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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,072 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,072
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 194
Gots: 428 | FT: 20
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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4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Teku glass
2013 vintage

A: Pours a dark mahogany with some reddish hues when held to light. 1 fingers width of light khaki colored head has decent retention before dissipating down. Leaves effectively no lacing, but some prominent alcohol legs.

S: Bourbon, dark fruits, oak, fig and dates, caramel/toffee, a touch of booze. Like alcohol soaked chocolate covered cherries. Great complexity. Really wonderful nose.

T: Initial sip is dark fruits, followed by bourbon, with semi-sweet chocolate on the finish. I also get oak, caramel/toffee, a non-specific bitterness,
The bourbon is not as prominent as I anticipated, but what is there is nice, and the oak from the barrel is significant. Very tasty beer here.

M/D: Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy but not thick. Carbonation low, but appropriate. Drinkability is excellent.

O: Overall, I loved this beer. I had Blithering Idiot a couple days ago, and this doesnt even resemble that beer. I would have never guessed it was the base beer. Insanity is much more complex, and just plain better. Really a great shelf English Barleywine. Unfortunately I missed the boat this year, and this was the last bottle available at the local bottle shop. Next year, I will be grabbing up a bunch of these for sure. Excellent.

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4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The color is a copper and with some ruby when you put it up to a light. There is a frothy half finger head. The lacing is absolutely gorgeous. It slides down the glass with little, little bubbles like glass. It rolls down and taste forever.

The aroma is wonderful for a barleywine. Reminds me a bit of Sucaba. It has big caramel, brown sugar, and roasted malt. It smells sweet and sticky like honey. It definitely has an earthy resin character, but also that oak woodiness.

It starts off with big vanilla, dark fruit sweetness, and then a sticky warm caramel rum flavor.

The mouthfeel is immediately noticeable, so wonderfully creamy. The highlight of the beer.

The finish is pretty clean without too much lingering sweetness or alcohol bite. This beer is super amazing at hiding its 11.1% ABV. Drinking it more, the alcohol does sort of creep up on you, but in a kind bourbon sipping way.

Comparison is clearly going to be to Sucaba. I prefer that because of its wild complexity of flavors. This surely has the mouthfeel and a lot of wonderful characteristics. World class.

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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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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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Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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