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Blithering Idiot - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 44
Gots: 155 | 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 joshstevens87


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

A-Pours a murky mud brown red with a very solid light tan head which quickly disappates but manages to leave some speratic lacing
S-Dark fruit and strong alcohol scent up front with no trace of hops but very sweet and malty
T-dark fruits and figs and very alcoholic. amazingly sweet and malty with a following burn due to the alcohol, not much really going on with the hops which definately sets this beer apart from many of its american style brothers overall a rather tasty beer for the price not world-changing though
M/D-Very heavy sticky syrup mouthfeel which was only designed to be sipped but is rather light compared to what should be expected from the style. it's a a great beer for a cold night or to sit down and relax with but can certanly quickly lead to trouble in a bar or party setting

Overall definately a great beer that definately defines the english barleywine style but doesn't seem to actually DEFINE the style but definately deserves respect. For the price, alcohol content, and availablility (being about an hour and a half from the brewery) i would definately buy it again to enjoy a beer at the end of the day

12-10-2009 04:49:03 | More by joshstevens87
Photo of ckeegan04


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

A - Caramel brown with a thick foamy head. Head quickly fades to a thin cap and lasts throughout the entire duration of the beer. Thick rings left down the glass.

S - Dark fruits, a hint of caramel and alot of booze. All the colors meld together but none are very strong. Just not a real aromatic beer.

T - Rich malts with lots of caramel sweetness and dark fruits. Hints of fig and alcohol soaked cherries. Alcohol is certianly present as well and provides a hint of a burn.

M/D - Medium bodied and rather sticky. Alcohol burn is a little too strong.

12-09-2009 22:31:17 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of Katahdin


4.4/5  rDev +20.5%

A very nice interpretation of the Barleywine. Very easy on the palate, not at all chewy like most of the category. At 11% ABV the beer is deceivingly light to the taste. Very full-bodied and complex but exceptionally smooth tasting at the same time. Holds a very nice head when poured.

12-07-2009 18:59:32 | More by Katahdin
Photo of spartanfan


3.18/5  rDev -12.9%

Poured from a 12 oz that been in the cellar for about a year.

A: Pours a hazy reddish brown with a fluffy white head that has faded to a thin layer leaving thick lacing behind.

S: Big fruity smells in the nose. Also quite a bit of solvent alcohol smell.

T: Taste is of sweet dark fruits and malts; alcohol is still quite apparent, but not overpowering. Hints of tobacco as the beer warms.

M: Mouthfeel is full and quite creamy. Leave a bit of a coating in the mouth and a slight warming at each swallow.

D: This beer is more drinkable now then it was fresh, but still a bit to alcoholic to be very drinkable.

11-30-2009 01:00:27 | More by spartanfan
Photo of jwinship83


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

12oz bottle sent to me from user yesac. thanks! drank from my duvel tulip. been sitting on this one for about a year now.

A- this one pours out a glowing ruby red colored body with a small khaki colored head that vanished before my eyes. little to no lacing left behind.

S- lots of fruity malts. cherry, raisins, figs, and plums. some sweet caramel in here as well. alcohol comes through loud and clear.

T- the start is all about sweet caramel and sweet ripe dark fruit. apples, pears, cherries, and plums. the alcoholic burn isnt nearly as bad as the smell indicated. in fact, its barely noticeable.

M- full bodied and syrupy. palate coating. very low level of carbonation which is expected for the style.

D- i liked this one alot. the time in the cellar did it some good comparing my notes to other reviews on here. the strength makes it a one and done type beer, but its something id like to be able to have on a regular basis. too bad weyerbacher doesnt ship to chicago.

11-29-2009 21:04:30 | More by jwinship83
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4/5  rDev +9.6%

Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
appearance - A tawny reddish brown with a huge head after a hard pour that slowly dissipated to a decent cap.
smell - Brown sugar, malty with some background fruitiness.
taste - that is smooth. Some hops and lots o' malt.
This goes down smooth and fast. A big beer that drinks like a session.

