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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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1,690 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1690
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%


Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A bourbon barrel-aged English-style Barleywine.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2004)
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip-wine glass. Split between my uncle and me.

A: Pours a lovely ruby-mahogany color. There is a light tan head which quickly fades to nothing. No lacing.

S: Smells very sweet. Raisin and fig are prominent. Maybe even a little bit of prune. Toffee is also strong with a touch of oak and vanilla.

T: Oak and vanilla are prominent, but followed very closely in intensity by the fruit flavors. Raisin and fig are very potent flavors here. The oak provides a little bit of smokiness. A hint of bourbon comes through mostly in the aftertaste, providing a little bit of alcohol heat. A mild bite of pine gives some bitterness that cuts the sweetness and complements the alcohol.

M: Medium-thick and very sticky. Next to no carbonation.

O: Nice barley wine. Very sweet, almost reminiscent of a doppelbock. Potent flavors but it could have more depth.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:02:55 | More by WankelEngine
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4/3/2013
This was good, but . . . (see final paragraph for a disclaimer). From a bottle that was a little too cold, into a tulip glass. Certainly a classic looking pour. It was a lovely copper haze, with a soft slow head and surprisingly little lacing, even though one could see how sticky it was on the glass.

The aroma was somewhat of a disappointment. Even 15 minutes later when the 5 ounces in my glass had warmed 10°, the aroma was pretty complex, a little fruity, heavy sweet sugar and sulfur and cream.

In the mouth, Insanity does live up to its name, in at least its overall uncertainty -- it didn't seem to know if it wanted to be a landlord's refined butter or movie megaplex "butter flavor".

this review might unfairly be comparing to Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, which I'm drinking side-by-side with the Weyerbacher. The CW body was bigger and its flavor was more pride-worthy (dare I say 'majestic'?)
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UPDATE:
I'm having this again a year later. I'm having to downgrade my score from last year (4.45). A year ago, I had this brew side-by-side with Central Waters Brewers' Reserve BB Barley Wine. The Insanity is not even in the same ballpark as the CW. The Insanity has a metallic flavor that really kills the joy of a barrel-aged barley wine.

It's good, certainly. But not good enough to put in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 22:34:01 | More by martyl1000
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Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,690 ratings.