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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,813 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,813
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 173
Gots: 326 | FT: 15
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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.

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Naugros

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap, but a while back so I'm pouring a 12 ounce bottle into my Weyerbacher tulip glass.

Looks like brunt caramel sauce with a thin marshmallow head. The head doesn't last long but leave behind a film upheld by a foamy ring which leaves behind rings of slowly sliding lace.

The bourbon from the barrel-aging is immediately recognizable in the first sniff. Molasses sweetness from the malts and a hints orange and vanilla...more of the latter though as the hops are very faint as is usual in this style.

As in the nose, the bourbon dominates on the tongue and the alcohol gives the palate a tickle of heat. The molasses from the malts becomes more of a caramel in flavor with vanilla and oak as an afterthought. This is not overly sweet and is very nicely balanced with the exception of the bourbon being on the stronger side.

Not as thick and cloying as most barleywines which I really appreciate. There is no syrupy coating on your lips and tongue. The alcohol is evident but it doesn't drink like a beer in excess of 11%. I would have guessed this to be a 9% ale. One of these will help you sleep and that is what I intend to do next.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 00:31:19 | More by Naugros
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a snifter.

A: It pours a hazy dark red color with a two-finger head of dirty-white frothiness that hangs around awhile.

S: Sweet figs, dates, and cherries early are overtaken by vanilla-heavy bourbon and oaky char.

T: It's the same story here; the flavors of sweet dark fruits, cherry, and caramel being covered by vanilla and bourbon.

M: The body is thick with average carbonation and a little heat.

D: Like many barrel-aged beers, the flavors are covered up by bourbon. While I love the taste of bourbon, it would certainly be better if the original flavors of Blithering Idiot were more in play.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 16:21:44 | More by bucklemyshoe
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parris

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish orange in color, very cloudy and a good amount of carbonation that produces no head.

The smell is my favorite part of this beer. Lots of malt and caramel, honey and maybe a bit of dark booze on the nose.

Big taste, very malty not very sweet, slightly oaky, tastes a bit like rum. No after taste and don't really get any hops.

Thin mouthfeel, noticeable tannins. The bubbles balance the mouthfeel very well.

I'd order this one again if it were part of a flight of 2-4ozers, well made for sure, just a little big for my tastes in a 12 oz serving (on a Monday).

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 22:48:20 | More by parris
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: beautiful hazy red. initial pour bears a fluffy head with red hues. clusters of tiny carbonation bubbles keeps a steady head around the sides of the glass.

S: pecan pie. im not even stretching, it smells exactly like pecan pie. tremendous sweetness, cant find any hop aspects, but who needs them with this buet.

T: the oak is so smooth it tastes like marshmallows. honey, almonds, back to that same pecan pie that i got in the nose. pineapple. a touch of alcohol, but i have to search for it. surprising considering the 11.1% ABV name tag (i have one in the cellar to see if it sheds that off).

M: a gentle, soft roll of carbonation. perfect, just let the flavor do the talking.

D: i think some may say this is a bit too sweet. however, i have to disagree. the sweetness is rounded by the oak and frankly it's just a super drinkable english barleywine. being in the mid-atlantic region for a while now i have seen beers from weyerbacher on the shelves for a while. glad i finally got past the shity labels cause the stuff inside the bottle is goood.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:26:19 | More by Jimmys
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boralyl

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Produces a half inch of off-white head when poured into a tulip glass. It has pretty good retention for a barrel aged beer with such a high abv. It leaves little lacing on the glass, but produces a thick ring as it settles. The beer is clear and has a dark brownish-red hue.

S - It has a pretty complex nose. Immediately there is a strong malt presence along with hints of vanilla, oak and bourbon.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. It has a slightly syrupy feel to it.

T - A little bit of vanilla and oak up front followed by dark fruit, plum specifically. A splash of bourbon comes next. It has some residual sweetness in the finish along with some alcohol burn.

