Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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4.22/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
02-13-2011 17:43:57 | More by TheFightfan1
4/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
02-10-2011 23:08:09 | More by jdb8507
4.13/5 rDev -1%
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.
02-10-2011 05:39:12 | More by superdedooperboy
4.63/5 rDev +11%
Picked up a 2009 bottle from Capones in Norristown.
From the start of the pour I had high hopes for this brew. It poured a wonderfully brownish/red color. As you hold it to the light beautiful red flecks float and move in the bubbles that flow from the bottom of the brewl. It had a nice fluffy off white head, that capped at the top of the glass, then faded pretty quickly. It did leave a very nice lacing throughout the glass during the drink.
The aroma on this brew was great. Front of the brew has a great foundation, with notes of oak bourbon barrels. Its followed with notes of wine, sugar, vanilla, smooth chocolates and caramel. There is also a bit toasted aroma that comes in at the end as well, which I feel is coming from the bourbon barrels. Its a great well rounded smell. I makes me want to drink it it from the pop of the cap.
As the flavor hits the lips whiskey and bourbon burn hit you like a wall. Its great though, because it then puts a rush of more amazing flavors on the palate. Other great flavors that were found in the aroma come around as well, such as vanilla, caramels, some malts and a nice woody flavor as well. It also has a nice herbal hops in there as well. At the end, the alcohol bit hits again, and gives a nice warming feeling. It balanced it very well.
As many people have said, as well as I have above, a nice, almost hot alcohol feel at the front, but it isn't over kill. It gives you a nice feeling and wanting more. The sweetness of the brew and the earthy mix of the hops give this brew great balance. Its great.
The drink on this brew makes it a sipper for sure. As its name sake, this barleywine is true Insanity. Its a big brew. The flavors come together and give it some great flavors, as well as keeps you wanting more. Other then the high ABV, this brew is great, and I can't wait to get my hands on one again. Great brew by Weyerbacher.
02-03-2011 04:03:36 | More by mattgreger
4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
poured into a tulip glass
A-cloudy dark copperish color 1 inch head that slowly leaves while leaving a substantial lacing
S-oak, vanilla, bourbon, fruit, sugary sweetness
T-sweet, boozy, strong oak/bourbon flavor, hints of vanilla maybe some caramel
M-slick really coats the mouth
D- at 11% ABV one or two will do it, especially with the boozy sweetness. this one is a real sipper.
02-02-2011 23:02:31 | More by beerbully
2.85/5 rDev -31.7%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip. No date. Pours a dark amber color with a red light; thin creamy head. The aroma is malty, with a touch of vanilla and very light wallnut. Thick body, full malt flavor, very sweet, with sweet caramel and fudge too, a hint of liquorice. Even the final is very sweet, not enough hopped, there is a lot of malt and caramel, some sweet liquorice; the alcohol warmth is too much. Not enough complex, not fully convincing; and the barrel is missing in action. I was not a big fan of the sediments found in this beer, although, I understood its purpose. This beer was definitely not for me.
01-28-2011 03:34:29 | More by CuriousMonk
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. 11.1% ABV, no date.
Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this brew! About time I get to it.
A - A fluffy almond-colored head rises to two fingers, lowers slowly, and leaves thick lace covering most of the glass. Sounds picture perfect besides the ugly muted cedar brown color with no clarity or highlights.
S - Smooth, relaxed notes of oak bourbon barrels lays a foundation for ester notes of light, ripe fruit, almost a tropical mix. Toasted muffin-like caramel malts and gentle English hops play a big role here.
T - Heavily yeasty with toasted biscuit and Vienna and caramel malt. Herbal hops fade in to the background providing some balance and depth but warm, almost hot alcohol seizes the tongue. Very light oak bourbon barrel sweeps through the finish adding a great touch. Notes of wet wheat too.
M - Warm, almost hot alcohol is felt on the tongue as well as in the throat but it's not overbearing. Nice balance of sweetness with alcohol and earthy hops. Sweet still wins out but not cloyingly so.
D - A sipping beer to be sure, Insanity is a fantastic barleywine. Subtle nuances offer great depth. Very nice and, like the Quad, definitely worth getting again and again.
