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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,825 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,825
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 175
Gots: 328 | FT: 15
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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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-17-2012 21:23:43 | More by ASUBeer
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Jmac91

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

08-17-2012 14:58:29 | More by Jmac91
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-15-2012 02:37:17 | More by GRG1313
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-14-2012 01:27:39 | More by AndrewMichael
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

08-12-2012 20:20:58 | More by GaryMarkle84
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Pat316

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

08-07-2012 18:51:46 | More by Pat316
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bcostner1

Tennessee

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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ferrari29

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-03-2012 18:56:47 | More by ferrari29
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WDJersey

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-03-2012 01:19:06 | More by WDJersey
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zenwatts

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-02-2012 13:54:29 | More by zenwatts
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sanitarium16

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

08-01-2012 01:58:17 | More by sanitarium16
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WankelEngine

Illinois

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip-wine glass. Split between my uncle and me.

A: Pours a lovely ruby-mahogany color. There is a light tan head which quickly fades to nothing. No lacing.

S: Smells very sweet. Raisin and fig are prominent. Maybe even a little bit of prune. Toffee is also strong with a touch of oak and vanilla.

T: Oak and vanilla are prominent, but followed very closely in intensity by the fruit flavors. Raisin and fig are very potent flavors here. The oak provides a little bit of smokiness. A hint of bourbon comes through mostly in the aftertaste, providing a little bit of alcohol heat. A mild bite of pine gives some bitterness that cuts the sweetness and complements the alcohol.

M: Medium-thick and very sticky. Next to no carbonation.

O: Nice barley wine. Very sweet, almost reminiscent of a doppelbock. Potent flavors but it could have more depth.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:02:55 | More by WankelEngine
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-29-2012 20:56:31 | More by cbeer88
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JerryOzog

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-29-2012 00:42:28 | More by JerryOzog
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Lee_Hancock

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-27-2012 19:10:33 | More by Lee_Hancock
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OBMM1


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-27-2012 19:01:49 | More by OBMM1
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WesM63

Ohio

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky and cloudy dark copper color with a tiny 1 finger head. Minimal lacing and retention is present.

S: Dark fruits (fig), oak and some sweet malts. Some alcohol lingering about.

T: Up front I get loads of dark fruits then lots of alcohol and oak finishing with some sweet malts.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Not really what I was expecting but good none the less. Reminds me more of an oak aged Belgian (strong dark/quad)

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 00:42:57 | More by WesM63
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MASPuros

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-25-2012 15:55:11 | More by MASPuros
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slavall

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-25-2012 00:07:52 | More by slavall
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Jlang2012

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

07-24-2012 23:20:06 | More by Jlang2012
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle poured into a tulip.

Pour: Clear amber brown with a quarter inch off white head. Some sediment floating around which is why this one wasn't a 4.

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla bourbon, raisins.

Taste: Chocolate and vanilla bourbon play around, and then give way to dark fruits and some leather. As it warms, great vanilla cinnamon spiciness appears. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Just right, not too heavy but still creamy and fulfilling. Little bit of booziness.

Overall: Really fantastic bourbon barrel barleywine, and great that it is very available here. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 15:39:32 | More by cfrances33
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Devi0us

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-20-2012 03:10:52 | More by Devi0us
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Ruby in color with two finger head, some, carbonation and sediment as well as some lacing.

S-Caramel, toffee, oak, some coffee and then there is something that smells burnt. Tad bit of bourbon.

T-Mainly caramel and toffee, sugary. Some oak and bourbon notes. Not much bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and smooth.

O-Not sure what it is about English Barleywines but I these are very hit and miss. Not perfect but not horrible either. Maybe some age will improve this.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 22:08:07 | More by rlee1390
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ABokononist

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

07-16-2012 19:12:11 | More by ABokononist
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discdueler

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-15-2012 18:02:32 | More by discdueler
Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,825 ratings.