A very well crafted beer. It's very strong but isn't overwhelmed by the barrel flavor. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:32:33 | More by boralyl
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metter98

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear mahogany in color and has a thin ring of off white bubbles lining the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of bourbon and vanilla in the nose.
T: The taste is rather complex and has flavors of bourbon, fruits, malty sweetness, oak and vanilla.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is dangerously drinkable because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 04:47:37 | More by metter98
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dchester

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a watered-down caramel color with a little haze. Smell is very unique... caramel, candied fruit, and sweet bourbon. Taste has the caramel-aged goodness along with a slight pungent tingle of alcohol and bitterness. This beer is very complex and decadent, a "must-have" of PA brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 02:35:29 | More by dchester
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep crimson body with a fluffy tan head that moves towards a ring around the outside of the snifter. Some lace slides slowly down the glass.

Sweet, fruity and hoppy with just a wee hint of bourbon barrel.

Big time flavor with lots of layers of complexity. Cavity causing sweetness up front and then moving towards the bitter hops and finishing up with the vanilla and bourbon flavors of the barrel aging. A hot alcohol kick towards the end, but it is not overwhelmingly so. Tons of flavor here from malty to hoppy and bourbon.

Full bodied with some soft and lightly creamy carbonation. The finish is tongue suckingly dry from the barrel aging and hops.

This might be the best barleywine I've ever had. If not, it is near the top. Right now it is a bit hot, but still enjoyably drinkable. Sipper? Yes, but still goes down nicely. Give this a little age and you will have perfection. I will be seeking some more of this out. Very well done Weyerbacher.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:56:00 | More by jera1350
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter. Reviewed at cellar temps.

Pours a murky light brown, hinting at amber, with some funky solids floating around in there. Acted like it might form a head when pouring, but some sparse lacing (or what might be theoretically called that) is about all that amounted to.

Nose is very nice - rich, bready caramel notes pour forth, melding with an oaky barrel presence with just a bit of bourbon. Lighter than expected alcohol, though it's certainly there, and a wee bit of maple.

Taste is very nice. Bready caramel is there, loads of brown sugar, with a light underlying fruitiness hinting at apples, a bit of candied orange. Oak is certainly there as well, creating a light drying presence, with a nice bit of spicy alcohol tingle towards the finish. Exhale shows through with some caramel apples, adn a bit of spice bread doused in even more delicious caramel.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, perfectly balanced carbonation provides a light tingle underneath. Light alcohol bite in the back of the throat. Perfect, honestly - the best aspect of the beer.

Phenomenally drinkable as well - 11.1% abv shouldn't go down this easy. Oak does a fantastic job of balancing the richness.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 20:26:26 | More by JohnQVegas
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pdoran10

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour out a deep caramel amber color into a snifter. Three fingers of off white head that leave a hint of lacing.

Smell is caramel and vanilla with a slight alcohol presence.

Taste is plum and caramel malt. Slight to moderate booze presence. Nice smooth vanilla and roast from the barrrel aging. Smooth, but a bit hot.

Mouthfeel is thick with moderate carbonation. No complaints here.

A bit hot and heavy, but really nice flavors still make this beer a still a winner... tiger blood, Adonis DNA.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 05:39:01 | More by pdoran10
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark crimson color w/ a caramel head that quickly goes away. The smell is bourbon... and it smells great. Taste of this beer is fairly amazing- never really had anything like this before. Bourbon, cherries, caramel, malt. The taste is like a roller coaster- it takes you on an awesome ride. There's a definite bourbon/alcohol aftertaste to this one as well. But it's not overpowering- and pretty smooth. This one's a sipper at 11.1% ABV, but it goes down pretty easy. One bottle of this will be enough for me tonight. A really nice beer- and one I will pick up again. The taste is really where this beer shines. Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:04:17 | More by jayhawk73
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Prime 16 into an Old Engine Oil tulip.

A: Clear deep persimmon body with a half-inch head of fine tan bubbles that recede into a persistent ring. Very nice looking barleywine, especially for an on-tap pour.

S: Vanilla, caramel, candied raisins, bourbon, oak, and some warm alcohol. Just lovely.

T: Follows the nose precisely: bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, and a massively boozy finish. A little harsh, but delicious.

