Blithering Idiot | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Blithering IdiotBlithering Idiot
BA SCORE
52.4%
Liked This Beer
3.66 w/ 2,192 ratings
Blithering IdiotBlithering Idiot
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,430
Reviews:
910
Ratings:
2,192
Liked:
1,148
Avg:
3.66/5
pDev:
15.03%
Alströms:
2.74
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
422
Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,192 |  Reviews: 910
Photo of mmorris15
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BSiegs
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Extremely dark ruby to brown in color. One finger of light tan head. Recedes quickly to a ring around the edge, little lacing. The aroma is caramel, molasses, dark fruit, bready. Hint of spice and booziness. The taste is heavy spice, overpowering most other flavors, and some dark fruit. I get a strange metallic twang on the finish. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. I was excited after the aroma but the taste doesn't match. A solid brew, but not a barleywine I will seek again.

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Photo of Timc32
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Bitburger
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stignacious
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tekstr1der
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark brown pour with just a tan ring on top. Aroma tells me I'll enjoy - cooked sugar, dark fruits, and a hint of booze. Flavor follow similarly but more intense all around, very sweet from start to aftertaste and boozy with some woodiness in the finish. A little less alcohol burn and more dark fruit flavors would have ramped this up considerably. Still a very solid offering for the style. I'll have it again for sure.

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Photo of DonIII
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bogdawg
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morebeergood
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stud122433
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8ish year old 12oz bottle into a snifter appears hazy mahogany with a khaki cap thats quick to fade leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is toasty malt overtop raisony fruitiness. Sherry and vinous appeal fills out the rest of the nose.

Taste is caramel malt, toast and raisons before a hefty waft of solvent alcohol and mealy almost rusty feel of minerals. As it warms up, it gets a bit vinous feeling.

Light in body, light carbonation. A decent brew but perhaps ive let this one go too long.

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Photo of Timtac
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moradin
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Caramel and dried cherries. Alcohol is well hidden. Good mouthfeel with lasting molasses sweetness and dried dark fruits

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Murky deep rust color; lots of sediment floating around.

Thin offwhite head; no lace.

Nose is of subtle, sweet caramel.

Thick mouthfeel.

Taste of artisan candy; sweet but not cloying. Booze is present but palatable. As it warms this becomes more delicious & subtle. A nice beer for dessert.

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Photo of Benish
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidSwords1201
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robebo44
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Muss42
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Marraybay
2.1/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Yuck: Not a fan. Pours a cloudy amber cider-esque color, with little to no head. Very little carbonation. The nose is syrupy-sweet vinous fruit and alcohol and the taste follows suit in onenote. Desperately cries for some counterbalancing citrus bitterness, but there's none to be had. Almost comes off literally as wine not beer. Couldn't finish the pour.

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Photo of chiefz1
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SawDog505
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass bottled on 8/17/16. Pours a very attractive murky deep amber, with a solid one inch off white head.

Smell is dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, booze, and bubblegum.

Taste follows toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruit, bubblegum, and some hints of boooze.

Mouthfeel is a little less than medium, very mild carbonation, a little dry, and a sipper that goes down pretty easy.

Overall this is a very solid English Barleywine. Drinks like a strong ale.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This barley wine pours a deep, dark red with a very thin foamy white head. The smell is pretty sweet with some mild dark fruit notes and an obvious alcohol scent (it is 11% alcohol), like most barley wines. The flavor is extremely strong, like basically all barley wines that I’ve tried. There are very strong and complex fruit notes with dates, raisins, grapes, and apples being most prominent in that order. One criticism though would be that they are a bit artificial and a little cloying. There is a sweet burnt sugar flavor as well. In the aftertaste some mild bitterness as well as a noticeable alcohol flavor take over. The body is on the high end of medium. This is definitely a bold fruit-oriented barley wine with some aspects reminiscent of a Belgian Quad, while still maintaining a clear barley wine identity. Barley wines are a pretty diverse style, and I also don’t drink them frequently, so I have some trouble identifying what the status quo is. To my tastes though this is a decent example and I feel that it is underrated. To be fair I agree with most that it is a big, heavy handed beer, but I kind of like that sometimes.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I'd try it because I like a lot of their brews. This is, for my tastes, OK. Certainly not even close to bad but just OK. I'm glad I tried it but most likely would not buy it again. A little sweet for me.

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Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 52.4% out of 100 with 2,192 ratings
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