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

Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)
2,493 Ratings
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 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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Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the potsdam ny iga for around $5.

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Photo of tjmiller718
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cjmunyan
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 2016 bottle poured into a Teku glass. Very hazy, muddy copper color with a thin tan head. I smelled primarily Bourbon and vanilla on the nose. A bit of toffee and floral notes. The taste was well-balanced with the whiskey and the malty notes. Slightly sweet and floral. Full bodied and with a gentle warming on the finish.

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Photo of seedyone
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From bottle dated 12/06/18 at home. May have started out too cold as the aroma was way shy of the strong taste. No head to speak of & even less aroma. Best aspect was the rich. deluxe texture. I'll always pick up the Blithering Idiot when I see it, but doubt I'll pass it by for this. The spiciness is there & the aging is most noticeable in the texture, but....

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Photo of npachl
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corburk
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can Weyerbacher do no wrong?

I think I have enjoyed just about everything I have tried to date from this brewer - including this 'insane' offering. Though it pours a very quickly dissipating head with no lacing, it pours almost looking like a nitro and with this hazy caramel color that was mesmerizing. The smell was a sweet mixture of bourbon and ale, and the mouthfeel was full-bodied, creamy, and only lightly carbonated (just the way I like it.) The taste was a decent blend of cinnamon, ale, and of course the bourbon, making for another impressive choice I made out of the Weyerbacher stable.

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

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle dated 11/14/16 and provided by jzeilinger.

The beer pours a deep, almost orangish brown with a one-finger head on a vigorous pour Tha last about five seconds leaving almost no ring or lacing.

The smell is deep dark fruits, raisin, plum, and some oak.

The taste follows with tons of raisin and a little barrel. There is also a lot of sweet toffee flavor that compliments the dark fruits well.

The mouthfeel is effervescent and medium bodied.

Overall this is very nice, complex, balanced, and a great barleywine.

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