Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Review: Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot

Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot
11.1% ABV
Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Easton, PA
12 oz btl
Served in Dogfish Head Signature Glass
No date on bottle
Reviewed on 3/18/13

This barleywine pours a somewhat cloudy reddish amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly.  Moderate lacing.

Smell consists of malt, cherry, some alcohol, some hops, honey, syrupy sugar, a touch of maple.

Taste consists of quite sweet maltiness, cherry, honey, mild hops, hint of citrus, some maple, a bit like cough syrup, some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth, syrupy, a touch harsh on the palate but not overly so. Flavors are fairly well balanced.

Overall, this is a sweet, syrupy barleywine that has a decent flavor profile and comes across as fairly interesting.  A bit like DFH Olde School, a bit like Troegs Mad Elf.  The sweetness can be a touch cloying, perhaps riding the line but not going over.  Something different, for sure.

My score: 88

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