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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,003 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,003
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 191
Gots: 373 | FT: 17
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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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to give this barleywine points for a few reasons...
1. It is a more malty barleywine which I prefer over a more hoppy barleywine.
2. It is an English barleywine and actually is more malt foward. I have had a few English barleywines that are more hoppy and some American barleywines (which are supposed to be more hoppy) that are too malty so I appreciate that they stuck with what is true to the style.

Beyond that, the taste is of sweet candy and cinnamon. I got some bourbon flavor but not as much as with some other bourbon barrel aged beers that I have had. This beer was on the more pricey side but I am glad I bought it as it was one worth tasting. I split a 4 pack with my brother in law so I will probably stash the other one away to give it some time to age.

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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.

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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.

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Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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