01-24-2011 13:07:48 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.88/5 rDev -7%
22 oz bottle. It was $7.99. This beer is a February release and I picked it up last year sometime, so I assume its a Feb 2010.
Appearance: Reddish brown turbid lake water. Off white head fades quickly, but the glass continues to lace nicely.
Smell: Big sweet malt. Caramel and raisins. Vanilla and lots of bourbon. While the bouron dominates somewhat, it doesn't ever become overbearing and is a welcome addition to the beer. Hint of leafy hops, but mostly malt and bourbon.
Taste: Sweet and hot. Warming alcohol burn. While the heat and bitterness from the alcohol is a bit much, it is otherwise pretty interesting and flavorful. An almost candy sweet malt punch with big caramel and raisin flavor. From midpalate to the finish bourbon flavor is strong. The finish has a bit of resiny, citrus hops flavor along with lasting malt flavor.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied of course. Sticky finish.
Drinkability: Its a really tasty beer, but a little too hot tasting.
01-24-2011 01:43:46 | More by rapidsequence
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
12 ounce bottle no bottled on or best by date.
Hard to say the age of this beer, I suspect it was 2010 release of the beer but can't be certain.
Appearance on the pour is light amber as it gathers in the glass it is a slightly hazy copper to orange hued amber color with a faint cream colored white foam head which breaks rather quickly. Some signs of lacing as it drinks.
Aromas are maple, oak, touch of vanilla bean hard to pick up any boozy bourbon character which is actually a plus in general in my book, I enjoy that note when balanced with the beer, often it is not though, in this case the barrel context is very subdued. Some earthiness, moss, slate and charcoal notes.
Taste is very polished for a bourbon barrel aged beer. Big oak tones interplay with the caramel malt profile, vanilla and brown sugar, bitterness appears upfront but subsides in the finish which has a deep warming character to it. Nothing terribly hot and certainly not fusel but it lets you know that the beer is strong.
Medium to just shy of full bodied, wood tannins compliment the sweetness of the beer, finish is sweet balanced by warming alcohol.
For a bourbon barrel aged barleywine this beer is very approachable and drinkable, the aroma and flavors are not over saturated and most importantly do not sting of bourbon.
01-17-2011 21:13:46 | More by PBoegel
4.85/5 rDev +16.3%
12oz. bottle 2 6oz pours into Lost Abbey Tulip.
A: A warming dark amber hue. No head. A ring of minimal lacing. Appears almost whiskey like.
S: Yes this is what I was looking for. Sweet malted over a barrell. Oak is present and dances with the malt as the alcohol runs up behind. Toffee, caramel and fresh homemade bread are linging in the background. This smells great.
T:Oaky, sweet, malt with a slow roasting. It is good. The barrell plays nicely with the malt and the hops backs it up as the caramel enters. Great balance for this style. Holding it longer on the tongue bourbon flavors come out strong, in a good way. A little warmth allows more flavors to come out.
M: As expected of a barrell aged brew. Low carbination allows the flavors to dance, heavy and playful.
D: Slow and steady I want to enjoy this and drink more of it. The alcohol base is there and plays nicely. Definitely a sipper, great on a cold winters night. If you like the style seek this out. I bought a four pack and will be buying more!
01-13-2011 01:42:48 | More by Boodoggy
4.08/5 rDev -2.2%
Thanks Mason....12 oz bottle to a snifter. Pours rusty copper with nearly no head retention other than some spotty soapy clustered bubbles along the edges.
Smells of vanilla Neko wafers, candy sugar, and toffee. Nothing particularly dominant, but smooth, well integrated, and nice to linger over.
Taste follows nose with vanilla and toffee major players up front, followed by a mildly tannic though slightly understated barrel presence. Alcohol is not overly distracting, but felt strongest as a meaty, warming punch in the chest.
Syrupy low carbonation makes this is sipper, but a contemplative brew none-the-less.
01-12-2011 02:01:21 | More by BarrytheBear
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
A - Caramel color with a bit of haze. no head, just a think line of bubbles around the glass and coming up from the bottom. Little to no lacing..