M: Fairly lively full body; the ample carbonation goes a long way toward cutting through the sweetness, but prevents the flavor from being quite as mouth-coatingly intense as it could be. Overall, pretty good.

D: As tasty as this is, the heat really takes its toll.

Notes: Great beer, plain and simple. I could have dealt with a bit less booze and (potentially paradoxically, I know) a bit more bourbon. The barrels are clearly there, but their contribution isn't as pronounced as it is in some other BBBWs. Still, this is a great treat, and at happy-hour pricing it's an absolute steal.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 01:06:14 | More by woosterbill
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty, cloudy amberish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly of alcohol, some fruits are apparent. Taste is strong of alcohol, some malts and fruits, strong tasting. Feels light in the mouth and drinkability is not good. Overall this beer was a bit overpowering for my tastes, alcohol was not well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 16:03:26 | More by tone77
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Pahn

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prime 16 in New Haven. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Bartender leaves a fluffy one inch head that sticks up above the glass and dissipates slowly. Pours a hazy red orange and leaves big splotches of lacing. Nice.

Smell: Some sweet malt, bourbon, and a small cola-like note. Faint dark fruit and a hint of molasses. As it warms, the same small smoky/roasted note that subtly elevates the flavor comes out in the nose and does the same thing there.

Taste: Lots of bourbon with a sweet caramel malt and bready backbone. A straightforward, simple--maybe even simplistic--but well done barleywine with a strong bourbon influence. Some smoke and chocolate/roasted malt seems to show up in the finish and works great with the noticeable (but not distracting) heat to temper the sweetness of the beer and enrich the flavor.

This is one of those beers you "get" pretty much right away. It may be a big, aged barleywine, but it's not mysterious or complex: it's oaky vanilla, bourbon, sweet and straightforward malt, sufficient bitterness, a little smoke, a little heat. The thing is, everything that is happening in the flavor is contributing something good to the overall experience.

Mouthfeel: Thinner side of medium bodied, very carbonated. I'm leaning toward 3.5 since I would prefer it to be a bit heavier, creamier, and less noticeably carbonated, but unlike many beers of this ABV and style, it avoids any really harmful pitfalls (stickiness, excessive dryness, excessive heat). It's not a memorable mouthfeel, but it's also without any overt flaws.

Drinkability: This beer delivers. I enjoyed spending a good 45 minutes on this 12~oz glass, and won't hesitate to order Insanity again (or pick up a 4pk). Extra points for the well hidden alcohol, and extra praise for generously distributing such a well done bourbon barrel aged barleywine so widely and at a fair price.

It's not really that aptly named, but Insanity is a solid, no frills, well done barrel aged barleywine. I usually want a little more depth, a little more creamy feel from a barrel aged barleywine or stout, but I also usually pay twice the price as Insanity and I usually get a more flawed beer.

(If you're thinking, "Hey, Insanity is $14~/4pk, what do you mean fair price??" this is a quality barrel aged beer for around $.30/ounce, vs say Uinta's Cockeyed Cooper, which sells for around $.60/ounce. CC is better, in my opinion, but we're talking *double* the price.)

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 22:54:29 | More by Pahn
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Insanity is sweet, vanilla-y, and thin.

It poured cloudy dark brown, like a dirty old penny or muddy pond water. There was no head and it left no lace. The aroma was very strong, even during the pour, with hints of vanilla and a bit of dark fruit. The flavor was sweet, dominated by vanilla followed by booze. The feel was lacking. It slid quickly over the tongue, leaving a slightly odd bubbly feel with nothing that lingered long.

The smell and flavor were enough to make Insanity an enjoyable cold-weather, or after-dinner, sipper; however, it doesn't make enough of an impact to seek out again, or justify the price.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 19:34:21 | More by MetalHopHead6
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, January 2011 release. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours hazy red/copper with a good off-white head, doesn't leave much lacing but holds a foamy ring and island.

Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, pear, apple, cherries, bread, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, yeast. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is caramel, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, oak, some molasses, brown sugar, toffee and a hint of chocolate. Fairly sweet. Minimal alcohol for over 11%!

Mouthfeel is medium to full, smooth, medium carbonation. Mmmm, tasty stuff.

