Blithering Idiot | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Blithering IdiotBlithering Idiot
2,196 Ratings
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 ksimons
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +23%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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 +36.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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 +9.3%

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drink by date on "Big Beers" case is January 26,1012. So I'm going to assume this one is fairly aged, as you these and any barley-wine will age several years past bottling.

Into snifter glass: A gorgeous dark amber near-brown with just enough shiny clear ruby red and cloudiness to keep it from being all dark. Moderate foamy and creamy vanilla head, with nice bubbly holes. Ditto with the lacing. Bubbly carbonation surfaces quite obviously for a while. Decent retention.

My nose detects lots of sweetness from malted barley, fruits, wine-like grapes, and some nuttiness. Very pleasant aromas. A bit on the sweet side. No hops on the nose to speak of.

A fairly above-average body, with very minimal carbonation, obvious malt sweetness comes through. Some of that same grape and nutty characteristics from the aroma come through. Alcohol is surprisingly undetectable, making this a fairly dangerous brew. This seems to be an aged/mature version, last time I've had this it was too sweet and little else. This time, it seems to have a little more complexity, due to what I believe is a couple of years maturation.

This is a better brew when it's matured. Drink it young, and it's not so swell. Let this age a few years, and it pays off. Very good when it's properly matured a few years. When it;s consumed shortly after bottling, it's rather mediocre and unbalanced.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of claytong
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

believe this is a 2011 so perhaps way better with some age

appearance - nice, dark mahogany amber. somewhat cloudy. pretty opaque. decent head retention. small head.

smell - caramel, bourbon, oak

taste - mostly a cheap bourbon with some slight malt nuances.

mouthfeel - surprised it feels so watery. carbonation is good. alcohol is a bit strong.

overall - if i had this close to me id probably pick some up regurarly

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a blood orange color, mildly translucent, with a whitish amber head 3 fingers in length.

Smells of pungent malts. Moderate in barley scents.

Tastes very malty. I definitely get the booze feel in this with a decent burn on the way down. Malty taste lingers for some time after.

Not what I expected for a barelywine. I haven't had many, but I would not say I would have this for a first experience. One to sip on considering the higher ABV. Maybe one I would start with and migrate from quickly during an evening out. But good none the less.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,196 ratings
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