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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, dark amber colored beer. An aggressive pour yields very little head, and what is there has almost no retention. Lots of loose yeast in the bottom of the bottle.

S: Big aroma on this beer. Deeply roasted hops, lots of caramel and alcoholic esters call to mind dark fruits.

T: Sweet caramely malts and brown sugar up front followed by a slight fruitiness then a wave of peppery alcohol that carries through to the finish. The beer finishes dry, and leaves behind a spicy raisin flavor. Good flavors, but a little heavy on the alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation in the form of tiny bubbles, creamy, but also rather slick. Warming as it descends.

O: A good beer. They could have stepped back the alcohol a bit, but the alcohol doesn't destroy the other flavors, but doesn't exactly enhance them either. Definitely worth a look.

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Photo of Edwaka01
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. into Chimay goblet.

A - With vigor, got a beautiful 2 finger head right to the rim of the glass, dissipated quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam and some pretty bubbles. Red/orange/golden.

S - Strong vanilla, especially when agitated, mild booze aroma.

T - I don't get vanilla, despite the smell. A bit woody. Much less booze flavor than I was expecting.

M - Medium-bodied, less warming sensation than expected for an 11.1% brew.

O - Good. Would have liked more complexity, and more flavor in general. Not something I'll come back to in a hurry, but not something I'd turn down either. Probably very dangerous - super drinkable per its ABV.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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1/5  rDev -72.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of EK33
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage

A-Poured with a finger head that broke down to a hanging 3mm ringing that laced slightly throughout drinking. Carbonation was good and helped with sticky head staying on glass while consuming.

S-Almost too sickenly sweet with up front caramel and vanilla notes. Distant dark fruit essence with a too strong alcohol tinge.

T-A little too sweet and stepping slightly over the line on alcohol taste. Fruit is only a minor part of flavor, but above average. Plum is what is perceived.

M-Average for a barley wine. Could stand some thickening.

O-This calls for more fruit notes. Since high alcohol looking forward to how it is in five years. Hops would have done this good as well. Not a bad brew, just overly Sweet.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of JayS2629
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a fan of the sweeter style barleywines. This one does a great job of balance and complexity while keeping it mild and drinkable.

Pours a dark brown syrup with big creamy head that fades quickly but leaves huge foamy rings.

The aroma is complex with sweet, sticky toffee, caramel, and brown sugar with cocoa dashes and dark fruit throughout. Plums and raisins with vanilla and rum.

The flavor is complex and follows the nose with delectable caramel and toffee dominating, but a nice bittering balance of piney, floral and subtle citrus notes keeping thing from getting cloying. Dark fruit, raisins and plums with cherry notes. Vanilla and chocolate hints in the finish.

Average and medium bodied making it a very drinkable barleywine.

Overall, one the best balanced, smooth and easy drinking barleywines I've ever had.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz. Snifter. 2010 vintage.

A- dark amber, 1 finger off-white head with almost no lacing.

S- very sweet, candi sugar, dark fruits, some wood notes.

T- again, sweet amber malts, molasses, dark fruits. Maybe some rye in there as it warms?

M- medium body and lower carbonation. Abv hidden well with a semi-dry finish.

O- good English Barleywine . Not real complex but has nice sweet taste and dark fruit notes that complement each other well.

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3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Clear brownish copper in color. Pours with a finger of head that quickly dissipates to nothing quite quickly.

Smell. Lots of fruits, with berries, dates and grapes. Quite a strong presence of alcohol. Lots of yeasty esters that are more reminiscent of a quadruple or triple than a barleywine.

Taste. Sweet and syrupy to start. Some of the fruits picked up in the smell become present quickly. Hard candy and corn syrup are accompanied by the slightest bitterness before a sweet short finish.

Mouthfeel. Nice thick body with a low, but appropriate amount of carbonation.

Right now this beer seems like a sweet mess, but it has more potential than any beer I have tasted. Obviously, it is nothing compared to its barrel aged cousin, but an enjoyable sipper nonetheless. What throws me, though, is the belgian-ness of the beer. It reminds me more of a tripel or quadruple than a barleywine.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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