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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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2,003 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,003
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 191
Gots: 373 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2004

A bourbon barrel-aged English-style Barleywine.
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Ratings: 2,003 | Reviews: 854 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mquinn919
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SteveB3014
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lipsntoes
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bone53
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The pour results in a rich amber color with a two finger tan head

Smell: Dark fruit (rasisin,figs), caramel and toffee malt, bourbon, vanilla. Love the aromas im getting

Taste: I get more of the malt in the taste with a little of the dark fruit mentioned and a nice bourbon, vanilla undertone

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and pretty light for the style; Considering its 11.1%, its exremely smooth with not as much alcohol as expected, although aging would tone it down even more

Overall: Its hard not to like a barrel aged barelywine, and this is no exception. Reminds me a lot of Duclaw Hell on Wood which was the last barrel aged barleywine i rremember enjoying quite a bit. It has the caramel malts, dark fruit, and bourbon characteristics as expected in this style. During the winter months this is a winner for sure. Some aging and i could see this being world class

Photo of schimschim
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fellysmarts
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stomioka
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of njtmayhem
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Got this beer for the first time in a while. Forgot ho much I enjoyed it. Great drink for a cold night, or any night at that.

Photo of cosmicdebris
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't wait totry this again after a year of cellering

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Donco
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Given some of the reviews, I am pleasantly surprised. This is an above-average-not-quite top of the line English Barleywine. Very well balanced with a pleasing dark fruit and bourbon/oak flavor. Smooth and very drinkable. Recommended as one doesn't see too many of this variety in 12 oz. bottles.

Photo of punxsybob
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of floridadrift
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good for the buck! Weyerbacher is much like Clown Shoes in their beers.

Photo of blairdils
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of adk6968
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dylan_TBB
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 edition, 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep mahogany color, speckled with red and orange highlights, and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that almost immediately dissolve away into nothing.

Aroma: Very aromatic with strong aromas of toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted English muffins, followed by some notes of candied sugar, toffee, maple syrup, dried stone fruit such as raisins, figs, prunes, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon and oak.

Taste: Absolutely delicious! Strong notes of toasted malt up front, immediately followed by flavors of dried stone fruit, candied sugar, and a lot of maple syrup-like sweetness, some vanilla an caramel, toffee, and slightly bitter notes of bourbon and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly chewy and very, very smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 11.1%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow, what an excellent barleywine! Weyerbacher’s Blithering Idiot Barleywine is fantastic, but this is even better! The bourbon barrel-aging has really elevated the great Blithering Idiot into an absolutely excellent beer. I can’t wait to see what it is like with some age on it over the next few years.

Photo of LehighAce06
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tastesogood
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of uvachief
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass. This is strong ABV English Barley Wine but you would never know it by the taste. Hidden ridiculously well. You definitely taste the oak bourbon as well as malt, dark fruit like dates or prunes even and vanilla. Lighter and thinner that you would expect. Very smooth and mellow. Aftertaste is very subtle but mainly malt and dark fruit with a hint of bourbon. Just a hint though. Really smooth.

Photo of GreenMind
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SanFranJake
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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