Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,969
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 189
Gots: 356 | 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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Photo of teromous
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: As it pours, it is a light shade of brown. In the glass it is only slightly darker, the color of sun tea. There is a very small white head on top...but not much. It is only slightly transparent around the edges. Light lacing.

S: I pick up a slight metallic scent, like iron. I can smell very faint notes of caramel and vanilla. It has a sweet aroma. I pick up an oak scent.

T: I get a wealth of flavors. There's everything from caramel to vanilla. There is a spiciness to the beer which is very nice. It has a kind of earthy spiciness, like pepper and bay...pretty cool. I taste some oak flavors, but it's not overpowering. The more I drink this, the more I like it.

M: It is very malty and smooth at the beginning, but retains a light puckering astringency at the's not negative, it just lends to the complexity of the mouthfeel.

O: Overall I really liked this beer. It has a delicious sweet taste to it, which is very pleasant to drink. If you are a fan of any barleywine style, I think you would be pleased with this beer. It is very good.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of kennylopez
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH goblet.

Appearance: a dark amber with a slight off white fingers worth of head that fades to less than a film leaving little spots of lacing.

Smells: a vanilla and dark fruit like plums and cherries through a bourbon barley front.

Tastes: as the nose insists...there is a sweet fig/cherry like sweetness with the generous amount of amber malts and floral hops to balance. The bourbon plays a big role in the taste giving off a caramel, vanilla, and toffee note especially as it warms up a little.

Mouthfeel: at just a tad above 11% there is a slight burn. I wouldn't call this hot even fresh, because the barrel aging really mellowed this ale out and added layers of flavor. The carbonation was actually more than I expected for the style but very enjoyable.

Overall: I am happy to try this one. I like everything I've tried from Weyerbacher, but this is by far one of my favorites.

Photo of cps98
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a sixer from a buddy who happened across an entire case at the distributer. I’d never had this before was I was unsure what to expect. It was a really nice smooth drinker but watch out for those ABV’s

A – Pours a nice dark brown but as the light hits it some deep reddish hues come out. An off white two finger head was present which dissipated quickly to a ring of bubbles in the glass. Really nice lacing on this one.

S – Lots of malty sweetness come through right away. Also had some hits of cherry and charred oak, maybe even a little bourbon was present in the nose.

T – The first thing I noticed was the mix of tart cherry and plum mixed with heavy malts. The oak was on the back end along with some minor hints of vanilla.

M – A really nice full bodied brew, with all the flavors going it made sense this would be slightly heavier. Good carbonation added to the beer nicely. A little warpth on the throat from the ABV’s was nice on this cold winter day.

O – Definitly not my favorite style but I really enjoyed this and I think the barrel aging on this beer worked really well.

Thanks for the sixer Frank!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ThunderEagle
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorite beers. Smooth, rich ,full flavor, with a hint of cherry and no bitter aftertaste. Fell in love with it on tap 1 year ago, and bought a case of it to enjoy the year round.

The only downside is that it is a limited brewing and only available for a VERY short time.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

A: Thick, just off-white head, very cloudy and hazy dark amber, some carbonation bubbles coming up

S: Sweet, dark fruits first, nice malts, vanilla, bit of oak and bourbon

T: Good blend of malts, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, bourbon, very nicely balanced

M: Medium to full-bodied, smooth and creamy, feels like it's 7% not 11.1% alcohol, light carbonation, warming

O: Good English Barleywine, didn't realize it was Blithering Idiot barrel-aged until I drank some and it brought back some taste memories, will definitely purchase again

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Richard for sharing.

Pours a hazed copper color with a soapy off-white head. Smells a bit boozy. Lots of sweet malt, bourbon, and brown sugar. There’s toffee, and caramel, maybe some dark fruit. Not bad, but hot. The flavor is more of the same, except a bit muddled and slightly oxidized. There is good toffee and vanilla character, but quite a bit of booze and bourbon. Some mild oak notes. Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of sacrelicio
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bal barleywine from Weyerbacher. Pours a nice amber with a little head. Smell is toffee, dark fruit, booze, marshmallows, maybe a caramel nut or those nougat treats I like so much. Taste is the same. I loved this beer fresh last year and aged it smooths out and mellows.

Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,969 ratings.