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RATINGS: 1398   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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3.4
ChadPolenz (1804) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Barleywine is a fairly idiot-proof style (pun intended). In fact, big beers in general tend to be good because theyíve got so much malt and hops that they create for big flavors which more often than not are pretty delectable. Thatís why Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot is a little disappointing as itís not quite the robust, complex example so many of the style tend to be. Itís big and pretty tasty, but itís lacking in certain areas.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 4/29/2015 and cost $4.39 ($0.37 per ounce).

Appearance: Sangria or fruit punch-like burgundy red. Dark in color, though somewhat transparent with particulates floating in suspension. Pours to a nominal, off-white, foamy head which evaporates quickly and completely (disappointing).

Smell: Plenty of sweet British-style maltiness which in turn creates for fruity notes. Though, oddly enough, the nose is rather restrained. Alcohol is present, but not distracting.

Taste: I would not use the term ďmildĒ to describe the palette of this beer Ė at least not as a whole. Sure some of the individual flavors are more reserved than others, but the beer in and of itself is not mild. However, thatís not to say itís exploding with [great] taste. Not surprisingly, thereís a strong surge of malty sweetness; plenty of treacle and toffee (which mostly emerge on the backend), but thatís about it. Perhaps a slight dark fruit and vinous character to the palette, but nothing that really stands out and is impressive. The alcohol also plays a prominent role and gives it a rather harsh, liquor-like sensation. Hops are reserved and may have faded already. Not that this is the kind of beer you drink for balance anyway. Overall itís tasty and satisfying, but it could and should be much better.

Drinkability: I knew what I was getting into with Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot when I saw the 11.1% ABV on the label. It definitely has the body of something that big. The mouthfeel is noticeably thick, syrupy, and low in carbonation. Alcohol comes through in a strong warming sensation. In fact, itís pretty hot and slick at first, but seems to homogenize eventually. It also hits me pretty quickly which is surprising considering how much relative age the bottle had on it at the time.

RATING: 6/10

3.2
c0fein (646) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2015
335ml bottle @ Kokkipojat. Thanks aQ!

Dark rusty colour with no head. Alcohol, plum, dark fruits, malty. strong stuff. OK.

4.3
ShivanDragon (4086) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2015
schenkt mooi helder koperrood met lichte co2, zonder kraag. aroma van graan, redelijk zoet, alcohol, moutig, prima.... smaken zwaar zoet, stevig alcoholisch, geen vervelende bitterheid... en het begint mij nu al te bevallen... donker overrijp fruit (rozijn, pruim), carmel, redelijke body, zacht en glad/romig van textuur, lage co2. iets scherp alcoholisch maar verder f..king nice...

3.5
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2015
bottle - Pours dark brown with a small head and smells of caramel and bready malts and dark fruit. It tastes very sweet. A little dark fruit is noticeable. Itís full bodied and good though a bit too sweet for my tastes. The alcohol is mostly buried by the heavy malt sweetness, but perhaps the name "blithering idiot" is a warning of what happens to you if you fail to respect the 11% abv.

3.2
kingaugusta (270) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Pours a deep reddish-brown with a quick off-white head. Nose is boozy and sugary. Flavor is very bready with a good flash of booze and just a touch of fruit and hops. Finish is long and a little sticky. Definitely a barley wine, and hardly the best out there, though not bad overall.

4
Superbeero (10) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Look : Toffee caramel colored body; 90% opaque; head is fleeting but 2 fingers initially. Mild lace left. Aroma : Lots of fermentation and alcohol. You can tell this beer is meant to wreck you. Notes of cherry, currant, fig, and plum swirl around in the snifter. Taste : Um...in your face??? A fig/cherry punch to the palate comes first, followed by furious destructive carbonation, a wall of alcohol burn, and finally a dry, figgy finish. Feel : Medium bodied, dry leathery feel throughout, alcohol burn very apparent. I could be sipping Vodka for all I know. Overall : Not for the faint of heart. This beer will kill you if you arenít careful. Super powerful, super rich, very fig-cherry-like. Iíd have it again, but damn this is going to leave me sprawled on the floor.

3.6
Boxereddy (479) - BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2015
Robijnzwart bier met een kleine witte schuimkraag die snel verdwean. Lichte rozijnengeur in de neus met zoete appels en zoete cacao. De smaak volgde de neus met rozijnen. De afdronk was licht kleverig. Een echte Barley Wine!

3.6
Maarten1993 (1235) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2015
Drank with TImon 27-10-2015 at my place. Good, rich beer. Like the Barleywine profile. Only, a bit unbalanced, too sugary.

4.2
TorbenJensen (1517) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2015
This US barley having a thin foam layer. It is unfiltered and draws fine lace in the glass. The aroma is of fresh summer berries and caramel. The taste is plum, peach and black currant. Highly potent and long-lasting fullness with a high vinousity. Little alcoholic aftertaste and a little tingling in the mouth because of its high alcoholic content. Incredibly good barley - just as I like it.

3.7
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Born on date of 03/15/20 and a best by date of 03/20/20. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking black color with a thin rim of a white foamy head that quickly dissipated. There wasnít any lacing. The smell started off with light raisins, sweet apples, a little bit of roastiness, and sweet cocoa. Thereís a light breadiness rolling into blend nicely. The taste mainly copies the aroma and adds a bit more of the breadiness and raisin in the aftertaste. Thereís a slight sticky little finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation rides super low allowing the stickiness to dampen my tongue nicely. Overall, this is a good English barleywine. There really isnít that normal "tobacco" back up in the aroma, still, I liked it for me. Iíd have it again.


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