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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,825 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,825
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 174
Gots: 327 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A bourbon barrel-aged English-style Barleywine.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2004)
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MikeEhrmantraut

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-01-2013 06:38:01 | More by MikeEhrmantraut
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mtalley999

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

01-01-2013 04:26:34 | More by mtalley999
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JamesMN

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque caramel/orange hue with no head despite a vigorous pour. Some visible sediment as well.

Aroma: Decently complex with dried fig, apricot, raison, burnt caramel, vanilla, and hints of alcohol.

Taste: HUGE flavor. Great concentrated peach juice flavor that adds a nice sweetness to the whole palate. Underneath that syrupy flavor there is a lot of caramel malt and some other nice dried fruit flavors. Surprisingly no alcohol in the taste but just a little heat on the end. Hugely robust throughout. Not getting as much of the bourbon barrel character as I had anticipated but I would attribute the smoothness of this brew to the aging process.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation (maybe bottled conditioned?). Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A very enjoyable Barleywine with a lot of great flavors to love and definitely for someone with a bit of a sweet tooth. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 05:31:09 | More by JamesMN
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denimdemon

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

12-27-2012 02:35:12 | More by denimdemon
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kb2250

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-26-2012 00:51:01 | More by kb2250
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-24-2012 01:47:31 | More by jpd7374
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litheum94

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-23-2012 04:24:14 | More by litheum94
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random846

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-20-2012 03:29:52 | More by random846
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-19-2012 16:36:51 | More by stereosforgeeks
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-18-2012 22:31:35 | More by King_KongDCO93
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Ohiovania

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

12-18-2012 03:44:28 | More by Ohiovania
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tgraven

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-17-2012 04:42:58 | More by tgraven
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marvin213

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-16-2012 20:40:31 | More by marvin213
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-15-2012 00:40:02 | More by jbaker67
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smonice

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-13-2012 20:13:20 | More by smonice
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legend8706

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-12-2012 13:47:12 | More by legend8706
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DocJitsu

California

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy cider-amber color with no head at all. There are some cola type carbonation bubbles that migrate from the bottom of the glass to the surface of the beer, but once that fades, which is very quickly, this looks like a glass of ice tea. Vanilla, toffee, and some tart non-citrus fruit on the nose. Mouthfeel is pretty full and wet with a little carbonation sting on the back and edges of the tongue. I'm not sure I'd want much more carbonation than that with this beer. It warms your mouth right up. There's some tart cherry, some vanilla, and some sweet, buttery toffee. The flavors fade before the alcohol evaporates, so there's a bit of an off-putting alcohol flavor that lingers. It's a pretty good beer overall. It's appearance is a trip though.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:19:56 | More by DocJitsu
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Circleo12

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-07-2012 03:54:23 | More by Circleo12
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DRyan

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears to have been bottled 1/4/12
Poured in a pint (not the best glass, but I'm too lazy to clean a tulip right now, so that's how it's gonna be tonight.)

A: Pours a deep ruby-copper with a very thin head that dissipates quickly without leaving much lacing. As I had seen that there is a lot of sediment associated with his beer, poured slowly and left the last bits behind in the bottle, my glass is mostly sediment free.
S: The scent is a lot of sticky sweet malt, vanilla, dark fruits (fig and some raisin) and just a hint of the alcohol
T: The taste is more toffee than vanilla, the malt sweetness is not as pronounced as it is in the scent, there is very little hop taste or bitterness but there is some balance to the sweetness. The alcohol is obvious but not overpowering.
M: Thin, smooth, a little tingly from the fine carbonation
D: Certainly not made to be chugged, but for a beer over the 10% mark this is pretty easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:43:21 | More by DRyan
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freduardo

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

11-27-2012 03:57:27 | More by freduardo
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e30todamax

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-26-2012 23:39:51 | More by e30todamax
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Envelopes

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-26-2012 15:10:08 | More by Envelopes
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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-25-2012 06:09:36 | More by ferrettman687
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B00ZER

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-25-2012 03:13:39 | More by B00ZER
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure where or when I first had this.

Chestnut brown pour, hazy, with a small white head that recedes to a wispy layer of bubbles; minor splotches of lacing. Aroma fairly heavy with bourbon, notes of toffee, vanilla, oak. Malty sweet taste, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon-soaked oak, overripe fruit sensations. Medium-full body, smooth and chewy, low carbonation, a very nice barleywine overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 07:24:39 | More by Rifugium
Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,825 ratings.