S - Sweet smelling brew with a bit of ethanol. Some vanilla and lots oak are present, along with a little bourbon.
T - Lots of malts to this one, caramel maybe? Get a bit of sweetness from dark fruits. Raisins and Prunes. Nice alcohol burn in there, and a bit of hops in the finish. Very well rounded.
M - Lightly carbonated, full bodied, good amount of burn.
D - A bit on the expensive side, and available only sometimes. Definitely a sipper, so a four pack should last a month. Would be good with a cigar after a steak.
01-11-2011 22:00:45 | More by BeerThursdays
4.72/5 rDev +13.2%
Poured from growler, nice khaki head that held for a couple of minutes then receded to a thing ring of lace that followed down glass nice.Slightly hazed ruby brown hues with a hint of orange as well.
Sweet fruit and vanilla with a huge bourbon follow up, rounded with some malty grainy goodness on the nose. Oh & just enough alcohol to burn a hair or two.
Well, this brew is something! Bourbon, vanilla, woody, malty bread and booze. Seems to be the some hops poking around here and there. Oh man thank you Wes, big beer with outstanding everything! Oh and it is early 2010 vintage, so it had a nice 10+ month nap before tapping.
Creamy deserty bourbon mouthfeel. Lovely!!!
The abv is the only thing holding this brew back a little for me cuz 1 and done!
01-10-2011 02:15:51 | More by welldigger888
3.2/5 rDev -23.3%
Bottle around 9 months old.
Pours cherry brown with a decent sized off white head. Looks...good? Smells of mild vanilla, but predominantly oak, booze. Flavor is of boozy oak, a touch of vanilla, dark fruits. A touch of unexpected bitterness and less sweet than some English barleywines. The barrel aging doesn't meld as well with the base beer as some. Taste improves as it warms, but still lacking. Good carbonation in the mouth accompanies a thinner, less creamy body than preferred versions of the style. The twinge of lingering bitterness and body make it less drinkable than it seems. This beer just doesn't come together like it might - and it has some age on it. I hate to say it, but this beer reflects it's price well. If ever presented with a $15 bomber of this or a similar beer, this is an awful deal. $3 12oz bottles, and you could do worse for a relatively strong barrel flavor in a barleywine. I don't remember how it tasted fresh, but it is not all that smooth now, so it might not some further time.
01-05-2011 05:43:54 | More by seeswo
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
12oz Singleton poured into an imperial pint.
Been looking for this guy for a while now, just happy to have finally found a bottle at the Finger Lakes Beverage Center.
L: 3 fingers thick foamy head, with murky auburn beneath. Looks right for a barleywine.
S: Booze is right out front, chased down by a caramel river of sweetness with a touch of oak in the back and a lingering sweetness.
T: Extreme booze with a hint of citrus flowing into a towering sweetness with caramel and butterscotch notes. Finish is a boozy-oak affair.
F: Thick as hell, and welcome-ly so. Perfect carbonation, which here means very little.
D: For how much booze is happening here, pretty damn smooth.
01-03-2011 17:51:40 | More by codewarrior
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
2008 bottle recieved in a trade! Pours deep red with some brownish edges. Dense one finger head of off white, tanish bubbles. This head doesn't stick around long. Aroma is complex and full of grain, some vanilla, a bit of resinous hops and background of cherry and black berry. Alot of the same flavors are apparent in the taste. Vanilla and cherry play well together, with caramel hints and a dense grainy quality. Sticky resinous hops balance everything out well. Really full thick body and mouthfeel. The alcohol is fairly well conceled, but even at that this beer is a sipper.
12-27-2010 02:21:05 | More by pmlondrigan
4/5 rDev -4.1%
12oz bottle poured into a goblet.
A: Cloudy reddish-brown body. Decent head leaves plenty of lacing.
S: Vanilla, toffee, caramel, and alcohol.
T: Impressively complex. Bourbon, vanilla, coconut, raisins and other dark fruits. Lots of pricky alcohol.
M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy with a bit of carbonation.
