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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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%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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Photo of TomTwanks
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This is not a vintage!
Pour - vigorously into a bruery tulip. Deep red amber in color. Dark egg shell head the slowly bellows up to the the head formation!

Smell - Burnt candied sugar, almost reminds me a a belgium in this sense. Caramel, booze, wood, in that order.

Taste - Pretty identical to the smell, but there seems to be a nice profond vanilla in which I adore. Great beer, great amount of heat. Holy heat batman, this brew is tasty! Brown sugar seems to pop out the warmer this beer gets..

Mouthful - medium/thick. Great oily lining that leaves your palate tasting this for a good while. Love it.

Overall - didn't know what I was getting into when I bought this beer. Absolutely love it and would recommend this to anyone. Gonna put a 4 pack in the cellar for a while to see how it comes out!

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

Purchased a 4pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA.

4pk - $14.99

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass (goblet)

A - Pours a semi-translucent dark gold/reddish color. Little to no head on the initial pour. Beer appears rather thick or syrupy. As you tilt the glass the beer slowly slides down the side. Little to no lacing.

S - A sweet, boozy smell.

T - This beer initially smacks you pretty good. The first sip greets you with a very sweet, burnt sugar taste with a boozy aftertaste. As the beer warms, I'm getting the oakiness from the barrel ageing along with a fig-like & caramel taste mixed with even more booziness. This is a sipper for sure. As you can tell, the alcohol is really noticeable.

M - A rather thick consistancy. Very light carbonation. The booze warms your throat as it goes down.

O - This beer is an aquired taste. This is the Blithering Idiot on steroids. It's very tasty but this is a one a night beer for sure. Enjoy this beer a little sip at a time and you'll appreciate the flavors that it has to offer.


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Photo of doughanson78
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BrokenStones
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12 oz Snifter @thecloverleaf in Caldwell, NJ. One of the better beer venues in NYC metro area. Constantly rotating taps, special features and tap take over is really good too.

A: Auburn, white foam 1", nice lacing.

S: alcohol, honey fruit and mild hops.

T: alcohol, carmel, hops, medium body.

M: medium body, hits all senses in the mouth and pallet.

O: A really good beer; I would have it again if it again if thee were not 60 other beers to try. Worthy of throwing a 4 pan in the fridge.

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Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jules11788
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy dark copper color; thin film head, light lacing

S: Sweet malts and sticky toffee; smells just like grapenuts covered in honey.

T: Super smooth sweet malt flavor; sticky caramel and toffee; bourbon-infused woody notes in the background

M: Incredibly smooth and velvety, absolutely no hint of booze whatsoever; barely any carbonation

O: This is a fantastic beer, probably one of the top 3 Barleywines I've ever had. You should pick this up immediately.

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Photo of beesy
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two year old bottle from 2010. Poured 12 oz bottle into an english pint glass.

A - pours a muddy browish orange with just a tad of off white head that dissipates almost immediately. Not much in the way of carbonation present.

S - lots of hot booze(especially as it warms), lots of barrel and barrel vanilla notes, caramel malts, slight oxidation, bread.

T - initially very sweet with tons of barrel vanilla present. Malty. Alcohol still detected in the late palate - I dont remember how boozy this is fresh, but it should hit local stores anytime, so I'll make some comparisons. Slighly oxidized. No hop presence noted. Hides the 11.1% ABV well, although booze still detected. The barrel character really opens up as it warms.

M - very thick and full bodied. Lack of carbonation increases thickness.

D - low. A tad too sweet with overbearing barrel presence makes it too unbalanced to do anything but sip.

Overall, a pretty decent beer that has aged well. The taste is the best thing about ths beer hands down, especially as it warms. Surprised how well the barrel character has maintained its identity. Ill post updates once fresh 2012 obtained, but hoping some hop bitterness and presence will help balance it out. I fear the hot booze needs time to mellow, but we'll see how 2012 batch plays out soon.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Served in a snifter.

Pours an orange-copper color with a short white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a decent amount of bourbon along with light vanilla and oak. Sweet caramel and brown sugar there as well. Flavor is fairly sweet with some nice barrel notes in the background. Medium-full body with slight carbonation and a nice chewiness. Solid brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter at cellar temp.

Tiny head that fades quickly over a slightly cloudy orange body. No lacing.

Deep, rich sweetness in the aroma. Sweetbread. Some fresh gingerbread spice. Light pine hoppyness.

Rich and very, very smooth on the palate. Sweetness continues into the flavor. Lots of ripe peaches and banana. Caramel syrup, monkey bread, and vanilla come to mind next. Virtually no carbonation - rich and somewhat cloying, but not so syrupy and sweet that it distracts.

Great English-style Barleywine - but ONLY if you're into sweet beers. Hop heads should stick with American variety Barleywines.

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Photo of Lang44
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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