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RATINGS: 1027   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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Insanity, first released November 2004, is Weyerbacher's latest creation in the world of cutting edge beers. Insanity is made by aging our perfectly balanced Blithering Idiot Barleywine in oak bourbon casks. This incredible combination creates a melange of flavors such as malt, dates, oak, vanilla, and bourbon just to name a few.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Dark Red Coloring With White Head. Alcohol, Malt and Bread Dough and Oak Aroma. Very Nice Barley Wine....Malt and Bread Dough Notes...Oak and Bourbon Notes Come Out on the Tongue. Nice Warming From the 11%, but Not Overbearing, Instead a Very Nice Balanced Barley Wine. Could Drink This All Winter...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Ruby brown copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma is full of mostly bourbon oak and some caramel toffee. Starts with mild toffee sweetness with much more dry bourbon oak flavor toward the finish. Not as balanced as some oak aged brews can be. Still hides its alcohol well, but I prefer the non-barrel-aged version of this. Thanks to Cornboy for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 2/4/10: Draught at Caponeís (2007 Vintage): Tastes of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Delicious. 1/23/10: Draught at Caponeís: Sweet aroma of oak and bourbon. Poured amber/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Tiny particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of alcohol, Belgian yeast, and bourbon. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, bourbon finish. 11.1%ABV is quite noticeable throughout. 6/4/7/3/14 = 3.4 12/20/04: Drought: I have a cold, so aroma was likely diminished. Smelled sweet and bourbony. Poured a ruby-brown with no head and no lacing. Tasted of bourbon, and pretty much only bourbon, but it is not nearly as unbalanced as the Heresy. Overall, a little too much alcohol flavor for me. 4/3/7/3/15 = 3.2.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle. Great look on this label. Poured a cloudy creamy striped brown color with a nose that is sweet malt and almost like whiskey. Now I know why smelled like whiskey... thatís about what it is! Tastes like a creamy bourbon with a strong, strong bite on the back of the throat and tightly concentrated carbonation. This gets creamier as it warms. Not much head, and I poured this directly into the bottom of the glass. Finishes very high on the palate and has a big alcohol burn. This beer is certainly interesting, but much too harsh to call it a beer. This is not a barley wine as far as Iím concerned, it is a malted whiskey! You really should probably try it, but itís not a great beer in any way. I am very surprised that this beer is as highly rated as it is. If I want bourbon, Iíll buy Woodford Reserve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Poured a clear golden ruby color with little head formation. Aroma was very strong bourbon and vanilla. Flavor of bourbon and alcohol. While it is pretty tasty I canít find the barley wine other than a malty base. Silky medium bodied and a bitter finish. Nice warming sensation in the throat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2425) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Awesome head formation. Generates from the bottom of the glass and condenses very nicely at the surface. Low carbonation. Sweet and very rich aroma. Very woody with vanilla, raisins and heavy cream. Color is a murky, dark amber brown. Very thick and chewy in the mouth. Buttery with oak, more vanilla, bit of fruit and some alcohol. Distinct burbon in the flavor also. Strange feel in the mouth. Finish is long and creamy with a very nice alcohol warming. This brew needs to age for a year or two so the flavor can mallow and mingle together. A very powerful brew with a heck of a lot of potential.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Notes of bourbon - toffee, oak, butter, vanilla and dried fruits and bread. Mild on hops. Garnet color. Rich texture. Just right on sweetness and incredibly drinkable. I liked this much better than the Blithering Idiot. Thanks to Kinz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10015) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Slightly hazy, deep orange ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Nice retention, but minimal lacing. The aroma is nice with lots of caramel, strawberry, mango, vanilla, bourbon and oak. The flavor is very bourbony with sweet, chewy malts and a warm blast of alcohol with notes of toffee, bourbon and fuzzy fruit. Full-bodied and syrupy with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter-sweet, alcoholic finish. Good stuff. Buy two bottles and drink one on a very cold night this year. Save the other until 2006.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 13, 2004
i had this after tasting the 2002 north coast old stock ale. and you know, itís pretty similiar. but this has a sharp liquor flavor, less caramel, and a better woodsy characteristic. thanks dorwart! this is excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Bye bye Blithering Idiot - hello Bourbon. The aroma is the typical aged vanilla and coconut. The flavor yielded to some anise and cloves, with a little butter. Finish medium length and dry. A different, but not better beer than its sibling.

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