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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,924 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,924
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 184
Gots: 355 | FT: 18
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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Photo of skaboom420
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

skaboom420, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of kevanb
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Eagle Rock snifter.

The beer pours a nice burgundy color, hues of garnet and brown, hazy complexion with an off white, fizzy head that dissipates quickly leaving behind some trace film and no lacing. The aroma is very pleasant, smooth bourbon, rich malted grain, sweet oak, light vanilla, a touch of char from the barrel with lingering alcohol and stone fruit. The flavors are a bit disappointing after the nose, the bourbon is much lighter on the tongue while the grain takes over. Bourbon is still there, with some charred wood from the barrel, oak and vanilla pop out with some nice pitted, dark fruit that finishes a bit harshly with strong alcohol. The body is a bit light and watery, still very smooth, carbonation is on the weaker side with a thin finish.

Verdict: An enjoyable Barrel Aged Barleywine from Weyerbacher, but one that falls just a bit short compared to many others out there. The thinner body hurts this beer a lot, but it's definitely one I would enjoy again.

kevanb, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

touchmeimsac, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of sandiego67
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

sandiego67, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

t0rin0, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Lovely85, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Matt73
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Matt73, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

brez8791, Mar 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

MIA4IPA, Mar 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Simpleman77, Mar 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Cerveza, Mar 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

sodensp, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

sneaks2210, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

dokupe, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Narkiboy, Mar 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

wbischof, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

musicman7070, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a ruby red color with nice clarity. The head is quite good for a barleywine; a one finger light cream color. Retention is pretty good, and even after fading, the collar on the side of the glass is quite nice as well.

S: This one comes across as being very caramel-forward. I also detect notes of toffee and brown sugar. The bourbon barrel influence is certainly present, as well, providing tones of vanilla, coconut, and pleasant booze. Quite nice.

T: The bourbon presence is what first sweeps across the palate at first. Vanilla and coconut - even if it's not as distinctive as, say, Sucaba - are certainly an enjoyable sensation on the palate. I swear I detect the most subtle hint of chocolate on the midtaste. The aforementioned midtaste and finish is where the barleywine proper breaks away from the barrel's influence; caramel, toffee, and prune notes gradually build from the midtaste all the way to the finish. It's certainly good - but it lacks the proper depth to be elite.

M: The feel is both moderately thick and a bit syrupy; the latter is no big deal given the style's conventions. The sweetness does a decent job of covering the alcohol presence without being an overbearing expression. The aftertaste provided by the oak barrel tannins give a bit of a dryness without exasperating the alcohol harshness significantly or gutting the flavors.

O: Truth be told, I'm the kind of person who prefers my barleywines to be simple and non-barrel-aged, but I'll be damned if this one isn't pretty good. I'd even go so far as to say I (slightly) prefer it to Sucaba. So sue me. The relative cheapness and ease of attainability are just gravy, really. All in all, it's really good, but not amazing.

ThisWangsChung, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Ristaccia, Mar 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

CORKSCREWFISH, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of DirtyBirdSpecial
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought in Mass. because NH beer distribution laws are horrific.

Into a Chimay chalice

A: A very nice deep red amber, with some bright orange sunshiney hues when held to the light and swirled a bit. A quickly dissipating half-finger of foam that lasts just long enough to allow some of the final drops to dance around on the bubbles a bit, which I enjoy very much. Some spotty lacing lasts throughout.

S: The nose is thin, or maybe its just because i have an oncoming cold. Malts are strong, with some slight caramel and barrel notes.

T: Oh, man. Just delightful. Sweet malts and raisins give way to the subtle bourbon notes from the barrel ageing. Boy howdy, I can only detect the 11.1% at the end in my nostrils with an exhale.

M: Thin but oily, carbonation is in proper proportion in my opinion, but could be a bit more active.

O: Well, I'm normally a guy who likes to have one beer like this a night, but i could see myself having a one night boot-kickin sesh with several of these bad boys, I tell you what. I will definitely buy this again.

DirtyBirdSpecial, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

tzolandz, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Phillyz, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Holland, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

smutty33, Feb 25, 2013
Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,924 ratings.