Insanity - Oak Barrel-Aged | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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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3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Reddish-brown body capped by a thin tan head. Smells strongly of stewed fruits (figs, berries), brown sugar, oak and booze. I detect more oak than bourbon. The nose has a simplistic sweetness that isn't very appealing to me. Tastes sweet and boozy with a huge preserved fruit presence. Brown sugar and caramel come out more toward the finish. Bourbon and oak are present but subtle; barrel aging seems to have given this more raw booze flavor than anything. Body is about medium, a bit more thin than I'd like. Not a bad beer overall, but nothing I'd want to revisit. Very middle of the road for the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy amber, mahogany color with a thin head that leaves a ring for a good while before fading.

Smell is very rich with caramel, and dark fruit, mainly fig. Oak and vanilla are present as well. Very sweet smell.

Taste is a overpowered by dark fruit and malt. Very sweet, which takes of and leaves little room for more complexity. Alcohol is almost masked by the richness of the malt.

Full bodied with a creamy carbonation.

I liked this beer, but was a bit disappointed in the barrel aspects. Fruit and sweetness really overpowered everything else. Not terribly true to the style, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe the last time I had this was 2009 when I first into craft beer. Now 3 years later I can actually write a review.

A - Pours a very hazy almost dirty brown color. Very dark with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head that turns to a pretty nice lace ring.

S - Gowdamn it I totally spilled some on my keyboard just to catch a whiff of this. Sticky keys... The oak makes it have almost a tart aspect to your typical sweet smelling barleywine but it does smell nice with little alcohol and sweet malts.

T - Its not very sweet but for the massive ABV its pretty stellar. I assume it's a newer release and yet I detect no high octane ABV so the oak aging is amazing. Sweet malts and hops are amazing.

M - Medium to thick body but it drinks stellar.

Overall I paid the premium to get a taste and it's well worth the 3.50. Try it!

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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter

A - ruby red, tinged with mahogany

N - Pie cherries, figgy, pie crust, cake batter, wood, rum spice, run cake, suggestions of vanilla, alcohol; very inviting.

T/M - A very sweet and boozy finish balanced with notes of rich, sugary fruits like over-ripe cherries, figs, plums; very fleeting suggestions of oak barrel, old wood and vanilla; texture is firm and easy drinking.

D - Deceiving in the alcohol content, a nice barleywine that would go well with desert or a monte cristo sandwich.

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4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear golden/brown. No head. Silky.

S: Delicious! Cherry bourbon. Vanilla, Wood. Dried cherry. Raisins. Honey. Man this smells delicious.

T: Cherry bourbon. Raisins. Vanilla. Honey. Finishes malty.

M: Starts thick, and some what chewy, then ends up thin. Leaves a coat in the whole mouth, not just the tongue.

O: A big beer that I could drink all night!!!!

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1/5  rDev -75.9%

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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is one of those heavy sweet, thick molasses afterburner that is quite the sipper.
The beer actually reminds a lot like Before and After, which is a triple block. They both have that smooth but sludgy sweetnes, but has an attacking approach of oak in a barrel approach when it splashes the tongue.
Would recommend it for hard liquid drinkers who are those who say "I don't really care for beer." The sweet bourbon may be found infectious to those who stick with shots over bottles.
I always enjoy high alc%, and this certainly would be one Id go for to get my buzz on my friends. But take caution, its a bit heavy and you may find yourself overwhelmed by the sweetness and look perhaps toward an Ale after just one.

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3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Insanity (unknown vintage) from Weyerbacher Brewing Company.
Score: 87

I wrote down the bottle code as being "02511245." Not sure what that translates to exactly. Served in a New Holland beer glass and enjoyed on 04/04/12.

Appearance: Pours a hazy bourbon color with a thin bubbly layer of tan head that quickly dissipates entirely. Minimal lacing, poor retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Brown sugar, molasses, and marshmallow. Light cherry and creamy vanilla. Very sweet and malty aroma. 3.75/5

Taste: Sweet brown sugar and marshmallow up front. A little molasses and fig sweetness, a light amount of cherry and a little plum too. Hint of oak towards finish. Some caramel malt throughout. The alcohol is completely hidden. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, minimal carbonation. A bit too thin for the style. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet finish. 3/5

Overall: Really solidly flavored barrel aged barleywine marred by an overly thin mouthfeel. This one drinks real smooth; too smoothly for an 11% ABV beer. Be careful with this one -- the alcohol will sneak up on you.

Recommendation: Definitely give this one a whirl sometime, though I think it is a bit over hyped. The flavors and mouthfeel should not be too intense for the casual beer drinker, though I may have drank an older vintage of the beer for all I know.

Pairings: English Stilton cheese.

Cost: $14.99 for a four pack.

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Insanity - Oak Barrel-Aged from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,509 ratings