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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,684 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 1684
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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ksimons

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear brownish amber with a thin layer of cream lace on top

S-getting a lot of booze up front! Behind that is caramel malt, vanilla ,rum soaked raisins, and a bit of oak

T-the taste is also pretty bourbon heavy, but it's not overpowering and surprisingly not too hot. Caramel malt, vanilla, raisins, alcohol, and just the tiniest bit of hop bitterness.

M-medium body, syrupy, light to medium carbonation

Overall you can definitely taste the bourbon in this one, would be interesting to have with some age on it. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 21:53:09 | More by ksimons
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Smell is rich, malty, oak, raisins, with lighter notes of grape and floral. Balance is quite good.
Taste is equally rich, like Warren Buffett rich. Notes of malt, oak, smoke, raisin & dates, bourbon, with a faint floral presence. Balance is phenomenal.
Full bodied, light-ish, but tart, effervescence. Warming from the start, a serious sipping beer. I imagine this is the closest I'll get to an after-dinner whiskey. A truly amazing brew. Get one, or seven, and share with friends on a cold winter night and you will be very happy.

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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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Bottled 1/22/13.

Last one of a 4 pack night last year. I thought the first three consumed fresh were way too boozy for my liking. Aged the last one. Here goes.

Pours brownish orange, hazy. Slow decant pour to leave dregs in bottle left no head.

Aroma is bourbon whisky through and through. Maybe bubble gum like as well.

First taste is still almost like a shot of whisky to me. The year has subdued the booze some but it still the prevalent taste here. Some caramel like malts in the background and a little bit of sugary sweetness appears once past the initial booze bomb. Bourbon becomes tame as my palate gets used to it. Getting almost like a caramel candy apple like taste. Not much in the way of hops and little to no bitterness.

Low carb and moderate body. Fits the bill with this.

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Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,684 ratings.