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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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2,124 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,124
Reviews: 882
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 196
Gots: 445 | FT: 23
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: 2,124 | Reviews: 882
Photo of tommy5
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pagriley
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheTaylorman
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ycallacy
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

perhaps as much oak on this beer as on any i have ever had. its really good, a lot better than it looks. almost milky super cloudy yeasty in the glass without much head at all. the smell is way more oak than bourbon, although i do get some vanilla notes and some sweetness. the grain is pretty straight forward, caramelized long boil sweet wort aromas, dried dates, english ale yeast. the flavor is a lot like the nose, just a little less intense ont the wood. the sweetness of the malt is much more pronounced, marshmallow and coconut notes come in, nutty for a second, but quite sweet, candy like for awhile, and then the wood. weird to think about drinking a solid object, like a tree trunk, but thats how this beer feels to me. its yeast too, but not overly so, it gets boozy as it warms, but i think this is pretty excellent barleywine. a great example of the style, and unique enough to stand out. thanks to thebrewo for leaving this one at my house!

Photo of Nctide
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a persistent white head. Smells of vanilla and bourbon. The taste is really enjoyable with a nice transition from the malts to bourbon to a not-overbearing alcohol burn on the finish.
Well done. This one is remarkably smooth for the high abv. I haven't had a beer quite like it. The barrel aging seems to take a bit of the edge off the barley wine. I will be going back for more.

Photo of Robdiesel21
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium copper-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of honey colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and oak with lighter aromas of brown sugar and toffee malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toffee and caramel malts with moderate amounts of brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Much easier to drink than I expected for the style and strength of this beer... Very enjoyable with really nice bourbon barrel flavors and aromas.

Photo of mccorvey
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of curlybird
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber with thin cream colored head. Malty aroma, slightly nutty and fruity. White grape/ apricot taste with boozy finish. This is an ok beer but nothing special.

Photo of Rizzy17
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PanPan220
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of gearbike
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trombone69
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I split one with a buddy. He hated it. But I liked it. A lot.

Photo of 1424IpA
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of trdtercel92
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delta490
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cloudy copper with a thinner light tan head that burns off relatively quickly. A little bit hangs on to leave some small soapy lacing. The aroma takes some time to open up, bringing out the deep malts and dark fruit notes and just a hint of vanillin. The body, though, brings the oak-aging upfront, backed up by the caramel and fruit sweetness. The oak isn't overwhelming, but it is the first thing I taste. The body has a nice thickness to it with a nice smooth finish.

Photo of terpdog
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDHopster
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery bronze with quick fading head little lacing. Served in a Unibroue flute. Smoky oak, vanilla, and caramel nose highlight bourbon cask. Lasting vanilla oak aftertaste. Mild alcohol burn given ABV. Got to get some more to cellar, drink by date 4 years after bottling

Photo of JDAGZ84
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bartos
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of astronautjones
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,124 ratings.