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

Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)
2,493 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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Photo of bcostner1
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from 12 oz bottle into brandy snifter style glass. Deep, rich burnt-orange hue with a very thin and quickly dissipating head. Presence of some sediment from the bottom of the bottle noted in the glass (which is ok b/c I actually like the yeast sediment in my pours personally).

S: Ripe fruits, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, mild booze burn. Definitely above average but I've smelled some that are better too.

T: Wow...I am blown away. I expected this to be good but not THIS good. I get a LOT of stuff in this. Apricot, ripe figs, sweet dates are all there for sure. Vanilla throughout along with some wood presence as well. Sweet, melted candy sugar. Bourbon and mild booziness on the finish. Absolutely delicious.

M: For a supposed 11% ABV brew, I can't tell it. I mean, the alcohol is there slightly but very, very well masked. This is an easy drinker even though it is a little on the viscous/syrupy side when cold. As it warms out! Goes down soooo smooth!

Overall, this beer is top notch. I'm surprised it doesn't get more hype in the forums (even though it received high rating scores). I'm glad a bought a 4 pack. I would love to always have this on hand as it is one of the top 5 English Barleywines that I have personally ever tried. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ferrari29
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 WankelEngine
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip-wine glass. Split between my uncle and me.

A: Pours a lovely ruby-mahogany color. There is a light tan head which quickly fades to nothing. No lacing.

S: Smells very sweet. Raisin and fig are prominent. Maybe even a little bit of prune. Toffee is also strong with a touch of oak and vanilla.

T: Oak and vanilla are prominent, but followed very closely in intensity by the fruit flavors. Raisin and fig are very potent flavors here. The oak provides a little bit of smokiness. A hint of bourbon comes through mostly in the aftertaste, providing a little bit of alcohol heat. A mild bite of pine gives some bitterness that cuts the sweetness and complements the alcohol.

M: Medium-thick and very sticky. Next to no carbonation.

O: Nice barley wine. Very sweet, almost reminiscent of a doppelbock. Potent flavors but it could have more depth.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of WesM63
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky and cloudy dark copper color with a tiny 1 finger head. Minimal lacing and retention is present.

S: Dark fruits (fig), oak and some sweet malts. Some alcohol lingering about.

T: Up front I get loads of dark fruits then lots of alcohol and oak finishing with some sweet malts.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Not really what I was expecting but good none the less. Reminds me more of an oak aged Belgian (strong dark/quad)

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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%

Photo of cfrances33
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle poured into a tulip.

Pour: Clear amber brown with a quarter inch off white head. Some sediment floating around which is why this one wasn't a 4.

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla bourbon, raisins.

Taste: Chocolate and vanilla bourbon play around, and then give way to dark fruits and some leather. As it warms, great vanilla cinnamon spiciness appears. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Just right, not too heavy but still creamy and fulfilling. Little bit of booziness.

Overall: Really fantastic bourbon barrel barleywine, and great that it is very available here. Highly recommended

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rlee1390
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Ruby in color with two finger head, some, carbonation and sediment as well as some lacing.

S-Caramel, toffee, oak, some coffee and then there is something that smells burnt. Tad bit of bourbon.

T-Mainly caramel and toffee, sugary. Some oak and bourbon notes. Not much bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and smooth.

O-Not sure what it is about English Barleywines but I these are very hit and miss. Not perfect but not horrible either. Maybe some age will improve this.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BeRanger
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from MordorMongo - thanks again!

Poured from bottle into my Portsmouth Tulip.

A: Pours a Orangish/Amber hue with a white rim - not a lot of head on this pour.

S: Very sweet. Candied pecans, caramel, sugary, a little bit of booze, malts.

T: A very earth/oaky taste, candied sugar, caramel, toffee.. Very nice - a sweet barleywine with not much of a booze taste, it is masked very well.

M: Light mouthfeel, finishes smooth.

O: Very impressed with this - definitely glad I got it as an extra. I would stock up on this if it were available in Michigan.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,493 ratings
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