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Blithering Idiot - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,917
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 52
Gots: 242 | FT: 7
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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: 1,917 | Reviews: 848
Photo of adamette
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into my Chimay silver rimmed glass. Purchased for $3.00 as a single at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.

A Moderate but short lived off white head over a glowing brown orange body with carbonation rising up from the middle. Nice look, nothing too special.

S Malty alcohol smell and that great grainy Barleywine smell as well (Barley ya think?).

T Very appropriate to the style Barley like grains with big malt and not much hops at all. Very true to the style.

M Huge feel of strong alcohol and barley grains.

D Not real good since it is such a big beer. This apertif plays its role real nice though. One and done.

Photo of drtth
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle was purchased in Nov of 07 and so has about 18 months of bottle age.

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet brown with ¼" light tan head that recedes quickly leaving a small ring of foam. Sipping leaves a nice speckled lacing pattern on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is of sweet malt with little trace of the high ABV or of hops.

Taste: The flavor is mild, mellow, balanced, rich and sweet with malt, traces of some mixed fruits and just a hint of the alcohol. Overall there is a subtle balance of flavors here and none of them dominate. What bitterness there is pops up once in a while but overall the impression is of light sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft with light carbonation. The finish medium long and ends on a note of bitterness alternating with soft sweetness.

Drinkability: This is more drinkable than I remember from the last one I had. It goes down easily and I am enjoying it.

Photo of dhd1491
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange-brown with little head retention at all. A bit of fruit and nutmeg on the nose. Taste is over the top. Big alcohol, big sweet malts, big yeast...did I mention big alcohol? Good sippin' brew. Layers of flavor...cloves, caramel, maple syrup, butter, waffles (just kidding). No smoke; little hops to speak of. Syrupy heavy mouthfeel. Although I tend to love more intense beers like this, Blithering Idiot is almost too much.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rusty copper hue with no head into my tulip glass. Carbonation is very light.

Sweet malts come through in the nose, along with a touch of citrusy hops. I almost make out some fruity esters...apples and cherries.

Heavy malts up front along with a strong astringent alcohol flavor. Raison and dates come through in the middle, but overall, the flavor is pretty harsh on the palate. I would definitely have to age this for a year or two the next time around.

Very heavy with the alcohol coming through a bit too much for my taste. I didn't really enjoy drinking this beer, and it felt almost like a chore as a result.

Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Orange/amber pour with a light beige head. Slightly boozy aroma with malt, caramel, raisin and a hint of citrusy hops. Malty caramel/toffee layers with some red fruits, citrus hint of pine and booze. Sticky medium body, maybe just a hint watery. Pretty warm, drinkability is just slightly better than ok. Definetely a malt inclined barleywine, which I like. One of the better I've had from Weyerbacher.

Photo of goblue3509
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a orange brown color with a slight head. The smell is sweet without the smell of alcohol to it. The taste is excellent. It doesn't have an overly alcohol taste like some other barely wines. The taste is slightly sweet. There is a good mouthfeel, with very little carbonation. The drinkability is great. It is very smooth.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep cloudy copper color with an awesome cream colored heading. Great lacing that lasts all of about 45 seconds OK maybe 1 minute but leaves no lacing at all during the tasting.

Smell is of multiple dark fruits,but I get a hint more of banana. Also a bit of spice to it.

Taste is ridiculous of booze, overwhelming at that taste's of banana some subtle taste's of dark fruits, raisins,plum,and a little bit of apple. Also after a while an aftertaste of bubblegum. A nice warm feeling in the belly from this heavy hitter.

Mouth is full bodied with little carbonation.Very sticky also. Smooth but too heavy a sting of alcohol.

Drink is below average I really couldn't see anyone drinking too many of these with the ridiculous booze taste.You really can't hide the heavy booze.

Revised 17 months later.

I am very surprised at how this one turned out. I remeber this tasting and was kind of displeased but after a little while of cellaring this turned out to be superb.The look is the same and the aroma is a bit toned down of that ripe darkened fruit aroma. But the taste has totally changed.There is no more heavy hot boozey kick which totally throws you for a loop it has mellowed out and all of the flavors have bind together and work in perfect harmony.Still a bit heavy and syrupy on the palate but a bit easier drinking this one. Now I will wait another few months on the two year anniversary to taste this again.

Photo of matty
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma reminds me of cherry lifesavers I used to eat as a kid.Taste is black chery,caramel,sugar cane with a little alcohol.Overall pretty smooth and enjoyable,I think this should be tried at least once,as for me I would purchase again!!

Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangish color that produces a nice full head that retains well and leaves a nice lacing. The nose is interesting, being sweet and slightly fruity, no hops due to the style. The flavor profile is less malty than the nose suggested, but still delicious. Malts, toffee, molasses, and dark fruit comprise the flavor, along with a few other notes.

