Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Barleywine - English
Ranked #83
Ranked #4,263
4.15 | pDev: 11.08%
Mar 26, 2022
Jun 21, 2004
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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Ratings by weeare138:
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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by weeare138 from Pennsylvania

From a near 3 year old bottle...
Appears a slight dark amber with a small, light tan head that fades into a mild cap and silky collar. Streaky webbing is left around the glass. Lots of funky fallout slowly falls to the bottom of the glass out of suspension.
Smell is of oaky vanilla, cherry, oxidized raisins, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, port-like, and rich.
Taste is sugary, rich, vinuous, oaky, nutty, & sweet up front.
Mouthfeel is nutty, boozy, oxidized, silky, full bodied, and chewy.

Nov 08, 2007
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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brureview from Massachusetts

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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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

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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4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ovaltine from Indiana

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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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by micada from New York

Very oaky barrel. Good carbonation. Balanced between American and English style to my palate.

Oct 12, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

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
4.42 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania on Jul 03, 2021
4 by doctorgary from New York on May 23, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CaptainHate from Ohio

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
3.5 by blackcloud from Alaska on Apr 24, 2021
4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
4.17 by Taenim from New Jersey on Apr 10, 2021
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4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Starflyer from Pennsylvania

Excellent beer. If you are a fan of bourbon, you will enjoy the added whiskey dimension. Smooth, little sweet but excellent.

Apr 07, 2021
4.21 by Cubatobaco from Virginia on Mar 23, 2021
4.36 by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania on Nov 15, 2020
4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Aug 04, 2020
4.59 by wayngrove from Pennsylvania on May 31, 2020
3.8 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Feb 15, 2020
3.81 by Samlover55 from New York on Nov 03, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AyatollahGold from Indiana

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.


Aug 05, 2019
4.15 by brandoneast from Texas on Aug 05, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lucular from Maryland

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
4.83 by KDeezy from Nevada on Jun 13, 2019
4.21 by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey on Jun 11, 2019
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3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Clarsmith from Pennsylvania

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
4.25 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Jun 02, 2019
4.06 by Snorlaxabeer from Ohio on May 22, 2019
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1.87/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

Far too sweet and overall yucky.

May 03, 2019
4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 12, 2019
4.6 by BeastOfTheNortheast from Pennsylvania on Mar 10, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Mar 09, 2019
4.05 by nwhittin from Indiana on Feb 25, 2019
4.47 by aporcano from Pennsylvania on Feb 22, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by lastmango from Pennsylvania

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
4.19 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Feb 10, 2019
4.25 by dresserinthecorn from Pennsylvania on Jan 21, 2019
4.22 by harrisjohnson from Maryland on Jan 14, 2019
4.23 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Jan 12, 2019
3.72 by caahare from West Virginia on Jan 03, 2019
4.18 by ppavlick from New Jersey on May 28, 2018
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