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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,690 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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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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iwantmorehops

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Baconsausage for this one

Copper and golden around the edges with a nice little head, into a snifter, Insanity seems very inviting on sight alone. The head recedes rather quickly into a ring, but the aroma that follows is just wonderful. The bourbon blends into the malty backbone of this beer in a way that really reminds me of a pina colada. Its vanilla/coconut with a little pineapple some caramel and some booze. I've notice this same smell in Curieux, and its a mix I really enjoy. This beer tastes just wonderful, the malty sweetness of an aged barleywine goes very well with the bourbon/pina colada flavor. Its quite the sipper at 11% and you'll notice it, but the slick mouthfeel and the wonderful barrel flavor and smell will keep you coming back for more.

Another great beer that does not make it to VT. This is one I will really miss it once this glass is gone.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:16:27 | More by iwantmorehops
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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.

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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.