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

Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)
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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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Ratings: 2,489 |  Reviews: 948
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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

A-A cloudy crimson hue. Head is fully formed and off-white. The consistency is quite creamy. Good lacing.

S-Moderate intensity. Bourbon is noticeable but it is not coercive. Lots of toasted caramel and toffee. Some sudsy hoppiness. Sappy, syrupy malts. Actually surprised by its relatively subdued nose.

T-Pleasant combination of dried fruits and caramel. Bourbon notes let the dried apricots and charred caramel to introduce themselves before stealing the show. Pounds of toffee. Bourbon is not too muscular; its simply another flavor element.

M-Full bodied. Sticky. Very soft carbonation. Very dry. Hot.

O/D-A solid, well-dressed bourbon aged brew. Its big and thick, but it lacks the intricate flavors of some of the best beers cut out of the same mold.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kscaldef
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Murky red-brown with a fair amount of sediment. Not quite pond water, but getting close. No head. Not an appealing looking beer.

S: Sweet vanilla, caramel and toffee. Perhaps a little candied orange and fig.

T: Hits with the oak up front, fading to reveal delicious sweet candy.

M: On the lighter side for an english barleywine, which is to say still pretty rich, but not syrupy or cloying. It's fortunate that the body is light because carbonation is basically non-existent. Long linger.

O: Nice beer. Technically lacking on a few points, but what really matters is how it tastes, right?

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is just fair. Nothing impressive going on but then again nothing bad either. The smell is great. Has the smell of a traditional barley wine with a great addition of sweet bourbon. Almost smells like bourbon candy. I also find to taste and feel to be top notch. I really enjoy the sweet taste of the boubon in the combo with the fruity barley wine. It is just paired prefectly. Overall, this is the best offering from Weyerbacher. It's remained consistent over the years and with 11% Abv it has plenty of giddy up with a smooth feel. Excellent must have from Weyerbacher.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque caramel/orange hue with no head despite a vigorous pour. Some visible sediment as well.

Aroma: Decently complex with dried fig, apricot, raison, burnt caramel, vanilla, and hints of alcohol.

Taste: HUGE flavor. Great concentrated peach juice flavor that adds a nice sweetness to the whole palate. Underneath that syrupy flavor there is a lot of caramel malt and some other nice dried fruit flavors. Surprisingly no alcohol in the taste but just a little heat on the end. Hugely robust throughout. Not getting as much of the bourbon barrel character as I had anticipated but I would attribute the smoothness of this brew to the aging process.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation (maybe bottled conditioned?). Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A very enjoyable Barleywine with a lot of great flavors to love and definitely for someone with a bit of a sweet tooth. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90% out of 100 with 2,489 ratings
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