Blithering Idiot | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Blithering IdiotBlithering Idiot

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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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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 homebrew311
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into Stone Old Guardian glass. Appearance is a tawny color with a mild haze. Dense tan head retains nicely and leaves thick layer of lacing. The smell is malt forwards with caramel and molasses along with dark fruits and earthy character. The taste is rather fruity with candied grapes and cherries, the taste is similar to a BSDA. Candi sugar is present as well. The finish is incredibly sweet with little hop character to keep the sweetness in check. The mouth feel is a medium body with high carbonation. Overall, this beer seems to be out of the parameter for an English Barleywine, however it does have some good flavors working.

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Photo of Bigtimmy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of WesM63
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Njstoutlover23
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 021412
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A: Pours a nice mahogany color with zero head. Just a thin layer of bubbles that fizzle down quickly

S: Malts, dark fruits, alcohol, some breadiness. Nothing too out of the ordinary for the style

T: Big on the same things that were picked up in the nose, pretty much all at the same time. Malts start things off with a big sweetness, followed by the dark fruits and alcohol that only add to the sweetness. Almost no hop presence

M: Medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Was expecting a little less carbonation with the abv, but it's perfectly fine where it is

O: Decent now, I think this would age extremely well. Only knocking this down below 4 because of the large alcohol presence, which would of course get subdued by aging. Definitely along the lines of most of the English barleywines I've had, which seems to be difficult for American breweries to pull off, with all the hopping, barrel-aging, etc. going on. Again, certainly good now, but I'll let time take care of the other few bottles I have

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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1.25/5  rDev -66%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: medium muddy brown with a rapidly dissipating head

S: not much on the nose: you can smell some sweet fruit and some of the alcohol

T: it's not bad, but there's something off about it: you will get some sugars and some fruits, but also some solventy alcohol - it tastes like the parts don't mesh; improved as it warmed (as so many beers do): got some sour notes of fruit and the barley flavor came through, but it may have been a case of too little, too late for me

M: chalky? some astringency, some tartness on the midtongue; middling aftertaste

O: simply because this beer was so unremarkable, I had to give it an average mark. This is my 2nd Weyerbacher, and my 4th (or 5th?) English barleywine, but I have been loving the barleywines I've been drinking so much (even though it seems the majority are considered American barleywines) that this beer simply underwhelmed me.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So here we have a nice strong english barleywine. It pours out looking like caronated sweet tea. It lacks much of a head but I don't have a problem with that. Prunes, and figs coming off the nose, along with sweet brown sugar. A big flavor profile here. molasses, sourdough, pit fruits, and raisins. It is a huge malt bomb, and yeasty as all heck. A lot of burn in the body from the alcohol, chewy and thick as well. I like this beer a lot.

I'm used to big american barleywines with crazy high IBU's, and the ability to strip paint off walls. And I like that but, this is a good change.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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