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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Photo of tsauce2
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a 6 oz tulip taster.

A: SRM is amber/carmel. Clear filtered/no residue. Head is off white, 1/2 in, dissipates to rim of glass. Medium/light carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Light roast malt, dark fruit (raisin, plum, fig, date), and caramel. Some alcohol is present, but not very much. Aftertaste is malty and sweet with light fruit notes.

T: Sweet malt/carmel notes with dark fruit tones. No noticable hops.

M: Full bodied. Not a super thick barleywine, but it is still very fresh. Malt presence leaves a thick coating of flavor on the palate.

O: A nice barleywine. Nothing wild or crazy, just a very solid traditional barleywine. Not much of a barleywine drinker, but I am glad I bought a 4 pack of this beer and will enjoy it next time I have one.

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Mashedbrotatoes
5/5  rDev +35.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint. Bottled on 09-29-11

A: Pours a hazy, orange-copper color with one finger of pale tan head. Good retention but not much lace.

S: Pears and bananas, a little on the sweet side.

T: More bananas and some dark fruits, then cinnamon and a little pepper on the finish. Alcohol pokes through on the finish, but not a flaw.

M: On the light side of medium body, pretty creamy feeling.

O: Low complexity but the flavors are true. Quite drinkable and glad I tried it. Wouldn't mind having another. Age might help this one-- I might cellar one for a year and see what that yields.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a Stella glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a small head that has reduced quickly to a thin layer. A nice crimson brown color typical of most barleywines.

Smell: raisins, plums, bananas, sweet sweet malts, vanilla, boozy boozy alcohol. Smells really good.

Taste: Same as above. Very nice and the alcohol is noticeable after the first few seconds. I get some citrus characters towards the end too. Alcohol should be a bit more tamed down. Too much up front.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, easy to drink, and boozy alcohol is also noticeable.

Overall: A nice barleywine I can check off as good. Nicely impressed by this beer and it was still good for till sometime in 2016. Could only imagine how an older one would taste. AS most barleywines, they get better with age. Alcohol will most likely be more well hidden as the beer gets older.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Gehrig
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One thin finger of light tan froth top a muddy brown body; not a lot of duration and lacing, not surprisingly for the style. Subtle smells of toasted malt, and some rum-soaked cherries. Good taste, a bit boozy, loaded with boozy cherries, berry, and hazelnut. Smooth, easy-going despite the 11% ABV, Blithering Idiot is a nice representative of the style which isn't one of my favorites. I certainly prefer the more hopped-up versions, especially in American Barleywines. This, however, is pretty good, and worth a try.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

PPours a very murky brown tinted orange. Immediately after pouring the beer came to rest, even the specs of goodness floating through the beer just float in one place in stasis. Its spooky.

Nose is big and boozey with a sugared dark fruit scent. Flavors are more subdued then expected from a barley wine. Huge body, creamy, chewy and smooth all at the same time. No mid range flavor. Spicey and grapey, other than that its kind of hard to identify some of the other flavors.

Not bad but nothing spectacular. Easy drinking for an 11% abv. So yeah, a few of these would make you a blithering idiot.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ksimons
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy mocha brown with a thin layer of white lace

S-smells nicely of roasted malt, cherries and figs, and alcohol

T-This beer is very sweet. Tastes of roasty malt, cherries and figs, and booze. The 11.1% is front and center in this one. As the beer warms the beer starts to blend more and the roasted malt comes out more.

M-medium to full body, light carbonation, smooth

Overall this beer took a little time to grow on me. It helped when the beer warmed more.

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Deep reddish caramel color with a thin white head, not much retention. Smell sweet of cherries and burned sugar and caramel. Faint alcohol on the nose as well. Taste doesn't have much up front but hits sweet and balanced on the finish. Has a very faint metallic off-taste that I've picked up in some of my homebrews, but barely there. Pretty good but not as robust as I'd expect from a big barleywine. The alcohol is not well hidden. Pretty drinkable, but again, that's not what I really expect from an 11.1% barleywine.

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Founder's snifter.

Appearance: Pours a copperish brown color with a thin head that disappears immediately.

Smell: Some light cherry notes come fourth followed by a big malt sweetness...very sweet. Little bit of caramel coming through along with some roast notes and plums.

Taste: Fairly typical English Barleywine, but lacking any real hop presence, and not much bitterness. Big apple presence and some odd buttery notes. Rather metallic like, almost unpleasantly so.

Mouth: Sticky texture, but nothing that turns me off. It's actually rather clean for being such a relatively big beer.

Drink and overall: Ahh, it's drinkable. It's a solid beer. I wouldn't buy another six pack, honestly.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 2,187 ratings.
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