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

2,487 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.
2013 vintage

A - Light amber to brown in color, with a minimal head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S - Lots of toasted malt, oak, and vanilla from the barrel cover up hints of dried out raisin-bread from the base English barleywine.

T - Oak barreling brings forth complex notes of oak, vanilla, coconut, and candied sugar. No hop presence as expected. Finish is booze warmth.

M - Medium bodied with medium level of carbonation. Nothing surprising here.

O - This beer should be a sipper at 11.% ABV but drinks remarkably easy for being so strong. A very enjoyable barleywine that is better that the base beer (blithering idiot) in every way. If you are a fan of barrel aged beers and/or barleywines then you should be happy with this beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - brown with nice 2 finger head which settled down, limited lacing

S - Great smell - sweet bubble bum with alcohol and vanilla

T - spectacular! great barrel taste with some vanilla, limited hoppiness for an ale but that's ok for an 11% abv, a fact that came through very clearly

M - heavy and thick, awesome

O - frigging great - the type of beer that you usually can only taste at a beer festival - so thankful they bottled this!!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: dark cola, ruby red color, cream colored head and small bottles on the side

S: deep dark fruit, sweet cherries, plum, vanilla

T: similar to the smell, dark fruits, figs, raisins, cherries, vanilla, mild tropical hops, lots of hot booze

M: nice creaminess, but this is a sipper.

This is a very complex beer. There is a lot going on and it all works well together.

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Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 2,487 ratings.
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