11-27-2009 22:57:21 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of GbVDave


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a ruby tinted brown with lightly hazy clarity. Capping this is a tiny light brown head.

S: Aromas of apples, rum soaked raisins, fresh caramel, citrus, and a hint of pine.

T: See above. Very caramel-y, orchard fruity, and lots of booze, too.

M: Peppery, sweet, and slick. Perfect amount of boozy burn.

D: Nice, but the alcohol really hits about mid-way through the bottle.

11-14-2009 14:12:39 | More by GbVDave
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

A strong barleywine at just over 11% ABV, but the caramel soft tones are really what set this beer apart. Very well-balanced and certainly not as harsh as its American cousin, but I find this to be too light in texture and flavor on the english side.

12 oz bottle from Chevy Chase liquors in DC, poured into a snifter. Alcohol and light, metallic caramel malt in the nose with a creamy head and decent retention. Clear ruby, almost glowing red color. Very nice, black raspberry, scotch, and prune, with some serrano pepper and cinnamon. There is a bit of dried mango and a lot of breadiness. Very smooth and incredibly soft, with little carbonation.

The flavors are very much rounded out on the back end, to the point where it is difficult to tell what kind of flavors there are, as they do not carry through to the end, despite the nice mouthfeel and great drinkability of this beer. Alcohol, however, does come through at the end after a few sips. Let it warm up and it comes through even more.

11-13-2009 05:05:35 | More by TLove
Photo of stoutfiend27

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

12oz bottle poured into snifter

a-ruddy ruby color with off white one finger head...didnt last long..incredible legs for a barleywine...very little bubbles from carbonation..

s-sweet and malty..fruity and phenols..alcohol tempts the nose..

t-fruity and sweet up front..hops are completely lost...malty..and whiffs of hot alcohol..

m-creamy and smooth..too smooth if that can be....borderline

d-one and done and maybe for life..this bottle is a year old and it is still hot...maybe another year or so and this would be good??

overall a let down...

11-07-2009 02:32:39 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of ibbjamin


2.3/5  rDev -37%

Paid $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a snifter to review as the first barleywine I've had of the season.

Leaves a small half inch head after an aggressive pour that dissipates quickly leaving minimal retention. Head is somewhat fizzy and of a beige color. Brownish orange in color with light passing through only when held to a light. Appears to be lightly carbonated and of a thick consistency. A few lines of thin lacing.

Aroma is strong and boozy with sweet caramel malts, candied fruit, molasses. Warming rum-like alcohol rather detectable to the nose.

Alcohol is better hidden in the taste which is dominated by an overtly sweet orange/fig medley. Caramel malts take a backseat to the sweetness.

Medium to full body. The mouthfeel reminds me of a two liter orange soda bottle that was opened and put in the fridge overnight; slightly flat with some fizz left and all the original sweetness.

Every beer I've had thus far from Weyerbacher has been excellent. I would not put this beer in that category. I've had this one in the cellar for almost a year. Perhaps another 2-3 years would tone things down and bring the beer together.

edited and added after review:
To find out, Insanity is Blithering Idiot aged in oak barrels that had previously held bourbon. Amazing what this process can do to a beer as Insanity is perhaps my new favorite barleywine.

11-04-2009 05:39:35 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of Vonerichs


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

The color is a rusty red-orange. Body has little carbonation, no head and no lacing.

It smells like bubble gum, rum, and fig. It's a pretty distinguished odor.

I'm picking up a ton of different tastes ranging from cherries, to rum, figs, and raisins. There's a heavy malt presence of caramel with a honey-like sweetness. The alcohol makes is presence known.

The mouthfeel is a little flat and very medicinal. The alcohol leaves a slight stinging sensation.

This is way to boozy to be anything other than a sipper. I like the smell and flavor but the alcohol is too distracting.

