Beer Type: Barleywine Ale ABV: 11.1% IBUs: 34 Tried from bottle.
Their Description: “Blithering Idiot, 11.1% ABV, is brewed in the British tradition of balanced, hearty ales. It’s a deep-copper ale with notes of date and fig. 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.”
The Reality: It has a deep-copper color, as described, with virtually no head and an aroma of malt and dark fruit. The flavor profile is exactly what they said, hearty malty sweetness with notes of date and fig. I also detected some tones of raisin and caramel. The finish has an almost wine tannin quality with slight bitterness that balances this beer at the end. This beer is smooth, drinks fairly heavy and has very low carbonation.
Final Verdict: There may be a jester on the label, but these guys aren’t fooling around. Barleywine style ales are very hit-and-miss for me, but I really enjoyed this one. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the type of beer that your going to want to pound a six-pack of while watching the game or while down at the beach. It’s a beer that is meant to be savored, maybe paired with “full-flavored meats and cheeses or as an after dinner drink”, as they suggest. As long as you know this beer’s place, you won’t be disappointed. If you choose to drink it at while playing volleyball at a 4th of July cookout on a 97 degree day, who’s the Blithering Idiot then?