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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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Original review from 12/16/2011

A: A really dark amber pour with a nice dense offwhite head. Decent retention, not much lacing.

S: Big, boozy raisins with a little bit of cherry. Tons of vanilla and caramel. A little bourbon is present but not as much as I would expect. Tingling in the nose from the alcohol.

T: Sweet and thick caramel malt throughout. Some nice vanilla in there to help balance. Fruitiness not as present as in the smell but it's there, especially in the aftertaste. Boozy, definitely a sipper.

M: Thick and smooth with light carbonation. Warms the belly!

O: Big and boozy english style barleywine. No perceptible hops. Just a nice sipping barleywine. Alcohol is warming and can be smelled but doesn't have a typical "bite".

Update: 8/8/2013. Same batch, just been sitting in my cellar almost two years.

A: Murky dark brown pour. Good sized and fluffy light brown head. Almost no lacing, just a little slash here and there. Good retention however. (4)

S: Huge sweet caramel, toffee and raisin. Quite sweet in fact, with hints of cherries. A little bit of alcohol stings the nose. (4)

T: Big caramel and toffee notes up front with heavy oak. Raisin is here but subdued. Lots of spiced bread in the finish. Alcohol bite here as well. Super oaky with lots of toffee in the finish. Drying oak and alcohol between sips. (3.75)

M: Fairly heavy and dry on the back end. (4)

O: Good barrel aged barleywine but I noticed a sort of harsh alcohol flavor and spiced bread in the finish that I didn't quite pick up the first time. I've had other un-reviewed bottles of this and I noticed it in them too. Not quite sure what to attribute it to. Kind of a detracting harsh flavor and drops the score a bit. (3.5)

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

You know, I've lived in SE Pennsylvania now since 1992. I've been legal to drink since 1999. Yet, this is the first time I've had Insanity. I suppose a portion of that is due to the fact that I only recently even became interested in beer, and even more recently became a fan of barleywines.

This pours a beautiful bronze/ruby color that's translucent. The beer allows for a faint white head that largely clings to the sides of the glass, with no real legs to speak of. The nose if phenomenal. It has a large caramel and vanilla profile with a booziness that singes your nose with the deepest of inhales. The taste is marvelous with, again, caramel and vanilla being the highlights of the show. This is a sweet beer, and exactly what I like out of a BW. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and mega smooth. The finish is quite a bit boozy. I wonder what this would be like after a few years. A little hot now, but definitely doesn't hinder the drinkability in my estimation. My favorite Weyerbacher beer by far. Very well done.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011, only a few months old. I'm not sure how I've never had this beer before! Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy brownish/orange body with some minor floating sediment as I poured towards the bottom of the bottle. A thin off-white head formed but didn't last long. The retention is nice leaving a thin ring, and splotchy lacing on the walls.

S: Sweet bourbon, rich oak wood, maple syrup, caramel malts, vanilla and a sweet black cherry note on the end. Wow, this is absolutely incredible smelling. At first it reminded me of Backwoods Bastard, but the Barleywine base is certainly present in this beer.

T: Hot bourbon is up front with a lot of sweet dark fruits, focusing on the black cherry once again. Plenty of vanilla, sweet malts and a nuttiness are mid-palate. The back end has all the matured wood elements, lots of oak and a bit of spice. The bourbon comes full circle and leads you into the finish, with a bit of heat going down.

M: Lower carbonation, fairly smooth but it's a little thinner than expected. Again, it's hot on the way down into the chest reminding you of the barrel treatment this went through.

I'm still shocked that I never tried this beer before after sitting it just sit on shelves. Never again - this will certainly be one I grab a few packs of each year. Simply a wonderful example of a bourbon barrel aged Barleywine, in the right size bottles at the right price. Nice job, Weyerbacher.

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Insanity - Oak Barrel-Aged from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,509 ratings