Blithering Idiot | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
83
good
2,178 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,178
Reviews:
907
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.95%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
411
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 2,178 |  Reviews: 907
Photo of warnickel1
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer many times and I can tell you that from my own experiences with barleywines, this is one of the best. I told the owner of Freddie's, ( A alcohol only establishment), to order more when he could. When poured it has that deep clear brown look that exclusive to barleywine. I hear people complain that it is to strong or it smells or whatever. I think if you can't enjoy a beer like this then go back to your Michelob light or whatever the kids are drinking these days

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Photo of Gaddabble
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StronglyTyped
4.81/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I actually agree with the "Bros" review, which I felt described my experience when I drank this beer. However, what he saw as negative qualities, I saw as positive qualities.

Each sip of Blithering Idiot feels like an explosion of flavor in my mouth - an assault on my taste buds - and I love it. It's balanced in the sense that all of the huge flavors and aromas are slugging it out, like they're in a cage match, each fighting to win the attention of my palate and nose. This could possibly be the most interesting and engaging beer I've ever had the privilege to enjoy.

I respect and embrace this beer for what it is. I appreciate its wild, bold, uncontrolled flavors, and the roller coaster ride it takes me on each time I drink it. It has so much going on, and I feel like I can find something new I like about it with each bottle. I'm looking forward to having my next one.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.49/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tre1994
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Beer_lover101
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jlang2012
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXMRTN
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmorris15
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BSiegs
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Extremely dark ruby to brown in color. One finger of light tan head. Recedes quickly to a ring around the edge, little lacing. The aroma is caramel, molasses, dark fruit, bready. Hint of spice and booziness. The taste is heavy spice, overpowering most other flavors, and some dark fruit. I get a strange metallic twang on the finish. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. I was excited after the aroma but the taste doesn't match. A solid brew, but not a barleywine I will seek again.

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Photo of Timc32
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ardeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitburger
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stignacious
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tekstr1der
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark brown pour with just a tan ring on top. Aroma tells me I'll enjoy - cooked sugar, dark fruits, and a hint of booze. Flavor follow similarly but more intense all around, very sweet from start to aftertaste and boozy with some woodiness in the finish. A little less alcohol burn and more dark fruit flavors would have ramped this up considerably. Still a very solid offering for the style. I'll have it again for sure.

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Photo of DonIII
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bogdawg
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morebeergood
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stud122433
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8ish year old 12oz bottle into a snifter appears hazy mahogany with a khaki cap thats quick to fade leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is toasty malt overtop raisony fruitiness. Sherry and vinous appeal fills out the rest of the nose.

Taste is caramel malt, toast and raisons before a hefty waft of solvent alcohol and mealy almost rusty feel of minerals. As it warms up, it gets a bit vinous feeling.

Light in body, light carbonation. A decent brew but perhaps ive let this one go too long.

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Photo of Timtac
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moradin
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Caramel and dried cherries. Alcohol is well hidden. Good mouthfeel with lasting molasses sweetness and dried dark fruits

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Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,178 ratings.
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