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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,007 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,007
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 192
Gots: 376 | 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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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.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottled Jan, 2013
Thanks William!
Brown cherry ale with near excellent clarity and a shredded sheet of tan foam. Smells like artificial cherry juice, sweet nougat, some alcohol, a little oak and vanilla with light malt, some bread - meh. Quite sweet with a cloying aftermath of cherry again. Some more alcohol and a touch of oak and vanilla. Medium over thin with moderate carb and a cloying finish - really sweet for a long time: makes me want salty chips. I'm glad to have tried this, but glad not to have actually worked for it.

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Poured from tap into tulip at south park tavern in Dayton. Pours a murky orange with sticky white lacing. Lots of caramel aromas...toffee and vanilla.
Taste is where this shines...wow. huuuge caramel flavor. Its basically like a worthers in liquid alcohol form. Lots of sweetness and vanilla flavors as well. Some woody notes finish. Really just sooo smooth. Wow. This is a fantastic English barleywine. One of the best I ever had.
Right now there is a woman sitting 2 seats down from me talking to herself (weird) ..she must have had one of these.

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

Bottled 1/22/13 and poured into a tulip. Moderately hazy dark amber with a slight amount of sediment floating around, and about a fingers worth of cream colored soapy head that fades quickly to a ring.

Big bourbon notes intermingle with caramel malt, toffee, rum-soaked raisin, fig, some faint earthy, slightly spicy hops and some booze.

The bold bourbon in the nose definitely carries over to the taste, but doesn't overpower notes of toasted oak, caramel malt, sweet dark fruits, a little sweet tobacco, toffee, and hints of earthy hops and vanilla in the finish.

Medium to full bodied with delicate carbonation. Slightly slick, and coats the mouth with flavors. A fair amount of heat in the finish.

One of my favorite bourbon barrel aged barleywines for sure, and it doesn't hurt not living far from the brewery, which makes access to it pretty easy for me as opposed to some of the other, more popular ones. Rich bourbon presence that is powerful but not dominating, over a spectacular English barleywine base and a body almost as nice as Mila Kunis. Could use 6 months or so to mellow the booze out a bit, but still superb fresh. Get on this.

Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,007 ratings.