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Blithering Idiot - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,918
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 52
Gots: 242 | 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: 1,918 | Reviews: 848
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice burgundy color with a little head to begin with but then none, some lacing in strings now and then. The aroma isn't the least bit shy, nor the alcohol, which seems to seep into everything. There are figs and raisins and plums here, as with the taste, and some faint toffee. The mouth is kinda hot, not exactly smooth but good enough, almost puckers up from bittering toward the end and a dry finish. Pretty good English style barley wine I must say. I can appreciate this beer, its actually pretty good, but in the end I just don't exactly like it.

Photo of BeerSox
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Slightly hazy ruby red color with a tan one finger head that settles to a thin cap.

Sweet candy like aromas with some of the alcohol coming through.

Light malts and somewhat tame hops in this one. The alcohol shines through, masking the flavor within. Medium bodied with low carbonation. The feel is a little watery for the style.

This one could use some time in the cellar but I don't know how much that will help. It's a popular beer but I just can't get behind this one. Try it for yourself and see what you find.

Photo of Proteus93
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A slightly reddish-golden pour. Head is a bit fizzy, but falls back to all but nothing quite quickly.

S: A kinda hot, boozy spice scent. A slightly dark fruit, and even not-so-dark fruit yesast ester aroma joins it.

T: Some similarities to the aroma... some sugar flavours come through, and again, a little hot. Some raisin flavours, slightly caramalized.

M: A rather thick body, expected in the style. Maybe a bit syrupy, but not too shabby. A mild carbonation, which provides a little liveliness.

D: Heftier ABV, again, as per the norm. Might become a bit heavy, almost even cloying towards the end of the bottle. One at a time for me, I'd say.

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

Thanks to IBUnit63 for this one

A : Pours a nice copper color with a good head that slowly fades away

S : Has a sweet, malty smell. You can definitely notice the alcohol

T : Has a nice strong malty flavor to it that makes it go down easily. I really couldn't taste the alcohol.

M : Smooth

D : Real easy to drink. Not as hoppy as most American barleywines which I really enjoy

Photo of IBUnit63
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into BMS mug...

Perfect 2-finger light, maple walnut ice cream-colored head with decent lacing. Nice copper color.

Aroma is rather sweet - almost like muscat grapes found in an Aussie dessert wine or "sticky." Some caramel apple in there too. Alcohol comes through in strength.

At first there's a slightly sour off-taste; this dissipates with warmth. Big malt and alcohol presence. Bountiful, grassy/citrus hops are present on the palate if not on the aroma.

Very powerful mouthfeel - heaviness balanced by tanginess of citrus tones that provides the pucker element.

Definitely a good one to sip.

Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orangeish with a decent two inch head.

Smell: Brown sugar, raisins, dark fruit, and caramel.

Taste: Sweet caramel, figs, and brown sugar that gives way to grainy alcohol. Malty and tasty.

Well carbonated, medium bodied.

Pretty good and my favorite Weyerbacher offering so far.

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

Served as a depp mahagony colored beer with sparse off-white head,

Smell is loaded with dark fruity malt.

Taste is an intoxicating (in more ways than one) example of a strong dark fruity barleywine. The maltiness reaklly stands out and makes this beer so smoooth to drnk that it is truly scary.

Alcohol is completely hidden in the finish, and if it would not be for the sensory feeling it is difficult to believe the alcohol content of this beer.

A much better beer on-tap than in the bottle.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a seidel yields a hazy apple cider-colored dark amber body with 3 copius fingers of eggshell-beige head that recedes to a fine-bubbled, rocky sheet, leaving significant and sticky lacing.

Smell is sweet; brown malt, citrus-fruity, lightly spicy with a whiff of alcohol.

Taste is sweet and fruity; malt, molasses, bread, bitter orange, caramel... with a mysteriously spicy character, a fleeting hint of Everclear, and a slightly bitter finish.

Smooth and oily texture, broken up and made more palatable by a fine tingle of carbonation; abv limits how many of these one can drink, but the character of the brew is neither heavy nor over the top. Not my favorite, but certainly not at all bad.

Photo of Strix
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with little head that quickly fades to zero head. Wonder if it's just this bottle?

Smells of apricots, raisins, grains, and alcohol.

Tastes include apricots, caramel, raisins, vanilla, liquor, and a sharp warming alcohol. Hops are present somewhere but muted. I personally think the hops could be used to more effect, but appreciate the complex mix of flavors.

Mouthfeel fine.

An interesting beer. Worth a try. Less of a hop kick than an American Barleywine, but some interesting flavors nevertheless.

Photo of Pencible
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy brown with very little head. It smelled of malt and fall spices, like pumpkin, with a bit of hops. It had a spicy malt flavor with a heavy taste like a brown ale. It wasn't very bitter, and the aftertaste was smooth, making the beer easy to drink. The texture was nice too, but not very carbonated. Overall this was an enjoyable drink, but nothing unique for a barleywine.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a one-finger off-white head that fades rather quickly to a thin cap. No lacing

Smells really sweet: toffee and caramel dominate, with some apples and other fruits as well. There's a strong alcohol presence, though not overpowering, and just a bit of floral hops in the back.

