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RATINGS: 1031   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle into snifter. Nice hazy amber brown color with good amount of light tan head that held well and faded into a medium collar. Earthy sweet caramel aroma. Taste is slightly boozey, but otherwise an enjoyable woody hop pines, some toffee, and a slight vanilla character. A bit lighter body than I would like from a barley wine. Medium carbonation.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nathan30533 (893) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Just not my cup of brew. Real oak takes this barley wine by surprise. Try it yourself. Not for me.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crispy34 (462) - Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2015
12oz bottle. Aroma is sweet barley wine and booze. Appearance is a red/brown with a cream colored head. Taste is boozy with a certain sweetness of malt to it. Palate is sweet. Overall, a good mash up of beer and the hard stuff. Would buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gueuze (608) - - JUN 3, 2015
Braune Farbe, leicht trüb. Geruch nach Portwein, Pappe, höhere Alkohole. Im Geschmack süß, nicht bitter. Recht alkoholisch.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tayeth (485) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2015
Intensives Aroma nach Sirup und Beerenfrüchten, schwach nach Lösungsmittel. Geschmack ebenfalls sehr kräftig, allerdings merkt man auch den hohen Alkoholgehalt. Geht ein bisschen in die Richtung von Sherry.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2015
Cheapie from Sussex Arms, Tickenham. Damn. Thought it was a stout. Stinky nose of bourbon and sherried booze, sticky morning after deposits in an emptied glass; huge custard of oak, nougat, Cola. Coke and barrel flavour; mellow warm, dried fruit, treacle, dates, caramel sauce, mad imbalance. The oak demolishes all else. Deep murky ruby bottomed with bits beneath a fine beige mousse. One dimensional, mildly narcotic nightcap. Just too much.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~40 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque ruddy bronze-brown, and forms a thin head of off-white foam that quickly dies to a ring, and evaporates completely by halfway through the snifter. There is no lacing. Smell: Boozy caramel malt suffused with raisin and cherry wells out of the glass, alongside a bready scent. Taste: Caramel suffused with fruits, specifically cherry, fig, and date, opens the flavor palate. Breadiness joins in as it moves along the palate, and there’s more than a hint of boozy liquor along for the ride as well. Touches of oak appear, alongside a faint mix of spice and smoke, and very vaguely, vanilla. The finish leaves a vaguely boozy, vaguely medicinal residue clinging to the tongue. Mouthfeel: Thick, rich, creamy, sticky, and silky-smooth. Overall: Of late, I’ve been chased away from the world of barleywines by experiencing too many American barleywines that triggered my hop sensitivity, and had forgotten how much I enjoy a potent, complex English barleywine. This beer reminded me that I place a solid English barleywine up in my pantheon of beers alongside a good doppelbock, eisbock, wee heavy, and quad. Well done, Weyerbacher. Well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (889) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2015
Pours a murky brown caramel with a thin head. Aroma had notes of whiskey, dark fruits, slightly tart fruits, oak, vanilla cream, and caramel/toffee. Taste is a balanced sweet with lots of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, and a bitter/sweet ending. Meduim-full body with a low carbonation. Mildly syrupy texture in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall well done. Whiskey barrel, dark fruits, caramel, and a very slight tart fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niilstrong (5) - Best, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2015 does not count
Gedronken met Benzai, thanks!!!!! Doet me denken aan sterke drank. Zacht, veel alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkSanta410 (585) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle at home thanks to Mac. Pours a reddish brown, little tan head. Aroma is caramel, fruit, toast, light cocoa, oak and vanilla. Taste is fruity, dates, vanilla and oak. Nice bourbon barrel notes on the finish. Lots of flavor. Whoa. Not my favorite style though. Some good flavors, but I still can’t seem to really enjoy barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3374) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2015
Draft sample at the Craft Bar PCB. Bronze colored pour. Aroma was sweet syrup and caramel. The flavor starts with simple sugars, a touch of coconut and light bitterness in the finish. Good barley wine.


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