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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,124
Reviews: 882
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 197
Gots: 445 | FT: 23
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with reddish edges. Fluffy head with decent retention for an 11% abv beer. Lots of narsty lookin' floaties.

Smell is big on bourbon, with some vanilla and toffee peeking through. Slightest hint of piney hops.

Taste follows the nose closely plus a sweet malty finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Nice carbonation.

Not the prettiest beer, but damn this is nice. Should get more attention.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a burnt caramel color and a little thick with two fingers of foam that fell fast enough to a thin film on top and some big loose bubbles around the edge of the glass. Shimmering wet lace. Nose is toasted malt, sweet, sweet caramel and dark ripe fruits. Rains, figs oak and vanilla. No hop presence on the nose. Sugary and reminds one of cake. Taste is big and boozy! Sweet with lots of malt sugar, toasted malt a little char in back and smooth vanilla. For how boozy it is it's plenty good. Alcohol is hot and warms from the nose to the last swallow. Stays hot in the aftertaste too. Body is thick and heavy. It's surprisingly delicious like a good sweet raisin bread that someone spiked. This one is for sipping and while I found it a bit too heavy I am glad I tried it. Reminds me of rum, sticky and very sweet.

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Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.
2013 vintage

A - Light amber to brown in color, with a minimal head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S - Lots of toasted malt, oak, and vanilla from the barrel cover up hints of dried out raisin-bread from the base English barleywine.

T - Oak barreling brings forth complex notes of oak, vanilla, coconut, and candied sugar. No hop presence as expected. Finish is booze warmth.

M - Medium bodied with medium level of carbonation. Nothing surprising here.

O - This beer should be a sipper at 11.% ABV but drinks remarkably easy for being so strong. A very enjoyable barleywine that is better that the base beer (blithering idiot) in every way. If you are a fan of barrel aged beers and/or barleywines then you should be happy with this beer.

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Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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