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

2,485 Ratings
Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)

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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Hazy dark copper brown with a minimal head even when swirled. No lacing.

S: Caramel and roasted sweet malts with toffee. A fair bit of oak is blended with the previous smells along with an underlying bourbon. Definitely some dates as well. Turns to mostly bourbon as it warms.

T: Quite a bit of bourbon. Too much in fact for me. It remind me a lot of BCBBW in fact, but with less body and ABV. That one had some extra flavor with the bourbon, but this is mostly bourbon. Pretty sweet from some decadent malts. Kind of a one note for me.

M: Smooth with a bourbon-esque body.

O: Too much bourbon for me. I could really go for a Hell on Wood in fact. Good if you like bourbon. If you can't get some BCBBW, grab some of this.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Murky mud brown body like sludge run off with a minimal taupe head that fades quick. Snail trail lacing.

S: Overripe pineapple nearly rotten, sulfur farts, sour milk, subtle banana phenol, agave nectar, prunes, corn syrup, hints of berries and bourbon soaked wood.

T/M: Melted toffee, thick butterscotch that sticks to the roof of your mouth, buttery almonds, cardboard, bitter apple peels, banana, brown sugar, loads of killed barley and a slight chalkiness on the end. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick like a dentists nightmare and the carbonation is at a dull roar that keeps the thickness going.

O: Caution this may cause a diabetic comma. I imagine this is pretty close to drinking pancake syrup from the bottle. Sweet, thick, sticky malt at every angle of this brew. Nice bitterness at the end to round it all off. I love the oaked presence that brings in the bourbon presence. I'm anxious to try two vintages side by side. Cheers!

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