Saturday, January 2, 2016

Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20Chad9976 (1531) - Orlando, 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 they’ve got so much malt and hops that they create for big flavors which more often than not are pretty delectable. That’s why Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot is a little disappointing as it’s not quite the robust, complex example so many of the style tend to be. It’s big and pretty tasty, but it’s 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 “mild” to describe the palette of this beer – 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, that’s not to say it’s exploding with [great] taste. Not surprisingly, there’s a strong surge of malty sweetness; plenty of treacle and toffee (which mostly emerge on the backend), but that’s 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 it’s 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, it’s 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