Cinnsanity Barleywine Ale
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Cinnsanity Barleywine AleCinnsanity Barleywine Ale
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Style:
English Barleywine
Ranked #193
ABV:
13.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #17,930
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 15.21%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
126
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Cinnsanity Barleywine AleCinnsanity Barleywine Ale
Notes: Aged in Bourbon Barrels with Cinnamon
Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 126 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 3/1/17. Purchased at the Bottle Stop in Port St. Lucie, FL.

Rusty brown-red color with a thin butter colored ring of head.

Aromas of cinnamon, plum, and sticky sweet bourbon on the nose. Slight Belgian candi sugar, and lots of malt stickiness.

Flavor starts with cinnamon, then piney hops, then a wave of brown sugar, plum, and bourbon sweetness. Slight apples and figs remain on the finish. Slight piney remnants.

Feel is sticky and hot, with cutting dryness and remnants of resins and more cotton-like dryness on the finish.

Overall this is a pretty decent Barleywine but gets tiresome quickly. Still a bit underrated like most Weyerbacher products on BeerAdvocate, but probably not worth its sticker price.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Mar 15, 2019
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3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

The cinnamon is heavy in this beer but it's not as bad as some folks are saying it is. This bottle label has some interesting artwork. I am getting some of the bourbon barrel sweetness but not much, heavy cinnamon, slight coconut from the barrel & some rich roasted malts. I agree that this beer can be balanced a little better. There is a slight booze presence but it's nothing off putting, Cinnsanity drinks more like a 9% or 10% Barleywine. Cheers! B

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Nass from Florida, Oct 06, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky amber with a thin off white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tons of cinnamon, vanilla and bourbon

T - The taste is cinnamon, raisins, caramel and bourbon.

M - Medium bodied with medium/low carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This reminds of a bourbon soaked cinnamon hard candy. A rich flavored slow sipper.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Jun 28, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip

A- A murky ruby red with a twin finger off white head

S- Tons of cinnamon, bourbon, some oak, dark fruits.

T- Cinnamon, cherries, bourbon, some vanilla, caramel malts.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Smells like Big Red gum and taste reminds me some of cherry pie with a lot of cinnamon.

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larryi86 from Delaware, Feb 11, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a cloudy, murky texture. There was a small amount of off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: Smelled of a whole lot of cinnamon, malt, bourbon, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a tinge of malt (overpowered by the other elements), a moderate amount of bourbon (and the accompanying barrel), tons of cinnamon, a bit of caramel, some vanilla, and dark fruit (dates, figs). A big flavor that gets bigger as you go on, to be sure. To be fair, it is kind of a one-note taste, dominated by the cinnamon, but it's still oddly complex and flavorful.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Full-bodied.

O: An interesting take on the English barleywine style. Well made and drinkable.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Jan 08, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 3/2/17, so 9 1/2 months old. best by 2022, so loads of time here.

somewhat muddy brown body with auburn highlights. small off white head which dissipates to a ring and a faint covering, no lacing. when held up to the light, there are a lot of tiny floating particulates.

aroma is of cinnamon. pleasant, but nothing else comes through.

taste pretty much follows the nose. cinnamon is dominant. there is a warmth to it, which could be from the cinnamon, the abv, or the barrel aging. it tastes okay though.

close to full on the mouth, finish is cinnamon and slightly sweet.

overall, i had heldoff on drinking this one hoping that the cinnamon and BBA would mellow. any residual barrel aging is gone, but that cinnamon is still more of a kick than I would prefer. also, the 13.0 abv is well hidden, so sipper beware.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Dec 23, 2017
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5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks dirty murky Amber brown
Smells like cinnamon, apple pie and a hint of vanilla
Tastes bright light cinnamon that lingers in the mouth, with a wash of bourbon which weighs it down for the balance.
Feels thick in the mouth like warm cinnamon drizzled over a cinnabon.
Overall this is a very memorable beer. Nothing is quite like it. I love that it can brag 13% but is quiet about it. I will definitely get this beer again. I was disappointed when it was gone!

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2.29/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

I'm a big barleywine fan and I had to pour most of this away. Way too much cinnamon, no balance whatsoever.

