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Blithering Idiot - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,584 Ratings

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Ratings: 1584
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%

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.

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3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent auburn which becomes hazy with some sediment; fluffy off-white head which slowly fades and leaves nice lacing. The aromas are full of cherries and caramel malts. There's a little bit of chocolate in the mix as well. Flavors are slightly boozy, but not in a negative way. The heat gives this one some character. Lots of raisins, dates, and dark fruits in the mix. It's on the sweeter side and doesn't have an aggressive hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is really nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied; very creamy, fluffy and smooth. Perfect amount of active carbonation. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but definitely not overboard. This is dangerously drinkable. Makes a nice sipper. It can be rough around the edges at times, but it's enjoyable.

This is a very solid English barleywine. It's worth checking out. This one ages extremely well too.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 21:22:37 | More by BB1313
Photo of ckollias


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with an off-white, 2-finger, frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving a good trail and solid lace.

S: Sweet fruity aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a sweet fruity aroma – with an almost wine-like quality. Finishes slightly tart and dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting take on a a barleywine – It went down smooth an easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 20:49:58 | More by ckollias
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Cigar City snifter at Brewskis in Coral Gables, FL.

A- Pours a rubyish brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass with a sheer patch of film on the surface.

S- Notes of sherry, dark fruit and a slight whiff of booze.

T- More notes of sherry bordering on wet cardboard with some mild spice, raisin and some booze. Still, with all these somewhat unpleasant characteristics, it manages to be balanced and smooth.

M- Moist, with a slight sharpness from the booze. Medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- With all its pitfalls, this is a very drinkable barleywine. Not as incredible as Insanity, but it holds its own.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2013 03:01:18 | More by Immortale25
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Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured dark copper with a one finger off white head. Bright. Mild carbonation, no lace, no retention.

S - Dark fruit, port, lot's of rich dark malt, brown sugar.

T - Booze, boozy plums and fruit cake. Sugar. Opens up richer with sugary fruits.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, boozy finish. Body was a bit odd.

O/D - There are good things about this beer. You can really tell it's 11% though, and not in a subtle way. The body is odd too. Not a bad barleywine, but probably needs time. Has potential, just needs to mellow out the boozy character. Lacked complexity for its ABV and style.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 01:22:28 | More by tbeckett
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3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. Poured the 12 ounce in a traditional pint glass. Lets see how this matches up.

Appearance: pours a solid, dark brown, copper coloring that seems quite inviting. Head is about an inch high, but dissipates quite quickly. Nice lacing on the way down, but not when it's finished. Quite nice overall though.

Smell: first aromas don't bring much hop presence, but as standard with English barleywines. The alcohol is pretty much filling the aroma area, not much else is detected upon first check. More reveals a slight hint of cherries and mild figs. Not much else is detected in that department. Slightly disappointed. Some things could be improved.

Taste: the first sips reveals at first a heavy rush of alcohol. Sort of hard to detect any other flavors in the first tastes. Upon more and more sips, it's not entirely as flavorful, but keep in mind the style. Malts are now apparent and is rounded out by wild cherries, slight orange and slight figs. These flavors are makes by the 11.1 percent ABV. Not too bad, but not to be taken lightly.

Mouthfeel: lightly carbonated with a slightly above average body. Not too bad, but has a syrupy after taste. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: coming into this beer, I was surprised by the alcohol content. A little intimated was another feeling also. Opening and pouring were normal, but the flavors and mouthfeel were slightly disappointing. The mild flavors were not impressive. I doubt I would try again, but would recommend only if someone wanted low hops and high ABV. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 01:33:57 | More by DMXLOX22
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South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter
No bottled on date. Its the new label though, which I think makes it Vintage 2013.

A: Pours a brown with reddish hues, maroon when held to light. Approximately 1/2 fingers width of light tan head builds then quickly recedes. Leaves effectively zero lacing. Pretty color though.

S: Ripe dark fruits, with sweet plum and black cherry notes. Red grape juice. Hints of woody/herbaceous notes, candied sugar. Very nice aroma but pretty one dimensional with sweet dark fruit notes dominating.

T: Follows the nose with big sweet dark fruits hitting the palate right from the first sip. There is a good amount of yeast characters and some spice. Honestly this tastes a lot like a Belgian Quad. I also get notes of green apple, grape, a nice complementary booziness, some maple syrup sweetness, and a hint of baker's chocolate bitterness. I like.

M/D: Medium bodied, on the thinner side of the spectrum, carbonation is very low. I dont think Ive ever said this about a Barleywine, but I think this one would benefit from a higher carbonation (its too thin to support such a low carbonation). ABV is very well integrated though, and drinkability is good.

