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 B33R501
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an incredible complex and delicious treat this is. Pours dark, big creamy head. Huge aroma, one of the best smelling beers I've had, caramel, figs, dates, rich luxury wood, and thick butterscotch cake batter. This is the one beer I thought you don't even have to drink it, and I literally sat there for 5 minutes just taking in the beautiful aroma. Then pour 1/2 the bottle and you're hit with a big blast of alcohol, sit the bottle down and the alcohol smell recedes into the background again, leaving the original aromas. Wow.

Tastes opens with a huge barleywine sweetness followed by beautiful, refined bourbon and vanilla that complements the caramel and dark fruits sweetness perfectly. The alcohol is nowhere to be found, just one monster beer.

Weyerbacher absolutely kills it, Insanity, Tiny, Double Simcoe, and Slam Dunkel are all world class beers, and the Dunkel will be out soon, we can't wait.

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Photo of drpimento
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very lush beer but not so true to style. Poured at a good temperature and with a nice foamy, light tan head and good lace. Color is an almost hazy brown amber with a single, meandering bubble trail. Flavor is hugely malt, sweet, caramel, vanilla, almost no bitter. Body reflects the flavors and so is round, full, and lush; thankfully with enough carbonic tang to balance. Finish is like flavor, of average to long in length and surprisingly mild. Good brew.

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Photo of Mudawg
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, reddish amber color with a small-mediium cream colored head. Scent has a lovely malt profile with inviting dark fruit aromas. A little bit of bourbon with some leather and maple syrup. Taste is very sweet at first with some brown sugar, dark fruits, and maple syrup. Then I get some nice, warming bourbon flavors. An interesting bitter hop profile to this as well. Pretty well balanced. Boozy finish. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, somewhat creamy, and warming. Drinkability is high. Overall, I think this is a very tasty brew. Not sure if I like it as much as Abacus (┬žucaba), but I would love to do a side by side with the two. This was my first beer ever from Weyerbacher, and it was a success.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 010412

A: Pours a nice amber brown color with some suspended particles and barely any head. Expected

S: Intense. Dark fruits, caramelized sugars, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and some sweet malts

T: Follows the nose. Surprisingly subdued alcohol for 11.1%. Dark fruits and malts open up, along with some caramelized sugar. Flows into the bourbon barrel aspects, with the bourbon of course, oak, vanilla, slight alcohol

M: Medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation. The usual suspect of oak barrels in terms of smoothness

O: This has to be my favorite American-made English barleywine by far. Even a fresh bottle is not overly boozey or bourbon-heavy, and I suspect it becomes even better with a year or two on it. Apparently it's good with up to 5 years on it (as per the bottle), so I'll hang onto a bottle or two to see. Expensive, but definitely worth it

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Photo of MichaelDobbins
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of bpattt
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Jakers90
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mozim
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of jkane101
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BoOmerG
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip - 2012 release -$14.99 a four pack.

A: Pours a translucent medium brown with three finger head that lowers into a thin off white lacing , slight webbing as it lowers -some oil slick residue.. good looking beer.

S: Roast malt , bourbon , vanilla ,oak ,tobacco.

T: Smooth bourbon that hides behind a good malt base with vanilla and slight oak, small hop presence.

O: Overall I didn't know what to expect from this beer , but it went above and beyond whatever expectations I had , A little pricey but well worth it in my opinion.

This could probably do well with a little age however it's very tasty fresh.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thin white foam head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Huge caramel toffee malt in the nose with some oak and vanilla. Smells very sweet and boozy.

T- Incredibly balanced with loads of malt sweetness initially with a good dose of alcohol and a slight hop presence in the finish. Similar to the nose with caramel, toffee, toasted grain, dark fruits, oak, and a touch of char.

M- Full bodied and smooth with nice carbonation.

O- A very solid English Barleywine. Might have to pick up a few to throw in the cellar. I could see this doing really nice with a year or two to mellow out the alcohol.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

This Barleywine poured a slightly hazy amber gold. It hardly produced any head, and left little lacing.
The smell is rich of dark fruit like plum, fig, and dates. Toffee, malt and brown sugar and Bourbon.
The taste is full of dark fruit up front, followed by the sweet toffee and brown sugar. A rich Bourbon oak taste emerges and the alcohol is coming on strong in the finish. Beautifully crafted and well balanced. A great Barleywine!

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Photo of Kadonny
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 version. I couldn't find a bottle date, but I know it's this years as Wegmans only has it for a very limited time after release.

A: A medium amber color with some brownish and reddish notes to it. Very minimal head that just sits on top and very minimal lacing. You can just see the alcohol in this bad boy.

S: Wow, classic English barleywine smells. Huge notes of dark fruit, raisins, toffee, caramel, vanilla and oak. You can smell the alcohol and bourbon too.

T: Follow the nose. The rich sweet dark fruits just pop out. Raisins, plums, cherry and fig mix with toffee and caramel sweetness but give way to the bourbon aging with tastes of vanilla, oak and of course bourbon. Alcohol comes in hard at the finish (especially when warm) but it is just the perfect finish to this beer. Just magnificent.

M: Rich, syrupy, a bit creamy and decent alcohol heat. Carbonation is low, but is perfect for this high alcohol beer.

Overall this is a fabulous bourbon barrel aged English Barleywine. In fact, I think it flies too low on the radar. This is just a slight bit behind the always awesome Abacus (Sucaba) and it doesn't get the same respect. Great, great beer.

This is quickly becoming my favorite Weyerbacher brew, it's that good. I am running out to get more before it's gone. If you want a wonderful beer to curl up with some night and just enjoy, this is it.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into goblet.

A - Pours a very dark auburn with great clarity. There is no head to speak of except a tiny wispy film of carbonation on the surface. Very little lacing left behind.

S - Very sweet smell comprised of figs, black cherry, and toffee. The oak is apparent, but not dominant, on the back end.

T - Burnt sugars and dark fruits give way to a sweet vanilla, caramel, and oak flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden and becomes only slightly noticeable as the beer warms. The aftertaste is of bourbon and raisins.

M - Pretty light on the carbonation with a chewy feel. It is very smooth and you can feel it all the way down.

O - Weyerbacher did a great job of improving upon Blithering Idiot by aging it in oak barrels. It is very sweet but the woody flavors and mild alcohol burn keep it from being overwhelmingly so. Drinkable and smooth. Certainly a good beer, but not really my cup of tea. I have heard that aging doesn't do much to improve this beer, but I will put a few down and see what they are like with some age.

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Photo of TheMonk41
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jimelee108
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mikeyv35
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 02/29/12
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2012
Glass: SH Large Tulip

Pour a brown mahoghany in color w/ ruby hues and a 1/2 finger white head that left minimal lacing. Aromas of caramel, toffee, oak, and butterscotch. The flavor started off w/ sweet caramel/toffee, which lead into butterscotch, and finished w/ oak and ever so slight hop bite(to prevent from becoming cloying). Medium bodied and lush w/ appropriate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, as this brew was very smooth w/ well masked ABV.

Overall, not top tier in the style category, but definately worthy of it's top 20 ranking. Not overly complex, but yet simple, smooth, and so very enjoyable. This is one of those brews that I always like to keep on hand if I am in the mood for a good EBW at night, especially because it is easily accessible.

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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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