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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,898 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,898
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 177
Gots: 354 | 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:
A bourbon barrel-aged English-style Barleywine.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2004)
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Photo of JamesMN
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque caramel/orange hue with no head despite a vigorous pour. Some visible sediment as well.

Aroma: Decently complex with dried fig, apricot, raison, burnt caramel, vanilla, and hints of alcohol.

Taste: HUGE flavor. Great concentrated peach juice flavor that adds a nice sweetness to the whole palate. Underneath that syrupy flavor there is a lot of caramel malt and some other nice dried fruit flavors. Surprisingly no alcohol in the taste but just a little heat on the end. Hugely robust throughout. Not getting as much of the bourbon barrel character as I had anticipated but I would attribute the smoothness of this brew to the aging process.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation (maybe bottled conditioned?). Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A very enjoyable Barleywine with a lot of great flavors to love and definitely for someone with a bit of a sweet tooth. Would I drink it again? Sure.

JamesMN, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of denimdemon
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

denimdemon, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of kb2250
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kb2250, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jpd7374, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev -3.8%

litheum94, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of random846
4/5  rDev -3.8%

random846, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Ohiovania
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Ohiovania, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of tgraven
4/5  rDev -3.8%

tgraven, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of marvin213
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

marvin213, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of jbaker67
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jbaker67, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of smonice
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

smonice, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of legend8706
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

legend8706, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy cider-amber color with no head at all. There are some cola type carbonation bubbles that migrate from the bottom of the glass to the surface of the beer, but once that fades, which is very quickly, this looks like a glass of ice tea. Vanilla, toffee, and some tart non-citrus fruit on the nose. Mouthfeel is pretty full and wet with a little carbonation sting on the back and edges of the tongue. I'm not sure I'd want much more carbonation than that with this beer. It warms your mouth right up. There's some tart cherry, some vanilla, and some sweet, buttery toffee. The flavors fade before the alcohol evaporates, so there's a bit of an off-putting alcohol flavor that lingers. It's a pretty good beer overall. It's appearance is a trip though.

DocJitsu, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Circleo12
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Circleo12, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of DRyan
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears to have been bottled 1/4/12
Poured in a pint (not the best glass, but I'm too lazy to clean a tulip right now, so that's how it's gonna be tonight.)

A: Pours a deep ruby-copper with a very thin head that dissipates quickly without leaving much lacing. As I had seen that there is a lot of sediment associated with his beer, poured slowly and left the last bits behind in the bottle, my glass is mostly sediment free.
S: The scent is a lot of sticky sweet malt, vanilla, dark fruits (fig and some raisin) and just a hint of the alcohol
T: The taste is more toffee than vanilla, the malt sweetness is not as pronounced as it is in the scent, there is very little hop taste or bitterness but there is some balance to the sweetness. The alcohol is obvious but not overpowering.
M: Thin, smooth, a little tingly from the fine carbonation
D: Certainly not made to be chugged, but for a beer over the 10% mark this is pretty easy to drink

DRyan, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of freduardo
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

freduardo, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of e30todamax
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

e30todamax, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Envelopes
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Envelopes, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of ferrettman687
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ferrettman687, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of B00ZER
5/5  rDev +20.2%

B00ZER, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure where or when I first had this.

Chestnut brown pour, hazy, with a small white head that recedes to a wispy layer of bubbles; minor splotches of lacing. Aroma fairly heavy with bourbon, notes of toffee, vanilla, oak. Malty sweet taste, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon-soaked oak, overripe fruit sensations. Medium-full body, smooth and chewy, low carbonation, a very nice barleywine overall.

Rifugium, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of xacidx
4/5  rDev -3.8%

xacidx, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

hollywood_15063, Nov 22, 2012
Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,898 ratings.