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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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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Fermenticusrex
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting note weyerbacher blithering idiot

Poured from 12oz bottle into mad elf tulip

Aroma raisins, dates, plums

Appearance deep copper, white head little to no lacing

Flavor lots of raisins and plums, rum, leather and tobacco near the end

Mouthfeel/Drinkability nice body, good carbonation dangerously easy drinking

Overall i really like this beer, going to have to pick up some more to cellar.

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Photo of output01x
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 1-finger tan-colored head that fades in a minute or so to a thin, messy dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a hazy orange copper with traces of crimson when held to light. Some decent lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Sweet malts start the nose with notes of biscuits and caramel. Further investigation reveals orange marmalade, raisins, and fig. The nose is not overly strong but is also not difficult to dissect.

Like the nose, sweet malts start each sip. Notes of biscuit, caramel, and raisins. Upon swallowing, grainy bread flavors take over with hints of vanilla and more dark fruits. Oddly, as the beer is swallowed a hop bitterness can be detected attempting to come out but is quickly snuffed out by the malt flavors. Dark fruits persist as an aftertaste with notes of raisins and black cherry. A slight floral hop flavor can also be detected in the aftertaste. A bit of medicinal alcohol flavor and warmth is also noticed near the end of each sip.

Full bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer could definitely be more than just a sipper if not for the 11.1% ABV. The body coats your mouth well and has a bit of a sticky quality to it. The carbonation is slightly fizzy but is definitely needed to help keep the body from becoming syrupy.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy copper with a one finger head.

S-Nice blend of malt and hops.

T-Starts with a sweet malt and ends with some, but not much hops.

M-Medium bodied, smooth but lacking carbonation.

O-Although it is an English Barleywine a little more in the way of hops would have done this beer some good. It just seemed to be missing a little in the way of hops.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.67/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber color with floaties suspended near the bottom of my glass. Creamy beige head settles into a consistent thin film of retention and leaves a smattering of lace. Floaties = boo.

Smells like pumpernickel. Not very fragrant.

Tastewise Idoit covers all the necessary bases of a fruit, booze, caramel and chocolate but doesn't showcase much of anything. Monotone and un-immersive.

Some Weyerbacher beers are as uninspiring as the labels that adorn them.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of gatornation
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a amber orange color with an 0ff-white 2 finger head that recedes quickly lot of floaties in my glass

S- was caramel, hops and dark fruit

T was sweet up front with tastes of darker fruits, very mallty and alcohol heat

M- was full and rich very sweet. with a creamy texture, highly carbonated

O- just an average barleywine with a too sweet syrup profile

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of scarfield
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App- Pours copper, not very clear, but no real haze or cloudiness to it either. 1 finger width head fades away to a thin film. No lacing.

Smell- Quite sweet, no real hop character. Some fruitiness comes through in the nose as well, (prunes)

Taste- Follows the smell. The fruitiness brings along a bit of sourness as well, and the aftertaste is a bit earthy. Alcohol is present but subdued for the ABV. Malt is definitely at the forefront of the beer.

Mouthfeel- Balanced, the alcoholic warmth is low for something of such a high abv.

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Photo of tewaris
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased 2010. Poured into a New Belgium balloon.

Pours the right color, burnt amber and everything, but has an odd, stale look to it in terms of haze and the tiny bubbles. Can't really comment on the retention on the lacing, in spite of a hearty pour.

The aroma of caramel is certainly delighting and so are the figs and dates. Not up there with the best examples but definitely good.

All the notes from aroma are present in the taste, especially the caramel sweetness, but there is a definite bitterness. Oddly it seems that the (slight) bitterness makes this beer and aging anymore will be counteractive. Like other big beers, temperature is the key to enjoyment.

Mouthfeel is alright but the carbonation is a tad high, just a tad. Overall just an average English Barleywine. The same quality/merit as Third Coast Old Ale. I like it but I might not purchase it again.

3, 4, 4, 4, 3.5

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of iterationzero
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a rich honey color, almost copper red. One finger of head with little retention and very little lacing. Distinct estery smell with dark fruit and burnt caramel. The caramel taste comes through up front. This gives way to fruit with an estery finish. Very full bodied, almost syrupy, with little carbonation which works well for the style.

Overall, a very nice barleywine style ale that's not as heavy as others.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of HopNelius
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of the bottle and into a stemless wine glass.
Appearance-Dark cherry colored with very little carbonation, syrup like.
Smell-smells of dark fruit and malt.
Taste-notes of fig, cherries, and other dark fruits, strong malt taste hits you followed by tasting the alcohol on the finish. It has a Belgium taste to it.
Overall-I like this beer, I like it a lot. I purchased a 4 pack at the store after eyeing it put for several weeks. I am sipping on now and have decieded to put the other three away in my beer Cellar. There is a lot of alcohol present as some did mention. It is a Barleywine so I expected that. I am very interested to see how it matures over time.

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.39/5  rDev +19.9%

Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,206 ratings
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