Blithering Idiot | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.67/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,887
Reviews:
933
Ratings:
2,257
pDev:
14.99%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
449
Trade:
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Photo of EvertM
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kemoarps
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty sure this is a 2015 edition. Much love to @Dragginballs76 for sending this along in his NBS BIF #8 box.

Pours a rich deep mahogany/copper with a small head that settles down to little more than a ring around the glass.

Nose is sweet with some elements of raisins and figs and other good dark barleywine type flavours. Hints of spicy tobacco and rich malts.

Still comes in sweet right off the bat, but not overwhelmingly so. A good blend of those flavours presented in the nose: Some dark fruits and some old ale qualities of leather and tobacco. Raisins and an almost vanilla sweetness drive, but there's some spice and some earth as well. Bitterness is largely subdued and dull. Some rich toffee in there as well and an alcohol kiss on the backend.

Overall it would seem I enjoy this considerably moreso than most folks here. Whether that's to do with personal preferences, or if this is indeed an older bottle and it just really benefits from aging, or some combination or what, I'm glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Mike!!

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Photo of JB4Beer
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpyle
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a tight off white head, creamy and with decent retention for a strong beer.

Quite a sweet nose, somewhere between caramel and a hard candy sweetness. Alcohol in the aroma as it warms.

A fairly strong candy sweetness up front to complement the strong malt character. Alcohol is somewhat prominent in the flavor profile as well. Balances out somewhat in the finish - hops and alcohol subdue the initial sweetness. But like a British Barleywine is a malt bomb sipper. A bit of a buttery character - hints of diacetyl?

Full body and medium carbonation. Considerable warming as would be expected.

Seems a bit like an American take on the JW Lees kind of barleywine. A bit overly sweet and boozy, but that probably is the point. Happy to have gotten this one as a one off bottle rather than a multi-pack.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Shenk87
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothmanscott
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 1/6/12: Pours hazy with particulates a bourbon brown color with a decent tan head but leaves minimal lace. Aroma is a boozy cocoa, caramel, toffee sweet malts blend. Taste is caramel, boozy dark malt, fig and other dark fruity hints with a sweet finish and mild hop bite.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/12/18
Pours a light fizzy head that fades semi quickly, bit of lacing, and legs, dark murky chestnut brown color

NOse sweet candy malt, a little toffee butterscotch, and caramel, a little fusel alcohol, mild fruity aromas, toasted reddish malt and candy, touch of herbal hops

Taste brings more toffee and biscuity malts, toasted reddish malts and candy, little fusel alcohol, sweet candy and a bit syrupy, touch fruity raisiny dark fruits, little herbal hop note, touch of bitterness, finishes sweet boozy and little herbal hop

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little syrupy very sweet, boozy fusel alcohol, decent carb

Overall meh, hops are not quite what I would like for the style, way too boozy and fusel, maybe it was good years ago but not much anymore.

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Photo of Spaz0id
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaktcc
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | 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 favorite....at 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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Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,257 ratings