Blithering Idiot | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boozy whiskey great aroma. Taste sharp whiskey and then mellowed by the barley. Very finishable. Fig date licorice chocolate malt essence and sharp sour plum soaked for a while. Wow, 11% warming. A 55 degree room temperature offering. Amber ruby colour.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is an interesting beer, suitable for holiday time. the pours is a copper to red color, mostly clear but with some yeast floaters hanging around under a short white head. the aroma is heavy on the honey, with notes of dried cherries, english caramel malt, and a touch of holiday spice. the alcohol is toxic in this beer though, its at the forefront in the nose and taste, and really burns through any subtle flavors that might make this a better beer. one bottle is more than enough of this one i though. the body is full and the bubbles are plentiful, but its just not something anyone could handle too much of. my least favorite of the weyerbacher big beers case, i just thought the alcohol potency overshadowed the intended flavor profile.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin half finger head on a garnet and crimson murky body with excellent lacing. Nice sweet aroma with mostly bubblegum, plum, grapes and vanilla. Flavor is malty with citrus, pine, molasses and figs. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall a mild barley wine which isn't as sharp or difficult to get used to as many which helps its drinkability however the flavors are understated slightly effecting it's complexity.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.61/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jnorton00 for sending me this one!

Pours a slightly murky orange-brown with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and some metallic aromas. Taste is of malt, metal, and burnt brown sugar. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with some off aromas and flavors.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep brown color, with a white head. The aroma is sweet smelling with some piney hops in the mix. The flavors are there but not in the biggest way. It's a bit watery on the mouthfeel. This beer could be a lot better, I know a lot of people who love this beer for it's strength. Whenever I talk to people about strong beers they ask me about this one. It's a decent barley wine but it's not the greatest. I think people from around here like it so much because It's local and that cool to show support for the home team.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and poured with a thin creamy beige head that quickly faded away leaving lacy patterns floating in the center of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of alcohol and dark fruit in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel, dark fruits and toffee; there are some hints of sweetness in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and somewhat syrupy on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: Considering its strength, this beer is not that difficult to drink, although there's no way I could have more than one of these at a time.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Whoa, this is a big strong, beer for sure. The first I've had from this brewery and I found it to be an above average barleywine. It's no Bigfoot or Old Horizontal for sure, but it's pretty damn good. Does have a little too much of an alcohol flavor and not enough of a "beer" taste to balance it out for me. This affects the drinkability but overall its a good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/10/2012. Pours lightly cloudy reddish orange color with a nice 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big cherry, raisin, prune, fig, caramel, molasses, toast, banana, light clove, bread, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of maltiness. Taste of cherry, raisin, molasses, caramel, toast, fig, bread, herbal, clove, earth, and banana. No bitterness at all on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, dark fruits, molasses, caramel, toast, banana, light clove, bread, earth, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malty flavors; with zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and very slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Definitely a sipper at 11.1%. Overall this is a very nice English Barleywine style. Very nice flavor complexity and balance of malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. I enjoyed this much more than my first rating; not sure what went wrong with that bottle.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Barley Wines out there. Strong alcohol and thinly sweet malts throughout. From the onset, gives the sensation of warming and lightly fusal, yet pleasant. Boldly sweet with syrup, molassas, and brown sugar. Hopped for balance and light bittering. Moderately thick and silky to the palate. Finishes with a light sweetness, light drying, and palate clensing bitterness. I will be drinking quite a bit more of these. It's certainly an Enlish Barley Wine with a subtle American twist.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belated thanks to markgugs for sending this in a trade a few years ago. Decided to cellar it, and here we are today.

Pours into a Duvel glass a bright ruby tone, didn't quite manage to keep all the sediment out, so there's a flurry of suspended particles. Lasting cream colored head that lingers with good retention. Very deep malty aroma, with some rum raisin at room temperature. Not especially complex, a note of alcohol comes out when swirled, but it's not a deal breaker, this is a 11+% Barleywine after all.

Viscous body with some lush toffee/caramel flavors, spicy rum, and dried fruit. Oxidized and bready like some Euro beers. Alcohol seems somewhat tamed yet still perceptible. Rich and sticky. Low carbonation, full bodied. A nice late evening sipper. Thanks Mark!

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a three-fingered head that caps the clear burnt orange liquid; plenty of lacing

Smell: Cherries, fig, dates, treacle and nuts

Taste: Treacle, fig, dates and nuts, up front, with a developing spice cake aspect; the sweetness builds, after the swallow, along with a boozy, spicy aspect

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: Just not that excited by this beer; would have preferred a bit more hop elements even though I recognize that this is in the English barleywine style

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber looking ale with a medium head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is quite sweet with some great malt also noticeable. Taste is very warming which is probably due to the high content of alcohol, which is not easily discernable. Quite sweet throughout with some caramel and light bitterness at the end. Overall, this is very pleasant stuff and looking forward to try the Insanity.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange to copper in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and a fair amount of sediment floating in suspension (I would guess this is yeast). The beer has a quarter finger tall creamy light beige head that quickly reduces to a patch of very thin film in the center of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: The smell of this beer is quite sweet, bordering on cloying sweetness. There are some light amounts of malt and lots of dark fruits and alcohol presence.

T: The taste follows pretty closely to the smell with the malts upfront with their own sweetness (caramel and toffee), followed by the dark fruits, and finally there is some alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly syrupy. Just a touch of alcohol heat.

O: This beer is a just a hint to sweet for me to consider it an easy to drink beer. Also, the high ABV makes this a sipping beer and definitely not a session beer (there is no way that I could have more than one of these in a session). There is just a hint of too much alcohol presence for me to really enjoy.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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