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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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Photo of srandycarter
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of gbarbee
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of ADZA
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
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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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of KrisAyers
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3/5  rDev -18%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of USMCYoder
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
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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Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of lurpy1
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into 2 pint glasses. No wait, wife doesn't like barleywines. Bottle poured into 1 pint glass. More beer for me!

The pour doesn't really inspire, slightly browner than your standard red lager, very little head, not much carbonation. In this sense, Blithering Idiot is the beer equivalent of your sulking teenage nephew, all shrugging and "I dunno, whatever". Very good aroma, even if I am not sure what I'm smelling, raisins, candy sugar, malt, toffee. Very sweet profile. The taste is sweet too, although also hot with alcohol. The sweet does catch up on mouthfeel as this concoction's a bit too sticky and cider-esque.

Good barleywine. B+, which seems to be where I've ranked all the Weyerbacher beers I've ever had.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Jeffo
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stranded in Amsterdam a couple weeks back, the evening took me into De Bier Temple for a few. Thought I'd give a barleywine a try.

From a bottle into a chalice

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, bubbly, almost white head with very good retention. Opaque, dark burgundy red with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a nice wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking brew.

SMELL: A big nose off the pour. Caramel, toffee and red fruits mostly. Berries, cherries and light notes of nuts as well. Bold and makes a statement.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee with some nice nutty flavors up front. Moves into a fruity middle, with red berries mostly, and a sweet caramel finish with more toffee and nuts as well. A mild yet lingering sweet aftertaste of caramel, toffee, lots of nut flavors and some light hop bitterness lingers nicely. Tasty and persistent.

PALATE: Full body with medium carbonation. Heavy and silky on the palate, creamy as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Good, thick, creamy feel.

OVERALL: This was quite good. Surprisingly enjoyed it, as I'm not normally a big barleywine fan. Good flavor profile with enough bitterness to balance the sweet malty flavor, and a really nice feel to support it all. A quality brew and worth checking out if you get the chance. Recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of AbbeyNORML
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Blueribbon666
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky darkened amber into dimpled mug with no head whatsoever to speak of. Smells of malt, dried fruits like plum and raisin, maybe a little cherry with zero hop at all, as an English type Barleywine typically is more malty sweetness. Wow, blast of sweetness with a velvety thick finish without any carbonation at all. Mouthfeel is sweet malty velvet that coats the tongue with the aforementioned plum and raisin and a good strong alcohol presence that warms and makes this the perfect winter weather sipper. Another good one from Weyerbacher.

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Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,198 ratings
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