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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,485
Reviews:
947
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
233
Gots:
595
For Trade:
30
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Photo of smonice
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DocJitsu
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy cider-amber color with no head at all. There are some cola type carbonation bubbles that migrate from the bottom of the glass to the surface of the beer, but once that fades, which is very quickly, this looks like a glass of ice tea. Vanilla, toffee, and some tart non-citrus fruit on the nose. Mouthfeel is pretty full and wet with a little carbonation sting on the back and edges of the tongue. I'm not sure I'd want much more carbonation than that with this beer. It warms your mouth right up. There's some tart cherry, some vanilla, and some sweet, buttery toffee. The flavors fade before the alcohol evaporates, so there's a bit of an off-putting alcohol flavor that lingers. It's a pretty good beer overall. It's appearance is a trip though.

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Photo of Circleo12
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of DRyan
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears to have been bottled 1/4/12
Poured in a pint (not the best glass, but I'm too lazy to clean a tulip right now, so that's how it's gonna be tonight.)

A: Pours a deep ruby-copper with a very thin head that dissipates quickly without leaving much lacing. As I had seen that there is a lot of sediment associated with his beer, poured slowly and left the last bits behind in the bottle, my glass is mostly sediment free.
S: The scent is a lot of sticky sweet malt, vanilla, dark fruits (fig and some raisin) and just a hint of the alcohol
T: The taste is more toffee than vanilla, the malt sweetness is not as pronounced as it is in the scent, there is very little hop taste or bitterness but there is some balance to the sweetness. The alcohol is obvious but not overpowering.
M: Thin, smooth, a little tingly from the fine carbonation
D: Certainly not made to be chugged, but for a beer over the 10% mark this is pretty easy to drink

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of B00ZER
5/5  rDev +20.8%

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

Not sure where or when I first had this.

Chestnut brown pour, hazy, with a small white head that recedes to a wispy layer of bubbles; minor splotches of lacing. Aroma fairly heavy with bourbon, notes of toffee, vanilla, oak. Malty sweet taste, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon-soaked oak, overripe fruit sensations. Medium-full body, smooth and chewy, low carbonation, a very nice barleywine overall.

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Photo of xacidx
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of sleuthdog
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

Appearance: Copper orange color reminiscent of ice tea or apple juice. Pour produced maybe a half finger size light brown head that dissipated almost immediately. There is some definite lacing present as the beer settles.

Smell: A huge sweet smelling beer of booze soaked dark fruits (raisin and fig) brown sugar, toffee, and vanilla. At the tail end there is a touch of oak and bourbon.

Taste: This follows the aroma with a big sweet punch up front with the booze soaked dark fruits. There is a big sweetness throughout with the vanilla, and brown sugar. The alcohol is not very well masked and I get a pretty forward aspect to the alcohol especially at the end and swallow. A warming effect is noted on the swallow in the throat and the chest.

Mouthfeel: Syrup like, full and rich is the best way to describe this beer. It is a creamy feeling beer with little carbonation.

Overall: I wasn't sure what to expect from this with King Henry and Sucaba already my favorites of the style. This one has taken its place in pecking order for me as third among the ones I've tried.

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Photo of ctwinne
1.75/5  rDev -57.7%

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of psychotia
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mmattiso
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Auztan
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
2.67/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into my new flute glass. Thanks Andrew!

A - gross. The sediment in this beer became really active when I poured it out. It looks like there are skin cells floating around in there; does not dissipate. No head, obvious carbonation.

S - there's not much to the smell except the sweeter barley character. I'm beginning to realize that I don't care for hopless BWs.

T - blech. I wanted to drain pour this one from the get-go. Unfortunately I had just drain poured a skunked Fat Dog, so I powered through the Insanity. This BW is so artificially sweet, I really, really detest it. The only good thing is that the alcohol is hidden, and rather high, so it's not a total waste.

M - not bad. The taste doesn't linger, which is good in this case, and it feels less syrupy than expected.

O - I've had two Weyerbacher beers so far (this one and Blithering Idiot). Their BWs are really bad, IMO; I'll try the Simcoe, but if that flops I think I'm done with Weyerbacher.

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Photo of danpam1024
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tfsimpkins
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of davey101
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01-10-12 vintage. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a dark murky brown/red body with a two finger light khaki head. A half finger cap sits neatly through the whole beer. Great lacing and retention. It wasn't until I held it up to the light that my opinion changed on this beer. Super chunky with floating bits of sediment and yeast. Meh.

S - Raisins, vanilla bean, sweet toffee, and marshmallows . Not overly complex, but quite nice and inviting.

T - Awfully similar to the nose (raisins, vanilla, and sweet toffee) but with a huge booze finish. Mouth feel is creamy and silky with low carbonation.

O - An overly boozy but tasty english style BW. Can it compete with King Henry and Abacus? Of course not, but its a well priced beer that I can purchase 8 months after it was brewed. Wyerbacher has the 12 oz BA BW market cornered!

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Photo of Pelican5
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle |

Thanks to djmichaelk for sharing!

A : cloudy, ruby red iced tea in color, half finger head didnt stick around

S : golden raisons, grape lollipop, vanilla, caramel, light bourbon oakiness, clover honey

T : follows the nose, bourbon soaked golden raisons, sweet caramel malts, sweet dried fruit, clovey honey, no hops to speak of. Full mouthfeel.

Overall : Excellent. Very well balanced and smooth, slight warming alcohol on the finish. Sweet and smooth balanced with a little warmth on the back end. Does not drink like and 11% beer at all. Look forward to aging some of this. Well done.

Cheers ~

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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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