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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good one. I let this beer age for a year or so, don't know if it made any difference for the review. Pours a hazy ice-tea brown color. It takes a hard pour, but you can get a medium size light tan head with average retention. Thin bands of lace are visible on the glass.

Smell is quite good. This is a malty beer with plenty of aroma from the oak. Some toffee here as well.

Taste is very good. The oak is the most prominent flavor backing up a somewhat sweet malty beer. Toffee is evident as well with a light alcohol warming finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, mostly creamy and smooth with a little alcohol bite.

This is a one-and done-beer but the one goes down very easily. A potent but very approachable beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into fluted snifter; deep ruby, clear, with a fluffy yellow-cream head that descends relatively quickly leaving a nice slick ring of foam.
Smells of dark fermented fruit, sweet caramel and toffee malt, raisin bread, bourbon.
Tastes of sweet, bready toffee malt with bourbon, dark fruit, and slight spice.
Mouthfeel is surprising; it starts out slick and sticky, but then transitions into a fluffy quad-like feel. Awesome twist!
Overall, very glad I picked this one up. My girlfriend kept insisting I had had it before, but I didn't think I had and I was correct. Good's awesome! An english barleywine that drinks like a quad.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark auburn tinted brown body with a strong boozy/bourbon like aroma mixed with sugary sweet maltiness (caramel, toffee) and a little bit of woodiness and I think a hint of dark fruit (I am leaning towards figs). Beer is full-bodied and thick, not really sticky so it goes down smooth like velvet, there's some bourbon and woodiness in here so it's smooth and boozy. I get taste notes of vanilla, figs, possibly plum, toffee, caramel and the finish is a little hot but it's more complimentary than distracting. All in all a very enjoyable barleywine.

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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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