O: Overall, I quite enjoyed this one. I think the palate profile is very similar to many Belgian Quads Ive had, but the taste and aroma are both real nice. The mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired, but this is still a beer I would gladly drink again. Seems like a pretty nice base beer for barrel aging. Insanity is up next.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 00:17:21 | More by zac16125
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New York

3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: A clear darker amber with a slightly darker orange to white head rising to maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Strong vanilla and scotch scent, pretty appetizing on scent alone.

Taste: See the problem I see with this brew is that the strong alcohol overwhelms the rest of the flavor. Light malty feel, heavy alcohol with pure vanilla feel.

Mouth: Light to medium, strong scotch feel.

Overall: Good beer but in my opinion not a step above good. If you want to get buzzed quick I guess it works but I want more than just that. Definitely needs tweaking but still worth a try. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 20:47:00 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - looks a cloudy brownish-amber, but upon closer inspection it is loaded with tiny particulates in suspension.. The head is a light cream color and quick to leave. There' s about a half-cover but it's holding pretty well.

Aroma - a quick whiff of cinnamon-raisin bread during the pour. Fades quickly to a grainy, less-sweet aroma. Some estery vapors emerge with warming.

Taste - good chewy and toasty malts. Mouth-filling and tasty. Not overly sweet, but enough to segue into some mildly citrusy hops. Conservative bitterness, excellent balance to the grain, at least for those who prefer a malt-forward barleywine. An alcohol presence that is up front but not brash. Warming but not hot at all. Warm, toasty, lightly bittering and dry finish. Well done.

Mouthfeel - good weight, average to slightly crisp carbonation.

Overall - not overly complex to me, but an unbelievably drinkable beer. If I sip 'er slow I could do another one or two 12-ouncers.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 01:27:39 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the most perfect beers I've ever enjoyed. I'm not entirely sure it can be beat and this isn't even one of my top 10 styles of beer. Maybe I should make some room because this is phenomenal.
How to describe the smell besides overpoweringly delicious? It's sweet, alcoholic and...red? Can something smell red? I think it can because that's what I smell. What that means to me is that there are scents in there I generally associate with red ale. Similar malts are probably used. There are also hints of apricot, red apples, fresh grass, and hay. Some yeast smell too, as you'd expect.
The taste is mesmerizing. I can't properly convey what the taste is in words. The constituent parts wouldn't properly explain anything. What they are isn't important. It's how they come together in the perfect amounts that creates perfection. Or maybe it's just brewed with immense amounts of love. It's hard to say. Anyway, it has the intensity, smoothness, and complexity of a very old, aged whiskey. Which is not to say it tastes like one. There's no whiskey flavour. It's very strong. The alcohol is up front for sure, along with the smooth sweetness. It's a very sweet beer. But there's a lot going on in the background for you analysis connoisseurs. I'm not good with this part of the review, but it's definitely spicy. That apple flavour present in the nose is definitely there. Not green apples, but sweet apples. The hops are mostly spice hops, but there's some astringency on the finish as well. There's a bit of that apricot I detected on the nose in there as well, with about of that straw flavour. The rest is all malt complexity. It's too complex for me to understand, but there must have been several malts used in this. All I can say is they are all excellent and used in perfect proportion. Now I'm going to stop annoying myself by trying to analyze this for this review and sit back and enjoy this perfection, because that's what this beer is. It's pure perfection. You don't have to be a blithering idiot to appreciate it. But you'd have to be one not to give it a try. Beware the bite though. This stuff bites like 19th century cough medicine. So be warned, but if you're into that sort of thing, enjoy the hell out of it. I know I will.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 07:53:12 | More by ElCommodoro
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3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours cloudy dark red, very little head which is gone instantly. 3.5

Aroma-dark fruit right off the bat, lots of plum. I'm also getting lots of yeast as well. Overall very subdued aroma. Almost reminds of a dunkel. 3.25

Taste-the plums are present in the taste, although they come with a huge dose of carbonation. A noticeable nutty flavor that comes through after the sweet plum. Then bitterness sinks in. Not too impressive. 3.25

Feel-light full bodied brew, tons upon tons of carbonation, coats palate well but for a barleywine I'm surprised it doesn't have a thicker feel. 3.25

Overall-while I haven't had many barleywines I've had enough to see that this fails to compete with any of them. As I'm sipping this I keep thinking I'm drinking a strong dunkel not a barleywine. It's not very boozy for an 11% abv beer, so it has that going for it, but that is all. 3.25

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 02:43:29 | More by screamking
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3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Color is deep amber and slightly brown. Some suspensions. Very hazy. Less than half finger thick head with very little retention. Some good lacing. No bubbles.

