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

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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 yamar68
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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Photo of augie
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TonyTalon
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Steasy66
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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Photo of muletrane
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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Photo of goldennectar
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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Photo of Bugsey
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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Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bentonquest
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of RandyBoBandy
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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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Photo of FalconA
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%

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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 2,504 ratings
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