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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,061 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,061
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 195
Gots: 417 | FT: 20
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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4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark copper/amber color with 1 finger, off-white head.

S - Good amounts of dark fruits, raisins, some booze, vanilla, and oak. Even a touch of black licorice present. Very nice.

T - Taste starts very earthy and oaky, before fading into a lot of that dark fruit, some bananas, molasses. Finishes with a bit of bitter hops and another kick of black licorice.

M - A bit drying, but smooth. Booziness surprisingly holds up well at such a high ABV.

Overall - I was very impressed here. This is a solid brew by Weyerbacher. Nothing too overpowering, surprisingly balanced. Tasty brew.

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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Insanity pours a cloudy dark copper color with a small white lacing head. There is a nice earthy aroma, a bit boozy, but doesn't have a burn like other barlywines or beers this strong. There is a strong oakey earthy flavor, with a mellow grapey undertone. Not incredibly overpowering, has a nice smooth flavor but it is boozy. Overall a very nice aged barleywine, a drinkable one.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color with some honey brown notes with a lot of sediment floating around. Small head, not even half a finger after a medium-hard pour but it sticks around for a while as a thin sea foamy cap. The aroma is boozy for sure, in a pleasant oaky port kind of way. Definitely lots of toasted caramel malt in the mix, combining with the woody oakiness to make for a nice rounded boozy aroma. Subtle notes of dark fruits make their way through as well. Complex nose, very pleasant.

This is a big beer and it lets you know it from the first sip, and it is a sipper indeed. It has a boozy burn reminiscent of whiskey. This booziness mingles effortlessly with the oak just like a good whiskey does, curbing the burn and bringing out nice woody characteristics. Even with the high ABV, it retains a good amount of body that makes sure the mouthfeel never feels watery like whiskey. What makes this beer so good is that it has these whiskey, boozy, woody qualities but still has other complexities that form this into one very balanced barleywine. The fruity notes are very subtle, but spot on in that they give a sweetness amongst the burn. The toastiness of the malts is almnost forgotten amongst the wood, but it actually makes for a great backing flavor that acts as a canvas for the rest of the flavors.

Overall this is a very good beer. Its big and boozy so you have to be into those styles, but it is worth it if you are. Definitely glad I picked this up.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle thanks to kiel fisher!

a - very calm pour, w/ slightest hint of head along the cirumference of my delirium tremens glass.... a hearty reddish-brown coloring that is quite inviting

s - sweet notes on the nose... some vanilla from the oak? candy-caramel mixture with some toffee touches hidden... quite nice!

t - pretty balanced beer, yet quite complex on the palate... a blend of sweetness along with a malty backbone, heat throughout - yet very smooth..nothing harsh here..dark dried fruits, caramel/toffee and slightest vanilla... chest is still warm minutes after a sip...

m - smooth, soft and yet - leaving a long, warm lasting impression somewhat similar to that of a bourbon...

o - damn good barley wine! Thanks a lot!

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep, dark amber tone with a touch of haze; yields a 3/4" foamy, khaki-colored head that doesn't stick around too long. not surprising given the style and strength... patchy lacing. nose is right in line with what i typically expect from an english barleywine: sweet, highly malt-forward with a perceptible alcohol presence. secondary notes here are of dark fruits, oak, and a touch of bourbon.

aroma profile pulls through in the flavor with no big surprises. malty, a bit woody with the dark fruit, bourbon, booze all there. finish is boozy. definitely a very tasty EBW. alcohol could be a little better hidden but otherwise this is excellent. medium-full mouthfeel with just below average carbonation.

overall this is a great beer, embodying most of what i look for in an EBW. on a side note, i think my preference is beginning to swing back to the american version of the style. regardless, so far i've been impressed with what weyerbacher brings to the table with their barleywines (or most beers, for that matter).

originally reviewed: 04-12-2011

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4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i dont know how to describe the color of this drink, it all depends on which angle i look at it from. the are hues of red, orange, pink, copper and bronze. a thin sand colored head quickly disappeared leaving a very still body. huge rum and bourbon aromas fill the room as it sits and warms. my tastebuds are greeted by vanilla and caramel with a big sugary punch. there is a nice oak presence that helps to smooth the rough edges of the high abv. mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. i would say they nailed the carbonation level in this one. my belly and throat are now officially warmed thanks to weyerbacher and laxer8811!

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4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden-red-copper with .25 finger of less-than-bubbly dark eggshell color head on top. The foam was actually better than I expected. The beauty here, though, is in the body. Wow, what complexity. Dark colors at the top of the glass that get subtly lighter. Little pieces of sediment swimming around. It's really beautiful. Truly.

S: Some Hoppiness. Caramel. Toffee. Vanilla. Actually getting a flash of candied-earthy-vanilla. Really is very nice -- that candied vanilla aroma is addicting.

T: Wow -- just wow. Full disclosure. This is my first bourbon-barrelled anything. This is so amazing. There's a lot going on. A beautiful balanced complexity. As you hold the beer in your mouth you get a wash of vanilla-caramel, which is followed by a sweet malt almost-citrus-spice flavor before a nice blast of warm bourbon. Super tasty. Perfect.

M: A semi-syrupy, lightly carbonated smooth and creamy brew. Not much chewiness to it. Can't say enough about the smooth character of this brew. You would think the beer would cut a bit, but not at all. Another really good characteristic.

O: This beer is so close to perfect that it's not even funny. My expectations were tempered before drinking this, and it blew them into another world. Why is this the first time I'm trying a beer mixed with bourbon. It's incredible -- this is the standard for me. Fabulous.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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