Photo of bigkahunas4
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Body was a murky brown, hints of pink grapefruit. Minimum head, with some big bubbles and suddy lacing. Nose was quite sweet, big strawberry and cherry notes, with an alcohol finish.

Brew was very sweet up front, with a syrup to thin progression. There's a bit of a buzz to the tongue as well. Flavor is primarily cherry, with some cane sugar and a bit of toastiness. There's also a faint chemically alcohol finish.

Overall, not bad. Very drinkable for 11.1, and the alcohol is masked pretty well. I like a little more toffee and breadiness to my Bwines though.

Photo of UA8
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an ever so lightly hazy, burnt orange. With a thick and fluffy tan head.

S- Smells of dried apricots, peaches, and pineapple. Alcohol released on the backing as well ooo more pronounced alcohol after a light swirl.

T- Leads with the dried fruit flavors, mid palate is sweet and lightly hot with alcohol. Finishes with a slightly metallic and medicinal taste.

M- Thick, syrupy, and round. Great texture for a barleywine.

D- A solid but not exceptional offering. I like this beer but think it would probably a 1 or 2 then done due to +11% ABV.

Photo of wiseguy142
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whew 11.1%. This looks like a hefty barleywine. I've been on a SN Bigfoot kick for the past week so I thought I'd give this a try.

Pours a hazy, dark rusty orange with minimal off white head but a dollop of foam floating in the middle. Poured into a chalice glass. Nice ring of foam around the edges.

Aroma is very biscuity and mellow. Hints of alcohol and sweet fruit. Some banana- like the banana flavor of the runt candy. Slight amount of raisin but everything in the aroma is very mellow but clean and complex.

The taste is equally mellow with most of the flavor coming from the malt. Sort of like an Imperial Oktoberfest. Most of the flavor coming from Munich or Vienna malts, with the autumn like sweetness and malt character you'd expect to find in a Maerzen. Alcohol is very faint but strong enough to make things interesting.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel and excellent drinkability.

This feels like the English equivalent of a classic German beer, if that makes any sense. Like the Weihenstephan of British Barleywines. A no-nonsense, not crazy experimental, well balanced beer.

Photo of endincolorado
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Deep, clear red-amber with thick pale orange-cream head and sticky sheets of lacing.

Smell- Strong fragrant esters- floral and light fruit, smells more like a belgian than a barleywine. Evident alcohol, and slight yeasty aroma.

Taste- Sweet bready malt, caramel and very light hop-bitterness. Slight spiciness, possibly clove, fruit, more caramel. Sweetness covers alcohol well, but warming sensation gives it away.

Mouthfeel- Little carbonation, medium-full body, sticky syrupy texture.

Drinkability- Obvious marks off drinkability for the high ABV, but the sweet and sticky taste and texture make me want to go back for a few more. God knows I'd be out of commission before long.

Photo of wchesak
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a Great Divide Brewing Co. snifter

A- dark brown with a hint of red/copper, tan head, not much lead at all

S- lots of malt, dark fruits, bit of hoppiness and alcohol

T- sweet, alcohol muted except for at the swallow, dark fruits like the aroma

M- nice and thick with the sweetness adding to the body, carbonation is just enough to let the flavors linger

D- love it, could have a few , even with the 11%

can't help but love Weyerbacher

Photo of chaz410
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this baby at Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte NC.
Pours a dark brown with thin hazy head.
Smell is very malty. Sweet and hoppy in a nice balance. The malts are of raisen and dates.
Taste is very tart, but mostly malty. It's a sharp raiseny tarness. Some sweet caramel notes layered in with some hoppy bitterness. A very enjoyable beer with nice balance.
Easily drinkable for any decently experienced beer drinker.
Weyerbacher does it again!

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper amber brown with slightly small head.

S- Caramel malts and slight alcohol smell, but not much else in terms of smell.

T- Dark fruits such as dates are present. The caramel malts are very present in the taste. The taste is pretty mellow, but there isn't much complexity.

M- Easy creamy mouthfeel, but not too bad.

D- Good to drink.

Photo of katan
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A - Dark golden brown in color. A fairly hazy beer. Head formation is almost non-existent, with only a light white film being left behind. Light carbonation is present evidenced by the bubbling inside.

S - A phenolic malty nose up front. There are some almost oxidized scents in there, buttery. No hops to speak of.

T - Starts out rather muted, very little direct flavors. No bitterness balance at all. A mid-stream of phenolic whammy shows up. This baby is potent. Finishes with a caramel sweetness. Yeast bite aftertaste - very tart as it sits on the tongue. This is certainly an English BW.

M - Thick and creamy - this thing is made of piles of sugars and unfermentables. Carbonation isn't present at all, letting all the sugars sit right on the tongue. Cloying after sweetness.

D - Except for the ABV, I could sit on this one all night long. Flavors are overall not that potent, which reduces palette fatigue. No carbonation weight on the stomach.

