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

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BA SCORE
4.15/5
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2,501 Ratings
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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:
#1,487
Reviews:
953
Ratings:
2,501
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
601
Trade:
28
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,501 |  Reviews: 953
Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gtwreck45
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marklaker
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of loganburgh
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kuhndog
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T_Hass
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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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

Insanity (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels) from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,501 ratings
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