Aroma is a lot like that of an old ale. A lot of malt. Some caramel character and a mix of slight hops. Slight booze comes through.

Taste is that of very slightly bitter malt. Hops are nice and they taste well overall. Somewhat faint. A little bit of scotch or wee heavy like flavor which is odd. Good warmth.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Low carbonation. Malty, warm and boozy.

A very average barleywine that runs off the track.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 00:34:29 | More by AmitC
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3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 04-07-2013
Freshness: Bottled 12-18-2012; best by 12-18-2017
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Pours with a semi-clear cherry brown color. The small head is off-white and has good retention. Lacing on the glass is only fair. Aromas are malty sweet with dark breads and rich, ripened fruit.

The taste is quite sweet from the malts, with flavors of caramel, raisins and other dark fruits. There's little or no hop character I pick up. The feel is full-bodied. The finish is very rich with semi-sweet aftertastes. At first it seemed overly sweet, but as it warmed up it was less so.

Overall a good sipping beer for the end of the day.

Thanks to buschbeer for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 04:11:11 | More by sommersb
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3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A powerful beer. Full bodied. My first barley wine, so I can't compare to the other types. But it has a powerful approach with strong alcoholic push that is followed by a smooth and calm wash. Its very smooth. It will get you there quickly and you'll enjoy the ride. I took my time with it. So I had a chance to drink it cold and warm. Its actually better at room temperature if you plan to drink it slowly. Good stuff, especially in winter.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 00:49:59 | More by BigRedGator
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North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark opaque red with a small white head.

The smell is dark fruits, strong cherries and fruity port like smell.

The taste is sweet dark fruits, red wine with a bit of bitterness at the end.

This beer is thick a syrupy with almost no carbonation, finishes very dry.

Overall slighty disappointed with this beer, could use slightly more carbonation but it does hide its abv very well. It's like drink a red wine more than a beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 00:07:24 | More by Dave1999
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New York

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

While this isn't Bigfoot, it's not half-bad. Certainly nowhere near a "Poor" rating, as the Bros have it. Maybe the recipe has changed since 2001, I don't know. But as it stands in 2013, it's not a bad brew at all. A bit on the weak side, flavor-wise, it pours with little head and not much aroma beyond the caramel sweetness. Taste is more of the same, with a substantially sweet viscous mouthfeel and decent carbonation. I'll give Weyerbacher credit for producing an 11.1% ABV brew with almost no detectable alcohol. It's certainly not my favorite barleywine, but it does fit the style fairly well and tastes halfway decent. More of a "beginner's" barleywine, lacking some substance and hop balance. There are better barleywines out there for the price, to be sure. But I'm glad I tried this at least. A solid B or B+ rating from me.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 00:49:47 | More by DrewV
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Gave this a reasonably hard pour....It comes out of the bottle a yeasty dark copper color with orange hues. The head is nothing special, starting out around a finger thick but quickly dissipates into a patchy film over the beer. The lacing isn't really too existent either...thin wisps quickly flow down off the inside of the glass back into the liquid. There appears to be a fine balance of carbonation rising gingerly in many columns....

S- This definitely smells rich...heavy caramelized barley malt dominates the aroma profile, followed by delicate caramel and/or toffee. Dark fruit is noticed as well....plum, raisin and dried fig to be more specific. The alcohol is noticeable but it doesn't smell like a stinging boldness that I would have expected....

T- Surprisingly, the alcohol punch is superbly well balanced and actually has a rolling smoothness that is really well hidden...wow! The flavors follow the aromas quite well too, with candy like sweetness and rich caramel....this tastes something like a Caramilk bar...really! There are rich dried plum, raisin and fig newton type flavors happening as well, and a yeasty quality that helps to balance out the overall flavor profile. There is a faint hop bitterness that is actually more noticeable in the aftertaste than during the actual tasting on the palate. Very well done in this category!!

M- Full bodied for sure, there is a syrupy quality to the feel on my palate. The carbonation, as it looked, is very fine and there isn't a whole lot of it either. The likeness that I can put to this beer is a freshly baked, very moist fruitcake baked using a high end dark rum in the recipe. It is warming on the throat and warms up the belly very well too....

