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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,965 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,965
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack of Blithering Idiot at Spurbeck's in Cooperstown. I didn't think this was an oak barleywine - and in fact, when I checked the bottle, I was surprised and a bit joyed to find that it was in fact Insanity. My four pack contained two of each beer.

Poured from 12 oz. into an Ommegang goblet

A - beautiful golden-red, evenly strewn with fine yeast sediment. No head, just a tiny ring of foam at the very edge of the glass that lingers to the last swig.

S - Mostly that oak that threw me at first, along with a healthy doze of booze - bourbon.

T - A nice blend of sweet, a la toffee/caramel and booze, a la bourbon, even though I know they were only oak and not bourbon barrels. The oak is also fairly present, although less so than in the aroma.

M - Thin, but not overly so. Definitely a lot of warming going on with this one and it's 11.1% abv.

O - Great beer, a forced sipper for sure. Won't be purchasing this one again in the near future as I've got too much on my to-drink list right now, but I can definitely see more Insanity in my distant future.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a super hazy orangey brown with like color with lots of visible carbonation for a barley wine.

Bottle has about a year of age on it.

Lots of sweet dark fruits on the nose along with some alcohol and some spicy hops.

Wow this bottle is dangerous with a years age on it. Incredibly mellow and incredibly balanced. Not getting any alcohol at all. Sweet grapey wine like character up front which is balanced by a subtle hop presence. Big juicy mouthfeel. Alcohol gets bit more apparent as the beer warms but still incredibly well hidden.

Bourbon presence is big time there and its delicious. Stellar barley wine, a style I usually don't enjoy.

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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good Barleywine to add to the list.

A: Single fingered head that displayed ok retention that settles to a very thin film atop this deep cloudy red brew and showed some lacing.

S: Sour notes were present, similar to a wild ale, accompanied with cherries, toffee, and scents from the barrel.

T: Loads of caramel malts, vanilla, and some dark fruits. Slight burn from the booze follows with slightly bitter wood characteristics. Vanilla becomes even more prominent as the beer warms.

M: Medium/heavy bodied with good carbonation that coats the mouth thoroughly.

O: Another great beer from Weyerbacher. Really wish they distributed to my area. Oh well, gotta keep trading!

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

No freshness info on the bottle but this one was from last winter, so about a year old.

Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Dark copper/amber colour; murky; very slight ruby glow around the edges. A small amount of cream coloured head formed and quickly receded to a ring around the edges.

S - Big caramel and toffee aromas up front with some oak and raisin notes. Very sweet with some noticeable alcohol.

T - Caramel, toffee, raisin, brown sugar, oak, bourbon and sticky candy. A very big and sweet malt bill that is balanced by the warming ABV and a slight hop bitterness. The barrel aging is very subtle and the bourbon and oak flavours are evident without dominating the palate. A great array of flavours in this one.

M - Medium body, chewy. Light carbonation.

O - This is one of the best English Barleywines that I have ever had - a style that I generally don't prefer.

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Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,965 ratings.