Insanity - Oak Barrel-Aged | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,007
Reviews:
955
Ratings:
2,509
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
233
Gots:
601
Trade:
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Photo of ppavlick
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of benjamincarter
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of chiefz1
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated 12/5/14-12/5/19 poured into a snifter
A: Mahogany brown with a thin head
S: Brandied cherry, raisin, toffee, bourbon
T: All of the above with an emphasis on the cherry, adds more a bit of stone fruit and more burnt sugar notes
M: Full-bodied, sweet but not too much - balanced overall
O: Not getting too much from the oak influence but this is drinking nicely at three years old; it takes the Blithering Idiot up a notch. Pleasant flavors and nicely balanced

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale brown with a gooey looking suspension, the light thrown from it is reminiscent of broken safety glass. The pour produces almost 2 fingers of short-lived, foamy, tan head that recedes to a tiny collar ring leaving only a hint of surface cap & no lace. Aroma is malty, dark bread & brown sugar, oaky vanilla, caramel apple, dates, raisin, with hints of bourbon, earth, floral & a faint tounch of acetone. Taste is a caramelized malty sweetness, burnt brown sugar, oaky vanilla, boozy bourbon whiskey, toasted & buttered pumpernickel, dried apples, raisin with earth & floral late in the sip. The butter & apple are more noticeable in the finish. While noticable in both, alcohol is more intense in the mouth than in the nose. Aftertaste is astringent, woody, roast, burnt brown sugar, bitter with alchol spice. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation, a dry-sweet tug of war, syrupy yet creamy with a chalky aftertaste. The syrupy character intensifies as you approach the bottom of the glass. Easily one of the most expressive barrel-aged barley wines in terms of oaky vanilla. Nice.

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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

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. A bit taxing.

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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

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Insanity - Oak Barrel-Aged from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,509 ratings