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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,816 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,816
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 173
Gots: 325 | FT: 14
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

09-02-2012 15:11:50 | More by djcira
Photo of mixed_master7


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-31-2012 19:13:29 | More by mixed_master7
Photo of 1noa


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-30-2012 14:46:40 | More by 1noa
Photo of agreenman19


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-28-2012 00:56:44 | More by agreenman19
Photo of bespin15


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-26-2012 02:29:54 | More by bespin15
Photo of jmarsh123


4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy light brown with a small tan head that sticks around for a few minutes. Solid lacing down the glass.

Big booze and toffee aroma. Some wood and vanilla as well. A few dark fruits comes out as it warms, but are firmly in the background.

Similar flavors. Big bourbon notes with a load of vanilla and toffee with some brown sugar and oak in the background. A little on the sweeter side, but not too bad as the booze does a good job of balancing out the sweet malt.

Medium thick oily body with light but still present carbonation levels. Very nice.

Overall not nearly close to the KH class and a few bourbon barrel american barleywines top it, but still very enjoyable for someone like myself who likes the bourbon up front and present in these brews. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 19:44:11 | More by jmarsh123
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-24-2012 00:32:08 | More by jrohrbacher
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep cloudy auburn color lies below a light tan head that reaches a bit more than a finger high but then dies quickly. Leaves slight lace.

At first I get a swift kick of booz/alcohol, bourbon soaked wood, lighter vanilla, and toffee. Then I get more of the wonderful intricacies of a barrel aged barleywine - wonderful caramelized and just barely burnt brown sugar, notes of wine or grapes, hints of dark fruit like figs and plums mixed with something a bit tart like black cherries and caramel apple. As this warms a bit more the bourbon, vanilla, sweet vinous (grape/wine like) notes, and black cherries come out even more, it seems.

The taste is along the same lines as the aroma with plenty of boozy bourbon soaked oak, vanilla sweetness, toffee and caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, and hints of vinous character. Maybe even some cognac notes to this one. All I know is this one is about a year old and the barrel aged character is still quite prominent and, frankly, it's lovely.

Nice feel. The carbonation is about medium, just a little higher than expected but not quite detracting. The consistency is silky and almost oily while the body is medium-high and viscous. The finish is nice and long and wet on the palette. Very nice.

This is a really damn good barrel aged barleywine. I can't speak to it when it's fresh, but with about a year (I believe) on it it's fantastic. Really wouldn't change a thing about it. Is this the best barrel aged barleywine I've had? No. That title is currently held by Goose Island's King Henry, which is phenomenal! But I would rank this one high up there with the likes of King Henry, Mother of all Storms, and Abacus/Sucaba (when fresh) which are currently the top three English Barleywines respectively.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 20:31:37 | More by matttttYCE
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-22-2012 15:06:55 | More by dreis
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-21-2012 21:19:15 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-21-2012 00:10:28 | More by Evan
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

08-20-2012 15:12:36 | More by ajs4bd
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-19-2012 22:56:03 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a short-lived, fizzy, off white head

S - bread, candy sugar, dark fruit, raisins, pears, apples

T - pears, apples, caramel, dark fruit, faint oak, faint vanilla, spicy alcohol, a bit boozy

M - very warm, full bodied, smooth, bitey

This is complex, smooth, potent beer. The flavor is very much like Blithering Idiot with a faint woody, earthy touch. I love big beers so this was enjoyable for me. If you like the style, I wouldn't pick this up.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 01:00:47 | More by tdm168
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-18-2012 23:01:08 | More by cfh64
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3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1461st Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter
12 oz

2012 Bottle

CA Gang Bang BIF

App- I am going with the App from Behemoth because it was right after this beer and it fits. The color of a new undribbled basketball. Highly orange without a head to speak of or lacing. Looks like a clearer juice in the glass. A good see through color with more head a couple dots of cling.

Smell- A lot more in the nose of this one. Sweetness, malts, boozy as can be with orange rind and a little bit of pepper.

Taste- It's a big and spicy BW. Still very fresh and lacks balance right out the gate. ABV hasnt settled yet and the oak is still too prickly.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a lighter carbonation. A bit too bubbly with residual booze and citrus.

Drink- I was really expecting so much more from this beer. I hope the 2010 I have outside can show some melding flavors and make it a bit smoother.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 21:11:02 | More by FosterJM
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-17-2012 21:23:43 | More by ASUBeer
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

08-17-2012 14:58:29 | More by Jmac91
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-15-2012 02:37:17 | More by GRG1313
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-14-2012 01:27:39 | More by AndrewMichael
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

08-12-2012 20:20:58 | More by GaryMarkle84
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

08-07-2012 18:51:46 | More by Pat316
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from 12 oz bottle into brandy snifter style glass. Deep, rich burnt-orange hue with a very thin and quickly dissipating head. Presence of some sediment from the bottom of the bottle noted in the glass (which is ok b/c I actually like the yeast sediment in my pours personally).

S: Ripe fruits, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, mild booze burn. Definitely above average but I've smelled some that are better too.

T: Wow...I am blown away. I expected this to be good but not THIS good. I get a LOT of stuff in this. Apricot, ripe figs, sweet dates are all there for sure. Vanilla throughout along with some wood presence as well. Sweet, melted candy sugar. Bourbon and mild booziness on the finish. Absolutely delicious.

M: For a supposed 11% ABV brew, I can't tell it. I mean, the alcohol is there slightly but very, very well masked. This is an easy drinker even though it is a little on the viscous/syrupy side when cold. As it warms up...watch out! Goes down soooo smooth!

Overall, this beer is top notch. I'm surprised it doesn't get more hype in the forums (even though it received high rating scores). I'm glad a bought a 4 pack. I would love to always have this on hand as it is one of the top 5 English Barleywines that I have personally ever tried. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 00:02:50 | More by bcostner1
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-03-2012 18:56:47 | More by ferrari29
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-03-2012 01:19:06 | More by WDJersey
Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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