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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  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of FanofHefe
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled but no freshness dating apparent on the bottle or label; but generally not concerned about that with a barley wine. Pours a deep amber color that is very hazy. Much more carbonation than I would have expected with an initial two-finger light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a nice foam cap for a while and streaky lacing.

The aroma is not very complex but presents strong a solid caramel malt aroma, light fruity hop notes that lean toward citrus, and brown sugar.

I like the flavor more than the aroma. The very strong malt base is accompanied by a more citric hop flavor than experienced in the aroma. The brown sugar/molasses taste is also very strong in the flavor mix, and nearly pushes it over the top of sweetness, but not totally unexpected for a barley wine.

A bit of strong alcohol presence lowers my experience of the mouthfeel overall. Not the best barley wine I've had but I could envision some improvement with age and a better blending of the flavors.

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Photo of Goldfishman
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: very hazy amber hue with a surprisingly high effervescence and a thin finger of fizzy ivory foam with very nearly no retention: head subsided to oblivion in about 20 seconds. Stylistically OK but aesthetically disappointing.

Smell: rich, sweet malt, not unlike a Scottish wee heavy. There's also a fruitiness here that pairs the orchard fruit character of a good Belgian tripel with the banana of a Bavarian weizen. Unorthodox, but I like it.

Taste: big malt flavor with a satisfying alcohol sting. There's not a lot of complexity here beyond some alcohol fruitiness, but the malt is a real wallop befitting the ABV and its stylistic companions (a wee heavy or malt-centric tripel). I like it.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess. Good for the style and good in general.

Overall: this is a beer that just happens to suit my taste. It doesn't have the crazy complexity of, say, a JW Lees vintage ale, but it has the big, face-crushing malt you might find in two of my favorite styles: tripel and wee heavy.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain tumbler pint glass.

A: Dark, hazy golden orange color with sparse carbonation that builds to a small, one-finger head of slick, bubbly foam which dissipates quickly, leaving a ring of sea foam lace that hardly clings.

S: Sharp, boozy, candied fruits with a hint of medicinal, syrupy esters.

T: Sweet, candied and viscous up front, some caramel and boozy malts creep forward before being smacked down by a rush of hot, alcohol-infused citrus and apple notes. The finish is long, boozy, sweet and clings to the palate.

M: Full-bodied, slick, hot, viscous and boozy pretty much throughout, this does not imbibe true English barleywines to thought.

O: A pretty out of whack English barleywine here from Weyerbacher. Although they are never ones to shy away from high ABVs, I think this 11.1% whomper is one that could've been scaled back a bit in the name of balance and not just "boozy, hot mess."

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BostonHops
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky burnt orange/brown tone with ruby highlights when held up to light. nice finger of creamy, tan colored head that lapses quickly into a collar around the glass. patchy lacing.

the nose is malty-sweet with fruity notes; big alcohol presence. good aroma, though nothing really sets it apart. flavor is a step up. definitely a malt monster with candied fruit like notes. raisin, cherry, maybe a touch of spice. some astringency to the finish, and the alcohol isn't as hidden as i would prefer. still, all in all this is a very tasty, very enjoyable barleywine.

nice medium to full bodied mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer.


[re-reviewing on 1/22/12]

not sure if my palate has drastically changed or if the beer has, but what i'm drinking now is nowhere near as good as what i noted in the above review. hugely malty / boozy and one-dimensional. not doing much for me at all; a shell of the beer those comments described.

originally reviewed: 01-24-2011

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely clear light mahogany. Head disspates to film. Legs not lace(!)

Aromas and taste are pretty much in the prunes / figs / butterscotch territory. Really quite sweet overall. Alcohol is there, at 11% it takes a bit of hiding I guess. Ends up being a Butterscoth n alcohol bomb.

Mouthfeel is smooth, oily.

I ain't a hophead but this is one sweet beer! Very slow sipper.

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3/5  rDev -18%

Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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