Blithering Idiot | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,877
Reviews:
927
Ratings:
2,244
pDev:
14.99%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
446
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 2,244 |  Reviews: 927
Photo of Mikecd234
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dirtyharry2489
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 12/31/14-12/13/19 poured into a snifter
A: Opaque brown/red with a 1/2-finger head
S: Big, plum/prune/sweet/brown sugar/molasses, intense
T: Matches the nose. Sweet/dried fruits up front (plum/prune, adds figs) then dark sugary notes towards the finish
M: Full-bodied, quite sweet, a bit of booze
O: The nose is complex but makes it appear as though this will be too sweet. That doesn't come through on the palate. Full-bodied and sweet, yes, but overall mostly balanced (this bottle has some age) and a tasty barleywine

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Photo of golf4collet
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DruC4
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jrosso
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furley80
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AJmon13
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very very underrated beer. Such a great Barleywine

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Photo of Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2017-12-26 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottled on 2017-11-05.

A - Clear ruby with a very short tan head and minimal lace

S - Cherries, raisins, apples, mildly roasted grain, potpourri. Pleasant but not very strong.

T - Short blast of alcohol, then figs, cherries, raisins, molasses, earthy spice, mild-medium roasted grain, light touch of rye/pepper and no tobacco/peat, which can be pleasant in a Barleywine. Mild-moderate bitterness in the finish. Not overly-sweet. Certainly an English, not an American Barleywine.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth, somewhat-sticky.

O - A very enjoyable, balanced, English Barleywine. Not in the same upper-echelon as my favorite, Firestone Walker's Sucaba; but that's expensive and not even made every year. Glad this is made year-round here in Pennsylvania!

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Photo of Eddieeight
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cider in color, a murky brown Amber that appears a bit cloudy.
Smells sweet and sugary
Taste is also sweet with hints of raisin and fig. The alcohol is high at 11% and it comes through on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.
Overall a tasty barleywine, although I prefer weyerbachers insanity, which is barleywine aged in oak barrels.

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Photo of christimm
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anthony-s
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of von_kaiser
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flyersfan900
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bajdog
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scream
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ratings for this are all over the place. Here is mine-

Look-Deep copper almost bronze color 4.5

Smell- Decent but nothing extraordinary 4

Taste- Very nice, quite enjoyable 4.25

Feel- To me this was the low point, a bit heavy on the carbonation for the style imo 4

Overall-I like it and would buy again 4.25

I like barleywines and while there may be better I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of SonnieJ
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting Barleywine Ale. Love the fruity notes at the beginning and dry rye-like taste at the end of each drink.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Burkbom23
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of davisrin
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Interesting! It's been a few years since I've had a barleywine. This was a nice pour, small head that faded quickly, and a burst of sparkling carbonation across my tongue when I took that first sip. Nicely sweet malt, good aftertaste. I didn't feel like I was drinking something with such high ABV, but I do feel it now that I've finished the glass. I'm sure I'll buy it again.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Blithering Idiot from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,244 ratings