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RATINGS: 1386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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At Weyerbacher, we prefer to brew things true to European style guidelines, so our barley wine is definitely on the malty side, without being overly sweet. Notes of date or perhaps fig on the palate follow a pleasurably malty aroma to your taste buds. The finish is warm and fruity, and begs for the next sip.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle that’s been aged 4 years. Pours amber brown with thin white head with good retention. Aroma is dark fruit. Flavor is ripened dark fruit. Solid.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linnet (1653) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2016
caramel, coffee, alcohol, nuts, earthy, grass, citrus, herbs. Deep amber colour, small off-white head. Noticable bite, heavy sweetness, lightly salty, ABV evident, slightly boozy. Caramel and toffee dominate. Fullbodied, sticky feel, soft carbonation, sweet and warming finish. Solid, would have liked a more complex hop character to give an even higher mark.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ozzy70 (690) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 7, 2016
12 oz. bottle from Brix, west Omaha location. Pours light mahogany, foamy off white head. Aroma was figs, raisin, sweet malt. Taste was alcohol, sweeter, fig, raisin.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SVD (1406) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2016
Bottle at home, brown amber beer, small head. Aroma is malt, caramel, dark fruit. Taste is malt, caramel, some dark fruit. Alcohol is noticeable. quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (1187) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2016
12 oz bottle pours an almost clear mahogany/amber with small off-white head that leaves little lacing. Aroma has caramel, cherry, raisins, and other dark fruits. Taste is slightly bitter at first, with a sweet middle and a slightly boozy finish. Body is medium with average carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. This is not a harsh barleywine at all, but there’s a lot going on here. It’s a sipper for sure, otherwise a few would make me a blithering idiot.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flatearthman (28) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Slight grassy nose and pours amber with a lacey head. Front pallet has a slightly bitter but Barley Wine sweetness mostly from the malt. Difficult to discern a specific fruit taste. ALC content gives a nice warming fell at the back pallet. Finishes with a slight saliva forming sweetness that true to the company’s advertising, does make one enjoy another sip.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
eaglebones (104) - Michigan, USA - FEB 29, 2016
Bottle. Cloudy amber with medium beige head. Aroma is like apple cider and caramel. Sweet, fruity flavor (hints of cherry and dates). Medium body and carbonation and the alcohol warms the throat. Nice end to a chilly winter evening.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (1729) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Pours a dark amber color with a cream colored head. Aroma is caramel, boozy, raisins, and circus peanuts. Flavor is toasted malt, caramel, and toffee up front with dried dates, figs, pears and golden raisins. Fruity, boozy finish. Really nice brew. Aroma doesn’t do much for me but the flavor is very complex.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsporrer (623) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Pours a cloudy deep caramel brown color, like iced tea, with a thin tan ring. Medium carbonation and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel toffee and a hint of vanilla and a big warm finish. Alcohol is prominent but not harsh. Most of the heat stays on the palate and not in your throat.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MetalNHopHead (1329) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 19, 2016
An English style Barleywine at its core, Blithering Idiot doesn’t come on hot and heavy like some of these brews. The alcohol heat is hidden pretty cleverly. It’s definitely not an aggressive Barleywine in terms of hops. Flavors center on butterscotch, caramel, syrup, and succulent fruit with hints of buttery chocolate. Feel is exceptionally smooth. Very little head with the pour, and the aroma is mild and malty. You wouldn’t expect the 11.1%. A few of these could most certainly reduce you to a blithering idiot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrownALEx (415) - Portland, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Dark fruit and malt dominant the nose. Deep, dark maroon pour with a thin head. Taste takes over where the nose leaves off, more dark fruit and malt. Booze also is noticeable, nice alcohol burn here. Palate is thick and lingers. Overall, a wonderful beer to sip on. Must try.


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