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RATINGS: 1065   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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Insanity, 11.1% ABV, is made by aging our Blithering Idiot Barleywine Ale in whiskey barrels. The barrel aging imparts an additional level of complexity to an already intense malt profile by adding a combination of vanilla, oak and whiskey notes.

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3.5
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - FEB 4, 2005
So I came home wanting a barelywine, and since all of mine are aging, I picked this one since its already been aged. Aroma is mostly oak, followed by chardonnay, sweet fruits, plum, cherries, kiwi, and also, lightly of vanilla, tobacco and alcohol. Color is ruby, brown with some faint oranges and yellows around the edges. Head is a nice butter-cream in the beginning, then fades to a small amount of sparse white bubbles. It provides very nice lacing and a heavy ring around the glass that will paint bubbly, crystal sheets whenever you like by tilting the glass. At first glance, it looks like any barleywine but when held to the light, this seemingly clear beer is impenetrable by light. Fascinating phenomenon that I’m not sure how they pulled off. Taste is smooth and subdued; I was expecting a big barleywine blast and did not get it. What I did get was a ton of oak flavor wrapped around a sweet, caramel and fruit malt core. As the initial flavors pass, the palate opens up to expose some chocolates and coffee, along with non-descript esters and prodigious alcohol. All in all, I can’t say that I like this rendering of the Blithering Idiot all too much. It drinks well for sure, but the oak flavors cover up what is otherwise a pretty average-to-below-average barleywine.

2.5
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Ok, this one is a good candidate for "just because you can, doesnt mean you should". Warning, this one is about as contrasted a barrel aged brew can get. Just does not mesh well in my opinion. Shared with 3 other people, still poured half the bottle in the sink (sorry). I have another bottle, will rerate in a few months to give it a fair chance if it mellows...

3.8
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Well lookee here -- another of them bourbon-cask-aged beers. This time the cask is messing with a barley wine -- should be good prep for trying the BAON this weekend. But I digress. Medium beige head atop a lightly hazed copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, light plum. Taste is moderately sweet, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, some wood. Some cherry appears as the beer warms. Finishes with a pleasant bourbon alcohol burn. Creamy full body, but surprisingly rather clean. The bourbon is definitely the star of the show, but fortunately it still tastes like a beer.

3.9
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Bottle from DocLock. A nice surprise, and a delight to have for my #200. Pours a very hazy orangish color with a small off-white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is nice with lots of caramel, fruits, vanilla, and defnitely a tinge of bourbon in oak. The flavor is very chewy with some bourbon-infused malts with toffee-ish notes and more fruit, plus a little alcohol reminder. The finish is sufficiently bittersweet and alcoholic. I really enjoyed it!

3.7
Darkover (1545) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 Dark red color with a beige head and heavy lacing. Aroma of wood, fruit, smoke and a little bourbon. Flavor is pretty woody, with some alcohol and maltiness. Creamy body.

4.1
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Fruity aroma, peaches, bananas, and apples, mixed with bourbon, vanilla and oak, and then a little underlying caramel and some alcohol. Ruby-amber color with a thin off-white head. Nice balance in the flavor, malt, caramel, and vanilla, sweet but not cloying, peppery alcohol in the finish. Full body, smooth, a little warming. Very nice, the bourbon cask flavor compliments the barleywine well, good balance, not overpowering.

4.5
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 Though getting weary of bourbon cask beers, this baby has been done just right. Not enough bourbon to overpower the beer and just enough solid oaken tanic masculinity to offer a mellow smooth push to the flavor. Pours clean, dark and mysterious. The aroma carries elements of sweetness, cherries, barley wine complexity and just an overall inviting vapor. The flavor is as rich and luscious as the aroma with added notes of hops, bourbon, vanilla, cream and marshmallows (Malva?). The palate is especially clean and lacking those over-powering tanins that barrels can often lend. Best of all is the buzz. The alcohol is potent, but subdued and rich while offering a nice warm "stoned" sensations. A monster of a beer. Just heard that Johnny Carson died. Long live the king!! Cheers to his warmth. To him I dedicate this 300th rate.

4.1
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Had this bad boy on tap at andy’s awhile back, today had a bomer. Better on tap. Was abmer with nice head adn aroma of scotch? first taste was like I remember, leaves woody, and of yeah Alcochol. I enjoyed this and reccomed you get it, trade or what have you.

4.1
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2005
What I like best about this beer is that it is a completely different beer than its un-wooded counterpart (which I also enjoy)

3.5
richlikebeer (839) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Very smooth, I think a nice improvement over it’s base brew of Blithering Idiot. Only a slight bitterness comes out on the very tail end, and hints of vanilla and the smoothness of bourbon come out in the primary palate. No hints of the ABV come out, which I consider to be a major bonus.


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