Wednesday, 7:42pm. I find myself watching TV. The smell of meat being BBQed somewhere in my neighborhood is wafting through my screen door. I find myself pouring a Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot. It’s a barley wine style ale. Ninjas are visible, creeping through the branches of the the trees outside my window.
OK…that last part was made up. Ninjas rule though.
I picked up this Weyerbacher brew on a recommendation from a twitter beer buddy. I’ve had a handful of barley wines lately, so I’m hoping my frame of reference is getting better.
I’ve been spending too much time (and money) at the liquor store lately, so this bottle is only 12oz. At 11.1% ABV, I’m OK with the size of the beer. There was very little head. I think I’m head-greedy, as regardless of the beer, I find myself always expecting more. Color is a dark burnt-orange (almost red).
The second I poured the beer, I could smell banana. First taste, I get the same. Not overpowering at all mind you. Banana isn’t the only flavor, but it is the most prominent for me, and I can’t label the rest of the flavor. Damn newbie tongue! The flavors are sweet throughout, mouthfeel smooth throughout. You pick up noticeable alcohol flavor at the finish. A warming sensation hangs in the back of the throat thereafter.
I can’t believe how unbelievably easy Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot goes down!!! Of the 4-5 barley wines I have recently tried, I’ve found they fall into two categories: strong wine glass sippers, and strong fruity deliciousers (that’s another made-up word for those of you now keeping track). I’m glad that the Weyerbacher was recommended to me. It’s definitely in the latter category. I see much more of this beer in my future.
Linky to: Weyerbacher website