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Idiot's Drool - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
63
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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.6
pDev: 41.92%
Wants: 27
Gots: 44 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Idiot's drool is Blithering Idiot barrel aged for 4.5 years. A full-bodied, deep burgundy ale with an incredibly complex character. Extended aging has imbued this beer with notes of vanilla, oak, leather and sweet sherry. A mild acidity and subtle carbonation rounds out the palate. 840 bottle brewery only release.

(Beer added by: ShogoKawada on 10-07-2011)
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5/5  rDev +92.3%

dborginis, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +92.3%

katje111, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +92.3%

groetman, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +92.3%

RCM505, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +92.3%

jwelsh, Nov 18, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +80.8%

Shared with DaveHS, thanks buddy.

A: Pours a beautiful brown with burgundy and cherry undertones. Very little to no carbonation but it doesn't seem to affect the overall experience.

S: Smells incredible with notes of stewed fruits, brandy, bread pudding and sour cherries. Some of the best aromas I've ever inhaled.

T: Amazing balance of sweet and sour flavors. A hint of sour cherries and acidity on the front. Rich flavors of toffee, carrot cake, vanilla and pomegranate on the mid-palate. Finishes bright and tart with all the flavors melting together beautifully.

M: Low carbonation takes away from the mouthfeel a little but the texture of the oak barrels adds a nice depth, making it quite enjoyable.

O: Overall this was an incredible beer that I really never thought I'd get to try. Highly recommended if you can ever get your hands on one.

nbree00, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +73.1%

Centennial, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.43/5  rDev +70.4%

Poured at GABF, 4.5 years old at this point, Weyerbacher rolled through with a case of unlabled 750s. They made note that this was never officially released. Reviewed from notes.

A- Chestnut brown and a pretty lovely sandy tan head. Impressive legs.

S- Very sweet- honey, molasses, and some brandy.

T- Taste is decadent- very sweet, some vanilla, caramel, and lots of brandy-soaked fruit. You can tell this one sat on wood for a long time. Brett is hard to pick out with the strong alcohol component. Well, after the first few sips it comes out a bit more- some jammy berry tartness in the finish. Odd, unique flavor profile.

M- Hot, even when it's this old. Works well for the beer though, I'm not going to fault it for that. Good carbonation. Great lingering finish has me bumping to 4.0... really nice staying power.

O- Impressive- would like to try this one again. Very hot and heavy, but when a beer can pull it off it's all the better in my book.

ShogoKawada, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Beerwensh
4.4/5  rDev +69.2%

Thanks to a generous BA i got to try this at a tasting recently.
A: Deep brown body with a slight half inch head.

S: Caramel, cherries/fruit, some maple syrup and a bit of oaky funk.

T: Wow! That's what we all said simultaneously upon first sip. Not at all what we were expecting, but in a good way. At first, there's a sweet maple syrup/brown sugar taste combined with an oaky/bouron taste and then on the back end of the palate brings the surprise of a tarty/funky flavor with a nice balance of sweetness int he after taste.

M: Mild carbonation and thick and syrupy. Really sticks to the side of the glass.

Well i can truly say i have not had anything like this beer. Perhaps the initial wow was like the first time i tried Tart of Darkness, but two totally different beers. Really unique. Reminded us all of a barely wine with tartness, but in a good way that left us all contemplating opening a second bottle. Very pleasant surprise. Worth seeking out.

Beerwensh, Nov 23, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +67.3%

Poured during Weyerbacher's release and I scored a few bottles too.

A-was a deep mahogany color, not much lacing but due to a 12% abv.

S-red wine vinegar was the brunt of it followed by oak and bourbon.

T-initial flavor was full on oak, bourbon and heavonly goodness with some cherry notes. Then it turned funky and sour. Which is awesome in so many different levels.

M-was a bit syrupy and thick but I am sure due to the 4.5 years of aging it lost some water due to evaporation and got that. No issue with mouthfeel due to the sheer complexity of the beer.

Overall-I bought 6 bottles at $23 a bottle so...what the hell do you think!!! It was awesome and one of a kind, would place between a barley wine and wild/sour ale.

danedelman, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +59.6%

This poured out as a clear looking brown color. The head fades quickly and only the beer itself coats the glass. The smell of the beer is lightly acidic with some wooden aromas, and some vanilla. Smells similar to a barley wine. The taste of the beer goes through some interesting transitions, strarts with fig, molasses, leather and oak, then vanilla and Brett. The mouthfeel is a little oily and dry. Overall it was pretty good. Glad I got a few samples.

Knapp85, Nov 17, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +58.8%

One of the bottles I picked up from the release party. Poured into a snifter and split two ways.

