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RATINGS: 1045   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/2/13. 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. A: Pours a ruby red color with nice clarity. The head is quite good for a barleywine; a one finger light cream color. Retention is pretty good, and even after fading, the collar on the side of the glass is quite nice as well. S: This one comes across as being very caramel-forward. I also detect notes of toffee and brown sugar. The bourbon barrel influence is certainly present, as well, providing tones of vanilla, coconut, and pleasant booze. Quite nice. T: The bourbon presence is what first sweeps across the palate at first. Vanilla and coconut - even if it’s not as distinctive as, say, Sucaba - are certainly an enjoyable sensation on the palate. I swear I detect the most subtle hint of chocolate on the midtaste. The aforementioned midtaste and finish is where the barleywine proper breaks away from the barrel’s influence; caramel, toffee, and prune notes gradually build from the midtaste all the way to the finish. It’s certainly good - but it lacks the proper depth to be elite. M: The feel is both moderately thick and a bit syrupy; the latter is no big deal given the style’s conventions. The sweetness does a decent job of covering the alcohol presence without being an overbearing expression. The aftertaste provided by the oak barrel tannins give a bit of a dryness without exasperating the alcohol harshness significantly or gutting the flavors. O: Truth be told, I’m the kind of person who prefers my barleywines to be simple and non-barrel-aged, but I’ll be damned if this one isn’t pretty good. I’d even go so far as to say I (slightly) prefer it to Sucaba. So sue me. The relative cheapness and ease of attainability are just gravy, really. All in all, it’s really good, but not amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HuskerTan (1160) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Bottle. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TychoJames (742) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
Bärnstensfärgad. Doft av katrinplommon och knäck. Bra fyllig smak åt portvinshållet. Smörkola. Söt

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyF (635) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
Fat på Alphabet City. Mörkt brunröd med beige skum. Russin i doften. Alkoholvärme och torkad frukt dominerar smaken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 27, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (8083) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (1159) - Odense C, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle at ulfborg summer gathering 2015. Hazy dark amber/brown with small tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, sugar, vanilla, candy. Meget slikket,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (13468) - DENMARK - AUG 29, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (15333) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2015
At Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2015 in Ulfborg. Day 2. Slightly hazy dark golden/copper beer with a small beige head. Fruity vinous aroma, caramel, toffee, raisins, plums, dades, some biscuits, vanilla, woody, bourbon notes, some grapes. Fruity vinous flavor, woody, vanilla, toffee, caramel, some raisins and fades, warming alcohol, whisky, cream, some dades.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (12285) - Hasborn, GERMANY - AUG 29, 2015
Sampled @ Danish Summer Gathering 2015
Sehr trübes dunkel orangegoldenes Bier mit einer geringen beigen Schaumkrone. geruch sehr malzig, reife Früchte, leicht holzig. Geschmack nach viel Vanille, Toffee, sehr malzig, reifes Obst, leicht alkoholisch, lecker!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koelschtrinker (14114) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 29, 2015
Trotz der Süße ist das Bier durch seine Trockenheit ausgewogen, mild herb, getreidig. Helles Malz, spritzig, Bourbon, allerdings nicht zu stark. Würzig herb getreidiger Nachhall. 11/13/11/13/9/13

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