Insanity
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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From:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
English Barleywine
Ranked #90
ABV:
13.3%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,282
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 11.08%
Reviews:
965
Ratings:
1,583
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 04, 2022
Added:
Jun 21, 2004
Wants:
  241
Gots:
  607
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: Insanity, 13.3% ABV, is made by aging our Blithering Idiot Barleywine Ale in whiskey barrels. The barrel aging imparts an additional level of complexity to an already intense malt profile by adding a combination of vanilla, oak and whiskey notes.
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Reviewed by clausthaler from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
BIG CARB for a barleywine
Poured it and retaining some head
12/30/14
12/30/19 date code on label
Poured seemed eh a little thin but let’s get into this. Appreciated inside a Rona 360 mL Celebration wine glass

Nose is bad
Mildewy leather cardboard
Taste is better
Pruney raisin, thinner than id like
Leathery old flavor marginal barrel
I guess this fucker is pretty old and perhaps past it’s prime assuming it’s a 2014 release? So 8 years old, in that case let’s try to be nice.
Prune raisin, thin body, decent sugars pretty nice so it’s not bad but it’s not that good. I think you’ll need to take into account the extended age of this one. Assuming the body hasn’t changed since inception id appreciate a slightly thicker feel but can’t complain too much, there is a noticeable viscosity. 3.9/10
Oct 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Jun 01, 2022
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Caramel color with a 1F head. The look is the only weaker aspect of the beer. Strong oak in the aroma, very smooth MF especially for the style, and very smooth. The taste mirrors the aroma with some added fruit. An excellent Barleywine. More balanced than Bigfoot and other beers in the style.
Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a nearly clear dark chestnut color with a small head and light lacing.

Smells of bourbon, oak and dark fruit.

Tastes of sweet malt, raisins, caramel and vanilla with a warm boozy finish.

Medium heavy body with very light carbonation. Lush syrupy mouthfeel.

This is one of the sweetest barleywines I have ever tasted.
Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours the most gorgeous brown color you’ve ever seen, a little hazy, with a light tan head that sticks around a bit. Absolutely beautiful beer. The nose is rich with caramel and toffee notes, and there’s a nice oaky aroma from the barrel - and of course, the stone fruit.

The stone fruit is the key to this, and the base beer (Blithering Idiot). I am literally salivating.

The caramel and toffee flavors are forward on the taste, as they should be, and there’s a delicious oaky flavor from the barrel, which also provides a bit of alcohol heat which fits this big beer (13.3% ABV) perfectly, but it’s that stone fruit that reels me in - the dark cherry flavor is the PERFECT complement to the aforementioned components. I could drink gallons of this.

The mouthfeel is substantial and a bit creamy. I loved the base beer, and I love this variant a smidge more.
Feb 21, 2022
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Rated by micada from New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very oaky barrel. Good carbonation. Balanced between American and English style to my palate.
Oct 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Aggressive pour yields more head (with more staying power) than anticipated. A pretty solid ring of lace forms as it slowly recedes. Body is a murky doo doo water brown. The label says that this was aged in "oak barrels", but it's pretty clear from the smell wafting into my nostrils that those barrels once contained whisky. And so, too, does this beer. Lots of it. Not picking up the usual "barrel char" notes that these bourbon barrel aged beers often lend; this is just neat, straight-up whisky. The base beer offers up some caramel notes and bitter hops and I'm getting rather excited that this is a proper barleywine and not just a triple IPA. *sips* Oh, it is! Malty sweet caramel up front with drying whisky to balance things on the back end. Very, very nice. Soft, "Sugar Daddy" caramel lingers on the palette. Pretty well full-bodied with proper "chew". Mild bittering. I really like this one. It's a little cold (left it in the fridge overnight), but I'm going to sip slowly and let it warm to see if it opens up any hidden complexities. Something tells me it will.
Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.42 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania

Jul 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

May 23, 2021
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Reviewed by CaptainHate from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured a 12 ounce bottle of undetermined date (WTF Weyerbacher?) into a Lost Abbey long stemmed tulip. Thick off white head over a clear brownish ruby color. Smell was muted at cellar temperature but eventually warmed up and reflected malty dark fruit notes and brown sugar. Taste reflected the smell but more immediate and intense. Mouthfeel was deceivingly light for an ale of this heft.

For some reason (again WTF Weyerbacher with no data on the bottle) I was expecting this to be an American style barleywine, not having access to BA at the bottle shop (or being too lazy to look it up), so only bought a single. It's still not nearly as complex as JW Lee's Harvest Ale or Thomas Hardy, but perhaps aging can help that. Maybe not but this is too good not to experiment with.
May 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by blackcloud from Alaska

Apr 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.17 by Taenim from New Jersey

Apr 10, 2021
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Rated by Starflyer from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Excellent beer. If you are a fan of bourbon, you will enjoy the added whiskey dimension. Smooth, little sweet but excellent.
Apr 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by Cubatobaco from Virginia

Mar 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.36 by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

Nov 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Aug 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.59 by wayngrove from Pennsylvania

May 31, 2020
 
Rated: 3.8 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Feb 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.81 by Samlover55 from New York

Nov 03, 2019
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottles 11/16/15.

From a 12 oz. bottle into a snulip, this beer pours out a very deep caramel in color and has some murk to it. A few floaties. It forms a pinky width of tan colored crown that settles into a ring attached to the glass and a small island.

Nose of dark fruit; big raisins, dates and plums mixing with a caramel sweetness.

The taste avoids such a strong presence of the dark fruit and leans on the sweetness side of things; caramel, dark sweet bread.

It coats the mouth with that sticky sweetness. Would never guess over 13%. No burn whatsoever, but a nice lingering warmth in the chest. Mild carbonation that I would guess has mellowed over the years, but I love where it’s at.

Overall,
Aug 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by brandoneast from Texas

Aug 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
5 oz pour on tap. Pours a light rusty red with an off-white head. Fairly sweet with low-to-moderate bitterness with flavors of toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and caramel.
Jul 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.83 by KDeezy from Nevada

Jun 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

Jun 11, 2019
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Rated by Clarsmith from Pennsylvania

3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Powerful ale, but just a bit off in all aspects I enjoy. Had the classic Barleywine aftertaste, which I can do without.
Jun 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Jun 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by Snorlaxabeer from Ohio

May 22, 2019
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Rated by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

1.87/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
Far too sweet and overall yucky.
May 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.6 by BeastOfTheNortheast from Pennsylvania

Mar 10, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Mar 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.05 by nwhittin from Indiana

Feb 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.47 by aporcano from Pennsylvania

Feb 22, 2019
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a ruby brown with a one finger tan head that dissipated to a thin film. Light lacing is present. Nose is bourbon, malt and dark dried fruit. Taste is brown sugar, malt, caramel, bourbon. A bit of cinnamon with the malt finish adds some bitterness. The moderate body and low carbonation is smooth and silky . . . caressing the tongue and leaving your taste buds in a drunken pleasant stupor. Weyerbacher rocks this one!
Feb 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Feb 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by dresserinthecorn from Pennsylvania

Jan 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.22 by harrisjohnson from Maryland

Jan 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Jan 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.72 by caahare from West Virginia

Jan 03, 2019
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