Taste is very sweet up front, again with toffee and caramel malts dominating. There is some citrus and dark fruit flavors as well. The alcohol is noticeable and definitely warming, but it isn't too hot. Definitely doesn't seem to be an 11% beer.

Smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel.

Almost too easy to drink, but one is enough since the ABV does sneak up on you.

Photo of marcpal
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter after todays Weyerbacher open house- aptly named beer. Packs a punch.

A: Light caramel color. Doughy khaki head- one good looking beer.

S: Sweet toffee and malts. The alcohol is apparent.

T: A whole lot of toffee, as well as a quite a burn. Lots of alcohol and lots of sweetness. I do think it tasted better out of the sixtel than it did the bottle, Im sure age would help out quite a bit.

M: Smooth burn. Definitely a sipper.

D: Alcohol catches up in this one, definitely a sipper. Sweetness is a bit much and time on the shelf would probably tie up the loose ends some.

This one typifies the Weyerbacher attempts at attacking beers. You get what you come for.

Photo of clayrock81
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter right up to lip w/ very little head on a thickish body that was a very dark amber that couldn't be seen thru.
I picked up several smells taking a whiff, including caramel, cinnamon, honey, something like liquor (bourbon?), pepper and some mild citric notes. A great tasting beer that was a little spicy yet also sugary and went down very smooth. Bubblegum and honey are in the taste, but caramel came through the most in this full-bodied brew, and maybe that's why this beer has a little stickiness to it. Though the ABV is hidden well, still a sipping beer because of the sweetness. And with those two reasons I could see having one of these at a time, but I couldn't have a couple in one sitting.

Photo of JDV
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by MiguelMandingo on BA. Thanks!

Pours a light transluscent amber color with a moderatly lasting beige head. Smell is light, and fruity with notes of peaches, apricot and lemon. Taste is a tingly, prickly, sweet and mainly alcoholic flavor much like vodka. Light bodied for the style, I thought, and definitely a bit hotter and thinner flavored than I like my barley wines.

Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's transparent and dark amber in color. Head is off-white and an impressive three fingers deep. Retention and lacing were very solid.

Smell: Very sweet and sugary smelling. Caramel malts are strong and the primary feature. There's mix of light citrus and dark fruit (raisin and plum). Dark fruit scents are certainly stronger. Slight alcohol presence.

Taste: Caramel malts are sweet up front and blend very well with raisin and plum flavors. Hops are notable, but not strong. Alcohol comes through in taste, but is far from offensive. This is a really well balanced barlewine and the flavors complement one another very well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's full bodied. Definitely a sipping beer. Carbonation is good. It's definitely strong at 11.1%. It goes down easy, but I wouldn't drink more than one personally. Overall, this is a pretty impressive barleywine.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, "Blithering Idiot" has to be one of the greatest names for a beer. Plus, I have always enjoyed the artwork on the label. Gives you an idea what you are in for if you drink too many of these...

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter...

A- A dark ruby brown color, mostly brown though, carbonation bubbles, and a creamy tan head.

S- Smell was of caramel and sugar- think candied apples, slight alcohol in the nose as well...

T- Taste was initially fruity- followed by spice- hops- bubblegummy figgy sweetness- and a huge alcohol presence. No freshness date on the bottle, so this one could be young.

M- Mouthfeel was smooth and easy going down, although the burning from the alcohol is very pronounced.

D- With the high abv I cannot see drinking more than one or two of these in a sitting. Great beer though, I aprpeciate it.

Weyerbacher never seems to dissapoint me, aggressive as always.

Photo of imaguitargod
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had the honor of enjoying this both from the tap and the bottle. The tap is about 20% better in taste but right now I have a bottle in front of me so that's what I'll be reviewing. Smaller head than other beers which mellows out to a ring around the glass with a slight froth in the middle. Pours to a ruby red color.

The taste is like a sweet wine on a cold autumn day (like that? I'm getting creative). Almost floral in a way, this is definitely a sweeter barley wine but not overtly so. Beautiful aftertaste and you can definitely tell this one's 11.1% abv...mmm mmmm smooth!

I posted a 2.0 for the appearance because it's a bottle conditioned beer and gives one alot of sedement...ugh.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy amber color with a tan frothy lacing which quickly subsides.
A: Fruit and alcohol, specifically dark fruit, maybe cherries and raisins. Perhaps also some grainy hints and strong alcohol.
T: Delicious! Again dark fruits, faint hops, and very sweet caramel candy.
M: Excellent, a little thick, a ton of character, this beer makes its presence know.
D: This is dangerous! This is a real treat, tons of personality and some serious kick. It obviously has earned its name!

