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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,058 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,058
Reviews: 865
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 195
Gots: 416 | 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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Photo of JakerLou
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lawsonsj
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnyRebel
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/10/14 Hops at 84 East in snifter

Photo of docoman
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kerrie
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McMatt7
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jose_C
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rden4654
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheTinDoor
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FightinIrish88
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a lot of the bourbon & wood flavor along with some vanilla & even some dark cherry. It is a pretty hefty brew, a sipper for sure. Your opinion of it will likely depend on how much you like bourbon. It isn't quite as smooth as some other bourbon barrel-aged beers, but it does have a certain complexity to be appreciated. Finishes a tad boozey.

Photo of JasW
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrfehon33
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wander4
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zekenyce
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blackpond
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clearly one of the best barrel aged ales out there. Smooth

Photo of Aldogg007
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boomer4ES
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GFM
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dense dark amber with a reddish hue. One finger head formed on a delayed basis as the carbonation bubbles surfaced--settled quickly. Very little lacing. Bourbon sweetness evident in the scent, as is the alcohol. Smooth feel. First few sips tasted like alcohol but after I let it sit, the flavor profile emerged. A bourbon (almost bourbon & coke like) sweetness with vanilla undertone. A nice sipping beer. I will definitely age a bottle. (8.5)

Photo of mattsucks
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

*12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass..cause I'm classy like that!*

I've had this brew many, many time in the past. Never reviewed it. I guess I got that "ticker" mentality once again. Let's just get down to the chase, shall we? This brew pours Gorgeous! Nice dark Amber/Copper body with light blonde hues. Well filtered and crystal clean. A small white head crowned her majesty for a moment and left some nice lacing around as proof of its existence. This is a phenomenal look brew!

The aroma should tell me what I got myself into. First whiff is of buttery oak notes with slight toast and vanilla. Some cereal grains and toffee makes its dominant stance. On the back end some booze enlightens the mood. It's a big beer for sure, just not in your face as some. Pretty outstanding really.

Taste test time MOFOs! First hits with that toffee sweetness that turns to buttery notes. Vanilla and cereal grains are shaking hands on your palate before big bad booze comes in and disrupts the harmony. Slight fruity esters before the finish. This beast finishes boozy and dry with slight bitter on the sides of the palate. Lingering vanilla in the aftertaste. Pretty good if you ask me. The feel on this brew is lighter than you would expect with its hefty ABV. Carbonation is on point and is poppin!

Overall: This brew used to be lucious on the palate and full blown toasted coconut Bomb. Since 2012 and up its lost that flavor profile. Who knows, maybe the barrels are getting weaker after every use or not enough time in the barrel. IDK, all I know this batch is better than last year's offering. So maybe Dan is getting this back on track! Still a drinkable brew that I have no problem killing a few in a session. This brew is Worthy!

Photo of HopHead_
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,058 ratings.