Blithering Idiot is an English-style Barleywine brewed by Weyerbacher Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.
The Barleywine pours a clear dark amber that glows a bright ruby when held to the light. It’s topped by a finger-thick cap of frothy cream-colored foam that vanishes almost immediately. The reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue.
The aroma is somewhat vinous mixed with black cherry.
The palate begins with a taste of bready malt that lightly bitters with earthy hops, peppery spice, and a blast of booze. Finishes with sweet flavors of marmalade, fig, cherry, cola, brown sugar, and toffee.
Its feel is smooth, chewy, and coats the mouth with its full body and less-than-moderate carbonation. Finishes dryly with a moderate warming sensation.
The appearance shows nice clarity and its poor head retention is common with the style. The aroma isn’t persistent but it is pleasant. This particular bottle was aged six months and while the booze isn’t harsh, it’s certainly noticeable. Regardless, its feel is right in line with expectations and supports its robust palate nicely. And speaking of palate, this one is delightful. It’s complex and sweet with just enough balance to keep it honest. Blithering Idiot is quite easy to tilt back and if you’re not careful, you’re likely to become one.
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