Insanity | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Insanity, 13.3% ABV, is made by aging our Blithering Idiot Barleywine Ale in whiskey barrels. The barrel aging imparts an additional level of complexity to an already intense malt profile by adding a combination of vanilla, oak and whiskey notes.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 958 | Ratings: 2,527
Photo of DevWand
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
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 -8.1%
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 +6.9%
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 +0.7%
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 +1.9%
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 +3.1%
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 -5%
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 +2.6%
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 -4.3%
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 -3.1%
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 +12.4%
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 +0.2%
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 +3.8%
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 Beersnake1
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice dark brown, with some transparency. Almost no head. Nose is toffee, molasses, malts, ethanol, raisins, figs, and cherries. Taste is awesome. Sweet upfront with a bit of an alcohol burn on the back end. Brown sugar and caramel dominate. Oak, bread, vanilla, raisins, brandy, and cherries follow. Nice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is deep and robust, but not creamy. Overall, a fantastic ale.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -12%
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 -7.9%
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 -12.4%
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 -4.3%
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 +5.5%
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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Photo of EEscobar
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: caramel colored with whitish tan head
Smell: caramel bourbon malt
Feel: thick and sticky coats the tongue nicely which enhances the flavor absorbtion
Taste : caramel bourbon butterscotch
Overall: I was surprised how good this beer tasted. I highly recommend it

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Photo of jimbomill
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As much as I love Weyerbacher's Blithering Idiot, I'd cheat on it every chance I can with Insanity. The wood aging just imparts enough succulence to take it to the next step. I've had it many times, so I won't go through the standard pour, look, et cetera categories.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice deep amber with a thin one finger head, which breaks quickly, leaving little lacing behind. The nose is bourbony and woody with malts and dark fruits coming through as well. I pick up traces of leather as well. The taste is caramel malts, fruits and boozy on the tail. Despite the booziness, it is an incredibly smooth beer with a medium feel and carbonation.

All in all another winner from Weyerbacher. The ABV is enough to make this a very slow sipper, and it is quite enjoyable as it warms.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was a strong brew! It had almost a whiskey aroma off the pour. It was aged in oak barrels so I am thinking it is close to the aging style of a whiskey. Anyway, the odor alone gave away it's alcoholic strength, but when I tasted it, it was surprisingly smooth! I expected it to be harsh but it wasn't at all. I got a lot of vanilla and caramel notes. Very smooth, but the alcohol was definitely there. It warms you up. This is a great offering!

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Photo of EMV
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a dark, dark mahogany... almost black with a finger or two of off-white head.

S: Boozy and rich... malts and dark fruits... bourbon.

T/F: Delicious taste... malty sweets with a nice backdrop of boozy bourbon. Complex dark fruits... cherries and figs. Oak and vanilla. Smooth and silky.. very rich. Love the mouthfeel. Alcoholic warmth and it gets better as it warms.

O: One of Weyerbacher's best and sticking it in a bourbon cask is a lovely thing to do with a Barleywine. Age it for 6 months and it's even better (about half my case made it that far). One that I will seek out again.

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