingly indefinitely.

The mouthfeel, while unquestionably full, is still roughly average for the style (in terms of girth). I'll call it lightly syrupy at most since there's barely a trace of heaviness or stickiness. The carbonation is appropriately subdued and does its work without fanfare, or even notice. The mouthfeel makes drinking quickly a breeze, even as the ABV makes drinking too quickly dangerous. Respect is a must.

This Weyerbacher offering is one of the better examples of an English barleywine that I've run across. I will never like malt-dominant versions of the style as much as I like balanced or (especially) hop-dominant versions, but I've had a good time with this one. It's solid all the way around. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the Blithering Idiot.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin half finger head on a garnet and crimson murky body with excellent lacing. Nice sweet aroma with mostly bubblegum, plum, grapes and vanilla. Flavor is malty with citrus, pine, molasses and figs. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall a mild barley wine which isn't as sharp or difficult to get used to as many which helps its drinkability however the flavors are understated slightly effecting it's complexity.

kylehay2004, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006. Served at cellar temperature and consumed on 08/20/2008 via over sized wine glass.

The pour was very nice, rich dark amber, bordering on a light brown in texture. Nearly opaque with a ton of haze in this one. A smallish light tan head then came up over the top and settled down lightly with just a ood amount of side glass coating.

THe aroma was a malty monster. RIch notes of candied sugar, caramel, and a touch of light bready malt. Some light fruit notes coming through now as it warms, well light in nature, but not in substance. Raisins, plums, some light figs, this was getting very complex. Flavor was very full, with lots of raisin like flavor dominant and a good bit of light alcohol in the back. THis was spicy with hints at nutmeg or something that was tingling on the tongue underneath it all. Light woody character as it warmed now aas well, really rounding it out nicely. Nice medium feel was very well done with not too much carbonation, but just enough to really get it going. A goo sipper, though I found myself chugging it down quicker as time went by.

Overall, this was a very soilid beer. Easily one that should be sought out as it was readily available and somewhat affordable. I would have no issue in trying this one again any day.

mikesgroove, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
1.88/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: The beer pours an amber color with a very thin layer of khaki/off-white foam.

S: What is wrong with the nose? Nothing like a barleywine (English or otherwise). Cough syrup and corn with a lot of sugar, alcohol, and maybe some fruits. Slightly floral, but otherwise not much redeeming going on here.

T: Blech. Sugar and alcohol with cough syrup notes. Surprisingly bitter and astringent. A very harsh flavor overall. Some grape and burnt grain flavors on the back end as well. It's also sort of watery on top of it all.

M: The body is thin and watery with a low carbonation.

D: Jesus this was bad. I have no desire to try this again.

womencantsail, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep brown color, with a white head. The aroma is sweet smelling with some piney hops in the mix. The flavors are there but not in the biggest way. It's a bit watery on the mouthfeel. This beer could be a lot better, I know a lot of people who love this beer for it's strength. Whenever I talk to people about strong beers they ask me about this one. It's a decent barley wine but it's not the greatest. I think people from around here like it so much because It's local and that cool to show support for the home team.

Knapp85, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -11%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single from Green's on Buford Hwy in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish-brown body with a small, though sustaining, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, malty, boozy aroma with a rich, syrup-soaked blend of dark fruits.

Taste: Lightly toasty caramel maltiness with a good dose of sweetness (along the lines of a sip of simply syrup). Very tiny hint of cocoa powder and banana bread. There's a strong fruitiness tasting of sugared, sauteed figs. Slight earthy hop character and bitterness. Warming alcohol presence but nothing too glaring, mind you. Finishes sweet and boozey.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A predominately sweet, malty barleywine that I enjoyed fairly well. I have a few older bottles lurking the cellar that I'll be sure to check on.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I miss having Weyerbacher readily available. This offering pours a mostly clear amber ruby topped by a short-lived finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, mandarin oranges (in syrup), and some fairly pronounced alcohol. The taste is very similar, though some toffee and biscuits sneak their way in as well without really subduing the oranges (but the alcohol seems diminished a touch). The body is a fairly hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a kinda syrupy feel. Overall, a solid b-wine, a bit on the boozy side, but not too bad at all.

TMoney2591, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belated thanks to markgugs for sending this in a trade a few years ago. Decided to cellar it, and here we are today.

Pours into a Duvel glass a bright ruby tone, didn't quite manage to keep all the sediment out, so there's a flurry of suspended particles. Lasting cream colored head that lingers with good retention. Very deep malty aroma, with some rum raisin at room temperature. Not especially complex, a note of alcohol comes out when swirled, but it's not a deal breaker, this is a 11+% Barleywine after all.

Viscous body with some lush toffee/caramel flavors, spicy rum, and dried fruit. Oxidized and bready like some Euro beers. Alcohol seems somewhat tamed yet still perceptible. Rich and sticky. Low carbonation, full bodied. A nice late evening sipper. Thanks Mark!

emerge077, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -17.8%

JAHMUR, Dec 29, 2011
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Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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