Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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4.85/5 rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
12oz bottle (bottled on: 12/11/2013, besty by: 12/11/2018) into a Rastal Teku 2.0 stemmed glass
A- Depending on how the light strikes the sediment floating about (and your visual perspective), Insanity pours a deep ruby red and/or copper color and sports a sturdy, 1-finger's worth of an off-white (verging on khaki) head. Considering the ABV, head retention is quite strong and even after subsiding, a significant film coasts the surface (non-nucleated glass). Considering the fact that the beer is both barrel-aged and bottle conditioned, the appearance is quite attractive. (4.25)
S- Although quite pungent, its complexity makes it difficult to categorize. In short, the aroma is mostly Bourbon barrel and whiskey-soaked fruits. Vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, ripened berries, raisins, plums, dates, overripe melon and honey. (5.0)
T- Just as complex and massive as the nose suggests...even more so! Add to the aforementioned medley of aromas the slight presence of milk chocolate in the flavor. Drink this one on the warmer side to elicit all of the flavors. (4.75)
M- Full bodied and creamy. The bottle conditioning is not only responsible for giving this beer an amazing mouthfeel, the aromas maintain on the surface throughout consumption. (5.0)
O- Simply put...this is one of the best barrel-aged beers I have ever sampled. Not being an especially huge fan of English-style barleywines, the bourbon barrel-aging adds a character that elevates an already proven beer to mythical heights. The appearance, complexities in both aroma and flavor as well as its silky mouthfeel culminate to make Insanity one intensely enjoyable drinking experiences. After reading, it should come as no surprise that my overall impression of Insanity is nearly perfect. Weyerbacher continues to impress and cannot wait until they release the next batch! (5.0)
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2014 12:50:10 | More by threeviews
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
The appearance alone lets you know this beer means business. It's about the color of the little Brach's caramel cubes. A medium brown with some copper notes around the edges. You can see the richness because it's murky. The head is frothy and dirty yellow. It retains well, never fully dying. A thin lace follows each sip.
Smell is a bit lacking. For such a strong beer, you'd think everything would be aggressive, but the scent is not. A bit of caramel malt if you really get your nose in there, and somewhat floral, but little else. Not bad smells, just not enough of what's there.
Oh wow. It's good. The English barleywines are far more sophisticated than ours. Caramel and toffee lead the way. Some dark fruits at mid-sip. Really, only the oak from the barrels in the finish. The alcohol is very well masked and there's little in the way of hop presence.
Hard to believe an 11.1% ABV beer can be so smooth. Very rich with some sweet and floral notes. The dark fruits really hit the spot. Full-bodied and more like a kitten than a tiger. So easy to drink. Slight heat in the finish.
Overall, I'd not guessed this to be any kind of barleywine. It goes down easily, but watch out for that ABV. Really an exceptional beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2014 01:24:10 | More by RickS95
4.68/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A - Really not much to speak of here. Medium-dark brown color, a bit hazy. Pours with a decent enough tan head which is not very persistent.
S - Straight whiskey. Smells like a mix of bourbon/whiskey. That is truly about all I could smell, maybe a hint of the oak. Mostly whiskey. ...I love whiskey.
T - Hard to beat. Tastes like a sort of caramel candy, with hints of pomegranate/raisin-ish, and a hint of oak. Pretty noticeable fruity taste, but not overpowering. Kind of like apple cider.
M - Definitely full bodied. Nice and thick. Also hard to beat.
O - A great brew. At 11% abv too, this is one I will deifnitely be buying again. Very nice.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2014 01:10:45 | More by Lordhelmit
Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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