The pour yields a pond-water flat liquid that is viscous, thick, garnet-brown in color. A swirl produces a slick oily film on the walls of the glass. There doesn't seem to be much residual sugar left in this, as there are no legs.

The aroma is deep and complex. It has sherry-like qualities; no surprise that it is slightly oxidized given the 4 years that it spent in oak barrels that are not impervious to oxygen. Luckily, this isn't the cardboard oxidation, so it actually goes well, as I will describe. The nose is mainly raisins and dates up front, which then give way to tart cherries, toffee, caramel, and light bourbon/vanilla notes.

The flavor is similarly well-balanced, and it adds a touch of bretty funk to the overall profile. Like Ray Daniels suggests, this Old Ale has some bretty notes that harken back to the old ales originally brewed in England over 100 years ago. A fitting accompaniment to Weyerbacher's English-style barleywine base. The components of the aroma that I had mentioned are all evident here, and they are also joined by some leathery notes (a la HotD Adam, though not as intense) that really deepen the complexity of this aged brew. At 12% ABV, you would never know until it starts to hit you. Not hot, not warm, not nothing. This is extremely mellow and smooth.

Thick and viscous, but not nearly carbonated enough, even for a barleywine. Even with the brett, this still has plenty of body to it. Since they got 1 of 2 criteria, I figure this is pretty average. There is a little bit of dissolved CO2 that gives it a little less of a one-note texture, but not enough at all.

Overall, this is a very interesting and compelling beer. Not what I was expecting, that's for sure, but looking at things historically as well as flavor-wise, this beer is certainly a winner. I love the mellow notes of barrels that meld so well with the base beer. The bretty wildness is a welcome addition, as it is done tastefully enough to just augment the overall experience.

NittanyBeerFan, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +53.8%

Hoops4life511, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +53.8%

Beerontwowheels, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +53.8%

Murchmac, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +53.8%

jpmclaug, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +53.8%

Bottle I got in a trade with murchmac.

A-Pours hazy, murky brown with no head to speak of, just a thin, off white ring of tiny bubbles.

S-Plenty of brettanomyces influence here. Sherry, balsamic vinegar, bready funk, fruit cake, bourbon. Smells like a super oxidized barley wine, which is what it is, I guess.

T/M-Sharp, vinous acidity cuts through the otherwise soft, inviting bourbony caramel and oak sweetness. Bread pudding and burnt brown sugar clashes with vinegary tartness.

O-Ultimately, I like it. And I respect the hell out of Weyerbacher for committing to this project. Not their best, but a very interesting beer worth trying. Split it with a few people, a whole bottle might be too much for one sitting.

DaveHS, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +53.8%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +53.8%

btesta, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +53.8%

shlampe, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +53.8%

slentz, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +53.8%

chcfan, Nov 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +44.2%

jdash3d, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of MarkIntihar
3.65/5  rDev +40.4%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a murky brown color with zero head. Looks, as others have mentioned, like dirty water. Has a reddish hue to it as well, but the complete lack of head is a bit disappointing.

S - Dark fruit, bourbon vanilla, and a lot of heat to it. Also hints of caramel and toffee that reach the nostrils. Cherry vanilla with more dark fruits providing the backbone, all backed nicely by caramel and toffee. Also seem to be picking up some maple as well. Very complex and intriguing.

T - Follows closely from the nose, with a little more heat behind it than I even expected. A definite almost sour finish to it, but not entirely unpleasant. Not quite on par with BA4D, but at the same time not the disappointment I was anticipating with all of the super negative reviews. The barrel treatment is not quite as smooth as it could be, but it's not terribly done either.

M - Super flat, which is disappointing, but to be expected from a beer that spent over four years in barrels. Also feels like it has been fairly thinned out over time.

O - Overall, a decent beer, but not quite on par with a lot of other brewery-only releases. Still a nice attempt at the style, and something I would pick up again if it was readily available.

MarkIntihar, Feb 07, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev +38.5%

750ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of Soonami. Served in a tulip. Pours a dull, plum-colored hue somewhat akin to muddy water. Clarity is fairly murky and there is no head or lacing. I have to say that I dig the nose on this beer - tobacco, vanilla, leather and cider vinegar notes. Taste follows nose; however, there are also some caramel/toffee and coffee notes. The vinegar present in the nose insinuates itself throughout the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with absolutely no carbonation. There is some acidity; not at all overpowering, but definitely tickles the salivary glands a bit. Overall, I don't understand all the hate on this beer. It is definitely not what I would consider an Old Ale, perhaps closer to a dark sour. That said my rating is more to taste than style on this review. I think a little carbonation might have helped dissipate some of the intensity of this beer; however, it's definitely not deserving of all negativity in my opinion. If you don't want your bottles, send them my way.

Jwale73, Apr 01, 2012
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Idiot's Drool from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.