Sunday, May 4, 2014

By the time I finished the bottle I was loving Weyerbacher's Blithering Idiot, a very strong barley wine. It pours a bright, copper color, the little bit of foam fades quickly, and there’s no lace. The aroma is herbs and sweet tones, apples, molasses. The flavor is not overly sweet. It’s very malty, very boozy, but not extremely hot. In fact, the 11+% ABV is buried under the richness. Not as viscous as some barley wines can be, which is a plus from my perspective.

I'm not surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did. The oak aged version is called Insanity, and that is a favorite of mine. This version without the oak didn't quite sweep me off my feet like the barreled version does, but it is still damn fine.

By the way, this review levels me up at RateBeer.com. I've been reviewing beer there for a couple of years, since before I started this blog. As of this review, I have reviewed 500 beers at that site.