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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,003 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,003
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 191
Gots: 373 | FT: 17
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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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottled on 03/2012... big thanks to AtlCarl for this tone

A: copper in appearance.. creates about 1/2 fingers worth of head formation that dissipated quickly. there is a slight film that hugs the edges of the glass but nothing really remains in the middle. alcohol legs are noticed as well, but at 11.10% it is to be expected.

S: the caramel/toffee explodes out of the glass with deep brown sugar, alcohol, subtle dark fruits, and even a some sugar candy/bubble gum. i'm not picking up any oak qualities to this.

T: big alcohol notes right up front, with a blast of caramel sweetness. big sugar candy notes come through here again (just like the nose), subtle dark fruits, and a slight vanilla touch in during the finish to further sweeten this beer. but the alcohol is the main player here.

M: syrupy and sticks to the palate nicely. the alcohol is extremely warming on the cheeks. the palate is left with not only the warming alcohol touch, but also a nice amount of caramel sweetness that makes an effort to tame it down.

O: not sure how this is fresh, but after a year, this bitch still has some heat to her in my opinion. and as i was drinking this I kept thinking this thinking this was a Barleywine-Quad hybrid. such a unique brew and very grateful to have been given the change to try this one out. Definitely a must try, Thanks again to Atl Carl for sending this one out!

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a muddied, slightly amber, lighter brown with a finger of tan colored head, after about 2 minutes only a thin layer covers the entire surface and crawls around the entire perimeter of the glass.

S - Bourbon, sweet vanilla, and oak definitely dominate. Some dark fruit (cherry?) and molasses like malts are present as well.

T - Initial oaky bourbon and alcohol astringency transition into darker fruits and sweet delicious vanilla notes. After which the alcohol reappears with a bit of a twang.

M - Very very minimal carbonation. smooth and enjoyable to drink. Definitely a bit sticky at the back end.

O - Super oaky and bourbony, rich vanilla and dark fruits act as supporting characters. Super well balanced, fantastic brew (a bit of a sipper for sure). Very robust, tasty bourbon barley wine

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 02/18/13.

A: Pours ruby with a half finger off white head. A slight haze and just a bit of visible carbonation. Spots of lacing

S: Bourbon and oak are the first things I notice. A sweet malt backing, dark fruits give it a really rich tone.

T: Quite a tasty blend going on here. Bourbon is fairly dominate throughout. Really blends nicely with the strong malt base. Booze gives you a solid kick at the end. Finishes with a sweetness and bourbon.

M: Full body with low carbonation. A little hot but easily to adjust to its level. A tad sticky at the end with all the sweetness.

Overall this is a great bourbon barrel beer. A solid barleywine went into those barrels and it really shows. Would recommend to anyone in a second.

Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,003 ratings.