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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,791 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,791
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 175
Gots: 321 | 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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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-04-2014 17:18:44 | More by bleedsblu
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xShoWTeKx

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-02-2014 02:36:53 | More by xShoWTeKx
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-01-2014 19:45:03 | More by Latarnik
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-28-2014 08:34:37 | More by PappyVans
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aubzachsyd

Iowa

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-28-2014 01:47:37 | More by aubzachsyd
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brycevolk

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-27-2014 20:01:54 | More by brycevolk
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threeviews

New Jersey

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
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-27-2014 00:37:55 | More by DaftPatrick
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JMS1512

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-25-2014 21:50:37 | More by JMS1512
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Tafyob41

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-25-2014 04:21:34 | More by Tafyob41
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dave317

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-22-2014 22:45:44 | More by dave317
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

05-22-2014 11:38:46 | More by MichiganderHB
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The_Craft_Deviant_Rob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-22-2014 00:42:05 | More by The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-20-2014 01:59:56 | More by uvm2003
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Skabiski

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-19-2014 22:02:32 | More by Skabiski
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paul_db

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-17-2014 20:18:13 | More by paul_db
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Rodosman

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-17-2014 14:10:40 | More by Rodosman
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greyghost86

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

05-17-2014 12:13:44 | More by greyghost86
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Tyler200587

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-17-2014 02:48:49 | More by Tyler200587
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RickS95

Indiana

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
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DrChadly

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

05-16-2014 01:53:15 | More by DrChadly
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Stillmakingnoise

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-15-2014 03:23:03 | More by Stillmakingnoise
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Lordhelmit

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow!

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
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Beastcpa

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.9%

05-13-2014 00:20:56 | More by Beastcpa
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

05-12-2014 02:00:49 | More by Kramerbarthomer
Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,791 ratings.