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RATINGS: 1016   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1419) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2005
22 oz bottle. Pour is a nice amber/iced tea color with smallish creamy tan head. Aroma is rich vanilla extract, bourbon, licorice and cherries near the end. Taste is nicely rich, smooth and balanced. The presence of alcohol is a bit too strong for my taste. Begins nice and smooth and fruity and finishes with an intense kick of warming alcohol. I didnít care too much for Blithering Idiot but this is better. I canít deny this beerís quality.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ColovianTrader (383) - - MAR 26, 2015
Sweet vanilla front, with notes of caramel, brown sugar, oak, apples cider and orange. Hints of toffee and cinnamon. Very smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrodooo5 (1133) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 23, 2015
The smoothness w/ the flavor explosion is one hell of a combination here! The oak really shines through in the aroma w/ just a hint at the alcohol potency. The pour is a murky copper w/ a thin tan head that leaves a good ring of lacing. The taste is dominated by the oak & vanilla flavors w/ a subtle kick of your traditional barleywine in the finish. Incredibly easy on the palate at 11% & dangerously drinkable. Outstanding!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (982) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Amber, cream-colored head. Aroma is a punch of whisky and some caramel. Body is heavy syrupy, medium-coarse carbonation, moderate burn, soft. Flavor is huge whisky (sour mash, not bourbon) with caramel sweetness and moderate neutral bitterness. Unique due to the huge non-bourbon whisky, but not as good as the regular English barley wine they brew... a bit too much for me, actually.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (981) - Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle into snifter glass, clear rusty-orange amber color with light tan head. Aroma notes of strong malt sweetness, oak, vanilla, honey and berry fruitiness. Taste adds heavy malt fruitiness, cherry, plum, toffee and bourbon booze. Heavy body, low carbonation, rich, syrupy with fruity, sweet and boozy finish. Itís a sweet, heavy and boozy barleywine true to the English style with some oak influence.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
c1raider (47) - New York, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Hot, malty, caramel, mild carbonation. I donít care for this beer there are many better that compete in this category

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SteveOrz85 (37) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Sweet malty, yeasty aroma. Taste is complex, including dried fruit such as prunes, a touch of vanilla and even some cherry. Nice honey finish sort of lingers. Medium body with a slick texture. Carbonation is lively. The alcohol taste is obvious, not hidden at all. But if you sip it easy, the other flavors begin to come through it. Very good beer. I donít have lots of experience with barley wines though, especially barrel aged versions. This is a good one to sip on a cold damp day at home.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkleu357 (427) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2015
On tap for $3 a glass. Very hazy caramel color. Sweet slightly boozy bourbon aroma. Taste was very sweet. Pretty tasty. Good amount of sweet grain comes through. Lots of booze taste. Reminds me of a small version of Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerwonderment (1) - - FEB 20, 2015 does not count
So Iím crusiní my local Growler bar looking for something special. My wondering eyes fall upon this beauty. The name and alcohol content grabbed my attention. But after sampling I found the brew a smooth and silky tasting. The color is rich brown and it has no lingering after taste. The Bareleywine blend is perfect. I would highly recommend. I brought home the 64oz. Growler and had no regrets.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
paintedmaple (486) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Tap...faint boozy aroma is followed by a pleasant sweet cherry and vanilla taste. However, this stuff is fairly one dimensional, flat, and cloying on the finish. One and done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pressboxjoe (274) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle. Nice bourbon vanilla smell on a dark brown translucent pour with weak diminishing head. As a barleywine fairly anonymous, estery and fruity with that musty old house character. But those barrel notes add a nice dimension. Needs a bit more body. Buzzy and boozy but not overly so.


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