Idiot's Drool - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 2.6
pDev: 41.92%
Wants: 27
Gots: 43 | 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:
Beer added by: ShogoKawada on 10-07-2011

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.
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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 48
Photo of EricCioe
1.15/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks to Adam H at his birthday tasting.

This one didn't make a sound on opening and all of us got worried at that. In theory this is an interesting beer, a big barrel aged barleywine with brett.

It pours a muddy amber with no head or lace of any kind. Our bottle was flat. On the nose there is a mixture of vanilla, oak, rum-soaked figs, and a slight funk. The nose is actually alright but it lacks power due to lack of carbonation. In the mouth the beer falls completely apart. There are hints here and there of barrel, dark fruit, and some brett characteristics, but no carbonation at all holding it together. I'm not sure how well those flavors would have melded anyway, but I really would have liked to have found out honestly rather than being forced to assume that they don't work at all. The mouthfeel was sticky and completely flat.

Overall, as one of us said, "this is a failure." It is an interesting idea for certain, and I would not balk at the opportunity to try it again, but I cannot recommend it at all based on the flat bottle that six of us drainpoured.

EDIT - This beer has become a legend of our tasting group. Those of us who had it talk about it like Walter Sobchak talks about Vietnam. Our best guess is that they brewed some Blithering Idiot, it got infected a bit, and rather than dumping, they decided to age it in bourbon barrels to see if anything could be made of it. Four and a half years later they finally had to cut bait, and instead of doing the honorable thing and dumping this stuff down a deep hole, they foisted on a bunch of us idiots who paid $23 a bottle for it.

Photo of JAXSON
2.54/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle thanks to Lauren. Pours a dark murky crimson with a very slowly advancing ring of bubbles, fighting their way upward through a thick, dark swamp. Nose is a strange collage of burnt brown sugar, leather, fermented apples, sweaty socks. Thick flavor profile of massive, wet barrel, wet leather, caramelized brown sugar, finish is all fermented apple and sour cherry. Heavy and kind of oppressive, major alcohol heat on the finish.

To my friend this was disgusting throughout, though I can see the merit in it to an extent. That being said, it's a mish-mash of flavors and styles that aren't very harmonious or pleasant on any level. I'm pretty surprised at how much the brett influenced this. It reminds me of McKenzie's barrel work from 2009-2010. If you like massive barrel influence and slightly sour old ales with burning alcohol heat throughout, seek this out immediately.

Photo of Beerwensh
4.39/5  rDev +68.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ShanePB
2.06/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Free samples were being poured at the release by Weyerbacher. Even though I was shut out of getting my allotment, I still was able to sample a few times. Poured into a sampler glass.

A: Mahogany brown colored body with absolutely no head, lace or retention of any kind. These were being poured and placed on the table so by the time I got it, anything that was there would have settled out. Bleak looking.

S: Rich dark cherries, sweet maple syrup, a bit of funky brett and a robust caramel malt base. The oak wood really opens up towards the back end of the aroma bringing in a hint of an alcohol note with it.

T: Whoa, that is unlike anything I've had before. At first, there's a very sweet maple syrup flavor along with some great wood notes and bourbon. End of the palate brings in a bit of tartness and funk with a black cherry fruity element. Brown sugar is in the finish.

M: Really no carbonation, thick and syrupy. I would like more carbonation although the syrupy texture of this beer is different.

Honestly, there's nothing like this beer out there that I've ever tried before. The combination of flavors is very unique, glad I was able to try but not worth the money.

Photo of danedelman
4.35/5  rDev +67.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +58.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of koopa
3.51/5  rDev +35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml unlabeled bottle graciously shared by unbalancedbuds at the Copper Mine Pub.

Appearance: Pours a fairly crimson tinged burgandy brown with no head, no retention, and no lace.

Smell: Some wonderful character here. Loads of brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, sherry, and earthy sweet oak.

Taste: The sweet oak and sherry dominate and dwarf the lovely brown sugar character I adored in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with very low carbonation. A bit syrupy.

Drinkability: Goes down fairly easy but not a tasty enough beverage to want more. It does smell amazing though!

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.42/5  rDev +70%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Idiot's Drool from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.