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

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92
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2,487 Ratings
Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,487
Reviews:
948
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
598
For Trade:
30
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Photo of totoropanda
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jegross2
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty reddish-orange hue with slight haze. There's minimal head and no lacing, leaving a flat appearance.

There's strong bourbon aromas... vanilla and oak are in the forefront with some caramel.

It has fantastic flavors. Caramel and vanilla give a sweet and smooth base followed by oak, dark fruit, toffee. The alcohol is hot, but cuts the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with carbonation on the lighter side. There's a nice burn in the finish.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It's one of the better barrel aged barleywines out there.

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Photo of Marti403
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Rekrule
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of vitters03
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of sludgegnome
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of furthurgone
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Khazadum
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This has a thick collar that lasts and lasts. Its the color of freshly baked bread centers. You know, that off-white coloration. The body is a deep amber and the carbonation is cascading up the edges. Perfect lacing, great retention... Really enjoyable appearance.

S- Things start to go downhill here. Apple skins, a bit rancid sulfur compounds, some phenol plastic back edges, sherry back edge, and to finish it all off the bourbon is.... cheap, like a dirty molasses.

T- Hmm... how to describe this one. Very brightly sweet, sherry notes, bitter cheap bourbon character. That alcoholic bite with a papery, grainy sweetness. Not really defined as molasses or dark fruits or deep dank sweets. Just... bright, annoying, alcoholic, cheap bourbon. It finishs nicely at least. Brown sugar, cardboard, and a gentle alcoholic tinge that stickies up my lips.

M- At once smooth, then overly brisk carbonation crisps things up.. causes you to pick out the alcohol more often.. the bite of the rancid aromas... The stickiness of the flavors begins to taste like aged and oxidized hops rather than an english barleywine.

Its not bad... but it really really needs work in some areas.

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Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of InIBUsWeTrust
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Abrasive coconut taste after I poured into my goblet.

I regret to inform you this beast was troublesome to digest.

I feel like the Weyerbacher brothers hired some Haitian off the streets to urinate inside this beverage, only to serve it to the masses as a disgustingly nauseating experience.

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Photo of wibrewer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice label, competent brewery, intrigued.

12oz bottle poured into Bruery snifter.

Thin, white head, collapses to ring a top ruby red elixir. Sparse lacing.

Kicks it with the aroma. Oak, sweet vanilla, caramel, cherries. Nice.

Had my first taste in line at Peg's, in Gulfport, FL. Strong fruit (berries), caramel, toffee, with mild bitter alcohol on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is light, creamy, some lingering alcohol.

Overall nice oak flavor to the traditional barleywine style.

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Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010? no date info on the label

A: Amber with almost a dusty rose or purple tint. Thin white head with little carb.

S: Oak, TONS of figs, not much else. Makes me think this is going to be thin. Almost a bock-lager quality to it. Less bourbon than I got from the 2012 version on tap.

T: Wow way more smoothed out and balanced than fresh. Bourbon is smoothed and blended into all soft notes of warm sweet bread, toffee, figs, graham cracker. Carbonation muttles the flavors a bit by adding a stale cracker taste of sorts. No alcohol to speak of.

M: Very smooth. Light carbonation.

O: I feel like this would be best with about a year under it as the fresh version is full of warm bourbon barrel goodness but lacks balance and this bottle which is from 2010 at the youngest is well balanced and nicely smoothed out with the integration of beer and barrel qualities, it lacks the vibrance and warmth of the fresh version as well as imparting an undesirable sort of build-up stale flavor on the end.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date; purchased August 2011

A - Pours a clear garnet/brown with one finger of off-white head. Head doesn't last long and leaves very little lacing. Some suspended material.

S - Somewhat subtle sweet bourbon with vanilla being more prominent than any oak notes. Toffee, some sugar and some alcohol.

T - Sweet but not distractingly so. Nice bourbon presence, with both vanilla and oak being quite prominent. Toffee and caramel malts, and a bit boozy. Also a bit of raisin and fig. Faint citrus.

M - Medium mouthfeel is a bit sticky, with some numbing alcohol on the finish.

O - Nice bourbon barrel-aged barleywine. Not as complex as some, and a bit too much noticeable alcohol, but a very nice beer for the price, and 12 oz bottles are certainly appreciated.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 2,487 ratings.
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