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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: 2,198 |  Reviews: 912
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of lpotter
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of caninedevotion
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of KAP1356
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to revieiwing this one after having it many many times. Picked up a bottle just to review it. 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a clear amber color that has some dark brown/ruby highlights. A tiny eggshell white cap forms and recedes to a collar of the same color.

S - Buttery malts mixed with toffee, caramel, some light brown sugar and a little booze. Some raisins make an appearance adding nicely. Nice inviting aromas, and a pretty standard barleywine aroma.

T - Bready, buttery malts, raisins, toffee and caramel. Alcohol makes a pretty strong showing here and lingers in the finish along with caramel sweetness.

M - Heavy bodied beer that is nice and thick on the tongue. Moderate carbonation adds nicely to the overall feel.

O - As much as I love Weyerbacher, I have had this beer many times and am still slightly underwhelmed by it. Insanity on the other hand is an amazing beer. This one is a nice go to barleywine that I can find anytime.

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Photo of wrycon
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark orangish- brown in color, slightly muddled complexion. Nose is full malt, with maybe some plum or raisin. Drinks thick. Initial rush of caramel, that exits quickly. Middle is malty / watery and leaves a carpet of malt on the tongue. Expecting more from the end, but it simply finishes unceremoniously.

Like It? Have Had Better

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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 4/19/11

A: Pours amber red/orange, mostly clear, with a finger of off-white head. Decent head retention, leaves just a little lacing.

S: Caramel dipped apple, stone fruit, a little brown sugar. Lots of apple.

T: Somewhat faded floral hops (hint of fruit) up front with very little bitterness left. Moderate level of caramel and brown sugar. Lots of apple and stone fruits come out towards the finish. A little darker fruits appear on the finish as well. Alcohol phenols are just a little apparent on the finish with a very slight solvent quality and a bit of burn on the back of the throat.

M: Medium to slightly full body, moderate and crisp carbonation. Moderately smooth. Very little bitterness.

O: A fairly good barleywine that is tasty and easy enough to drink, though it lacks depth and complexity, intensity, and could use a little more sweetness for the style (a little too much carbonation too).

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3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish-amber with a moderate butter colored head.
Aroma of sweet dark candied fruits. malt and alcohol.
Creamy body with a somewhat light fruity flavor. Low carbonation. Sugary sweetness through the middle with a balancing bitterness from both hops and the high ABV in the finish. Pretty pleasant and drinkable overall, though a tad boozy (expected).
Not bad.

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2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is like someone made the batter for a banana bread, with prunes and dried figs, but said: "Nah, bro. Just drink this batter."

Pummeled pile of bruised bananas and brown sugar?

Nose: Ripe dark fruits with a hint of tang, yeasts, sweet apples. Fig. Plummy-figgy-black-bananas.

Booze with a bit of booze on the side -overly warming. [reviewed year later and booze died down] ]r, Bruised apple, date-chutney, ouse-like candied apples and caramel flavor is trampled by booze and metallic finish [year out, metallic finish gone]. Maybe it needs to calm down for a year or two?

Again, 1 year later: big ass. Booze died down a bit. Just pummeled black-ass overripe fruit.

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3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz poured into a chalice. The bottle lists the ABV but not a BOD or DBD.

A: Cloudy apple cider brown with a very think brown head that disappears quickly.

S: Strong sweet malt, syrup, brown sugar, slight hops, dark fruit, alcohol esters, and spicy yeast.

T: Strong spicy yeast, chocolate, raisins, molasses, and lots of alcohol.

M: Thick and heavy

O: Lots of strong flavors are present in this beer, but they are drowned out by the burn of alcohol, which lingers in the back of the throat. As the bros warned, this beer needs to sit and age until the alcohol mellows.

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Photo of Doshkin
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - very brown and very little head that disappears quickly. under backlight, this beer looks very cool - blazing fiery orange with a yellow outline. lots of floaties if you like pouring out the whole beer like me

s - boom. malty explosion. alcohol percentage is present, but not overpowering. maybe a touch of citrus hops?

t - matches the smell for the most part. malty blast as expected from a barlyewine style. slightly bitter finish, but nice.

m - thick and delicious. the alcohol lingers high on the palate and the malts hit lower on the tongue.

o - very yummy beer. quite drinkable for the 11.1%. i would buy this again for sure

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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured at basement temp in a flared glass

A: clear brown orange; good head but it dissipates quickly and looks thin; carbonation action decent
S: really intense, lovely smell dominated by prunes
T: very intense raisin and prune; very strong booze content; malts and hops are well in the background; intense but not complex
M: a bit watery

I don't understand the low ratings here; it's a perfectly acceptable, strong barleywine-style, albeit not refined

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Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,198 ratings
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