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Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels) | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel-aged "Blithering Idiot"

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2004

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Photo of Bajdog
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EvoRich
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjgpy3
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Eddieeight
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks cloudy watery brown
Smells of bourbon and dark fruits
Taste is a delicious thirst quenching wash of sweetness. Did someone drop some bourbon in my beer? Because that's how it tastes. Vanilla notes linger a bit.
Mouthfeel of it just washes the entire palate with smoothness and not too much carbonation.
Overall this is extraordinarily delicious. Add in that it's 11% and my heart has fallen for it. I also like its cousin Cinnsanity.

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Photo of Curt3
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brendanjames
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mkh012
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of the strongest beers I've ever tasted. Huge notes of toffee, caramel, wood, and rum raisin. Starts smooth but finishes slightly hot and intense. A big, fairly boozy beer, with rum-soaked cherry flavors. 7+/10. Slightly taxing on the palate.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good. Strong with good malt taste. Very citrus forward that gives it a different bite.

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of joshhug141
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TH28
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. 11/28/16 bottle date. Appearance: Dark brown with some amber hue, hazy, with literally no head. Pours still. Aroma: Caramel and bread crust maltiness. A touch of dark cherry, oak, and vanilla. Fairly restrained Taste: Rich caramel maltiness and strong woody oak dominates. Toast and dark fruit emerge on the back end, with a cinnamon and vanilla on the swallow. Bitterness builds to a moderate high Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied, almost syrup like, with low carbonation Finish: Slighty spiced rich malt sweetness lingers. Touch of dark fruit Overall: The appearance is flat and aroma subdued, but a really pleasant and complex flavor that balances caramel, bead crust, dark cherries, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla. Drinks well and doesn’t show any harsh alcohol for a beer of this strength. Great for a cool winter night

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Photo of KensWorld
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

from notes. 2015 vintage

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rust reddisb color,light carbonation but a thick,heavy,almost sour feel. Aroma was bourbon , dried fruit, and alcohol. Taste was identical,definitely a sipper and the high abv makes you take it slow. A very good barlywine,I would have it again.

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Photo of deg
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 10 month old bottle in to a Belgian beer glass. Looks a deep apricot almost reddish hue.Very little head. Smells like fresh baked bread, molasses,raisins, banana,ethyl is very noticeable at 10 months still.Feels silky, sweet,vinous,tart.Overall this is a good example of any type of Barley wine,albeit Belgian or American. Nicely done. About 3 years in the cellar and this would be perfect.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Phineasco
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reinmogard
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FFFjunkie
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is a murky,rusty dark drown/copper. Poured with a finger of dirty khaki head that diminishes very quickly.

Aroma is big oak, some toffee and vanilla.

Taste is classic English barley wine with a big barrel presence. Sweet caramel, toffee, raisins and even some plum. Big barrel presence, a touch of vanilla and some warming alcohol round this beauty out.

Feel is smooth and a pretty easy sipper. Sits not too heavy or light on the palette.

Overall a nicely done English barley wine. Enough barrel to cut through some of the sweetness. I prefer American barleywines generally more but I'd certainly have this one again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a chalice and a snifter. The head was slightly larger but a half finger in the snifter. In the both glasses, the appearance had a nice looking dark brown color with a nice moderate lacing coating the sides of both glasses. The smell had a nice conglomeration of plums, dates, and vanilla substances that seemed to be combined nicely into a blend of roasty oaky/slightly bourbon-like aromas. The taste was subtly sweet through the dark fruits and yet it still brought forth the nice alcohol warmth from the bourbon. On the palate, this one sat about a medium and tried to show a heavier aspect that honestly, didn’t quite just cut it just yet. This one was more of a sipper for the most part and had a pretty good carbonation underneath it all. Overall, in my opinion, this was a good barleywine worthy of having again.

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Photo of fern22
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of h4ger
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Shade1951
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A total pleasure to drink. From the smoky dark amber color to the sweet bourbonish aroma to the rich dark fruit taste - this one hits all the high notes of a barleywine. While I like hops, some brewers make their barleywines way too hoppy. To me, that changes the profile of the beer to something other than barleywine.

This one is lightly hopped, for sure. And with each sip - and of course, this is a sipper, the nose takes in that wonderful bourbon fragrance. The smell of this ale alone is a treat.

Weyerbacher knocked this one out of the park!

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Photo of BdM
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woemad
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle received as part of NBS BIF # 5 from MacMalt. According to the neck stamp, this was bottled on December 5, 2016, and is best before December 5, 2021!

Poured into a Selkirk Abbey glass, this was a dark, chill-hazed russet color, with an inch or so of foam colored somewhere between beige and khaki. Said head dropped quite quickly, not a surprise given this beer's potency.

The aroma was initially sweet maltiness, but became much more complex when allowed to warm a little.
Once that has occurred there are dark fruits, such as raisins, cherries and plums, and some vanilla-ish oakiness.

The taste follows with a lot of sweet dark fruitiness and a little barrel, in that order. There are also notes of caramel and a brooding booziness that hovers in the background for the most part, but gives off a little heat in the finish. Sweeter than I'm used to in a barleywine, but not overbearingly so. At the same time, the dark fruits that lead the taste punch is like a Belgian Quad.

The body is at the thick end of medium, with a creamy and coating mouthfeel.

Complex and decadent, and a bit hot. I'm enjoying it now but I'm glad it's only in a 12oz bottle. I would love to try this with some age on it and some of the booziness a bit more mellow. This might be the most complex barleywine I've ever had. Great stuff! Thanks, MacMalt!

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