Description:"Our barleywine is made in the British tradition of balanced hearty ales. Blithering Idiot is a deep-copper ale with intense malty notes of dates and figs on the palate that follows a pleasurably malty aroma to your taste buds. The finish is warm and fruity, and begs for the next sip. Enjoy Blithering Idiot in a brandy snifter or wine glass with full-flavored meats and cheeses, or as an after-dinner drink. Lay a few down. Aging only helps a barleywine develop more complexity. At 11.1% ABV this fine ale will keep for years. We feel comfortable setting our “Best By” date out to five years past the bottling date." — Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
The tasting: Copper in color (hazy) with a white head that quickly dissipated into a small ring around the glass. Big fruity aroma of plum, raisins, and dates, along with brown sugar and alcohol. The strong fruits dominate the flavor and don't allow the malts to come through. I've heard people use the words "bubble gum" as a flavor descriptor. I've never experienced that flavor until now. This beer has a slight bubble gum sweetness to it. I didn't notice the hops in aroma or flavor. The 11.1% ABV is prominent throughout, but not as strong as I expected it to be. Medium to heavy in body, it's lightly carbonated and has a creamy mouth feel. If finishes with flavors of dried fruit and alcohol.
Rating: 3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me. I liked Blithering Idiot, but found it to be one dimensional. I didn't experience the layering of flavors that I've tasted in other Barleywines. I'm curious to see how it would age, and if I had an extra bottle I'd cellar it and taste it again after a year or two.
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