A definite sipper and dessert beer. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden, bourbon aging comes across nicely without being overwhelming. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 03:17:21 | More by elgiacomo
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Abe;s of Bethlehem. 2010 vintage, non-dated.

A- very nice opaque red/brown color. Full, creamy white head.

S- Very smooth and spicy. Not a tinge of alcohol. Malts are showcased and highlighted by the oak. Caramel and spicy whiskey notes are prevalent.

T- Very traditional barleywine flavor. Doesn't kill the taste buds like some others. A nice sweet tinge that is not overbearing. Rich malt varietals mixed with very nice caramel and oak flavor. Quite a sophisticated offering from po' dunk (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=podunk) Easton, PA.

M- Very thick and sticky, just how I like my barleywines. Balanced copmpared to many others I've tried. Carbonation is also perfect.

D- One of the best barleywines I've ever had. The drinkability is phenomenal due mostly in part to the oak barreling.

I'm about to pick me up some more and age this puppy... I'm curious to see how it melds!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 00:21:50 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revising this review after having this one about six times so far, loving it every time. I've had lots of 12 oz bottles, and now a 22oz bomber. No changes to my ratings tho.

Average or slightly better looking. A nice red color which is mostly clear*. It didn't produce much head or lacing, but it's still not bad to look at.

Smell is super fruity sweetness, excellent complexities including wood, vanilla and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is an explosion of goodness. Very mid to dark fruity. A nice mixture of maltiness and earthiness also adds to the distinct and delicious flavor of this barleywine.

Almost a wine like quality. Smooth, yet strongly alcoholic and wet, sweet, with a lingering fruitiness. The alcohol isn't really noticed in the taste or feel much, but obviously warms on the way down.

Drinks great. Highly flavorful and smooth, downright delicious in every way. A true shining star amongst barleywines. I love that barleywines come in 12oz bottles**, as that's the size that I'd prefer to have this style of beer in.

Great job on this one!

*From the bomber it was more cloudy, even with a careful pour, but otherwise looked the same.

**I still prefer the 12oz size, if only because 22oz is a bit more barelywine than I'd usually drink on my own. However, the bomber of this stuff was quite easy to finish because it's so good!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 23:19:20 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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legalpete19340

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy carmel color with no head.

S: The nose hit me with apple juice upfront and mellower notes of oak and vanilla.

T: Bourbon, cherries, wood, and tons of dark malts and burnt sugar. I get hints of apricot too. The alcohol is noticeable throughout and warms well after each sip. The oak really does wonders to mellow out this beer.

M: Thick and chewy but not heavy. Seemed to coat my whole mouth.

D: For a big barley wine this is pleasant. It doesnt leave me squinting or choking. The oak really smooths out the big alcohol.

Awesome barleywine. Something I never thought I could honestly say. Complex, layered, chewy, strong.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 01:54:58 | More by legalpete19340
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billab914

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a deep caramel brown color with a thin white lacing barely covering the top of the beer. The head retreated to the edges of the glass, where it left just a bit of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma really shows off the woody, oak and vanilla flavors of the barrel. I get a bit of the bourbon but it's pretty mellow and smooth overall. Behind the barrel characteristics I get some of the malty, caramel, barleywine flavors, but they take a backseat to the barrel aging. The barrel aged flavors are very nice overall though.

The taste has a little more of the barleywine flavors coming through. I get some of the sweet malt, caramel flavors up front and a hint of some darker, sweeter, cherry like fruits in the finish. Through it all the woody oak, vanilla and bourbon really integrate and enhance the flavors. Excellent flavor to it overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Very nice mouthfeel fir the style overall. Drinkability was very good, I loved the flavors. They really did a good job with the barrel aging in that everything integrated and came together very nicely. The barrel characteristics had a ton of flavor but also didn't seem to overpower the beer. Very nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 00:42:06 | More by billab914
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rdilauro

Connecticut

2.6/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I admit I am not a fan of barley style of beers. Once I opened this one, I knew it wasnt going to be any different. The pour was dark and uneventful.
The first sip was over the top... Too much, too much of something, malt, barley, grapefruit.
I am sure this is a beer for some, but really not for me

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 20:30:06 | More by rdilauro
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass. 2011 vintage.

