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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,075 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,075
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 195
Gots: 429 | 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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3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Abrasive coconut taste after I poured into my goblet.

I regret to inform you this beast was troublesome to digest.

I feel like the Weyerbacher brothers hired some Haitian off the streets to urinate inside this beverage, only to serve it to the masses as a disgustingly nauseating experience.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice label, competent brewery, intrigued.

12oz bottle poured into Bruery snifter.

Thin, white head, collapses to ring a top ruby red elixir. Sparse lacing.

Kicks it with the aroma. Oak, sweet vanilla, caramel, cherries. Nice.

Had my first taste in line at Peg's, in Gulfport, FL. Strong fruit (berries), caramel, toffee, with mild bitter alcohol on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is light, creamy, some lingering alcohol.

Overall nice oak flavor to the traditional barleywine style.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010? no date info on the label

A: Amber with almost a dusty rose or purple tint. Thin white head with little carb.

S: Oak, TONS of figs, not much else. Makes me think this is going to be thin. Almost a bock-lager quality to it. Less bourbon than I got from the 2012 version on tap.

T: Wow way more smoothed out and balanced than fresh. Bourbon is smoothed and blended into all soft notes of warm sweet bread, toffee, figs, graham cracker. Carbonation muttles the flavors a bit by adding a stale cracker taste of sorts. No alcohol to speak of.

M: Very smooth. Light carbonation.

O: I feel like this would be best with about a year under it as the fresh version is full of warm bourbon barrel goodness but lacks balance and this bottle which is from 2010 at the youngest is well balanced and nicely smoothed out with the integration of beer and barrel qualities, it lacks the vibrance and warmth of the fresh version as well as imparting an undesirable sort of build-up stale flavor on the end.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date; purchased August 2011

A - Pours a clear garnet/brown with one finger of off-white head. Head doesn't last long and leaves very little lacing. Some suspended material.

S - Somewhat subtle sweet bourbon with vanilla being more prominent than any oak notes. Toffee, some sugar and some alcohol.

T - Sweet but not distractingly so. Nice bourbon presence, with both vanilla and oak being quite prominent. Toffee and caramel malts, and a bit boozy. Also a bit of raisin and fig. Faint citrus.

M - Medium mouthfeel is a bit sticky, with some numbing alcohol on the finish.

O - Nice bourbon barrel-aged barleywine. Not as complex as some, and a bit too much noticeable alcohol, but a very nice beer for the price, and 12 oz bottles are certainly appreciated.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
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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Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,075 ratings.