O- I have to admit, that any high alcohol brew intimidates me to a degree, but I give this beer full marks! It is a highly smooth brew, with lots of rich, sweet malty goodness and the alcohol is so well hidden that you really don't realize that this sits at just over 11%. Very highly drinkable, I could easily put back a couple of these with relative ease, and would enjoy the feeling that I'm sure would eventually come along with these! I highly recommend this one and think anyone who really enjoys this style or is getting into it will appreciate it too! I will now enjoy the rest of this fine ale with a dinner of smoked sausage, sauerkraut, and perogies....this should pair up very well!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 02:04:01 | More by ChrisCage
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3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. into a wine glass.

A- Dark amber with hues of orange, with a half finger, light tan head. Fairly creamy in texture. Retains well and little speckles of lacing stick around.

S- Dark dried fruits, slightly boozy, hop aroma not noticeable.

T- Dried fruits, a little caramel sweetness, and slight bitter hop on the tail balancing it out slightly.

M- rather light and smooth, the booze is hidden well, with a slight warmth on the back of the tongue. Small dry/bitter aftertaste.

O- This was a pretty smooth and easy drinker, unlike a lot of barleywines, especially for the beefy ABV. With that being said, however, I thought this was one of the least complex barleywines I have had. My head wasn't spinning trying to track all of the aromas and flavors, like others have done.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 16:41:29 | More by BWED
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3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blithering Idiot opens to a rich and malty nose, thick fruit esters, sugars, and grain aromas cascading from the bottle. The fruits and sugars are what are the most immediately noticeable, with thick swaths of grape, fig, cherry, and mandarin orange esters filling the nasal cavities in Jolly Rancher candy-like potency, and leaving a sticky rim on the bottle. The grape is especially present, coming across very much like a hard candy in strength and consistency, being somewhere between a Concord grape (tart, dry) and a standard red grape (sugary, medium). There’s also a heavy touch of molasses and brown sugar, mixed with vanilla bean, adding further sugary complexity. Add to this a touch of citrusy pink grapefruit from the hops, and the beer is notably sweet and sugary, with just enough of a range of sweet, dark, bitter, and bright sugars and esters to cover pretty much the gamut of sugary notes possible in a beer. There are also bits of bread in here, including toast crust, floury baguette, and rich and yeasty wheat dough, adding a nice countering earthy base. As a whole, the nose is fantastically complex, very nicely balanced, and offers almost everything the nose could want in a Barleywine.

On the tongue, the beer is more tart than expected, with the grape notes veering sharply towards the Concord end of the scale, joined by apple, white grape, fig, and orange. There’s also an immediately-noticeable heavy alcohol content, the fruit esters joined by a vodka-like slam that gives the beer a fruity martini overtone. The alcohol quickly overtakes most of the flavors, adding some whiskey notes to the vodka ones, and this resting atop a slightly charred layer of toast crust and brown bread. Some Grape Nuts cereal and wet hay flavors add a bit more earthiness. Molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla try to add complexity and flavor, but have a hard time getting noticed. The hops do add a bit of bitter pine and grapefruit rind, which combines with the alcohol to create even more bitter, alcoholic fuzz. Towards the end of the mouthful, the beer moves even closer to a fruity martini, the alcoholic vapors filling up the mouth and nasal cavities. The aftertaste is a heavily alcoholic remnant of the main mouthful, with some sugars and breads clinging on for dear life. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium to medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, there was much in the aroma that promised a full, sugary, rounded Barleywine, but on the tongue the 11.1% ABV simply overpowered everything, giving the beer a heavy liqueur overtone. Were this actually a liqueur, it would be delicious—but for a Barleywine, it comes across as overly strong and not very finely nuanced. Admittedly, I'm drinking this fairly fresh off the bottling line, so I'm going to put the rest of the four-pack in the cellar for a year or so and hope that the beer calms down.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 17:59:05 | More by jondeelee
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New Jersey

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

What can one say? if you drink a few of these you will become a Blithering Idiot. This stuff has gas! The Idiot has big character for those who seek out big barley wines. I would not place this in the must have list but if given the chance any new comer to Weyerbacher has to give this a go.

Bottom Line: Become an Idiot and down a few!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:10:25 | More by themind
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3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The head it light and creamy, it disappears in a matter of seconds, leaving only a thin white ring near the glass. Te color is dark with marked ruby reflex.

T: strong grapes that grow even more after you swallow, long aftertaste. Both sweet/fruity and sour ingredients are present.

M: full bodied, lightly carbonated.

