daveshawley (27) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Sunset Grille and Tap, Allston, MA. Aroma is malted with nice caramel tones covering up a little vanilla. Hardly any alcohol noticeable. There are some notes of hoppiness there as well. Doesn’t look much different than other offerings - a nice amber with the thinest of heads that stays put. Taste backs up the malt, caramel, and vanilla with a nice heady dose of woody bourbon and there’s the alcohol heat. Very nice. Body is medium and sticky sweet with a little carbonation. Finish is lasting. The sweet vanilla tastes stays around longer than expected. I had forgotten how good this beer really is. I haven’t had Insanity in about a year but I will be picking some more up shortly.
dlovell2 (1480) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is fruity, raisins, dates, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Flavor is amazing. Rich fruity start, raisins, candied dates, coconut, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Lots of boozy vapors. Creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic.
iggynelix (114) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2016
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Strong alcohol on the nose with vanilla and caramel. Nice mouthfeel, but the alcohol is over present.
tom10101 (4528) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (12 oz) at home. Received as an extra from John in May 2013, so it’s probably 3 years old by now. Hazy dark amber with a small quickly fading tan head leaving no lacing. Aroma is intense and well rounded with bourbon, molasses, vanilla, dried fruits (figs, dates, plums), malt, mild spiciness, mild boozy presence... really complex. Taste is moderately sweet with loads of flavors again, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, dried fruits, mild spiciness, moderate boozy presence, oak and hints of tobacco. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Liquorous and a bit oily mouthfeel. Dried fruits finish with a well dosed alcohol warmth. Easy drinking, I easily drank the whole bottle by myself and probably a tad too fast. Really complex but also super well balanced. One of the best barrel-aged Barley Wine I have ever had. The age isn’t showing, or at least not in a bad way.
HuskerTan (1278) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - NOV 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Bourbon, black cherries, oak, dates.
A- Mahogany color, hazy liquid with lots of sediment, off white head.
T- Bourbon, oak, dark cherries, dark fruits.
P- Medium full body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish.
O- Hate all the sediment in here but hey. The aging in oak barrels surprisingly didn’t create a boozy mess. The bourbon and oak are present but soft enough that the other notes come through. While I don’t like the looks of it, I did enjoy the taste of it.
TychoJames (805) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bärnstensfärgad. Doft av katrinplommon och knäck. Bra fyllig smak åt portvinshållet. Smörkola. Söt
FunkyF (660) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fat på Alphabet City. Mörkt brunröd med beige skum. Russin i doften. Alkoholvärme och torkad frukt dominerar smaken.
Gription79 (2750) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. I get an overwhelming coconut aroma, raisin, plum, alcohol burn in my nose, malty, sugary, some acidic notes. Interesting, I am shocked at how fruity this is.
kermis (8524) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2015, Ulfborg. Pours hazy amber with particles and a small tan head. Aroma of light fruits, vanilla, oak barrel notes, caramel and malt. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium to full bodied with an alcohol warmth in the finish and light carbonation.
MrOrla (1409) - Odense C, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at ulfborg summer gathering 2015. Hazy dark amber/brown with small tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, sugar, vanilla, candy. Meget slikket,
chrisv10 (13839) - DENMARK - AUG 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy dark amber/brown with small tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, candy, oak and vanilla. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, candy, sweet, vanilla, little bourbon, warming and a little bitter.