I would not recommend this beer to anyone. In fact it may be one of the worst I've had in a long time.

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Evad from New York, Sep 02, 2017
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4.86/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The best of all worlds. First and foremost the cinnamon is the star, but not overpowering. Then the barrel, and no question it is a barleywine. Amazing.

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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/7/2017. Pours murky deep ruby red/copper color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big cinnamon, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, light coconut, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cinnamon, fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malts, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge cinnamon, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, light coconut, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/cinnamon bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of cinnamon, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, light coconut, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of of cinnamon, fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malts, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a very mild warmth, and zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing spiced English barelywine! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of of cinnamon, fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malts, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Just as great as the base beer to me. The cinnamon is definitely pronounced, but hardly overpowering. The whole package is perfectly balanced between yeast, malts, and barrels; with no booziness at all. Kind of tastes like apple pie with the fruitiness of the yeast. A highly enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Aug 05, 2017
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3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at The Brewer's Kettle, High Point, NC

A: The beer is murky brown in color and appears to have a moderate amount of carbonation from the rising bubbles on the surface. It poured with short off-white head that died down and left a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.  
S: Moderate aromas of cinnamon are present in the nose. 
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of cinnamon along with underlying hints of the barley wine. No bourbon is perceptible. 
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with a touch of warming. 
O: This beer can be intense, but if you are a cinnamon fan this can be an interesting sipper. 

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Jul 29, 2017
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2.49/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Immediately, I am surprised by the amount of cinnamon in the nose of this beer. I was expecting a malty barleywine with some barrel notes and a touch of cinnamon. In contrast, the cinnamon absolutely dominates the aroma. The taste is malty sweet up front, with the cinnamon building and lingering into the boozy finish. The cinnamon is not nearly as dominant in the taste but it is definitely prominent. The warmth from the alcohol is pretty heavy too. Overall, the cinnamon and warmth may be a little too much fresh but I am looking forward to seeing how this one ages as the cinnamon drops off a little more. Fresh, I'm not a huge fan.

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cjgator3 from Florida, Jul 09, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/9/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing auburn with a small fluffy khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with some cinnamon. Some fresh red apples. It has an apple cider aroma going on. Nice amount of caramel and toffee with some hints of vanilla. The bourbon and oak aromas seem to go unnoticed, but it still smells really nice. The flavors follow the nose for the most part. Lots of cinnamon up front along with some hints of nutmeg. More caramel, toffee and vanilla in the mix. Subtle spices. The bourbon and oak are more noticeable in the flavor department, but it's balanced. Strong malt backbone. It's slightly sweet with a touch of bitterness. Mild warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slightly thin, but it still ultimately has a sturdy body to it. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable. It's hard to believe that this one is 13.3% abv.

This is a very nice brew. The cinnamon shines and works. The bourbon characteristics are there, but are balanced and aren't overwhelming. This one isn't really reminiscent of a barleywine. It's more like a "strong ale" featuring cinnamon, or a high gravity pumpkin ale. This beer would be perfect during the fall or winter. Very enjoyable stuff.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Jul 06, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A cinnamon bomb. The nose has a strong cinnamon smell with the bourbon coming through. The flavor of the cinnamon and bourbon dominate the taste with a very slight hint of the Barleywine ale coming through. It pours with a two finger head that lingers for a small while and no lacing. The mouth feel is smooth and lingers on the palate. A reasonably good ale but the cinnamon and bourbon overwhelms the ale flavor to much.

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3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bourbon aged barleywine with cinnamon added. More like ale with zero body, zero barrel and just a pure cinnamon bomb. Smells great. No barleywine characteristics whatsoever. Tastes like a cinnamon stick and nothing else. There is no way I could see anyone drinking more than 4 to 6 ounces at a time, or they'd have to drink this over a 2-3 hour session. I couldn't get through half a bottle. Had to pour out the rest, unfortunately.

