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RATINGS: 1065   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2005
This was a good beer, but I think that the hype is more than what the beer is actually worth. It isnt bad, but I found the taste just a little off.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
asheft (3058) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
Clear light ruby with a very thin beige head that goes into orbit to form a ring of fine bubbles. Sweet candy aroma with some caramel and higher alcohols. Also some butter. Flavour has a surprising amount of pine hops which wasnt apparent in the non-barrel aged version. Caramel and bitter flavour accentuated by lots of alcohol flavour. Fruit notes: orange and peach. A bit metallic, warming, medium body. Not great, but grew on me as I finished the glass. No obvious contribution from the bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4937) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2005
22 oz bottle, The Great Montreal Barley Wine Blowout with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, tiggmtl, Rastacouere and Yowie, #7. Deep hazy red with good head retention...vanilla-cherry dominated sweet lightly alcoholic nose...cherry-whiskey flavor dominates, dried herbs kicking up a bit of a ruckus underneath, definite (but subdued) alcohol presence, well-balanced dry-sweetness with solid late bitterness and a charred-wood character at the very finish, quite full. Definitely more interesting than the regular Idiot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Definitely bourbon in the nose... sweet cherries and plums beneath the mild bourbon, much appreciated when most other brewers overload the beer with bourbon flavor. Light vanilla aromas as well. Mouth feel is hot, spicy woody bourbon and sweet plum malt flavor, finish leaves the mouth parched because of the alcohol burn, but still a little sweet from the wood and dark fruit flavors. Vinous all over, with an overkill of pungent bourbon and rotting plums and other fruit. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Reddish brown color with a very thin head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with some alcohol. Flavor of caramel, maybe burnt, cherries, theres also a bourbon quality to the flavor. Light body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation. Blithering Idiot was average and the bourbon cask aged version is below average. So far Weyerbacher beers arent very impressive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Mild candy-sweetness in the aroma with some cabbage and a perfumey fruit and alcohol mix (somewhat cloying like being stuck on an elevator with someone wearing too much cheap perfume). Clear ruby-brown with fine-bubbled tan head that recedes to cover. Sweet, nutty flavour has some whisky notes and also shows some cabbagey off-flavours as well as charcoal like dark malts and very apparent alcohol. Strong warming sensation - fairly hot. Smooth and creamy texture with subtle carbonation that gently engages the tongue. Bottle sampled with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Yowie.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
The Lure:
Lemon rinds accompanying an alcohol splash with a surprisingly modest oak bourbon barrel aroma, laced with scant maple syrup.

The Festivities:
Avaricious alcohol-filled candies fed by a weakling of a body, bullied by harsh bubbling. Roasted malt resides within the alcohol, as metal shavings and puny citrus fruit fly about occasionally.

If the original contents arent well thought out, gift-wrapping it in gold will never increase my expected pleasure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Clear medium brown, no head. Light rummy and bourbony aroma presenting vanilla, and sadly no fruits at all, resulting in a simple sweet slightly woody and earthy array of flavors at which the integration is not all that. While I can name a few flavors, its not too complex and very candyish. Straight bourbon flavor also makes for a disappointing palate compared to the aroma. Astringent finish. Almost roasty finish feels a bit harsh. Alcohol is strong still. Creamy medium body is very liqurous, but this fits here. It feels like a run as fast as possible to follow a trend to me. Do they also run to catch the new seasons fashion clothe color? Or perhaps it was just released a little too early. Still, as it is: boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3416) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle, from Julios. Good nose,Vanilla, whiskey, plum, raisin, Hazy brownish orange color, small head that faded quickly. Bitter sweet flavors. Same as the aroma with a rock candy and carmel. Bourbon dominates, other flavors follow. Thicker body, creamy mouthfeel, dry warming finish. Bourbon barrel gives this more oomph, still a little short of great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2005
12oz bottle. 49.5. NB Worthy glass. Brown, with orange tint on the bottom of the glass. 1/4" offwhite head that subsides quickly leaving a haze and a couple bubbles in the middle and around the edges. Lots of lacing. Aroma is oak with an underlying sweetness. Oak and vanilla flavors seem to dominate. A base of malty sweetness. There might be some toffee and fruity notes, but they are hidden behind the woodsy flavors. Nice mouthfeel. Tannic finish with some sweetness. This, along with its barrel aged sibling, Heresy, I feel derive too much of their flavor from the wood and not enough from the beer that was put into the wood. The wood should add to the flavor, not dominate it.

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