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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,964 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,964
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 188
Gots: 354 | FT: 16
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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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into small snifter.

Ruby-red and clear-ish. Decent head and some lacing.

Smells of sweet toffee, wood, alcohol.

Flavor is toffee, light caramel, oak, vanilla, light bourbon. Nice barrel notes atop a sweet barleywine. ABV carries a punch, but I it's not overstated given the 11.1 percent ABV. Definitely a sipper.

Medium mouthfeel. Decently creamy but not too hefty.

Not the best barrel-aged barleywine I've had, but a very decent and affordable one.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark burnt red-orange. Very cloudy. Not much head. Looks nice and inviting.

S - Nice and sweet. Figs and a malty, juicy caramel smell. Not overly so. Very good.

T - I get a hint of alcohol right at the beginning, it is covered up quite well by the figs, some barrel, and lots of sweetness. The sweetness is by no means overwhelming. This is really, really nice!

M - Decently carbonated. Not to syrupy. Above average for the style.

O - This was a really good beer. It beats out Central Waters bbbw for me (but not by much). The 11.1% abv is hidden well, and I think the amount of barrel in this one is just about perfect. The only aspect keeping me from giving this a 4.5 is the balance... maybe a few more months of age would have roughed the subtle edges.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Sent to me by JZeilinger (2012 bottle).

A: Pours a murky light brownish-ruby with a nice light brown head. Although there's almost no retention or lacing due to the alcohol, the color on this brew is really nice.

S: Very nice English nose. Sticky pineapple, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, with solvent alcohol underneath. A trace of wood. Smooth but pungent.

T: Follows the nose with big notes of pineapple, vanilla, molasses and toffee, marshmallow, some darker fruits like plum and raisin, coconut, some alcoholic spice. A bit of a dank hop bite in the finish, with some bourbon, wood, and more big vanilla lingering.

M: Full-bodied, a little syrupy but not too much.

O: This stuff is insanely drinkable, with the alcohol incredibly well-integrated and subtle. The barrel's influence puts a huge amount of vanilla into the mix, which compliments the malt profile nicely. Delicious.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Weyerbacher Insanity. Fresh bottle, less than a month old.

I'm pulling out my brand new (well, I bought it used) EKU 28 snifter glass for this one.

Wow! What great carbonation in this fresh bottle! A wonderful whipped foam topping that never wants to leave. It was easy to get over a finger on a slow pour. Hundreds of thousands of tiny bubbles are surging to the surface supporting retention. And, the lace is creamy and elegant. Nice clarity in a garnet-hued body. Quite possibly the best looking English Barleywine I've ever seen. 5.0

A light sweet, almost Irish whiskey is one of the top layers in the nose. Woody and dark fruit malty with a deep undercurrent of brown sugar, caramel, and creme brulee. This is only the second time for me having this beer, and the last time, the bottle was a year old. This is an entirely different brew fresh. There's even a minor hop note that mixes earthy tones with the huge maltiness and fresh bottle booze character. 4.0

Damn, that's one tasty barleywine. I can more distinctly taste a marriage of Blithering Idiot, whiskey, and oak barrel aging. Definitely big with the alcohol, where one might be able to burp some serious fumes. Hard candy, dried fig, sweet vermouth, earthy hops, whiskey, grape must, brown sugar, dessert wine, toffee, plum, and milk chocolate. Smidge of bubble gum/tutti frutti in the finish. This is phenomenal with some age on it, but this fresh bottle is still unreal good. 4.25

I'm gonna let the wicked strength beat up on the feel a little bit. However, great carbonation. And, a milky body that fills the mouth. A bit of sugar stick. A surefire sipper and warmer. 3.5

One of my favorite Pennsylvanian beers. Proud to share a commonwealth with this brewery. A vast improvement on Blithering Idiot. Big beer that keeps the flavor big, as well. 4.5

Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,964 ratings.