Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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4.47/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle, courtesy of Desaparecido, poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Edgar for sending this one my way. Insanity may be available locally, but not in singles, and I had literally no interest in buying a 4 pack.
Having not yet tried Blithering Idiot, I'm not quite sure what to expect from Insanity. I remember Old Heathen and Heresy being quite similar, but that wouldn't make a difference since I haven't had the standard barleywine. That said, I remember hearing/reading rave reviews from someone whose beer opinion I trust, though I can't remember who.
I have no idea how to describe the color of this beer...it sort of reminds me of that odd brownish color you get when you mix like 35 different crayons/markers. It's got all kinds of dark red, orange, amber, brown, etc etc. Red's the dominant color, so let's go with that. About a finger's width of creamy light tan foam. The head retains very well, thanks in large part to the seemingly endless supply of bubbles that rise to it. There's some spotty lacing attached to the glass.
The nose is dominated initially by bourbon. Beneath the sweet heat lie more sweet scents, like vanilla, sugar, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. A light, woody oak note rounds out a rather busy aroma.
I can't remember having a beer with such a big bourbon influence that wasn't boozy or hot. The bourbon/alcohol presence is certainly present, but without being overdone. That's very refreshing, as I've tasted far too many "big" beers that really disappointed me by being harshly alcoholic. So, we're already off to a good start here.
Now, it's impossible to open up a bourbon barrel aged English barleywine and not expect it to be sweet. Insanity certainly is sweet, but not insanely sweet. Dark fruits like figs and plums, along with the vanilla and sugar (which actually tastes a bit like coconut) and caramel/toffee. Lots of sweetness, but with a really nice, balancing woody and lightly bitter finish. This is a really, really nicely crafted beer.
This is a big-bodied beer, medium-full (if not full) body with very, very light carbonation. Very smooth and slick, without being syrupy. The texture combined with the lack of heat (aside from a slight warming in the throat) make Insanity a dangerously easy drinker. I can see this being one of those beers you keep ordering pints of at your favorite beer bar without slowing down, then suddenly can't stand up. It's intense without being menacing. An absolute joy to drink.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2010 01:35:58 | More by Gyle41386
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