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 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 RacerX5k
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yes this is much better than it's current "good" rating. I still remember my first Insanity, what a great smelling beer I thought that was. And, of course, had many times over the years, always the bomb, yea little boozy but never inappropriate. So I was surprised never had the base beer all these years ...

Beautiful color, huge aroma and taste caramel, toffee, butterscotch, tart cherry with an insane (no pun intended) puckering effect that I'm not sure is from the tart cherry, huge sweetness or green leafy hops? Or maybe it's the fruity yeast? Either way it's an incredible mix of flavor that doesn't mingle long, but definitely leaves a positive impression.

Will have again, yea there's one in the fridge for tomorrow night. Did I forget, this was $2 in a mixed sixer? That's alot of beer for $2, just the way I like it.

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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

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

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2017

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown with some reddish tones with a small off white head which quickly fades to nothing with no lacing. Lots of sediment came out druing the pour of this one
S: Smells of toffee, caramel and dark fruits with a hint of spicy alcohol
T: Taste is toffee, caramel, toasted bread, dark fruits, brown sugar and some slightly spicy alcohol notes. Swallow is more dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, and a slight lingering booziness
M: This beer is fairly thick and slightly chewy on the palate. Carbonation is on the lower side but is adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish from the abv.
O: This is a pretty solid English Barleywine. It would be interesting to see how it is with some bourbon barrel aging. I don't mind this one at all and I think it represents the style well. Worth a try if you like the style but definitely not a beer for the casual drinker.

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Photo of Mikecd234
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dirtyharry2489
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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