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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Weyerbacher Insanity. Fresh bottle, less than a month old.

I'm pulling out my brand new (well, I bought it used) EKU 28 snifter glass for this one.

Wow! What great carbonation in this fresh bottle! A wonderful whipped foam topping that never wants to leave. It was easy to get over a finger on a slow pour. Hundreds of thousands of tiny bubbles are surging to the surface supporting retention. And, the lace is creamy and elegant. Nice clarity in a garnet-hued body. Quite possibly the best looking English Barleywine I've ever seen. 5.0

A light sweet, almost Irish whiskey is one of the top layers in the nose. Woody and dark fruit malty with a deep undercurrent of brown sugar, caramel, and creme brulee. This is only the second time for me having this beer, and the last time, the bottle was a year old. This is an entirely different brew fresh. There's even a minor hop note that mixes earthy tones with the huge maltiness and fresh bottle booze character. 4.0

Damn, that's one tasty barleywine. I can more distinctly taste a marriage of Blithering Idiot, whiskey, and oak barrel aging. Definitely big with the alcohol, where one might be able to burp some serious fumes. Hard candy, dried fig, sweet vermouth, earthy hops, whiskey, grape must, brown sugar, dessert wine, toffee, plum, and milk chocolate. Smidge of bubble gum/tutti frutti in the finish. This is phenomenal with some age on it, but this fresh bottle is still unreal good. 4.25

I'm gonna let the wicked strength beat up on the feel a little bit. However, great carbonation. And, a milky body that fills the mouth. A bit of sugar stick. A surefire sipper and warmer. 3.5

One of my favorite Pennsylvanian beers. Proud to share a commonwealth with this brewery. A vast improvement on Blithering Idiot. Big beer that keeps the flavor big, as well. 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

2012 batch poured into a Brooklyn tulip. It's cold and rainy outside - perfect for sipping a beer like this. The beer is dark, clear, brownish-amber (like iced tea) and has a thin head that quickly dissipates. The nose has considerable toasted malt, oak, and vanilla aromas along with a subtle cherry, medicinal note. The taste follows the nose very closely. There are very pronounced sweet malt and caramel flavors that hit you first, though not as much vanilla as I expected. Around mid-palate, you start to get some whiskey and cherry notes and a nice warming alcohol presence (without feeling too boozy). The finish is tart and slightly dry, the mouthfeel is oily and slick, and the beer is fairly drinkable, though definitely a sipper.

This was the first barrel-aged barley wine I've ever had. I thought it was quite an interesting beer with a lot going for it. Being an English-style barleywine, one expects a bit of a malt bomb, but the oaky tones inherited from the barrels give it an astringent quality that complements the sweetness very nicely. This is definitely a beer I want to revisit several times. As I grow more familiar with it, I'm sure my appreciation will grow.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The title of this beer reflects my present mood. Poured into an Evolution Brewing Co. pint glass. No freshness date.

A- From a heavy pour comes barely a 1/4 inch's worth of off-white head that doesn't retain a lot before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and moderate surface foam. There are very visible bits of sediment suspended near the crown that are very still. Average lacing.

S- Prevalent alcohol fumes that are somewhat medicinal and oaky. Notes of raisin and sweet plum.

T- A high amount of astringency and sweetness. Rich and malty but it seems the alcohol holds the true character. Although it goes down easy, the bite and aggressiveness of the booze lasts all the way through to the aftertaste. It mellows and mellows with every sip bringing the vanilla sweetness closer to the foreground. There's also the oak and dark fruit doing their thing.

M- Slightly syrupy with low carbonation and some bite from the booze. Full body.

O- I think the reason it's called Insanity is because that's what it's a cure for. Reminds me a lot of Immort Ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to alefish for this one:

A harsh pour shows a half a finger of off white head on top of a clear amber body with almost no beading. Nose features caramel, toffee and beefy grains smothered in a soft boozy syrup. The taste leans entirely towards the sweeter side - no roasted malts. It's a pleasant balance: brown sugar, simple syrup, toffee. This is a pretty easy drinking barelywine. Salud!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Deep garnet, champagne like head that comes and goes quickly
S Not a big nose, a little bit of bourbon and toffee
T Some dark fruit, a bit of toffee, good amount of alcohol, not a lot of barrel character
M Crisp carbonation and a bit thin, not really what I want in a Bwine.

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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a CBS snifter.

A: Poors a deep ruby/amber colour. Half a finger of off white head that dissapates quickly leaving a ring of head. Little to no lacing.

S: A nice blend of vannilla, bourbon and some nuttiness.

T: Nice vanilla notes up front. A nice nutty, oaky flavor comes through in the finish. Bourbon notes show up throughout the sip and is nicely balanced with all the other flavors. Slightly warming alcohol.

M: Moderate body and moderate to high carbonation. Flavors coat the mouth. Some stickiness lingers on the lips.

Overall this is one of the most nicely balanced bourbon barrel aged beers I've had. One of Weyerbacher's best offerings.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Bottle not dated, so do not know how fresh it is, but at 11% ABV don't think it matters.

Appearance: Dark ruby chestnut with a brownish creamish head that quietly fades away.

Smell: Did I pour a bourbon or a beer? Complex aroma lets you know there is alot going on with this. I get vanilla, caramel, oak and as it warms the malt starts to come out.

Taste: Malt and bourbon up front for me, with the caramel and vanilla following with a warmness as it goes down

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick and very little carbonation

Overall: Excellent! This was my first barleywine, and I enjoyed it immensely! Recommend for any & all to enjoy.

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4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing beer to savor and ponder.
Mouthfeel isn't too oily, but yet full and creamy.
This is a definite barleywine, but soft on the alcohol. Yes it's there, but there's no burn.

Taste is complex, with soft malts, cinnamon, bourbon, carmel, all in sync. The balance is perfect. That's what sets this one apart.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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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