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RATINGS: 1053   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Very similar to the Blithering Idiot. The Bourbon cask element does not dramatically improve the beer. Amazing cover art though and an amazing name. Very solid beer, but not as amazing as a transformation as Prophecy. 22 ozer. Reddish brown with medium head. Very easy to drink for a strong Barley wine. Some sweetness and tartness is evident. As it warms, it does develop. This is a beer to enjoy over a long long night.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Opaque dark copper mud with a yellow cascade during the pour. A slow to grow, semi-excited helmet of ivory foam decides to stop at about a half inch tall. Compacts itself down to a thin haze and wide collaring. Great lacing; huge clouds billow across the glass eventually breaking into thin strings Plummy rummy raisin aroma with a soft whisky malt sweetness. Even softer elements of hard alcohol are evident with a wavering oakyness. Taste is heavy and broad with substantial alcoholic heat lurking low behind the flavors of pleniful plum, raisin, and dates. Bold, rich malt base tends to have some caramel aspects blended into its overall dark fruityness. Bits of vanilla, oak, and favorable whisky/scotch tones decorate the rest of its character. Not much hops to this one. A very slender and slight floral tint slips into some of the finish where the whisky fades off. Ends very smooth and dark with a dropping off into a lighter, welcoming sensibility. Lingers for eternity on the memory and on the palate with warmth, alcoholic spice, and whisps of chocolate dustings. Feel is big and warming within a mediumish body. Seeming light, but really, not at all, once it grabs hold with its warmth and soothing darkness. Lots of evidential whisky/scotch-like meaty malting and alcoholic noting pepper the entire stay. Malty rich and very smooth. Insanity is about right for the name, as its crazy warmth and smoothness drenches your buds with malty darkness and soothing smoothness. A very slow drinker though, the harder alcoholic tendencies and warmth really makes for a mellowing experience. One to warm up with for sure!

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Bottle. A Dark borwn pour. Little aroma but a very strong falvor. Sweet and tart but not tart enough. Left a warm feeling in my mouth.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Tasted side by side with blithering idiot. Only a good idea if your not driving home. Pours a hazy dark orange with a small amount of white head...exactly the same as its brother beer. Aroma is slightly citrusy, but dominated by the burbon smell. Flavor is totally different, and actually tastes much like a mellow burbon, complete with the warming sensation down the pipes. I personally, never have been a fan of hard liquor and dont understand weyerbacher’s fascination with taking good beers and turning them into booze pretenders. Overall, if you want to buy a weyerbacher barley wine, go with the alternative, though thats not great either.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Pours a hazy peach color with a pinkish head. High fruit aroma with apricot, mango, some bread and light caramel. I don’t get any bourbon in the flavor. Nice and smoothe though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
Deep ruby hue. Hoppy nose but surprisingly malty flavours. Lingering mouth-coating caramel sweetness and a little too much alcohol for my liking. Decent but not great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2005 Copper, reddish brown ruby body with medium tan sticky lacing head. Bourbon and cooked caramel aroma. Vinuous bourbon with slight candied apple flavor and strong alcohol finish that gave a good afterburner. Aroma and flavor matched. A bit potent to start, but grew on me as I got through the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 30, 2005
poured a redish amber color with a smalish head. Aroma was sweet malt, oak and caramel. Flavor was very sweet.. Almost too sweet.. Malts, some wood notes, caramel and a alcohol finish.. Thick mouthfeel with good carbonation

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Poured a nice amber color with not much head but a good bit of floaties. Huge bourbon aroma and flavor. Can sense the alcohol in this one a bit. I have not head Blithering Idiot yet, but was excited to try this since there does not seem to be a whole lot of bottles around lately. Overall this one balanced well although it did have an overwhelming bourbon thing going on.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2005
Bottle: Poured a light burgundy color ale with a small dark head with pretty good retention. Aroma of sweet liquor filtered subtly through the malt and sweet hops of this beer. Taste is quite sweet but at least the bourbon aging and come well together at the end do not overpower it. Probably one of the best bourbon aging beers I had. Thanks to Beerslayer for that one.


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