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DVMin98 from North Carolina, Jun 24, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a murky, ruddy amber with a medium head that hangs around for a bit. nose; strong crisp cinnamon, & perhaps sweet malt; the cinnamon is full force here. taste; rich bready caramel malt, sweetened cinnamon, toffee, brown sugar, touches of oak & vanilla, with a tiny pop of warming ethanol on the end. the monstrous 13.3% abv is masterfully tamed. heavy carbonation & heavy, silky mouthfeel. i can certainly understand the 'fireball' and breakfast cereal comparisons - the sweetened cinnamon here is definitely on display, but somehow i think it pairs well with the english barelywine base. i'm one to knock a point or two off for sweetness, but i like it!

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jopezu from Georgia, Jun 03, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't like this as much as Insanity. But it's interesting. The cinnamon is a bit too strong for my tastes, but there is enough of the barleywine flavor so that it's not off-putting.

I probably shouldn't have bought this, because for me, cinnamon is something to use sparingly on things like French toast - not in beer. So I can't say I wasn't warned and wasn't aware of what the taste would probably be like.

All told, I am enjoying this sipper, though I won't get it again. The ABV is so high that after a couple of ounces, even puke flavored beer might start tasting pretty good.

Weyerbacher makes some GREAT stuff. And seriously, even this is good - if you really like cinnamon. But you'd *really* better like cinnamon before splurging for one of these.

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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania, Jun 03, 2017
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3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours a hazy brown with a tan head with low retention.

Smell: The aroma is thick with cinnamon. There is some alcohol and whiskey in the background.

Taste: The cinnamon is the most dominant flavor with supporting notes of cherry, whiskey, alcohol, vanilla, and some malty sweetness.

Feel: It has a full body with alcohol warming and a Low moderate feeling of hot on the palate.

Overall, this is an interesting beer that is dominated by the cinnamon with the other flavors and aroma in support.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Jun 02, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky mahogany brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly along the edges of the glass and moderate ruby red + copper colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy off-white head that fairly quickly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of slightly spicy, slightly sweet cinnamon with moderate aromas of caramel + toasted oak + vanilla + bourbon.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel + toffee malts which is quickly followed by strong flavors of spicy + sweet cinnamon. That is followed by moderate flavors of toasted oak + vanilla + bourbon. Light amounts of booziness, minimal amount of hop presence/bitterness, and a light to moderate amount of lingering sweet spicy cinnamon.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of booziness and a moderate amount of spicy/cinnamon burn.

O: This is a good beer and I really like the concept a little more than I liked the execution - the sweet cinnamon is a little one dimensional, though the smell is amazing. It kind of reminds me of the Fireball of beers.

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dbrauneis from North Carolina, May 29, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 3/9/2017. Poured into tulip glass. It pours a hazy cola color with orange hues and a very small, ecru-colored head without much lacing. The nose is highly aromatic with pronounced cinnamon notes along with caramel, raisin, and apple. The cinnamon is also prevalent in the taste along with a hint of cocoa that I've never noticed in the base Insanity. Perhaps I'm mistaking ground cinnamon at the finish. Either way, it's really tasty. It has a creamy mouth feel with very light carbonation, and the 13.3% ABV packs a wallop. This is most definitely a sipper. Overall, it's a very interesting, and tasty variation on my favorite American-brewed English Barleywine. While on the whole I prefer the original Insanity, Cinnsanity makes a nice change of pace.

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MacMalt from New Jersey, May 28, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours light muddled brown color with this off white cap that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass.

Aroma - The initial aroma is apple pie, lots of cinnamon up front, vanilla, oak with just a touch of bourbon. This smells great.

Taste - Man the taste is great as well, lots of cinnamon and vanilla, oak and bourbon. Nice sweet taste it reminds me of a bourbon apple pie.

Feel - Medium body, well carbonated, little spice from the cinnamon no sign of the 13.3 ABV.

Overall - A really well done barleywine, great flavor and amazing aroma.

