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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,065 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,065
Reviews: 868
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 195
Gots: 421 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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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

Photo of jdgleason
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flathanjr
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SithPagan
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IPAIsaac
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mquinn919
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SteveB3014
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lipsntoes
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bone53
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The pour results in a rich amber color with a two finger tan head

Smell: Dark fruit (rasisin,figs), caramel and toffee malt, bourbon, vanilla. Love the aromas im getting

Taste: I get more of the malt in the taste with a little of the dark fruit mentioned and a nice bourbon, vanilla undertone

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and pretty light for the style; Considering its 11.1%, its exremely smooth with not as much alcohol as expected, although aging would tone it down even more

Overall: Its hard not to like a barrel aged barelywine, and this is no exception. Reminds me a lot of Duclaw Hell on Wood which was the last barrel aged barleywine i rremember enjoying quite a bit. It has the caramel malts, dark fruit, and bourbon characteristics as expected in this style. During the winter months this is a winner for sure. Some aging and i could see this being world class

Photo of schimschim
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fellysmarts
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of njtmayhem
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Got this beer for the first time in a while. Forgot ho much I enjoyed it. Great drink for a cold night, or any night at that.

Photo of cosmicdebris
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't wait totry this again after a year of cellering

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Donco
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Given some of the reviews, I am pleasantly surprised. This is an above-average-not-quite top of the line English Barleywine. Very well balanced with a pleasing dark fruit and bourbon/oak flavor. Smooth and very drinkable. Recommended as one doesn't see too many of this variety in 12 oz. bottles.

Photo of punxsybob
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,065 ratings.