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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,910 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 180
Gots: 354 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

SuyoonShin, Feb 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

FTowne, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

kbuzz, Feb 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

hopluva1, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

DmanGTR, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

iguana1010, Jan 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

csustar001, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of themind
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is very good! This to me easily smokes DFH Old School. Pours a decent sized head, has good aroma and very good taste. I am surprised this is not rated even higher then it is. Good barley wine aged in oak barrels. Blithering idiot with a twist. If you like the idiot you will love this. A little boozy but nothing crazy, I would buy this again.

Bottom Like: Good beer for the style.

themind, Jan 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Auror, Jan 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

outoffocus, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

BMan33, Jan 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

josephwa, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Brew33, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

duceswild, Jan 21, 2013
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3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: This beer if brown and murky and had I not already enjoyed some brown, murky beers like this in the past I would be worried. It is not the most appetizing beer ever. A quick wash of bubbles comes and goes within seconds of pouring this into the glass and leaves no head at all – only a ring of bubbles surrounding the outside of the glass.

SMELL: Interesting. While there was a little bit on the nose right after the pour, there is not a whole lot left after that wash of bubbles. However, when I stick my nose in the bottle, even the now-empty bottle, I get some of the traditional Barleywine aromas – brown sugar, vanilla, spice, banana and a touch of bread.

TASTE: The oak is the strongest element of the flavor in the Insanity. In fact, I would go as far as to say that it is insane how much oak is on this thing. Hints of sweet banana bread and spices sweeten it up in the middle and back, but an unfortunate (and unwanted) bit of weird citrus creeps into the mix as well. It seems like there is a mild infection here which is too bad, because I think this has the potential to be a great beer.

MOUTHFEEL: There is a lot more sparkle to this than it would appear to have giving the perception of a lighter body than it actually has. The sharp oak taste causes a slight pucker up front, but the sweeter banana and spice notes pull it back towards the back. Overall, the mouthfeel is clean and leaves almost nothing behind.

OVERALL: This is borderline for me. Given all the great reviews I’ve read of the Insanity and what tasted like some off flavors, I have to believe that this beer is slightly infected. It still isn’t bad, but by no means is it deserving of its 93 score in this condition. If I am given the opportunity to try this beer again in the future, I certainly will and I’ll re-review. Until then, I have to go with decent, but not great.

StoneTSR, Jan 19, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Murky deep amber color with a 1.5-finger bubbly, cream-colored head. Decent retention as the head fades into a ring that stays around the edge of the glass and a tiny bit of patchy lacing.

S – Caramel, molasses, figs, raisins, and lots of bourbon. Maybe some vanilla and oak to go with the barrels, but most of that aspect is covered in bourbon.

T – Somewhat muted in flavor at first compared to the aroma. It starts off hot with lots of bourbon and then mellows out to sweet caramel, molasses, and some of the dark fruits like raisins and figs that were appreciated in the aroma. These sweet flavors come out more and more with each sip I take.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and viscous mouthfeel, and a sweet, astringent, and very dry finish. Sweet caramel and molasses malt flavors linger but so does bourbon dryness and astringency. There’s also definitely a palate-and-throat-warming sensation to go with the high ABV.

O – This is a good English barleywine. I actually think it’s better than Abacus (gasp). Instead of tasting oak barrel, I can at least appreciate some of the sweet malty flavors here. There’s still a bunch of bourbon, but it’s somewhat balanced with the maltiness. Nice beer.

BlackBelt5112203, Jan 19, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served at cellar temperature.

Slightly hazy, medium ruby body. Half inch of gauzy, light khaki head. Some lacing. Nose of rummy fruits, caramel, oak, vanilla, and coconut. Rich, complex, and inviting.

Light herbal, woody bitterness up front. Rich, rummy fruits follow. Sweet, but not cloying. Caramel and tobacco show up as well. Oak, tannins, and vanilla round off the malty sweetness. Toasted coconut and butterscotch into the finish. Warming, rummy alcohol, but not too hot. Lingering oak, fruit, and caramel. Full-bodied with a thick, almost chewy feel. Very good.

alexgash, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

aorloski, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Duff27, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

kevwcamp, Jan 17, 2013
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Budinetz, Jan 16, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-A cloudy crimson hue. Head is fully formed and off-white. The consistency is quite creamy. Good lacing.

S-Moderate intensity. Bourbon is noticeable but it is not coercive. Lots of toasted caramel and toffee. Some sudsy hoppiness. Sappy, syrupy malts. Actually surprised by its relatively subdued nose.

T-Pleasant combination of dried fruits and caramel. Bourbon notes let the dried apricots and charred caramel to introduce themselves before stealing the show. Pounds of toffee. Bourbon is not too muscular; its simply another flavor element.

M-Full bodied. Sticky. Very soft carbonation. Very dry. Hot.

O/D-A solid, well-dressed bourbon aged brew. Its big and thick, but it lacks the intricate flavors of some of the best beers cut out of the same mold.

VelvetExtract, Jan 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.