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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina, May 25, 2017
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin ring of lace around the glass

S: Lots of cinnamon up front along with some huge malt notes and light bourbon and oak. Quite intriguing

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the cinnamon and maltiness and then slowly picks up some bourbon, oak, and vanilla notes from the barrels. Cinnamon and vanilla linger a bit while some dark fruits present themselves. Finishes with more barrel character and cinnamon

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This one is conceptually very different, but it works. The base BW (Blithering Idiot) and the barrel still makes themselves known while the cinnamon does do a bit of taking charge. Remarkably easy to drink for 13.3%. This would make an amazing fall seasonal (as long as it didn't take away from the regular Insanity)

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 3/3/17. The beer pours the color of apple cider with a little fizz but no head, ring, or lacing.

The smell is tons of cinnamon and with some apple, a little alcohol, and some dark fruits along with a nice sweetness

The taste is loaded with cinnamon, alcohol, and a little off that dark fruit. The alcohol is a bit overwhelming. I'd to get another of these and age it for a couple years.

The mouthfeel is thin and very effervescent.

Overall, I love the cinnamon, but the beer needs to age to reduce the alcohol burn.

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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas, May 12, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/07/17

Pours a light fizzy head that fades quickly, a little lacing spots, decent legs less than I expected, murky dark mahogany maroon color with no real light coming through.

Nose just erupts cinnamon, fresh cinnamon like someone dumped some in the glass, also apple cider, and a little bourbon, reminds me a lot of the bourbon or brandy apple cider with loads of cinnamon I make in the winter, vanilla ice cream barrel notes, flash of oak, lots of fruit, besides the apple also cherry, cherry wood, pear, some plum, etc, sweet candy malt and syrup, base barleywine beer is overpowered by all the fruit and cinnamon.

Taste brings loads of cinnamon again, fresh cinnamon again like it was added to my glass, a little spiciness from it, big apple cider again, a hint of bourbon but not much, again like cinnamon overloaded apple cider, more fruit as well, pear, plum, cherry, lots of fruity esters, a little toasted oak, oak tree bark, cinnamon bark, a little cherry wood, some bitterness from a little earthy hop and the cinnamon. Plenty of caramel, not super sweet but a lot of caramelized sugars, candy malt, a little nutty toffee, and a touch of fusel alcohol, but not much, and not very sweet. Finish is sweeter a little sticky, a little booze lingering, more bitterness, and big cinnamon.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, a touch of booze warmth, cinnamon burn, decent carb.

Overall not bad, it definitely had loads of cinnamon, overpowering everything, very little bourbon unfortunately, and little base barleywine flavors which are nice when they are there, and tons of fruit somehow. despite the lack of sweetness and heavy malts, the booze was somehow hidden very well.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, May 10, 2017
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4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling this beer as a gift from my brother Brian. Thank you!
I love Insanity so I figured Id go for this one for review #1700!
Pouring a cellar temp 12 oz bottle into a snifter, the beer pours a relatively clear mahogany color with some deep ruby highlights when I hold the glass to the light. There is a bit of suspended sediment and a few lazy streams of carbonation rising to the surface. A beige foamy head of 2 cm rises on the pour and has faded to a pencil thin edge layer very quickly after sitting my bottle down on the table.
The aroma is cinnamon, and cinnamon, fairly sweet and real cinnamon. Not an artificial scent like big red gum. I also get a bit of brown sugar and some raisin, plus a decent hit of booze that warns of the seriousness of this brew.
The first sip reveals a sticky textured beer with very fine and prickly carbonation. The body is fairly thick and all the physical traits remind me this is a big beer.
The flavor is also dominated by cinnamon. there is a bit of brown sugar and caramel buried underneath that shows briefly at the first touch to my palate. The cinnamon takes over and tingles and warms my mouth, throat and belly. I do get a good dose of warming booze, which pairs with the cinnamon to make this a night cap perfect for a cold winter evening in front of a raging fireplace. Here in May, it is not quite the same benefit, but a very enjoyable beer nonetheless.
Be ready for a sipping experience and some fresh breath with this bottle. I think the cinnamon is a nice touch and is probably just at the precipice of being too much, but it works here IMO. Especially if you know what you are getting into. Id drink again only at bed time and maybe as a dessert after a meal. This is not a daytime beer.
enjoy!

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sulldaddy from Connecticut, May 07, 2017
Cinnsanity Barleywine Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 126 ratings