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Insanity Aging?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by allouez86, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. allouez86

    allouez86 Savant (395) Wisconsin Jan 24, 2009

    Just cracked open my first of the season and it may be the easiest drinking 11% barrel aged barley wine I've had in quite a while. I'll have no problem finishing the first three bottles and may put the fourth bottle in the cellar for science reasons. Anyone had this aged at all? Does it get any better or do you all prefer it fresh? Seems like it's already pretty darn good fresh so I'm just posting this to see how others view this beer.
    deadonhisfeet likes this.
  2. maximum12

    maximum12 Champion (910) Minnesota Jan 21, 2008 Verified

    It kicks ass.

    Someone brought a bomber of Insanity to a tasting this past summer - I believe it was an '08. One of the best beers of a night that brought out some amazing, hefty stuff. Fresh really, really good, but that single experience was even better.

    I haven't been patient enough to age any, but I should.
  3. BDEE

    BDEE Aficionado (145) Wisconsin Feb 11, 2012

    2 years ago a friend gave me a bottle of '09 for my birthday, amongst others in a 6 pack. I now grab a 4 pack every year and lay down 3 of them. Lovely when aged.
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  4. RDMII

    RDMII Savant (425) Georgia Apr 11, 2010

    Totally agree. I absolutely love this beer at any age, I too had a bomber from 2008 and finally pulled the trigger about three months ago, it was incredible.
  5. ``For science reasons.'' I like that. :)

    I love Insanity. I haven't tried aging it long-term, but have aged it short-term. Last year I bought 2 4-packs and drank 1 or 2 bottles right away. I didn't drink any of it over the summer. Then in September, when the weather started to cool off, I started to dip into them again. I was surprised at how quickly it had developed and I realized I should have bought more to get me through the winter to the next release. This year, I bought 5 4-packs. Hopefully, I'll be able to save a few for my own little science experiment.