O: A good barley wine. The taste of the graps is a bit too strong, which makes it harder to drink it after the first glass; but I don't expect anything else from a barley wine.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 04:18:53 | More by Bucciamarcia
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2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle on 1-15-2013

Not going to spend a lot of time on this one. Way too much metallic, alcoholic, and ester-y feel on Blithering Idiot. They aren't even trying to hide the rubbing alcohol taste on this - and yes, I get it, it's a barley-wine style, but I've had 10 barley-wines that are rich, smooth, complex, and hide the booze well. It's also sour in a not-good way - like in the "has this meat gone bad?" way. The yeasts flavors are bitter and harsh. The mouthfeel is below average - the stinging, astringent flavor last for a long time after you're done. I have a headache from drinking this after 5 minutes.

Let's call a spade a spade: they named this beer well.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 02:31:36 | More by brewsclues
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled June 26, 2012.

Beer is ruby red, smallish beige head. The head that exists stays fairly well.

Smell contains sweet bread, caramel, fruits (cherry, raisins, date). Seems very sweet.

Taste contains a bunch of caramel, sweet bread, raisin, date. Similar to the nose. Quite sweet. A bit thin flavour-wise. Booze is noticeable, which is not surprising.

Medium bodied, very thin for a barleywine or any beer of this ABV. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, not bad. Certainly not a great barleywine, but a fairly enjoyable drink. Sweetness could be toned down.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:00:05 | More by jrenihan
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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
date: 100412/100417
A: Deep copper color with a hint of red, almost no head and very little lace.
S: Some caramel, some fruit (raisins?), a weirdness that makes me think metal? Not unpleasant, just weird.
T: Lots of caramel and dark sugar, seems to be some basic brown sugar as well, a definite sweetness. Definite hints of raisins along with some dark stone fruit (plums/prunes?). Absolutely no sign of alcohol which sort of scares me, is this really 11%?
M: Creamy mouthfeel, but the carbonation could be dialed down a little. Very rich without being cloying.
O: So, I don't know if the recipe has changed since I last had this, but this seems to be a completely different beer. This is an very good example of an English Barleywine. Shockingly easy to drink with lots going on. For someone who likes big beers but thinks barleywines are too hoppy, this would be a good starting point for further exploration. Very recommended. Thanks Doug for xmas.

reviewed on 12/09/10
numbers: 3.5, 3.5, 3,3,3
12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
no date, but it is the last of a six pack purchased last Dec, so at least a year old.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with some yeast chunks (I wish there was an indication of bottle conditioning). No head, no lace, but not a surprise given the alcohol level. When held up to a bright light, it looks like dark caramel or toffee.
S: Sweet caramel combined with english yeast fruitiness
T: Lots of caramel sweetness, a little bit of buttery toffee, some dark fruits that I assume are grain related and some definite yeast derived fruitiness. There is a slight metallic taste, not unpleasant, but a little odd, kind of like a weird aftertaste.
M: A little too much carbonation, other than that, a nice mouthfeel, rich without being cloying. The carbonation gets a lot better after it has been open for 1/2 hour.
D: An ok example of the style, but not great. There is something to think about, but it is not very complex. Probably worth trying if you like the style, but I won't purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 02:30:17 | More by wspscott
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a Jester King chalice. heh. No visible bottling date.

Look- Cloudy red-brown with two fingers of dense head that refuses to dissipate, although when it finally does it leaves next to nothing behind. No lacing.

Smell- Sweet, jammy, toasted bread, bing cherry, concord grape. Swirling brings out a more robust toasty aroma along with a bit of booze and vanilla.

Taste- Treacly sweet, brandylike fruity-booziness at the first sip. As this fades, there's dark toast and some herbal/floral character comes out that's actually quite nice. As it warms, more fruity peach/plum/cherry flavor makes itself known, nice. Finishes with a botanical gin-like flavor and a lingering minty/herbal presence, perhaps some nutmeg. Finishes cleaner than anticipated.

Mouthfeel- Full, sticky, mild carbonation, sluggish feel. Consistency of half and half, smooth, a definite sipper. Light boozy feel, 12 oz. is plenty for me. Better than average for the style, no sharp edges and not too cloying, boozy, or syrupy.

Overall- It's fairly plain for a barleywine, but pleasant nonetheless. I don't know how old it is, but the hopping is subtle. I probably wouldn't seek this one out, but I wouldn't pass it up either. At $2 for the bottle I definitely don't regret the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 04:57:52 | More by Lawl3ss
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Syracuse NY for 3.50$

Appearance – Hazy copper colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. I can't make out the level of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, raisins

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, carame/butterscotch, and hops. There is also some raisins and I can pick up on the booze quite a bit. It ends with a malty and somewhat hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Not bad.. I expected a little more sweetness. It's a little bit thin. I've got a few more to age so maybe the booze will tone down a bit. A decent beer but not something I'd buy again with so many world class BW's to choose from.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 01:36:11 | More by spinrsx
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