I enjoyed this beer - a good example of the style. The style is one though that is hard to reach for repeatedly.

Photo of Oxymoron
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Do we have to mean so mean here? Pours a mostly clear ruby red color with a brown hue throughout. A good pours leaves a soft fizzy head but not much on head retention or lacing through the tasting.

The nose is sweet with more of a pale malt note and not very distinct on style. Some sugary and noticeable alcohol aromas. Would have like a bit more distinct English character as both malt and hops are not specific and are more along the lines of generic. Some fusel and a minor estery aroma. Clean yeast notes but not really distinct either.

The taste is a bit more on style for a barelywine but still lacking that distinct English flavor. Some malty notes with a minor grainy and husky flavor. Some caramel and minor toffee notes as well. The hops are limited with some grassy and harsh herbal flavors. The bitterness is a bit stronger but does balance out. Some salty and minerally note on the back end as it warms. The yeast is more distinct but not specific to an English style. Some minor butyric but not over the top.

The body is more on the fuller side with some sugary aftertaste. Carbonation is a bit high (and really high for style). Noticeable warming form the alcohol and a bit of a bite from the heat. Overall this is a bit of a disappointment for English style Barleywines. Would like more distinct English malt and hop flavors. Some minor yeast issues and noticeable alcohol really leave this one a bit on the short end.

Photo of giblet
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured nice and smooth. a little head and slight carbonation. dark hazy color. smells of roasted malt and alcohol. the flavor is strong on the alcohol factor. not the most drikable as a result of the abv.

i wish i would have bought three of these. one to try now, one to try in one year and the third to wait 18 months. i will look for more.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of DavoleBomb
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Hazy unfiltered amber with some particulate matter hanging out. Head initially falls pretty fast, but the remaining 1/8 inch sticks around for a while and laces.

3.5 S: Dark fruits such as plums and dates. Molasses and brown sugar. Bit of alcohol.

3.5 T: Big hit of raisin from the getgo. Alcohol and BW sweetness make this a puckering experience. Plenty of dark fruit esters. Overall, not bad, but not impressive either.

4.0 M: Heavy body. Smooth and creamy. Can't complain.

3.0 D: I haven't had a barleywine that was very drinkable. It's just the way they are.

Photo of BigIrishman
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into oversized wine glass

Appearance: Ruby red with a lot of white head

Smell: Sweet and malty, alcohol comes through a bit

Taste: Dried fruits and a bit of earthy hops, malty background.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thick and sticky.

Drinkability: You can taste the alcohol here, which makes it about average for a barleywine.

Photo of BirdFlu
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A much sweeter barleywine than many.. Smells very malty, very sweey and a bit fruity, clearly shows what the flavor will hold. Tastes sweet, a bit syrupy, malty, syrupiness (i dont think thats a word) isn't too close to the cloying side for me, so I found it enjoyable. Its got a medium body and a good amount of carbonation, though the syrupy quality here may take a bit away from it.
Overall its fairly easy to drink. The alcohol level is def. there. But its nice if you enjoy a sweet beer now and then. It seems to be one of those barleywines which makes you wonder how all barleywines are one category, considering the amount of variation that one finds in the style..

Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Piraat glass.

Appears a hazy reddish color with a half inch off-white head. It falls to a skim on top and leaves a bit of lacing.

Aroma is full of fresh fruit esters. I'm picking up raisin, fig, and apple particularly. Also a bit caramelly sweetness with a bit of brown sugar as well. Not a trace of the high alcohol content.

Taste has some caramel and sugariness up front but that is quickly overtaken by the fruitiness from before. The apple esters seem to be more prominent than before and the raisin and fig take second. The finish is really light on the alcohol, though it is noticable, with a bit of spicy hops coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a very creamy carbonation that makes it go down easy.

I definitely prefer English Barleywines over their American counterparts. While this was obviously no J.W. Lees, it was some damn good stuff.

Photo of Stunner97
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Copper amber brown with a thick white foam head that thins in time to be very light bodied, slight carbonation to be seen up that glass

Smell- Chocolate and caramel with heavy sugary malts on the nose, slightly alcohol breaking through

Taste- A pretty well balance malty flavor with definite chocolate notes and strong malty tones in this barley wine, a slight alcohol taste or burn on the finish

Mouthfeel- Very soft smoothy and creamy feel on the tongue

Drinkability- A tasty beer that enjoy and will look for once in a while again, very high alcohol which for the most part is pretty well hidden, but not one that you should be polishing a pack off of in a nite, a good nite cap and beer to end your evening

Photo of abents
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes:
Pours a ruby brown with an off white head and not much lacing. Smells sweet malt, nutty, with a fuitty hints. Tastes like everything in the book: fruitty start with a nice citrus hoppiness to it, figs, raisins, rich velvety smooth finish. Very nice well rounded brew, very drinkable for barleywine. Nicely done, not the greatest bw, but a solid offering that's for sure.

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Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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