Insanity | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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.

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Reviews: 958 | Ratings: 2,527
Photo of Suds
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was poured from 22 ounce bottle with a laughingly insane idiot, silhouetted in red. The color is a deep, dark ruby, with a respectable off-white head (especially considering the ABV). It’s aroma is complex and satisfying: thick malt, wood, alcohol, caramel, raisins, and spice. The smell isn’t quite as intense as some barleywines, but it’s certainly multi-dimensional. The taste is simply extraordinary. “Fullness of flavor” is an understatement…you’re almost consumed by the taste. Malt, alcohol, whiskey and wood, touch of yeast, dab of hops, over-ripe fruit, molasses, and on and on. Superb flavor with an alcohol bite. Thick, full, heavy body. Unbelievably drinkable…creamy, warming. I need another one of these!

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle was a nice portion for this belly warming brew. Pours a amber bronze color with a 2" creamy head. Thick lacing develops. The aroma is very pleasant oak, malt and alcohol. The flavor is of thick maltiness, oak, plum, raisins, bourbon, and alcohol. A little bitterness adds to the "insanity" of the flavor.

The mouthfeel starts smooth and ends with a light crisp finish. The alcohol and oak laden malt rides the tongue well after the finish. One bottle was just enough to enjoy over a long period, so drinkability score is just below good.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stormy caramely orange & brown hues with a thin sand collar from a "promo bottle."

Whiskey bottle & wood overtakes the nose. Some rum cake malts stick out.

First swigs: Like rum & cherries. Warm apertif. A treat. Sherry or vanilla ice cream warmed up to the point where recognizeable Blithering Idiot shows up. Some rye bread yeastiness meets chocolate chip cookie dough.

Feel: Plenty of carbonation. Warm awl-kee-hawl burn down the gullet.

If the weather is like today's, cold & dreary, this is excellent. Feel is smooth and bubbly. Tacky sugars.

Last swigs: Would never have guessed that this is Blithering Idiot. It's a sipper. Put on a fire and go to town. No dissapointments! Every sip is discovery! Thanks to BA Shapudding for the sample.

Beer is good. Happy Wood barrel aged Barley aged beering.

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Photo of yen157
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark ruby red body topped by a sticky, fairly creamy, beige head. The house yeast character really leaps out on first sniff. These characteristics, which worked so darn well in the Autumnfest, includes dry leaves and peanuts shells. Also, in the nose, there are notes of coconut, bourbon, alcohol (no, really?!). Wood and hop bitterness provide good balance to the sweeter points of this barleywine and the huge vanilla contributions of the bourbon barrels. Carbonation is nearly perfect, though I have let this glass sit for a few minutes to warm up to the perfect temperature and decarb. If anything it may be a little bit coarse, though this cask beer lover may be a bit inclined to think that way. Overall, the mouth feel is terrific; this beer is rich and flavor dense without the cloying viscosity of some other big beers.

Overall this is a great beer. As much as I love Heresy, this makes it look like a Flying Fish beer. Magnificent stuff! I can’t wait to see what else is up the sleeve of this seemingly revitalized brewery.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The newest brew from Weyerbacher is probably the best brew that they have ever made! This is a dark ruddy, rust coloured brew with a nice head of beige/khaki. The aromas are all Jim Beam like notes of oak, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and alcohol. The taste is very strong with the same bourbon notes in the mix. Vanilla, caramel, alcohol, and green green hops. The mouthfeel was nice, pretty thick, and smooth and the drinkability was very, very good for an 11.1%abv brew! Nice one Weyerbacher. Nice One!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce standard looking tall thin brown glass bottle which is sealed with a simple silver colored crown cap. Dark black label with Devilish red text and silhouettes. Described as ‘Ale Aged in Oak Barrels – INSANITY’. No strength or freshness date listed.

Appearance: Poured into my trusty Duvel glass, the devilish crazy beer has a slightly cloudy looking murky ruby brown body. Slick but thin yet creamy looking light brown head with vanilla flashes that is stretched but unbroken throughout the surface. Finely attenuated carbonation.

Nose: Super fresh nose on this one, just like it was released from the Barrel straight into the glass. Lots of wood and alcohol in the aroma, backed by a powerful alcoholic base with some caramel malts fused into the back end.

Taste: Beautiful aged wood feel on the tongue and cheeks, oaky grains, chestnut body, cherrywood boldness, vanilla smoothness, biting sharp yet crisp alcohol, whisky traits, bourbon character and an overall feel of tamed power that could kick your ass if it wanted to, but this Dude is a nice guy, and would never do that, it puts its power to good use. Oh yes, this is a good guy for sure.

Mouthfeel: Feels like a lubricant more than a beer. Oily presence that has a woody warming feeling that slakes a cold throat and lines it with a cozy vanilla caramel blanket that leaches a malty high alcohol after feel. Excellent.

Drinkability: Tough one this, I hopped back and forth between a 3.5 and a 4.0, as I drank this one down, I could argue equally for both, but I guess overall I think I will go for 4.0, for the high alcohol does not diminish this one, the raw power is balanced incredibly well with the smoothness and general finesse of this fine brew.

Overall: Bloody Superb!!!!

Thanks to Gentlemen Mike, Sir Yen157 who plopped this one in my hand whilst I was in Mugs last Friday during a long weekend trip to the Big Apple with two friends from England. A total surprise and highly appreciated, as indeed was the beer itself. Thanks to Mike and Davida, Cheers to you both for this one!!! I owe ya for this, better go and raid my stash.

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Photo of shapudding
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Promo bottle from one of the crazy brewers at the Lehigh fest!
Amber and dark cider colored, unclear and beautiful. Khaki ring of head on the sides. Amazingly wonderful scents of whiskey, rum, vanilla and caramel... yummm... The first sip hits you on the sides of your tongue. Creamy and medium, or maybe a bit more heavy, but perfect. Tastes of warm alcohol, whisky, maltiness. Dark and lovely and smooth. So freakin' lovely!!! The oaky woodsyness comes through so nicely. They did such a beautiful job with this! Great drinkability as a sipper, not as one you want to throw back huge quantities of, but man i could sit back with a few bottles of these for a damn fine evening! Love this stuff!!!

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Photo of xforce
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sorry for the low drinkability rating, but it's just too rich and strong to be called a "drinkable beer". nevertheless, another incredible beer by weyerbacher. very oily appearance and mouthfeel, with a pearl white head, though quick to disappear. this is the blithering idiot aged in bourbon barrels. a fantastic follow up to the heresy. rich vanilla oaky flavors, slighty woody, back up a strong alcohol warming barleywine. slighty fruity on the nose, sort of a delicate ripe smell. nice malt flavors in the beginning, immediatly followed by slight hops (british? maybe a high alpha) and then a nice kentucky bourbon finish. the perfect nightcap, i'd love to sip this beer in the snow by a campfire. i think it comes out nov. 1st, 2004.

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Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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