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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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Ratings: 2,207 |  Reviews: 913
Photo of imbuckeye
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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Photo of PeteRiz
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of FalconA
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of TobinMitnick
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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Photo of ithinkimasofa
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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Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of nrs207
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jlove5
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jaguar1712
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of msarver16
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of abanton
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of TIXGUY1313
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of microbrewlover
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a dark brown color with a small head which dissapates quickly. There is a little lacing which also dissapates quickly.

The smell is heavy on chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and alchohol.

Mouthfeel is grainy, like having a mouthful of sugar.

The taste is mostly brown sugar, chocolate and alchohol. There are a few spices which I can not identify. A little malt taste, no hop taste or hop flavor. The alchohol is a bit overpowering and the alchohol taste tends to linger after swallowing.

Overall this is a good beer for a cold winter night; it has a 'warming' effect which just might be due to all the alchohol. This brew would be better with a few more hops and spices to mask the strong alchohol taste.

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Photo of cantfindme
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of loudawgg
1/5  rDev -72.7%

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bjohn84
2.46/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - 1 Finger of creamy off white head, that dissipates fairly quickly. Color is deep amber with a hint of orange. Numerous particles floating throughout glass.

S - Nothing potent. Some herbal spicy floral, dried fruits

T - Caramel sweetness, along with dark fruits. Alcohol comes through on back end fairly strong. Flavors don't come through very strong

M - Medium body here with medium-high stickiness in the mouth

O - Overall nothing too special. Taste and smell don't have a ton of character and the lingering alcohol potency is probably a bit strong.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in a Hair of the Dog tulip, just because. Beer is brown / dark amber, thin tan head, small bubbles, low carbonation, low lacing.

Aroma is sweet, strong, a little boozy, very sweet, mild metallic aroma.

Beer is medium in body, chewy, sweet, it is fine, decent barleywine. Not a whole lot going on here. It is a little bitter on the end, a little boozy on the front, the body is sweet and syrupy. I might have it again if there was nothing else.

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Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,207 ratings
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