Pours cloudy with minimal tan foam. Staying power is actually good for the amount of foam. Lacing is loose and juicy, quickly seeking back to level.
Aroma immediately has a bit of harsh alcohol which wears off quickly. Surprised based on the age. Dark fruits and sweetness are strong. Candy sugar, almost Belgian in type, is prevalent.
Taste doesn't have the heat like the aroma. Sweet, dark fruits, and a candy element that I can't figure out. No bitterness but something balances the sweet.
Medium body (thought it would be bigger) with a spritzy carbonation that lingered, strange. Late alcohol, long after the swallow but minor.
Maybe a touch too uninteresting in the taste. Nothing really made me excited, unfortunately. Curious as to what more aging would do here. A good offering: I think their Insanity is much better but this is offered year round. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Monday, August 15, 2011 at 20:06:38
Tasted: Monday, August 15, 2011
$0.00 for 12 oz. bottle
One fine body…
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. This wonderful brew is available year-round.