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RATINGS: 1006   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Bottle. Pourd a deep copper color with a paper thin white head. A quick sniff of this beer yields a sweet sugary bourbon aroma. Already my mouth was watering. Initial sip was a little hot from the Bourbon. this gave way to a big bodied malty sweet barly wine. Good flavors of vinous malts and hops. The balance of bourbon to beer was better achieved in this beer compared to Impy Stout.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JerseyBrew (42) - Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Not bad. A bit sweet for my taste. Way to much oak imo. No real bourbon flavor, but maybe that is what made it so sweat. I can finish a 12, but barley. Beer needs to be cleared. Omg it is disgustingly cloudy. Not bad when you didn't pay for it. Would never bug one myself though ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Underdogs88 (180) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Sweet alcohol, caramel, oak & bourbon on the aroma. Appearance is a cloudy brown with an off white head with low head retention. Flavor is malty, candy like sweet. Notes of licorice and dried plums. Oak is prevalent throughout the taste. Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation. Overall, it's decent. Too sweet for my taste though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scouser (279) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Pours hazy reddish brown color with no head or lacing. Aroma of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, and a little bourbon. Tastes of bourbon with caramel under tones. A nice winter drink

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1047) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Pours a murky cola brown with a one finger tan head with pretty nice lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, bready malts, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and some light booze. Taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of of some tofee and butterscotch notes and maybe just a tad more booze. Has a medium-full body with a pretty creamy mouthfeel and a mostly sweet, warming, long lingering, slighty hot finish. Overall, a well crafted BA Barleywine that Is a great after dinner sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (942) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle from Hop City, Atlanta. 2013 vintage. Pours an ominous caramel brown, viscous-looking, with lots of particulate. Aroma lovely, citrus, resin, caramel. Body slightly dry, sweet, but still slightly hot, some vanilla, tannic notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisSc (290) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2014
12oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. Appearance: Brownish-amber. Mostly opaque because of the color, but there is some transparency. Little to no head. Aroma: Bourbon (though less pronounced that I was hoping for), vanilla, oak, dark fruits. Taste: mildly sweet upfront. Palate: Full body. Carbonation gives a bit of a sharp edge to the finish. Flavor lasts medium length. Overall: Middle of the road as far as barley wines go. Flavor is not very strong, especially for being barrel aged. Palate is much sharper than I would have liked. Maybe it will improve with age

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (2510) - Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2014 Bottle: Murky, looks like shitty swamp water. Not much head, a few bubbles at the top. Smells a little sour. Tart red apple, light raisin, hint of toffee & some faint caramel. Taste is a touch of sour, but not in an infected sense. Just a touch of sweet prune, dark fruit. More sweetness on the palate. Caramel, sticky toffee candy, little vanilla. Back-end is more woody & full of a nice bourbon belch. Some more prune, toffee, & a touch of anise. Lingering caramel & wood. Slightly sticky mouth feel. Not bad, but the aroma is weird.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7509) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 21, 2014
12 oz bottle. BB 12/16/2018. (Bruisin Ales) Asheville, NC.
Mid-brown colour with a tiny light tan head. Whiskey sweetness, wood and sweet malt in the aroma. The flavour is whiskey, sweetness, vanilla, bitterness, malt and more sweetness. The barrel ageing is very obvious. It’s a bit too sweet for my liking. Great brew nevertheless.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ordybill (161) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass Aroma- Has an awesome scent of bourbon with sweet accents Appearance- a dark brown colored beer with a tannish head Taste- a great bourbon flavor mixed with maybe some vanilla and the beer flavoring following through Palate- A full bodied beer with a syrupy feel Overall- An excellent example of an English Barleywine. I highly recommend this to everyone.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"surprise wish list item during a random Wednesday tasting. Rich tofee and caramel, ample bourbon and boozy flavors and aroma amidst a sweet fruity flavor. Little in the way of hops. Not balanced, but very tasty."


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