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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12oz bottle (bottled on: 12/11/2013, besty by: 12/11/2018) into a Rastal Teku 2.0 stemmed glass

A- Depending on how the light strikes the sediment floating about (and your visual perspective), Insanity pours a deep ruby red and/or copper color and sports a sturdy, 1-finger's worth of an off-white (verging on khaki) head. Considering the ABV, head retention is quite strong and even after subsiding, a significant film coasts the surface (non-nucleated glass). Considering the fact that the beer is both barrel-aged and bottle conditioned, the appearance is quite attractive. (4.25)

S- Although quite pungent, its complexity makes it difficult to categorize. In short, the aroma is mostly Bourbon barrel and whiskey-soaked fruits. Vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, ripened berries, raisins, plums, dates, overripe melon and honey. (5.0)

T- Just as complex and massive as the nose suggests...even more so! Add to the aforementioned medley of aromas the slight presence of milk chocolate in the flavor. Drink this one on the warmer side to elicit all of the flavors. (4.75)

M- Full bodied and creamy. The bottle conditioning is not only responsible for giving this beer an amazing mouthfeel, the aromas maintain on the surface throughout consumption. (5.0)

O- Simply put...this is one of the best barrel-aged beers I have ever sampled. Not being an especially huge fan of English-style barleywines, the bourbon barrel-aging adds a character that elevates an already proven beer to mythical heights. The appearance, complexities in both aroma and flavor as well as its silky mouthfeel culminate to make Insanity one intensely enjoyable drinking experiences. After reading, it should come as no surprise that my overall impression of Insanity is nearly perfect. Weyerbacher continues to impress and cannot wait until they release the next batch! (5.0)

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Insanity - Oak Barrel-Aged from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,506 ratings