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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazed copper colored brew with a one half finger white head. The head fades very quickly leaving a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The nose is big of a bready, caramel, and fruit aroma. The fruit is a mix of both light and dark with the darker fruit smells winning out over the light. Smells of raisin, cherry, and prune are mixed with lighter notes of pear and banana. With these smells comes a light oaky and vanilla smell as well as a decently boozy smell of a more bourbon nature.

Taste – The taste begins malty and caramel and stone fruit sweet. There is a big bready base with large amounts of caramel sweetness with lighter notes of a cherry, prune and plum sweetness. As the flavors advance some of the oaky flavors begin developing further with the sweet fading ever so slightly, but remaining rather strong none the less. Toward the end of the taste the boozy notes that were detected in the nose come to the tongue. The flavors, largely of a bourbon nature, blend well with the sweet caramel and fruit leaving a nice thick warming sweet taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that was a bit on the lower side. The thicker body and thinner carbonation were both quite nice for keeping this a sipping brew as well as for allowing for the sweeter and maltier flavors of the brew to really pronounce themselves with the warming boozy taste that is present.

Overall- A great sipping brew if I do say so myself. Not too overpowering, but definitely strong and flavorful enough with just the right amount of warming kick from the boozy taste to make it quite and enjoyable warmer.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear brownish amber with a thin layer of cream lace on top

S-getting a lot of booze up front! Behind that is caramel malt, vanilla ,rum soaked raisins, and a bit of oak

T-the taste is also pretty bourbon heavy, but it's not overpowering and surprisingly not too hot. Caramel malt, vanilla, raisins, alcohol, and just the tiniest bit of hop bitterness.

M-medium body, syrupy, light to medium carbonation

Overall you can definitely taste the bourbon in this one, would be interesting to have with some age on it. Pretty good.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to give this barleywine points for a few reasons...
1. It is a more malty barleywine which I prefer over a more hoppy barleywine.
2. It is an English barleywine and actually is more malt foward. I have had a few English barleywines that are more hoppy and some American barleywines (which are supposed to be more hoppy) that are too malty so I appreciate that they stuck with what is true to the style.

Beyond that, the taste is of sweet candy and cinnamon. I got some bourbon flavor but not as much as with some other bourbon barrel aged beers that I have had. This beer was on the more pricey side but I am glad I bought it as it was one worth tasting. I split a 4 pack with my brother in law so I will probably stash the other one away to give it some time to age.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Eagle Rock snifter.

The beer pours a nice burgundy color, hues of garnet and brown, hazy complexion with an off white, fizzy head that dissipates quickly leaving behind some trace film and no lacing. The aroma is very pleasant, smooth bourbon, rich malted grain, sweet oak, light vanilla, a touch of char from the barrel with lingering alcohol and stone fruit. The flavors are a bit disappointing after the nose, the bourbon is much lighter on the tongue while the grain takes over. Bourbon is still there, with some charred wood from the barrel, oak and vanilla pop out with some nice pitted, dark fruit that finishes a bit harshly with strong alcohol. The body is a bit light and watery, still very smooth, carbonation is on the weaker side with a thin finish.

Verdict: An enjoyable Barrel Aged Barleywine from Weyerbacher, but one that falls just a bit short compared to many others out there. The thinner body hurts this beer a lot, but it's definitely one I would enjoy again.

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