D: I was a bit nervous going in. On the one hand, I didn't care for Blithering Idiot, the base beer, at all. On the other hand, I really liked Heresy, the only other Weyerbacher barrel-aged beer I've had. I'd say this is much closer to the latter than the former. I don't like bourbon barrel beers as much as other BAs seem to, but this is still a good slow (and I do mean slow) sipper. It reminded me a lot of Firestone's Quercus Alba series.
12-15-2010 07:42:39 | More by BarrelO
3.3/5 rDev -20.9%
12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
no date, but it is the last of a six pack purchased last december, so it is at least a year old.
A: A hazy medium brown color, a thin film for the head, no lace. Not a pretty beer.
S: The oak is very obvious, the bourbon is more hidden which surprised me. There is not much else in the nose, but it smells good.
T: The bourbon is very much out front, it is almost overwhelming, very difficult to detect other flavors. There is some definite oak character under the bourbon, but not much else.
M: A medium mouthfeel, low level of carbonation, just right for a barleywine.
D: I like bourbon and like like barleywines and I tend to like other bourbon barrel beers, but this seems to unbalanced. The bourbon has swamped the beer. Worth trying for anyone who likes bourbon beers, but I won't purchase again.
I found another one from the same six pack. This is not an "official" review, but more of my impression from last night.
It is interesting to read this review, because my impression last night was completely different. The bourbon was completely integrated with the beer and complemented it nicely. It was not unbalanced at all. The oak and bourbon were still very present, but everything went together quite well. I wonder if the beer was going through an "awkward" stage the last time, because last night this was a very good beer. It is amazing what another year does for some beers.
If I had been scoring it last night, the numbers would likely have been 3, 3.5, 4, 3.5, 4.
12-12-2010 01:40:55 | More by wspscott
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours a dark reddish ruby colour with a hint of brown to it. Failry clear as well with a decent amount of head. Tastes of oak and vanilla with a very smooth malt background. Theres no alcohol in the taste, but you can feel it slightly when you drink. But thats not a bad thing, gives it character. Very drinkable considering the high abv %. I wish I had more then one bottle of this now. Very damn tasty.
12-01-2010 00:58:57 | More by WeedKing4
4.38/5 rDev +5%
Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.
A. 1 finger head of an off white color. Head disappeared pretty quick. A litte bit of lacing. Color is ruby brown.
S. Oak, vanilla, alcohol, berries, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit, bourbon.
T. Vanilla, alcohol, maple, brown sugar, oak, dark fruit. Very delicous. Really like the vanilla, oak, and bourbon flavors.
M. Medium/full bodied. Lingering sweetness. Light carbonation.
D. Very drinkable for an 11% barleywine. This beer takes a good barleywine and makes it great with barrel aging. A big complex delicous beer.
11-20-2010 17:27:19 | More by siradmiralnelson
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
Bottle Poured into a glass
A- Pours a dark copper color almost red, leaves a slight head that reduces to laces around the glass.
S-Vanilla, cherries, and some oak
T-First taste is strong alcohol, this beer although very high in alcohol content, leaves a great aftertaste. Cherry type flavor with a hint of vanilla.
M- Nothing very special here, not to filling, but a smooth to the sip.
D- Not a beer I would like to drink a lot of because of the high alcohol content, but this is definitely a good beer to have after a bad/long day of work.
11-20-2010 01:10:22 | More by thedoubler55
4.08/5 rDev -2.2%
A: Crystal clear deep ruby copper color. A pretty off white head in top that's already sticking to the glass.
S: Alcohol, sour cherries, vanilla, dark fruits, toasted caramel, light bourbon notes, oak.
T: A full on flavor assult here. Lots of astringent alcohol initially. Oak and sour cherry hit next. Vanilla comes in and the finish is bitter with tons of bourbon heat.
M: Sticky on the tongue but slightly on the thin side. A tad more substance would be ideal but I won't nitpick.
Overall: I'm a big fan of blithering idiot and this just takes that beer to the next level. This is a 2009 vintage and is drinking great.
11-13-2010 23:14:13 | More by BigMike
4.65/5 rDev +11.5%
..through the mucky muck, castles made of clouds, there sits insanity, sitting in my glass. Brown, highlit all tawny, nice little beige head. F! you! It screams bourbon..vanilla and booze challenging your nostrils. Dates and cherries, sweet malt, and more booze. It demands your full attention. There is nothing but this beer. So enjoy it! And damn you anyone who has the balls to look away!
