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

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/22/13 and poured into a tulip. Moderately hazy dark amber with a slight amount of sediment floating around, and about a fingers worth of cream colored soapy head that fades quickly to a ring.

Big bourbon notes intermingle with caramel malt, toffee, rum-soaked raisin, fig, some faint earthy, slightly spicy hops and some booze.

The bold bourbon in the nose definitely carries over to the taste, but doesn't overpower notes of toasted oak, caramel malt, sweet dark fruits, a little sweet tobacco, toffee, and hints of earthy hops and vanilla in the finish.

Medium to full bodied with delicate carbonation. Slightly slick, and coats the mouth with flavors. A fair amount of heat in the finish.

One of my favorite bourbon barrel aged barleywines for sure, and it doesn't hurt not living far from the brewery, which makes access to it pretty easy for me as opposed to some of the other, more popular ones. Rich bourbon presence that is powerful but not dominating, over a spectacular English barleywine base and a body almost as nice as Mila Kunis. Could use 6 months or so to mellow the booze out a bit, but still superb fresh. Get on this.

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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hoppin Frog snifter.

A- cloudy dark amber color, very small white head that fades quickly

S- brown sugar, dark fruits, bourbon, caramel

T- sweet due to the style, brown sugar and bourbon are noticed the most, raisin, mild wood, other dark fruit flavor blended well, and a touch of vanilla

M- medium bodied, little sticky and syrupy, medium carbonation

O- Great English Barleywine. Amazing flavor, very pleasant and not too sweet. Booze is not overpowering and provides just enough warmth. This will be forever my go-to English Barleywine. I will have to go buy more to keep around for a year or so because I can't keep my hands off of what I got.

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2.73/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a slightly cloudy reddish brown. Half-finger of head that quickly disipated to a thin layer. Little to no lacing. Average carbonation.

S - Dark fruits. Yeasty. Sweetness.

T - Raisins marinated in alcohol. Very malty. Sweet. Some vanilla.

MF - Smooth with some alchol burn in the finish.

O - Supposedly the English Barleywine style is more balanced. Not the case with this beer. While some beers are too hoppy, the lack of some more dominant hop flavor puts this beer too far to the malty, dark fruit side of the scale. Not a beer I will drink again.

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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Insanity

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a CBS snifter. This was served at cellar temperature.

A) This appears to be a burnished brandy in color. It started with a two finger off white head. This slowly settled to a wispy dusting. This has some legs, and some lacing.

S) This is a delightfully sweet malty smelling beverage. Brown sugar, perhaps just a little maple syrup, or vanilla. Fruity, primarily dark fruits. A very deep pull will reveal just a hint of alcohol.

T) The taste is very similar to the nose on this beer. The one thing that is definitely more notable with the flavor, is the aspect of the barrel aging. There's a very nice mellow oak presence. The alcohol is noted, but not overbearing. A very nice aftertaste awaits you.

M) Full body and lightly carbonated. This goes down smooth. A very nice sipper, where the alcohol provides a soft warmth, not an uncomfortable burn. Very well done.

O) This was a treat. Liquid man candy poured out of a bottle. A fine way to relax on a Friday after you were certainly overcharged for a lawnmower tuneup. Screw those guys. Thank you Weyerbacher. Glad to recommend this beer....

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The dates on the bottleneck are smudged but I'm assuming it was bottled in 032012 and "best by" 032013. But that's a guess. The years are totally illegible.

A: Beautiful ruby-orange hue with a big, fluffy, bubbly, off-white head with shades of yellow. A bit of lace and not much retention.

S: Nice notes of bourbon, wood, buttery booze, poached fruits, and...booze.

T: Bourbon, wood, and sweet roasted malt show up first. As it warms, so much more bourbon, wood, and sweet malt come out. Very consistent and very easy to drink. Booze only complements rather than overwhelms.

M: Super smooth, warming, and pretty sweet/boozy.

O: An exceptional BBA English Barleywine.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 2,485 ratings.
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