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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,124 Ratings

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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
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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack of this at the store, I think this is a year old. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep, dark almost mahogany hue with a one finger light tan head that faded to leave a thin blanket and light side lacing.

S - Oh wow this is nice. Rich bourbon barrel notes with lots of vanilla and sweet, sweet malts. Slight toffee too.

T - Taste is very balanced. Not too much booze/bourbon on it, faint oak barrels. Some slightly faded vanilla, sweet malts but not overly so. Slight toffee. Pretty solid.

M- Mouthfeel is pretty damn good. Nice carbonation keeps this from coming off as too big. The booze is hidden nicely. That said, its still a sipper and it does sneak up on you.

O - Overall this is a tasty beer. Definitely a better than average representation for the style. Quite affordable too.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a low ball glass from a 120z bottle purchased at Total Wine in Fairfax, VA.

A: Golden honey slick. Foamy white soda discharge which disappears slowly in an open low ball glass.

S: Very sweet..and that's an understatement. Sugary grape Popsicle. Cherry lollipop. Sweet molasses malts and vanilla sugar cone.

T: Sweet candied figs. Peppery white spice. Grape soda. Honey spruce tree. Thick and pasty breaded spiced vanilla malts. I didn't get the oak barrel, not gonna lie, I can see where it helped with the thickness of its mouthfeel but that is coming up next.

M: Full syrupy mouthfeel. Thick and well mannered. I attribute this to its time in the oak barrel's.

O: This instantly reminds me of one of my favorite winter warmers Troegs Mad Elf. These are dangerously strong beers that can lead to trouble down the road. A select beer for a select beer enthusiast.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy light brown with a small tan head that sticks around for a few minutes. Solid lacing down the glass.

Big booze and toffee aroma. Some wood and vanilla as well. A few dark fruits comes out as it warms, but are firmly in the background.

Similar flavors. Big bourbon notes with a load of vanilla and toffee with some brown sugar and oak in the background. A little on the sweeter side, but not too bad as the booze does a good job of balancing out the sweet malt.

Medium thick oily body with light but still present carbonation levels. Very nice.

Overall not nearly close to the KH class and a few bourbon barrel american barleywines top it, but still very enjoyable for someone like myself who likes the bourbon up front and present in these brews. Very nice.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep cloudy auburn color lies below a light tan head that reaches a bit more than a finger high but then dies quickly. Leaves slight lace.

At first I get a swift kick of booz/alcohol, bourbon soaked wood, lighter vanilla, and toffee. Then I get more of the wonderful intricacies of a barrel aged barleywine - wonderful caramelized and just barely burnt brown sugar, notes of wine or grapes, hints of dark fruit like figs and plums mixed with something a bit tart like black cherries and caramel apple. As this warms a bit more the bourbon, vanilla, sweet vinous (grape/wine like) notes, and black cherries come out even more, it seems.

The taste is along the same lines as the aroma with plenty of boozy bourbon soaked oak, vanilla sweetness, toffee and caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, and hints of vinous character. Maybe even some cognac notes to this one. All I know is this one is about a year old and the barrel aged character is still quite prominent and, frankly, it's lovely.

Nice feel. The carbonation is about medium, just a little higher than expected but not quite detracting. The consistency is silky and almost oily while the body is medium-high and viscous. The finish is nice and long and wet on the palette. Very nice.

This is a really damn good barrel aged barleywine. I can't speak to it when it's fresh, but with about a year (I believe) on it it's fantastic. Really wouldn't change a thing about it. Is this the best barrel aged barleywine I've had? No. That title is currently held by Goose Island's King Henry, which is phenomenal! But I would rank this one high up there with the likes of King Henry, Mother of all Storms, and Abacus/Sucaba (when fresh) which are currently the top three English Barleywines respectively.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a short-lived, fizzy, off white head

S - bread, candy sugar, dark fruit, raisins, pears, apples

T - pears, apples, caramel, dark fruit, faint oak, faint vanilla, spicy alcohol, a bit boozy

M - very warm, full bodied, smooth, bitey

This is complex, smooth, potent beer. The flavor is very much like Blithering Idiot with a faint woody, earthy touch. I love big beers so this was enjoyable for me. If you like the style, I wouldn't pick this up.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1461st Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter
12 oz

2012 Bottle

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App- I am going with the App from Behemoth because it was right after this beer and it fits. The color of a new undribbled basketball. Highly orange without a head to speak of or lacing. Looks like a clearer juice in the glass. A good see through color with more head a couple dots of cling.

Smell- A lot more in the nose of this one. Sweetness, malts, boozy as can be with orange rind and a little bit of pepper.

Taste- It's a big and spicy BW. Still very fresh and lacks balance right out the gate. ABV hasnt settled yet and the oak is still too prickly.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a lighter carbonation. A bit too bubbly with residual booze and citrus.

Drink- I was really expecting so much more from this beer. I hope the 2010 I have outside can show some melding flavors and make it a bit smoother.

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