Blithering Idiot | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.67/5
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2,232 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,415
Reviews:
922
Ratings:
2,232
pDev:
14.99%
Bros Score:
2.74
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
442
Trade:
8
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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

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 12/31/14-12/13/19 poured into a snifter
A: Opaque brown/red with a 1/2-finger head
S: Big, plum/prune/sweet/brown sugar/molasses, intense
T: Matches the nose. Sweet/dried fruits up front (plum/prune, adds figs) then dark sugary notes towards the finish
M: Full-bodied, quite sweet, a bit of booze
O: The nose is complex but makes it appear as though this will be too sweet. That doesn't come through on the palate. Full-bodied and sweet, yes, but overall mostly balanced (this bottle has some age) and a tasty barleywine

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Photo of golf4collet
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DruC4
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jrosso
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furley80
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AJmon13
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very very underrated beer. Such a great Barleywine

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Photo of Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2017-12-26 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottled on 2017-11-05.

A - Clear ruby with a very short tan head and minimal lace

S - Cherries, raisins, apples, mildly roasted grain, potpourri. Pleasant but not very strong.

T - Short blast of alcohol, then figs, cherries, raisins, molasses, earthy spice, mild-medium roasted grain, light touch of rye/pepper and no tobacco/peat, which can be pleasant in a Barleywine. Mild-moderate bitterness in the finish. Not overly-sweet. Certainly an English, not an American Barleywine.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth, somewhat-sticky.

O - A very enjoyable, balanced, English Barleywine. Not in the same upper-echelon as my favorite, Firestone Walker's Sucaba; but that's expensive and not even made every year. Glad this is made year-round here in Pennsylvania!

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Photo of Eddieeight
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cider in color, a murky brown Amber that appears a bit cloudy.
Smells sweet and sugary
Taste is also sweet with hints of raisin and fig. The alcohol is high at 11% and it comes through on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.
Overall a tasty barleywine, although I prefer weyerbachers insanity, which is barleywine aged in oak barrels.

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Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,232 ratings