Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,970
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 189
Gots: 357 | 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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle courtesy of newbrewbb. Served in an Allagash chalice. Pours a brownish-amber with a fizzy, half-inch, cream-colored head that sizzles and pops and dissipates into a tight band around the edges with some tiny dollops of foam across the surface. Quite a bit of effervescence is also present in solution but no lacing. Nose expresses a slight breadiness and dark fruit (plums or prunes maybe) as well as a bubblegum quality. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also some ethanol as well as a slightly sugary quality and some toasted notes. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a prickly carbonation, a slightly oily texture and a mild burn at the finish that lingers between quaffs. Overall, an interesting beer that is closer to an American Strong Ale than an English Barleywine in my opinion. Fresh, this beer is a bit muddled. Not bad, but I think a little aging to dissipate the carbonation, mellow the heat and coalesce the flavors will do wonders for this beer. I don't really get any oak on this beer, other than perhaps the suggestion of some toasted notes in the flavor profile.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy dark red-brown with one-finger, off-white, fizzy head that lasted less than a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Cherries, vanilla, bananas, alcohol, oak.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Cherries, vanilla, bananas, alcohol, oak - exactly like the nose.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Slightly dry, and warm going down.

O: This is a good beer, but I wonder if it isn't a bit overrated. Still, another a good high-ABV beer from Weyerbacher.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a pint

A- Pours a deep orange color. Clearly bottle conditioned, lots of yeast leftover. Very bubbly and thick looking. Pearly white head.

S- Deep dark fruit smell, sugary and sweet. Little hop is detected, citrus. The currants really drive the ship.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, smooth -but then the big bomb of cherries and grapes come in. Very earthy, not overly sweet. Hopping is restrained, but the beer has a bitter balance. Finishes with a sticky sweetness.

M - Sticky, big. Lots of sugars. Some alcohol warmth, but not to the level of 11.1%.

O/D - An interestingly huge beer. Not sure I get any of the barrel aging. Very filling. Not all that easy drinking, obviously a sipper.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Reddish copper with 1 finger of head that is quickly reduced to nothing. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Bourbon sweetness, caramel candies, booze, toffee, banana peel, candy sugar and hints of butterscotch. The booze covers most of the aroma, however it is quite pleasant.

Surprisingly not as boozy as the nose lets on. Smooth notes of bourbon, caramel hard candies, raisin and banana bread. Notes of toffee, candy sugars, butterscotch and fig. Tiny hints of cherry, concord grape and vanilla. Some alcohol lingers.

Medium-full bodied, smooth, oily, slick and warming.

I forgot how good this stuff is. Smooth and decadent with the flavors melding together in perfect harmony. At $4/bottle, you're not going to find a better value on a Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine. Thank you, Weyerbacher!

Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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