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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into an Unibroue tulip. Dark, ruddy copper colour with a half-hearted attempt at a thin layer of white head. A big noseful of date, fig, sugar plum, toffee and alcohol. Quite nice.

Taste is similar. Dates. Lots of dates. Xmas pudding, dried fig, caramel, dry leaf/tobacco, a teeny bit of maple. Earthy/leafy hops stay in the background. I like it but it's too sweet to want much of. Complex enough I guess, but not balanced.

Medium body, somewhat syrupy. Alcohol in the finish, quite nice and warming. I certainly wouldn't say no to another, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a Founders snifter. Big thanks to Mike (Gushue3) for the extra.

A: Pours a solid brown color with some light ruby hues. An off white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thick collar.

S: Sweet malts, some caramel, fruity hops and candied syrup smells. It smells very sweet right of the bat.

T: There is a sweet malt flavor with with a bitter and fruity hop presence. The sweetness lingers almost throughout the whole sip. There is the slightest bit of an oxidation flavor that blends with the bready malts. There is a mild booze on the finish with a slight warming.

M: Medium bodied with a sticky and coating mouthfeel. the carbonation is just right for the style.

O: Slightly too sweet for my liking. I like my English Barleywines a little thicker, a little more malty and with a more of a dark fruit flavor.

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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark copper/apricot. Small near white head leaves fast. Some spotty cling lace.

S - Fruit frenzy. Overripe stone fruits, tropical fruits, juicy fruit. Booze there too. bananaaa.

T - Sweet malty fruitiness. Considering the booze, not too hot.

M - Errs to sweet. Not much balance.

D - Love BWs. THis one is a little messy, but fun.

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4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light brown-red with a white head that dissipates within minutes.
Smell: Crisp, fresh, with a mild hint of hops.
Taste: Easy on the palate, hint of sweetness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light yet bold 

Drinkability: Good beer overall. Enjoyable to drink, goes down very smooth. Goes well with steak.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love the name and pours a murky brown amber hue which leaves a wispy one finger head that doesnt stay and leaves very little lacing almost flat looking but not and the smell is boozy sweet alcohol,barley sugar,marzipan and xmas pudding,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and a tad syrupy with tastes of fruit cake,marzipan,caramel candy,candied figs and finished with a overdose of toffee sweetness and overall its only above average with a weak mouthfeel that doesnt suit and to be honest it be nice with dessert due to the massive sweetness but other than that i would not revisit or pay good money for as it really is sweetbomb that is far from balanced cheers.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an over sized wine glass.

A- A deep ruby red. Has a light tan bubbly head that dissipates leaving a lacing upon the surface of the beer. Has a golden-orangeish hue when held up to the light. Bubbles can be observed rising from mid glass to the surface.

S- Sweet berries, grapes, cherries, light citrusy hops, partially malty.

T- Very sweet and fruity. Notes of cherries, grapes, slightly citrusy hops (lemon and some orange), strawberries and light caramel. It's sweet all the way through from start to finish, which is somewhat odd for not only barley wines but just about any beer in general.

M- Medium carbonation. Syrupy and smooth. Medium to heavy body.

O- I found this barley-wine to be very overly sweet. A rare disappointment from Wyerbacher. Not necessarily bad but definitely not my kind of barley wine. I found it to be kind of bland in the sense that it didn't have the bready profile that most English barley wines have. Kind of light really. Definitely wouldn't spend my money on this again.

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3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass:

A: No head or foam when hard pored. Beer is a reddish brown, almost like a lager or red ale. Clean and inviting, but nothing special.

S: Up front it has a slight alcohol smell which is comforting, followed by a hint of grapes/figs.

T: Very malty, seems simple but also a few other taste characteristics that leave the pallet guessing. Definitely grabs the attention for another sip.

M: Very clean and no harsh after taste. Easy to drink.

O: Seems like a typical average barley wine. Nothing that makes it stand out over any others. Would drink it again, but not on the top of the list.

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Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 2,183 ratings.
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