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  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%

Photo of sjones5045
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%

Photo of JamesMN
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fresh: Bottled 1/04/15

Smell is of bourbon vanilla twizlers. They nail this one every year. Not a big fan of Blithering Idiot but magic occurs when this one goes into the barrel.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -9.6%

Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,504 ratings
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