11-03-2009 03:27:57 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of LordAdmNelson


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a nice rum-raisin color with little or no head, minimal lacing. Smell is good with some raisin, alcohol, lightly toasted malt, molasses, and figs coming through. Taste definitely follows the nose--this is a pretty good EB in my opinion. Big, robust flavors of molasses, rum-raisin, figs, some light malt... tasty for sure. A bit sweet, though. A bit sticky on the MF, and drinkability is pretty high. Even with it being a little hot, this one goes down smooth. A good sipper.

11-01-2009 14:53:12 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of jzeilinger


4/5  rDev +9.6%

Beer pours a deep copper/raisin color with light lacing around the glass, no head or carbonation. Smells of dates, intense malts, maybe a little spice. The taste is warm, sweet malt, fruit, and has a boozy aromatic warmness as it goes down. Has a medium/heavy body and is best enjoyed while sipped in a snifter. I just discovered this beer this past year and have grown to really enjoy this one. Hurray that it's brewed all year around. Good job, Weyerbacher!

10-31-2009 23:56:41 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of emerge077


4/5  rDev +9.6%

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!

10-27-2009 01:34:08 | More by emerge077
Photo of kegger22


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured a cloudy, medium brown with a skimpy head that quickly settled to a collar. The aroma was just plain sweet and boozy for me. The taste was thick, sweet, cloying and a big alcohol presence. I was getting a sour taste from somewhere, maybe cherries? Not sure. The feel was heavy bodied with little carbonation. Drinkability was reasonable for a high ABV, I could probably have had another 12 oz. The odd sour taste kept it from being one of the top of it's style. I enjoyed Idiot, but am a fan of barleywines, so take it for what it's worth.

10-23-2009 17:19:49 | More by kegger22
Photo of peppermo


4.8/5  rDev +31.5%

This beer looked good in a glass. Not great but good.
I liked the deep aroma.

Very tasty brew. Found it to be smoothe with a long finish.

Even with the high ABV, I could manage to drink a few of these babies.

The barley beer is a reall good one. Hats off to Weyerbacher.

10-22-2009 15:16:14 | More by peppermo
Photo of Tone


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a cloudy, copper color with lighter orange along the bottom of the glass. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, and slight caramel. Fits the style of an English Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. The alcohol does not dominate and the hops are relatively low. Tastes of sweet malt up front, then alcohol, sweetness (toffee) and slight hop. A much more balanced barleywine than others I've tried, though not as complex.

10-20-2009 02:17:30 | More by Tone
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -32.9%

Poured copper brown, with a finger of tan head, which didn't last very long, but did lace well. The smell was a sweet, sweet mix of rhubarb, tart cherry, blood orange, caramel, woodiness, and raisins...not a bad mix, but overridingly sweet. The flavor was annoyingly sweet and harsh, begging the question as to whether or not this beer would better with age. The mouthfeel was thick and syrupy; a struggle to get down the throat. As such, I had trouble finishing one of these.

10-14-2009 05:42:26 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of wangbruins


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

A- Nice dark caramel with a two inch head that stayed for the duration with beautiful lacing

S- Piney with caramel, dark grapes, and cherries

T- Strong dark grape and cherry taste as well as some syrup or honey or something like that

M- Smooth and almost sticky like a cola or something just as syrupy

D- It's a good beer but the ABV will set the limits for you

10-14-2009 00:27:25 | More by wangbruins
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge


3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz bottle via trade with crizay of RB fame. This is one of those nights I was feeling like a blithering idiot. Pours a clear copper with inch high bubbly tan head. The aroma is a bit light and doesn't really hide the big ABV. I get plums, raisins, a hint of hay, pale malts (oddly enough) and some alcohol. The flavor starts with cherries, raisins, dates and plum fruitiness. This was followed by lightly roasted to pale malts. Throughout the experience there's an under tone of alcohol and hotness. Into the aftertaste each of the flavor components lingers for a good while with sweet dark fruitiness cut with alcohol and pale maltiness. Maybe this could use a couple more years to mellow.

