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)
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
Ratings:
2,485
Reviews:
947
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
234
Gots:
597
For Trade:
30
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Ratings: 2,485 |  Reviews: 947
Photo of Spaz0id
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of mitch3114
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sokol_1993
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WritersBlock
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a muddled, opaque, caramel coloring, with a filmy, wispy, white surface coating of head. Aromas of rich caramel and toffee forward, followed by a blending of fruit characteristics, including apple, date, fig, raisin, and plum. Solid bready note in the nose, also. Sugary highlights. Flavors are richly sweet forward, deep and layered, with a tangy caramel blend first, followed by roasted toffee, subtle char wood and earth notes, sweet apple, rich fig and date, tart plum and cherry, and sugary highlights throughout. You really could find an infinite layer upon layer of flavors in this. Full bodied and downright chewy, with a booze soaked fruitcake aftertaste. The finish is slick, smooth, and still big, letting your palate know it's done some work. Solid boozy and richly sweet linger. This is a damn fine beer.

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Photo of newcastlemike
2.38/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of kalosjakar
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbl_delta
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler into pint glass. (What the heck - it's a Friday night.) Pours a slightly hazy dark honey-amber color with almost no head. Initial impression is molasses, bourbon, and booze. Some dark fruit in there too, but it's kind of overwhelmed by everything else. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Finish is sweet and sticky too. Interestingly, I am not a fan of Blithering Idiot, but sticking it in a bourbon barrel changes everything. This one is a handful, but a thoroughly enjoyable one!

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

Received from @Josholson in NBS BIF #4
Bottle produced 11/26/15, BB 11/26/20, at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried Weyerbacher tulip
Aroma of malt
Head small (Maximum < one cm, aggressive pour), tan, creamy, diminishing to a two mm ring and thin layer
Lacing - none
Body – dark amber, cloudy
Flavor – starts sweet but not cloying, malty, some alcohol; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Excellent and relatively cheap.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2014, enjoyed on 10/04/2016.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: a slightly murky brown color with just a hint of ruby red. head pours thin and dissipates right away

s: toffee, leather, oak, sweet berries, molasses, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel malts, plums, figs, and raisins. this is a bold aroma, with lots going on right away and a definite alcohol in the aroma

t: toffee, molasses, and fig in a big way up front. very sweet on the tip of the tongue. behind that is a nice oak presence as well as some of that leather and sweet berries, and dark rich plum. there is definitely a large alcohol presence in the flavor as well - its burning the lips. the alcohol is effectively canceling out the initial sweetness. there is a bit of a spice in here as well - like nutmeg or raw cinnamon also that makes itself known in the background. there is also a hint of bitter orange rind as well towards the very end. definite sipper.

m: heavy, sticky mouthfeel, not much carbonation at all. just what it should be

o: this is a definite sipper that drinks almost like a liquor. big rich sweet flavors abound in here, and you can feel the beer from the syrup to the tinge it leaves on your lips. might be best to sit on this for a while to let the alcohol die down just a touch, but this is a fantastic nighttime sipper

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

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Myotus
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 50°F from a 12oz bottle (2013 vintage) into a snifter. Consumed on 31Jul16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of oak, figs, plums, and brown sugar intertwine with mild cinnamon, caramel and vanilla aromas to create along with subtle aromas of tree nuts, coconut, alcohol, earthy hops, and orange peel to create a balanced and multifarious smell profile.
4.5 out of 5
TASTE: Like the aromas, balance in the taste profile is instantly established as strong flavors of oak, figs, and plums caress the palate. Strong flavors of brown sugar and caramel immediately give way to significantly amplify the sweetness. Balance is quickly restored as mild flavors of vanilla, tree nuts, alcohol, and spicy cinnamon accompany the prior flavors. Further complexity develops as subtle coconut and earthy hop flavors enter while flavors of alcohol grow slightly stronger. Subtle orange peel flavors bring an additional touch of bittersweetness as all previous flavors maintain.
4.25 out of 5
NOTE: The taste profile had such a staggering sophistication as one would expect and hope for in the style. The barrel aging gave this a wonderful oak flavor that blended very well with the other flavors. I was surprised (and somewhat disappointed) that the perception of alcohol was as high as it was given that this bottle had been aged for three years. I was hoping that the heat would have died down by now. At the end of the day, this was a spectacular Barleywine. I recommend aging this unless you love the perception of alcohol in your brews.

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Photo of tom10101
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Granuaile
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My second favourite beer next to their Blasphemy. These guys really know what they're doing.

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Photo of kbrown
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mschrei
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. Couple months old. Red brown with no foam or lacing. Boozy and barrel aged smell, follows through the taste. Very strong, not much other than barrel ale taste. Feel like I'm drinking straight liquor. Good, but thinking it would be much more subtle and enjoyable after a few years.

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Photo of Bouder32
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 2,485 ratings.
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