Insanity | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
92
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
938
Ratings:
2,453
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
589
For Trade:
33
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Reviews: 938 | Ratings: 2,453
Photo of q33jeff
3.16/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

**
01/19/2014
Bottle to snifter. Aroma Is musty, sweet, honey, vegetables. Cloudy brown-orange. Strong. High alcohol. Belgian Wang. Brandy-like taste.
**
08/26/2016
Bottle to Snifter. Bottle dated 11/16/15, though I just bought it, so who knows what the aging conditions were.
Similar to above notes, though I don't really get the wang.
LOOK: Deep Mahogany color, clear. Small head fades quickly.
AROMA: Apple, wine,
TASTE: honey, apple, whiskey that is not apparent in the nose shows up late and knocks everything else away.
FEEL: pretty flat, medium body.

Pretty Good, Ratings increased slightly, (3.01 to 3.16). I think I like the regular Blithering Idiot better.
**

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Photo of Prager62
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bottle I recently picked up dated 11/09/15 and I'm guessing a batch number 596467B3. Pouring in my Weyerbacher tulip to have a taste!

Look- Pours a reddish brown semi transparent color leaving a small finger of light tan foam that settles to form a ring around the glass. Looks like whiskey when held up to the light.

Smell- Huge barrel aroma of whiskey, dark cherry, caramel, vanilla and wood.

Taste- Caramel malt, figs, raisins, dark cherry and vanilla. The label states 'ale aged in oak barrels', but I'm sure picking up a lot of booze in the finish along with the oak. I get a slight bit of corn at the end.

Feel- Slick with some carbonation and a good dose of heat in the finish.

Overall- I remember reading a lot about this beer when I joined the site years ago. Newer 'toys' seemed to have pushed this one aside. I never had the opportunity to try as distribution was out of reach until SW Michigan started getting a wider range of Weyerbacher products recently. A winner in my opinion! A nice mix of complex dark fruit flavors and barrel. With a best by date 5 years out from the bottling date, I'm glad I bought another to cellar. I'll definitely be looking for a couple more in my travels.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
2012 vintage

A- pours a deep amber-brown color with a small creamy off-white head that reduces quickly, but leaves some alcohol legs behind

S- aroma is dominated with black cherry, with undertones of caramel, raisin, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut & a hint of booze

T- opens up with a big dose of sweet caramel/toffee, quickly followed by dark cherry and raisin, the bourbon shows up mid-palate with notes of vanilla and spicy oak. The finish brings some herbal notes, along with more bourbon and booze

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that has just enough bite to continue through to the finish

O- has held up quite well, more caramel and dark cherry come out, compared to fresh. It is surprisingly still quite boozy.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle - bottled on 1/19/15 - best before 1/19/19

Weyerbacher Insanity Ale body is reddish brown in color. A very small off-white head that shrank fast to a collar of bubbles with no lacing produced. The aroma of sweet malt; dark caramel, vanilla,, and oak dominated. Taste begins sweet, with flavors of caramel and brown sugar followed by light vanilla, oaky notes and a warming bourbon like finish. Mouth feel is high-medium to full bodied and syrupy on the palate with moderate carbonation and alcohol warmth noted.

Insanity makes a nice nighttime sipper.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a murky orange mahogany with almost no head. nose; massive (slightly) overripen banana, fresh banana bread, boozy fig, raisin, caramel, light hops, & light oak. taste; light caramel malt, earthy hops, light orange zest, big boozy banana, slight vanilla, raisin, oak, fig, & toffee. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. i knew this was a winner for me the moment i smelled it. the wood complexity, boozy fruit, & hop concoction is slowly pushing old ales and barleywines towards my favorite categories. the 11% abv shows up here, but it's gentle and warming. has some definite vinous dark fruit character here with the malts being very subtle. very complex, but the standouts here are the banana, oak, & fig. delicious!

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Photo of dansbeerrun
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Holy moley. I want to get: Maui Coconut Porter, Crown Royal, Makers Mark. Then get the measuring stuffs and try to match this beers flavor package. Sight unseen, alcohol rules. Maybe different mixology with Breakfast Stout? YUM........

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Photo of DevWand
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time drinking a barley wine. Obviously I wasn't expecting the usual profile from the style (considering this is barrel aged), that being said...

Strong barrel/whisky profile, sweet caramel and malty finish. Certainly not bad, just not what I expected. Guess I'll have to drink a few more (non-aged) barley wines and compare em all.

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber brown with next to no head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, fig, dried dark fruits, oak, bourbon, toffee. Flavor is dead on with the aroma with plums, cherries, slight sweetness. Big booze. This is a little hot right now, should definitely age longer for full enjoyment. Wish I would have waited. The feel is medium and creamy. Light carbonation. Could be a winner, but this glass is just too hot. Needs to mellow.

