Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels) | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)
BA SCORE
4.15/5
2,493 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,465
Reviews:
950
Ratings:
2,493
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
598
Trade:
29
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 2,493 |  Reviews: 950
Photo of Sabtos
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy garnet with a dark brown core and a soft, fizzy tan blanket that settles to a ring.

Smell is butterscotch, caramel, raisin, toffee, new leather and red grape all behind a little wall of alchol burn.

Taste is raisin, toasted biscuit, and light molasses. I then get red grape and even raspberry. It's not too heavy, with an almost tart brightness, making it relatively light for a barleywine. As I get more into it, flavors of Barq's develop, as well as bright oak and basement must.

Medium body, nicely carbonated, with a little heat, a little stickiness, finishing semi-dry.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beer_guy_nc
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dtm426
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timtac
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SABERG
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage poured from 12 oz bottle into the modified tulip glass.
A - Dark oak colored, carbonation struggles through the body, skyward, a ring of evidence displays its efforts.
S - Toffee, light brown sugar, shade tobacco curing, old oak plank from your basement. patience.
T - Just like the nose. complexity added with temperature, dark fruit, yellow raisin, kiss of cinnamon.
F - Slick, full palate coating, sweet finish
O - A big delightful offering, a bit sweet, the body could use some heft, that said I will be seeking out again

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Photo of rdoggg
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DarthVorador
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Spaz0id
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of mitch3114
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sokol_1993
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WritersBlock
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of kalosjakar
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbl_delta
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +3.9%
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 +1.9%
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 -1%
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 -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of addiwilliams
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,493 ratings
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