Blithering Idiot | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2001

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Photo of NedFredHead
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful ruby-brown color when held to the light. Thinner feel than I expected. The taste is mostly malt, with a touch of fruit. Kinda wishing there was something else there, because the booze comes through pretty hard.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Sweet bread, biscuity malt, plums.

Taste: Dark, somewhat bitter malt with little to no hop flavor. Not as complex or sweet as the nose. Lots of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and slightly carbonated. Noticeable alcohol.

Overall: Not quite as bold and complex when it enters your mouth as you’d expect.

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Photo of Meldanty
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As a former homebrewer, the Barleywine I expect is something close to Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. It's what I always tried to make my Barleywines taste like. That said, after the initial disappointment of this brew not tasting anything like Bigfoot, I put aside my expectations and rated it strictly on it's overall qualities. I liked this beer a lot. A very nice dark fruit, malty flavor, with enough hops to balance that sweetness. I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Tulip
Bottled on 1/3/13 close to six years old
Pours a garnet color with thin tan head that fizzles out
Rich aroma of Caramel and fruit pudding
The taste is a chock load of dark fruit, with some plum coming in, definitely has some sweet caramel brown sugar as well, the finish is smooth with some booziness
The feel is slightly thin, but held up nicely, along with a below average carbonation, pretty smooth too for 11.1%
Overall I am over the moon with this one, while I obviously would like to have tried it fresh, it is awesome with age on it

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MeIquiades
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nunya
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeardedWalrus
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer by any means, but I think I'll stick to Barleywines made by English breweries from now on.

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Photo of bottmfeedr
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of not_jerry_brown
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADeDalis
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first experience with an English Barleywine! My particular bottle had a little bit of age to it but, being a Barleywine, I have heard prolonged aging does wonders to this type of ale! To be honest, not my first! For someone new to Barleywine the taste is just complex enough to spike curiosity after each sip. The taste of berries, pumpernickel bread, and spices (possibly from the high alcohol content of a Barleywine) are evident. The drink is wonderfully balanced and is not too thick nor is it too light in feel to satisfy! It might take awhile but I will return to this beer with anticipation!

Consumed on: 07/09/2018
Bottled: 10/20/2016
Recommended by: 10/20/2021

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Photo of JPVanderbilt
4.73/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color: semi-dark reddish brown. Taste: plum, raisin, roasty malt, dark fruit, pumpernickel, very faint hop, touch toffee/caramel- fair bit of complexity / richness, quintessential barleywine taste, excellent quality, ABV 11.1 and it's boozy, but not out of balance - just right. "BA SCORE 3.67/5 Good" is WRONG. It's WAY better.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, with a 1-finger head. My god this smells like a barley wine. Enjoy the malt and the sweet toffee wafting off this.

Taste is more complicated than I expected -- sweet malt, grain boiled with fig bread and burnt caramel and raisins thrown in. Bit of pineapple. Not overly dank. It's got a spice, like ginger snaps and maybe boozey vanilla.

Bourbon over your Raisin Bran. Yet it has a cola quality. Sticky, sweet, a little too harsh.

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Photo of AngEo
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rlhj
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Much too smooth, and simple, for my preference for a Barleywine.

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Photo of bobv
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate pour yields a one inch light tan head over a ruby brown body with no lacing. Head is gone in a matter of moments. Nose of diluted dark fruit, twizzlers, and not much else but some kind of sweet candy. Tastes pretty good with a weird kinda sweet candy finish. Okay feel and overall, I've never had a BW like this. Where are the hops?!?!?

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Photo of dacrza1
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE: May 13, 2018... OCCASION: Happy Mother's Day, indeed--a pleasant day will be capped by the beginning of the Cavs' fourth-straight Eastern Conference Finals... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde tulip... pours an intimidatingly dark ruby red body, teaming with bubbles that add to a slanted rim of white head... cranberry, fig, malty breadiness, some ethanol and turpentine that suggests abrasiveness, and a strong grape sweetness... a bit too much--brooding, thick--to call inviting... the draw is also thick, vinous, full-bodied, with a lingering sweetness... each sip brings a warming sensation... nutty fruitiness, fig, caramel apple, sugary esters, light chocolate, and earthy hops that evoke a dank mildew... not up to the drinkability of others in the style, nor is it the most flavorful... but it does move the needle with its warmth and dessert-like presence... a bit chewy too for a malt-forward representation...

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Photo of ovaltine
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am a notorious overrater because I love (most) all beers and all styles, but I’m usually within the random distribution deviation (5 or 6%) on most beers, but not on this (IMHO) glorious beer - I’m 20.4% above the BA rating for this, but that’s okay. This scratches my barleywine itch.

It pours a rich reddish-brown with a big ol’ bubbly tan head and nearly clear. Gorgeous beer. The nose has toffee and caramel notes - and a big fruity component. I am beyond intrigued.

The taste ..... stupendous, IMHO. There’s the significant malt notes with the toffee and caramel, but the fruit comes forward even more - beyond the stone fruit, I get cherry, and tart blueberry notes that mix really well with the malt flavors.

I only wish I had a 6er of this to age, because I think it would be even better with some whiskers.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear dark ruby-brown, with a small tan head that dies down quickly. A thin ring remains, leaving spotty lacing.

S: Pumpernickel bread, molasses, burnt sugar, milk chocolate, date, fig, cherry.

T: Maraschino cherry, date, fig, prune. Sweet dark fruits. Toasted pumpernickel bread, toffee, and brown sugar. Cola. Brandy-like depth and warmth. Rye/black pepper spice.

F: Moderately carbonated, smooth, slick, oily. Sweet with lots of residual sugars. Leaves the mouth coated.

O: A really nice barleywine. A great sipper and very flavorful.

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Photo of StretchZep
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MECove
2.36/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

There's a powerful, deep berry aroma. The feel is oily, but that's to be expected with such a high alcohol content. The flavor is biting; I can hardly swallow without the cringing face. I might like it more along with bread and cheese.

I got this bottle out of curiosity because it's a barley wine. I'm curious if it's like a combo of wine-beer. I also liked the image on the bottle.

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Photo of rjp217
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwohio
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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