Drinks like an angry sailor, hurling expletives as it curls down the whirlpool of your esophagus. It burns slightly, with the sweet malt left lingering to soothe your throat's wounds. You have been violated here today, and you have enjoyed this 09 Insanity. The barrel leaves its astringency like a stain, the vanilla a breath mint. The dark fruits are one of your few allies. Keep them close!
11-13-2010 22:38:09 | More by dragonWhale
3.8/5 rDev -8.9%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
My first barrel aged anything.. figured I'd go big with this one! Pours a deep brown, dark blood red color and develops little to no head. Many streams of bubble rise from the bottom of the glass, only to die wistfully among the surface. Little lacing to be seen
Nose is... wow. Almost all bourbon. Getting instant flashbacks of drinking Jim Beam on the rocks. Very interesting to experience in a beer, to say the least. Also getting sweet caramel, vanilla, figs and raisins. I can almost feel the alcohol burn through my nose...
Taste, expectedly, really follows the nose on this one. It honestly tastes like I'm drinking bourbon rather than beer, just with less alcohol burn. Not to say that there isn't a burn, but it fits and doesn't impose. Interestingly enough, as it warms up it gives it more complexity that helps subdue the alcohol (interesting because Weyerbacher suggests serving at 45-55 degrees), yet it still is present. Most noticeable in the warming is the presence of a smokey, oak feeling that doesn't help the burn but masks the alcohol a bit, giving way to the more fruity flavors and creamy vanilla. I'm a bit disappointed I didn't try Blithering Idiot before this to compare the two, but now I have a goal for the future!
Mouthfeel is heavy and moderately carbonated. Very sticky feeling and the bourbon definitely leaves a burning sensation on the palate. Really warms you up...
Drinkability is low. If the alcohol in this doesn't keep you from drinking too quickly, the sweetness and bourbon burn certainly will. A true sipper.
Overall not sure how I feel about this. It's my first bourbon aged beer so I don't have much to go on, but it's a strange sensation to have so much liquor sensation in a beer.
11-05-2010 22:23:22 | More by nhindian
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
Insanity is blood red and would easily pass for the stuff if not for its generous tawny highlights and the fact that it's complexion is transparent and glassy. Yup, the only thing congealing here is the spongy, dusty-looking cord wrapped around the perimeter. In the light the beer becomes bright candy apple red, the perfect stain for a vintage Corvette...
Ironically enough, considering the aroma revs up like one of those loud, hulking, teeming with horsepower engines. Nearly three years (possibly longer) in the cellar has done little to quiet this puppy: hot bourbon-y notes of vanilla, spices and oak are copious and still have enough potency to lay you down like a railroad track if you're not ready for them.
But while obviously capable of stinging like a bee, Insanity seems more content just floating like a butterfly. On the palate, the aforementioned vanilla is lush, the oak mellow and no more than a tinkle is heard of the spices. Incredibly rich notes of butterscotch, creme caramel and rum-raisin are noted along with nougat and dark skinned fruits.
Aside from its nectar-like flavours, little is left of the malts at this age and the beer is needle thin and, like a needle, the alcohol tends to prick you with every shot it get's - a considerable annoyance considering how intricate the taste is. Like the bourbon whose barrel whence it came, this is better suited to two ounce rock glasses - not 650ml bombers.
This may the first instance when drinking a beer where I actually welcome the thought of a spittoon. Then again I've got another two-thirds of the bottle and an empty stomach; I think my brain cells have already begun choreography on a synchronized swimming routine. But ask me and I'll tell you it's worth it. This is a sensuous, soothing, sedating treat.
It's easy to be impressed by the intensity and profoundness of (in particular bourbon) barrel aged beers. I certainly was my first time trying one, which happened to be a year-old 2005 vintage of Weyerbacher Insanity. While I've since become rather numb to the whole scene, I can still appreciate a well crafted example when I come across it. And this, my friends, still remains one of the finest ones I've come across.
11-05-2010 19:13:21 | More by biegaman
Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,866 ratings.