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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,968 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,968
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 189
Gots: 356 | FT: 16
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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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.

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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.

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Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,968 ratings.