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Photo of darktronica
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of dark plum and cherry in the nose, with vanilla, oak chips, and simple syrup on the tongue. A strong, rich malt backbone anchors this solid barleywine, along with a full body and exceptionally smooth mouthfeel that helps it go down easy. This is disappearing from my glass alarmingly quickly.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent barrel aged barley wine. This one was in my basement for about a year and aged nicely. Nice cooper reddish color. Smells of bourbon and vanilla and tastes the same. Highly recommend for any barley wine fan.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 1/6/15 - 1/6/20 poured into a snifter. L: hazy caramel color with no head or lacing A: dark fruits, oak barrel, and booze T: vanilla, oak, raisins, alcohol finish M: light, thin, moderate carbonation O: good representation of the style, but a little boozy even with more than a year in the bottle. I have two more bottles that I will age for awhile longer.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Classic deep red brown barleywine hue.
S- Great bourbon notes. Oak, coconut, and solid malt backbone.
T- The barrel and hefty maltiness work great together. Similar to the nose.
M- Light carbonation and slick coating mouthfeel.
D- Pretty stout at 11%. Great sipper.

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Photo of pollocwr
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber in color. Light head. Aromas are mostly the barrel. Taste is light with little carbonation. Oak and Bourbon are strong on the palate.

Good beer. Not worth the hype.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date of January 2015 and drinking it with about 10-11 months of age on it. Brown and murky. Very intimidating beer to look at. A lot of sweet dark fruit, caramel, molasses and smoke in the nose. Taste is sweet honey, some bourbon and boozy. Thought with 11 months it would mellow but still has some heat to it. A very decent English style Barleywine and recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Werk Force snifter.
A - Pours a clear dark orange/brown with really no head at all.
S - Aroma is sweet, dark fruit and boozy.
T - This is a big, boozy sipper. May be a little hot right now, which makes it hard to pick out the underlying flavors. The bourbon is right there for ya.
M - Low carbonation, medium mouth feel.
O - I bought a 4-pack, and 3 went in the cellar to age. Tried this one now to set expectations. If you are in the mood for a bourbon forward beer, then this is a good one. But I expect this beer will be better in 12-24 months.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle 2/11/2013. Pours a dull amber color with ruby-orange highlights when the sun hits the glass. Not much of a head or visible carbonation but an insane amount of sediment got kicked up from the bottom of the bottle after popping the top that was poured and consumed. The nose is mainly sweet caramel and toffee, dried dark fruits, lots of vanilla and oak, ESB nuances, sour green grape, and the slightest hint of cocoa powder. For some reason, I always get a strange, vinous, soured quality to a majority of Weyerbacher's barrel aged beers that I've opened. The mouth feel is more on the medium side but smooth, and I still get a little bit of the alcohol burn on the back end, but it's nowhere near the level of boozy this beer is fresh. Taste has a lot of vanilla, clover honey, rum, caramel, nougat, raisins, and fig.

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Photo of Mshea805
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle. Booze or barrel flavor was very minimal, extremely smooth and easy drinking for 11%. Belgian like dried fruit flavor with the oak, vanilla and typical sweetness of an English Barleywine. After receiving an infected 4-pack im very glad I had a chance to try this beer as it was meant to taste.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really just an around terrific English Barley wine. Dare I say probably my pick for a non barrel aged barleywine. The thing that's the most impressive is for 11.1% I can't detect any boozy qualities. This is such an easy drinking and smooth big beer it simply has to be consumed to be believed how good this is.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear copper with a light wispy head. This one has been a want for some time and the anticipation was to be rewarded. Beautiful nose of caramel and vanilla. No overlying booziness, great creamy mouthfeel. Really everything you look for in a barley wine, up there as one of the best I've had. Thanks to @zappoman for hooking this one up

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle on July 28, 2015. Look is dark amber with a thin head and moderate lacing. Smell is dried fruits and rich caramel malts. Taste is sweet malts with complex oak, bourbon and bitter hop notes. Feel is thick and heavy.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This started with a shocking amount of medicinal alcohol flavors. I let it settle and it began to open up. I would like to try it a second time with this in mind. It has a interesting mixture of caramel and citrus sweetness. Some butterscotch, oranges and honey toffee candy.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a strong beer with some good taste to it. BA Barleywines, when done right, are some of the best beers out there. While it could have really used a bourbon kick to it, it was a solid beer none the less.

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Photo of deadsincebirth
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet Spicy oak tannins. Smell a bit better than the taste and mouthfeel is thick. Overall a bit young for me but at only 7 months that's understandable.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a thin layer of off-white foam.

Caramel malt, dark fruits, cherry, oak, and leather.

Oak, vanilla, earthy hop bitterness, candied malt, and bourbon spice.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, bitter and fruity.

Overall, not too shabby.

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Photo of Prasm
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great balance in this beer, sour mash nose and up front taste but it's balanced very nicely by a creamy mouth-feel and lengthy finish - excellent beer.

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Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 2,453 ratings.
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