Blithering Idiot | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English 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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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a hazy copper color with some red highlights. Upon pouring there is a small off white head that fades very fast to leave almost no lacing and just a tiny little patch of bubbles floating on the surface of the brew.

Smell - The aroma is sweet of dark cherry and raisin and a caramel taste. Mixed with these are notes of some lighter fruits of apple and pear. These sweet aromas are the majority of the nose, but with them are some bready and alcohol aromas as well.

Taste – The taste starts out quite bready with a lighter caramel sweetness. As the taste advances it dries out more but does get some flavors of dark fruits. As the taste goes on, a rum like alcohol flavors get quite pronounced and at the end where it mixes with some earthy and herbal flavors, they leave a warm boozy and somewhat bitter hop flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For an 11.1% brew the body is actually kind of thin with a carbonation level that is slightly high (again for the 11.1% abv). Not really the most appealing for the boozy and bready flavors with a creamier body and lesser level of carbonation likely being more appropriate.

Overall - Well not really one I enjoyed as much as I was hoping. A little too much rum booze and a somewhat off bitter finish which prevented me from finding it anything I would want to go back to again.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Onenote81
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, poured into a a goblet.

Pours a tawny amber, that is quite murky. No head at all on this one. Not a spot of lace to be found on the glass. This is not the prettiest of beers, that's for sure. Sweetness cuts into me with notes of sugar cookies, sweet bread, molasses, and just a singe of ethanol on the finish. Yowzas. This is rich enough just in aroma.

Full mouth that commands one to sip, rather than gulp this one down. Flavors of sweet candied malts, figs, raisins, and hoppy syrup (is that a thing?). Tart fruit-like character on the finish. A little boozy, but not as detectable as anticipated. This was a decent offering, but given its richness as well as its sweetness, it became a bit tiring as the 12oz went along. Not sure I'd sit down with this one again.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle ... snifter in hand

A- pours a deep murky amber... big froathy white head... slowly dissolve's to a very thin ring around the beer. No lacing what so ever

S- I get a big whiff of metallic.. figs, raisins, muskat grapes... all barely wines remind me of muskat grapes.... very sweet

T- raisins, dried figs, I still get that metallic lingering in the back of the beer.... I kind of
like it.... but nothing really balanced.... this has been in my cellar for 7 months now....

M- thick, oily, kind of syrup like... very minimal hop bite.... probably in the 20-30 range of IBU's

O- nit bad, but not the greatest.... its already been put away for 7 months, and it def not s boozey as it was before but I still don't see not complexity or layering on the beer.... lost cause? I really hope not....

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2.28/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a dark copper with a little bit of opacity and a very small, quickly disappearing tan/copper head.

Smell: Something smells sour or old, but as a sour beer fan this smell does not appeal to me.

Taste: One note of something between cherry and earthy, which is too sweet for my palette.

Mouthfeel: There isn't much to say about mouthfeel. It's average?

Overall: I like barleywine; I was disappointed.

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3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter glass. No freshness date. Colour is dark, slightly ruby brown. Has little head but leaves pretty good lacing. and scant whispy film.

Smell is rich, heavily malty. Dark mulled cherries and spice, dark caramel, sticky, slightly festive spicy. Fruit and dark sugar sweetness come across.

Taste has strong notes of coffee, caramel, tobacco, caramel corn. Thick and rich malt, roastiness is pretty mild. Mushrooms and a slight earthy flavour. Hops are there, more apparent on the finish, slightly oily. Very big, and pretty flavourful, but probably room for a bit more fruitiness and light flavour. Seems a bit tired

Mouthfeel is large, alcohol is quite heavy. Carbonation is light. Thick mouthfeel. Slick mouthfeel. Finish is long and toasty malt. Slightly sour. Alcohol is pretty noticeable, but the beer is pretty alright to sip.

Pretty good barleywine, definitely enjoyable, might try aging the next one I get. Enjoyed big foot more, this one appears a bit tired in comparison, slightly sour and tart hops here. Although I won't rush to get this again, its not bad.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. I'm going to have to agree with the low Bros review on this one!

A - deep orange, lots of reds and browns. Good looking beer, but I'm a little disconcerted by the lack of foam, even with a rough pour.

S - meh. I'm still fairly new to BWs, but I don't get a lot out of this smell. A little sweetness and plenty of the alcohol I'd expect from an 11%+.

T - blech. Really bad, very chemically. The sweetness is all artificial (though I'm sure their ingredients are all natural) and the alcohol actually thins it out somehow.

M - thin, alcoholic, bland for what it is. Not a good beer.

O - I bought this one and a Weyerbacher Insanity. I really hope the Insanity fares better than this subpar offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a lasting head.
Nose shows heavy malt. Caramel, bready melanoidin notes, heavy golden syrup and oxidised notes.
Sweet flavours too; heavy rich malt with brown sugar and some soft alcohol. Pretty well-balanced!
Nicely low carbonated.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,215 ratings
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