10-07-2009 18:26:37 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
Photo of DefenCorps


3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

12oz bottle from last years' release. I've had this a while, just getting around to drinking it.

Mildly hazy with a gorgeous dense beige head that recedes to a disk and then a ring, leaving a little lace.

The nose is rather simple, with a sweet sugar syrup character with toffee and caramel. It doesn't have the depth and complexity that I've found in the best beers of this style. Mild honey floral character is present as well.

The palate is one dimensional, sweet and syrupy with a touch of burnt sugar and alcohol burn on the finish. For a beer as sweet, the body is paradoxically thin, it doesn't have the expected heft. This really is rather mediocre, lacking in depth and finesse.

Medium in body while managing to feel light, this is a disappointment. The finish is all sugar and alcohol. On the bright side, the carbonation is quite stunning - soft, suffuse, and lush

This really is a chore to drink, and I'm not going to bother.

10-06-2009 03:54:27 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of eljefe21


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Ice tea like in color. Pours to a thin light tan head that is quickly gone. A liquidy trace of lacing.

S: Heady, sweet aroma fills the nose. Nothing distinctive about the sweetness.

T: Sweetness starts on the front and side of the tongue, disappears and finally reappears in the middle of the tongue at the finish. Pretty much all sweetness, in a good way.

M: Body is thick and sticky. Not much carbonation. Very smooth.

D: It's a cool night and this is a warm treat. I haven't had many Barley wines, but this compares well to the few I have. This one definitely is not for everyday consumption, but is a nice treat at the right time.

Served: in an oversized wine glass.

Review from notes taken on: 9/9/09

10-02-2009 04:32:10 | More by eljefe21
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.22/5  rDev +15.6%

Poured a very murky dark brown, nice light brown head that dissipates quickly. Nose was a bourbon type flavor I thought, seemed like a barrel aged, joined by the malts and well hopped and well balanced. Start is malt sweet, the middle creamy and a medium body, the finish dry, somewhat tart, pleasantly hopped and smooth as an be. Liked this ALOT!!!
2007 vintage
Poured a deep, cloudy orange color, with a small white head, good carbonation, some bubbles and sediment. Nose bubble gum, fruits, candy. Taste is candied and dried fruit, bubble gum, brown sugar, maple and very sweet. Nice alcohol bite and warming. Mouthfeel is sticky and sweet. Phenom!!!

09-26-2009 21:54:12 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of glid02


3.98/5  rDev +9%

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a clear honey-copper color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with hints of butterscotch and toffee. As the beer warms mild amounts of alcohol and fruit flavors waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Big sweet caramel malt flavors up front with hints of toffee. Midway through the sip a bit of fruitiness makes itself apparent - mostly apricots - before giving way to a mildly bitter ending. The hops aren't terribly apparent but it remains well-balanced. As it warms alcohol becomes slightly apparent and a very light hint of milk chocolate flavors meld with the caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and despite the high ABV I could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer that hit all the right flavors but they weren't quite large enough to be great. Worth a shot.

09-21-2009 02:21:57 | More by glid02
Photo of nickd717


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

12oz bottle from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in DC, poured into wine glass.

A - Nice reddish-amber appearance with a small white head.

S - Aroma is caramel malt, dark fruits, and brown sugar.

T - Lots of caramel malt, not too sweet, with toffee, raisin, spice, grain, alcohol, and some hops. Not quite as intense or complex as I'd like for the style, but certainly not bad.

M - Body is medium-full and a little syrupy but not as much as you'd expect for the high ABV.

D - Pretty high for the style.

Overall, an average barleywine. This was my last beer of the night, and it was a long night, so I lived up to the name and was a real life blithering idiot after this.

09-14-2009 22:59:41 | More by nickd717
Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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