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RATINGS: 1067   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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
richlikebeer (838) - 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.

3.8
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2005
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 DocLock sent this brew my way in a trade. Thanks Jeff. it is late Saturday afternoon and a winter snowstorm has just subsided and the sun is shining through the window of my den as I write this review. poured into my .3L snifter this reddish amber barleywine has a slowly disappearing head and leaves an oily bit of lace as it trails down the glass. the aromas and flavors are strong but not overpowering of bourbon, cherries and oak. there is an alcohol presence here but everything is well balanced and quite smooth.

update 4/21/07 its always interesting to re-visit a beer you haven’t had in awhile. Insanity was just my second BW over 2 years ago, now I’ve had 36. still an enjoyable bw, but I had to drop some points off of my original rating. thanks to Styles for this second bottle of Insanity.

3.1
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 isn’t bad, but I found the taste just a little off.

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asheft (3082) - 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 wasn’t 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.

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muzzlehatch (4959) - 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.

3.5
3fourths (9345) - 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.

3.1
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, there’s 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 aren’t very impressive.

2.9
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, 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.

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MartinT (9880) - 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.

Transcendence:
If the original contents aren’t well thought out, gift-wrapping it in gold will never increase my expected pleasure.

2.9
Rastacouere (6177) - 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, it’s 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 season’s fashion clothe color? Or perhaps it was just released a little too early. Still, as it is: boring.


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