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Insanity - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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1,911 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,911
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 183
Gots: 354 | FT: 18
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Narkiboy, Mar 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

wbischof, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

musicman7070, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a ruby red color with nice clarity. The head is quite good for a barleywine; a one finger light cream color. Retention is pretty good, and even after fading, the collar on the side of the glass is quite nice as well.

S: This one comes across as being very caramel-forward. I also detect notes of toffee and brown sugar. The bourbon barrel influence is certainly present, as well, providing tones of vanilla, coconut, and pleasant booze. Quite nice.

T: The bourbon presence is what first sweeps across the palate at first. Vanilla and coconut - even if it's not as distinctive as, say, Sucaba - are certainly an enjoyable sensation on the palate. I swear I detect the most subtle hint of chocolate on the midtaste. The aforementioned midtaste and finish is where the barleywine proper breaks away from the barrel's influence; caramel, toffee, and prune notes gradually build from the midtaste all the way to the finish. It's certainly good - but it lacks the proper depth to be elite.

M: The feel is both moderately thick and a bit syrupy; the latter is no big deal given the style's conventions. The sweetness does a decent job of covering the alcohol presence without being an overbearing expression. The aftertaste provided by the oak barrel tannins give a bit of a dryness without exasperating the alcohol harshness significantly or gutting the flavors.

O: Truth be told, I'm the kind of person who prefers my barleywines to be simple and non-barrel-aged, but I'll be damned if this one isn't pretty good. I'd even go so far as to say I (slightly) prefer it to Sucaba. So sue me. The relative cheapness and ease of attainability are just gravy, really. All in all, it's really good, but not amazing.

ThisWangsChung, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Ristaccia, Mar 01, 2013
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DirtyBirdSpecial
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought in Mass. because NH beer distribution laws are horrific.

Into a Chimay chalice

A: A very nice deep red amber, with some bright orange sunshiney hues when held to the light and swirled a bit. A quickly dissipating half-finger of foam that lasts just long enough to allow some of the final drops to dance around on the bubbles a bit, which I enjoy very much. Some spotty lacing lasts throughout.

S: The nose is thin, or maybe its just because i have an oncoming cold. Malts are strong, with some slight caramel and barrel notes.

T: Oh, man. Just delightful. Sweet malts and raisins give way to the subtle bourbon notes from the barrel ageing. Boy howdy, I can only detect the 11.1% at the end in my nostrils with an exhale.

M: Thin but oily, carbonation is in proper proportion in my opinion, but could be a bit more active.

O: Well, I'm normally a guy who likes to have one beer like this a night, but i could see myself having a one night boot-kickin sesh with several of these bad boys, I tell you what. I will definitely buy this again.

DirtyBirdSpecial, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

tzolandz, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Phillyz, Feb 26, 2013
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Holland, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

smutty33, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

duff247, Feb 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

dvanhandel, Feb 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

troegaarden, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

durwood64, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

beergorrilla, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Kmccabe33, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

jlindsey, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

runner0916, Feb 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Chevelle66, Feb 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

phranCISCO, Feb 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Rn2Ln3Tn4, Feb 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

MADPolo, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

StubFaceJoe, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Jwale73, Feb 21, 2013
Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,911 ratings.