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

2,484 Ratings
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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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks great. Super sweet nose. Über malts. Flavor is stellar. Smooth and seet with loads of malts, raisins coating my tongue, mild vanilla as a very after thought. Slight booze on the backend too after a few sips. Extremely smooth feel. I think this is quite and underrated barley wine. Beats the hell out of what Gratitude became. Hard for me to pick another from the area, or the country, that is on this level, or exceeds it. Bottom line: you couldn't really ask for anything more.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very thin head which dissipates quickly on a murky amber orange body. Very strong but not overly boozy aroma with apricot, raisin, caramel, candied orange and malts. Flavor has a lot of wood and oak character up front which moves to apricot and raisin. This one is surprisingly not very boozy but the finish definitely has a whiskey like tingle. Strangely the more I drank it the less complex it seemed. Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth for the ABV and style.

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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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4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a IP trade with mjmadsen 21. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Founders Brewing Company snifter.

A: A slightly aggressive pour produced a small off-white head that dissipated quicky but hung to the edges of the glass. Clear mahogony/fig colored with considerable sediment that takes away from the visual experience.

S: A sweet, ripe fruit smell backed up by the oak bourbon barrel.

T: Sweet, dark pitted fruits. Toffee/vanilla. Malt. Bourbon on the back end.

M: Smooth, warm mouthfeel with a light bourbony bite.

O: A very enjoyable English Barleywine. Would love to have a six pack to enjoy over the winter.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack of this at the store, I think this is a year old. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep, dark almost mahogany hue with a one finger light tan head that faded to leave a thin blanket and light side lacing.

S - Oh wow this is nice. Rich bourbon barrel notes with lots of vanilla and sweet, sweet malts. Slight toffee too.

T - Taste is very balanced. Not too much booze/bourbon on it, faint oak barrels. Some slightly faded vanilla, sweet malts but not overly so. Slight toffee. Pretty solid.

M- Mouthfeel is pretty damn good. Nice carbonation keeps this from coming off as too big. The booze is hidden nicely. That said, its still a sipper and it does sneak up on you.

O - Overall this is a tasty beer. Definitely a better than average representation for the style. Quite affordable too.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of challenja
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a low ball glass from a 120z bottle purchased at Total Wine in Fairfax, VA.

A: Golden honey slick. Foamy white soda discharge which disappears slowly in an open low ball glass.

S: Very sweet..and that's an understatement. Sugary grape Popsicle. Cherry lollipop. Sweet molasses malts and vanilla sugar cone.

T: Sweet candied figs. Peppery white spice. Grape soda. Honey spruce tree. Thick and pasty breaded spiced vanilla malts. I didn't get the oak barrel, not gonna lie, I can see where it helped with the thickness of its mouthfeel but that is coming up next.

M: Full syrupy mouthfeel. Thick and well mannered. I attribute this to its time in the oak barrel's.

O: This instantly reminds me of one of my favorite winter warmers Troegs Mad Elf. These are dangerously strong beers that can lead to trouble down the road. A select beer for a select beer enthusiast.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy light brown with a small tan head that sticks around for a few minutes. Solid lacing down the glass.

Big booze and toffee aroma. Some wood and vanilla as well. A few dark fruits comes out as it warms, but are firmly in the background.

Similar flavors. Big bourbon notes with a load of vanilla and toffee with some brown sugar and oak in the background. A little on the sweeter side, but not too bad as the booze does a good job of balancing out the sweet malt.

Medium thick oily body with light but still present carbonation levels. Very nice.

Overall not nearly close to the KH class and a few bourbon barrel american barleywines top it, but still very enjoyable for someone like myself who likes the bourbon up front and present in these brews. Very nice.

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Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 2,484 ratings.
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