Pours a hazed cherry auburn with burnt hues, frothed head retains well with a layer of film resting on top of the beer and patches of lacing on the glass.

Assorted scents of dark fruit, sweetness, cherries, earthy wood, and bourbon warmth.

Sweetness with candied dark fruit and burnt brown sugar. Earthy wooden notes with vanilla from the barrel aging coupled with plenty of bourbon tones. Fruit sweetness with cherries, raisins, and dates. Caramel and molasses with a light hint of licorice. Finishes warm with a smack of pine hop bitterness.

Full bodied, higher carbonation, prickly and dry on the tongue. Alright drinking, decent bourbon profile present, and interesting flavors. Pretty tasty, but I think I prefer Heresy to this as far as their bal aged beers go.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 02:49:12 | More by xnicknj
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always seemed to miss the release of this brew. Finally I got a four pack at Trenton Road Takeout.Blithering Idiot in bourbon barrels.

Poured into a snifter.Pours a murky brown with some lighter golden highlights. Nice covering with an off white heading. Decent lacing mid-way but does turn flat through the rest of the tasting. It does start out with an amzing heading for such a high ABV.

Smell is mostly of burnt caramel sugars with a nice syrupy-molasses nose as well. Subtle bourbon notes with a touchdown of vanilla. No real hop presence here.

Taste blew me away.Heavy malty bite from the get go,quickly switched over to a hotter boozey bourbon oak taste in which matches perfectly to a subtle fruity character. Bourbon doesn't scorch the palate but keeps the belly warm.

Mouth is full bodied very alive on the palate for such a high ABV.Very easy going.

All around a solid tasting. Fantastic bourbon touch. I am not a big fan of Blithering Idiot but simply put it in bourbon barrels and age it. Has really done wonders here. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 17:43:57 | More by TheFightfan1
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jdb8507

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such an amazing complex beer.

You can taste the bourbon in this. You get the warm-belly but not from overwhelming alcohol, although it is 11%. You wouldn't believe it. It is smooth, yet complex.

A somewhat spicy beer, with the roasted coffee kind of aftertaste you would get from a darker beer, but almost fruity body, but so good. Aged just right. Hints of spice and nuts, roast, and warm bread. Just right.

It'd be insanity not to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 23:08:09 | More by jdb8507
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My 500th review. Insanity.

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a snifter glass. Served at approximately 45 degrees F.

Deep amber in color with a tinge of pale brown, showing off a wonderful clarity and a creamy head of beige foam that falls away fairly quickly, forming a thick crown that leaves a few splotchy remnants of itself on the walls of the glass. A swirl of the glass suggests a bit of viscosity, as some legs are visible.

The nose is beautiful, with a lovely bouquet of vanilla, cherry, distinctive Bourbon notes, figs, and white pepper. Absolutely mouth-watering.

Full-bodied and viscous, though certainly not overly thick or rich, with a moderate carbonation keeping the mouthfeel in check. Sweet malt opens up the palate, with notes of caramel, fig, and flan, followed up in the middle by a bunch of barrel-infused goodness, showing plenty of vanilla and woody oak along with fresh cherries and more dried fig. Hop character is virtually absent, showing itself mostly in bitterness, which, combined with the bit of alcohol loaned from the Bourbon barrel, balances the rather heavy sweetness quite well and dries the palate, leading into a semi-sweet finish with a bit of lingering caramel and custard.

As with most big brews aged in whiskey barrels, drinkability is low by default, but that doesn't take away anything from this brew, which shows wonderfully balanced characteristics and a magnificent incorporation of Bourbon barrel aging. The base beer comes through quite well, and the barrel lends just the right characteristics to the beer without being overpowering and without making it too hot, which is often a fault in brews of this nature. Though I've not been impressed with all of the Weyerbacher beers I've had the chance to sample, this is certainly one of the more impressive of the bunch, and along with Heresy, it goes to show the brewery's skill in aging beer in previously-used oak. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 05:39:12 | More by superdedooperboy
Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,813 ratings.