Thursday, November 12, 2015

Blithering Idiot Barleywine (review)

Beer Review #58

About a month ago, for Beer Review #49 I took a look at Uinta Anniversary Barley Wine. It was my first time tasting a Barley Wine. A couple of reviews later I had my first beer from Easton Pa based Weyerbacher Brewing Company. For my 58th review I'm returning to Wyerbacher, this time checking out their Blithering Idiot Barleywine, my second foray into this style of strong ale.

Recently I've been drinking and reviewing stouts, exclusively, so its interesting to dial back the dark chocolate and roasted coffee notes of such often pitch black beers to wrap my lips around something equally strong in alcohol content (11.1%ABV) - but dark copper / Mohogany in hue, and far sweeter on the tongue.

According to the brewer, Blithering Idiot is made in the "British tradition of balanced, hearty ales." Purportedly, American examples of the style tend to be more hoppy, thanks to the higher alpha acid hops grown on these shores, but without more experience I cannot say for sure.

That said, I'm not sure I'd describe the taste of Blithering Idiot to be particularly "balanced." To these taste buds, it leans a bit toward the sweet side, and the 34IBU's seems to confirm that. But I wouldn't necessarily call this a negative. This is a big, smooth, warming beer ideal for the winter months ahead. If you don't like porters and stouts (or even if you do), this is a great, palatable alternative to IPA's and lagers when the mercury drops.

Fruity aroma and alcohol - aptly somewhat like a red wine. Some caramel also.Taste: raisins, light caramel, alcohol warmth.

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