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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Reddish brown color with a very thin head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with some alcohol. Flavor of caramel, maybe burnt, cherries, there’s also a bourbon quality to the flavor. Light body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation. Blithering Idiot was average and the bourbon cask aged version is below average. So far Weyerbacher beers aren’t very impressive.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Mild candy-sweetness in the aroma with some cabbage and a perfumey fruit and alcohol mix (somewhat cloying like being stuck on an elevator with someone wearing too much cheap perfume). Clear ruby-brown with fine-bubbled tan head that recedes to cover. Sweet, nutty flavour has some whisky notes and also shows some cabbagey off-flavours as well as charcoal like dark malts and very apparent alcohol. Strong warming sensation - fairly hot. Smooth and creamy texture with subtle carbonation that gently engages the tongue. Bottle sampled with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Yowie.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
The Lure:
Lemon rinds accompanying an alcohol splash with a surprisingly modest oak bourbon barrel aroma, laced with scant maple syrup.

The Festivities:
Avaricious alcohol-filled candies fed by a weakling of a body, bullied by harsh bubbling. Roasted malt resides within the alcohol, as metal shavings and puny citrus fruit fly about occasionally.

Transcendence:
If the original contents aren’t well thought out, gift-wrapping it in gold will never increase my expected pleasure.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Clear medium brown, no head. Light rummy and bourbony aroma presenting vanilla, and sadly no fruits at all, resulting in a simple sweet slightly woody and earthy array of flavors at which the integration is not all that. While I can name a few flavors, it’s not too complex and very candyish. Straight bourbon flavor also makes for a disappointing palate compared to the aroma. Astringent finish. Almost roasty finish feels a bit harsh. Alcohol is strong still. Creamy medium body is very liqurous, but this fits here. It feels like a run as fast as possible to follow a trend to me. Do they also run to catch the new season’s fashion clothe color? Or perhaps it was just released a little too early. Still, as it is: boring.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2905) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose,Vanilla, whiskey, plum, raisin, Hazy brownish orange color, small head that faded quickly. Bitter sweet flavors. Same as the aroma with a rock candy and carmel. Bourbon dominates, other flavors follow. Thicker body, creamy mouthfeel, dry warming finish. Bourbon barrel gives this more oomph, still a little short of great.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2005
12oz bottle. 49.5°. NB Worthy glass. Brown, with orange tint on the bottom of the glass. 1/4" offwhite head that subsides quickly leaving a haze and a couple bubbles in the middle and around the edges. Lots of lacing. Aroma is oak with an underlying sweetness. Oak and vanilla flavors seem to dominate. A base of malty sweetness. There might be some toffee and fruity notes, but they are hidden behind the woodsy flavors. Nice mouthfeel. Tannic finish with some sweetness. This, along with its barrel aged sibling, Heresy, I feel derive too much of their flavor from the wood and not enough from the beer that was put into the wood. The wood should add to the flavor, not dominate it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle from DocLock, thanks!: Moderate ruby brown hue with initial medium frothy head which fades but lasts to produce good lace (and slightly oily covering) in my Duvel snifter. The aroma are unique and interesting. Lots of woody and bourbon qualities on top of dark and carmel malts, aromatic hops, and cardamom, white pepper, and clove spices. The tastes starts sweet and fruity (plum and candy apple). An earthy pipe tobacco like quality as well. The finish displays the barley wine nature fully. Salty, spicy, and more than enough alcohol bite. As warming as it is, I never felt overpowered like I did with some in this genre. The feel is lush and sticky, which I like in my barleywines followed by a palate cleaning salty and alcoholic nature. The beer let you know it is a powerful statement of the brewers craft, enjoy but do it slowly! Recommended fully.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Panzuriel (1407) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Oaky nose with definite hints of evident alcohol. Sweet almost whiskey like quality to aroma. Beautiful ruby brown liquid with a persistent beige head. Light toasty flavor. Slightly dry and juicy acidity. Finishes very clean. Warms. Mouthfeel is full and satin. Very fluid. Very nice beer. ETOH is very present..

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2628) - GERMANY - JAN 16, 2005
Fitting name for a pretty hefty beer. Some chocolate and wood in the nose. Dark brown clear amber color. Yeasty, estery flavors prominent in the body. Sweet and caramelly too. Low bitter but spicy. A thoroughly warming ale. Brandy-like and really defies any one style. Check it out.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9320) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 14th, 2005: Clear, dark amber color with a very thin light tan head. Lacing is nonexistent. Woody aroma, with a strong bourbon/whiskey presence. Rich body, and the alcohol is not hidden in this one at all. Oak and toffee flavors are masked by the bourbon flavor at first, and the sting doesn’t go away for awhile. The finish is dry and bitter. Pretty good beer but kind of hard to drink.


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