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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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Ratings: 2,501 |  Reviews: 953
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of sleuthdog
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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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1.75/5  rDev -57.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
2.67/5  rDev -35.7%
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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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4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,501 ratings
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