Photo of joepais
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap At the Pepperland café

Served in a sniffer it had a nice finger of off white head that goes quickly to lace on top of a reddish brown body

It had a wonderful nose fruity, rasiny, caramel and whiskey

Flavors of sweet dark fruit's, molasses a slight alcohol warming, and a light hop (spice) bitter

Mouthfeel was medium to full with the warmth of the alcohol kicking in at the end

This is a sipper very easy to drink but the high abv will get you. This is one to end the evening with

Photo of psinderson
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful medium amber with a thick light caramel head. It appears nice and thick as the bubbles and head took a moment to settle.

Smell: All malt. Lots of spicy brown sugar and caramel malts. For a fleeting moment, I detected a mild fruitiness, like apples.

Taste: Very strong molasses flavor that is evident throughout the taste. Very slight alcohol warming, but not too much so. There are some mild resiny hops in the middle. There is a real spicy finish and aftertaste that lasts for some time.

Mouthfeel: Nice fuller body. I like the spicy feeling in the mouth. Carbonation is good for this type of beer.

Drinkability: This is quite complex but not as over-the-top as some barleywines. It finishes relatively smooth.

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

On-tap 2/17/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is dark fruit and caramel, with a mild hops background and a note of banana, which I found surprising.

T: The taste is malty but not quite as sweet as the smell makes you expect. There are flavors of caramel, dark fruit, spice and a significant alcohol sting. The hops presence is pretty decent but it has a hard time breaking through the heavy malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink a couple of and relax with, but I would to drink too much more than that in one night.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet style glass.

A: Deep clear ruby brown in color. Minimal white head quickly dissipates into a thin white layer of bubbles and healthy white perimeter ring. Very little (if any) lacing.

S: Very light smells of candied fruit and minimal whiffs of alcohol

T: Sweetness quickly takes over the palate with a very refined grain malt taste combined with something on the order of rock candy; sort of a fruity flavor similar to that of a sweet wine.

M: Very heavy and sweet. Light but persistent carbonation keeps the sweetness from cloying on the tongue. There is definite warming but no real intense alcohol presense. Goes down easy but catches up to you quickly.

Barley wine style. Definitely. Blithering Idiot is deceptive in that it is quite sweet in both nose and mouth and manages to hide that serious kick with the exception of some enjoyable warming at the end. Awesome. And that color! Almost like a ruby colored port. So long as you aren't put off by the sweet profile, you will probably like this. Recommended.

Photo of Homerbag
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber with pleanty of yeasties floating around. Head was about an inch thick before it dissapeared a small ring.

Smell is heavy on figs with some dark fruit aroma creeping in. Alcohol is prevalent in the aroma.

On first sip the alcohol makes is presence known. This is like drinking rum that had dark fruit soaking in it. Very sweet and some what thick. Alcohol is all over this and it almost makes the flavors a little hard to detect. Some hop bitterness does creep in, not hop flavor, just some alpha bitterness, odd for an English barleywine.

Feel is thicker with low carbonation. Has the feel of a cask/real ale at first.

This is not bad, but it is not great. I wish I had aged this longer than six months. But it is cold outside and thought this would be a good treat. This would be a good treat if the alcohol was a bit more subtle.

Photo of findlayfan
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Third of the aging beers from my cellar. No freshness date, but it's been down there for three years or so. Seemed like a good time to try this (it's 6 degrees F, with wind chill of -15).

Poured red/amber with LOTS of sediment mixed in and a modest head that dissipated quickly. Sediment, however, stayed in suspension for more than 45 minutes (yeah, I sipped this one).

Smelled rather sweet, with a bit of spice. Interesting.

First taste was massive amount of caramel - with plenty of alcohol thrown in. Almost like candied figs soaked in alcohol (a bit much, from my standpoint).

Mouthfeel was good - perhaps a bit thin, considering all the sediment floating around!

At 11.1%, it's hard to imagine having more than one of these in a sitting - thus the low drinkability. In fact, I felt some help was needed for just the one, so I got a few stronger cheeses our of the fridge. The Stilton was good but the best match seemed to be a well-aged gruyere.

Certainly nor a bad beer, but not one I'd make a great effort to find.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle and a tulip glass. Poured a cloudy amber color with a little bit of a tan head. The heas stayed around for a bit as a nice coating on top of the beer.

A nice big citrus aroma with some spice and sweet malt notes. Interesting aroma of clove and even dark cherries. Nice.

The taste starts with hints of the clove spice and citrusy hops, and then quickly turns warm with alcohol that is mixed with a nice deep malt character. Bitter ho finish intertwined with the slight alcohol burn that fades slow.

Big bodied and noticeably viscous. Lightly carbonated. This beer is a nice sipper for a cold windy winter night. It's not 7pm yet and surely this will be my nightcap today.

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Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,918 ratings.