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RATINGS: 1062   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25766) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2006
Bottled. Brownish red, a bit hazy, colour, beige small head. Plummy and sugary aroma with hints of vanilla. Quite the same in flavour, except that alcohol shows up more in the flavour than nose. Very wellbalanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (16449) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2006
Bottled
Cherry-red, a bit muddy color. Small white head (just some foam). Tobacco, vanilla and oak in the nose. Sweet, liquerish palate with strong taste of vanilla. In the finish a bit hoppy and alcoholic.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NJDevilz69 (28) - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Cloudy Amber color with a thin white head. I get alot of toffe and nut on the nose, also a strong whiskey aroma. Very nutty flavor, strong alcohol taste as well. Nice bitter finish, all in all I like this barleywine. Something different from the norm. Sampled from a 750ml size bottle

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Reddish brown with an off-white head, nice appearance for a Barley Wine. Aroma is strong on the whiskey, with some plum, brown sugar and vanilla as well. Toffee, nuts, caramel and sweet vanilla notes all come through in the flavor. Some char, and bitter hops in the finish.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Orangish brown in color with a decently quickly fading lace. A lemon zest nose with a pleasant hint of vanilla and fresh melon. It begins with a sweet first taste that is quickly followed with dryness to balance it out. After it turned to a caramel taste with a hint of vanilla and finishes with a big oaky flavor that brings out the alcohol. Very smooth and offers variety!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aussie12 (14) - rochester, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Pow, pow pow pow, pow pow pow pow pow pow. Pow pow pow pow pow. Strongggggggggggggg. All about alcohol and wood, kind of like bbq, camping and summe fun in a bottle for winter. Good for winter, best if you drink it REALLY cold. If you let it warm up too much it starts tastiing like chewing on toothpicks soaked in ethanol, not that this ia a bad thing......

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Pours a lightly hazy, amber-ruby color that is topped by a quickly disappearing, amber-tan colored head. The aroma is a heady mix of oak, vanilla and alcohol. The aroma is certainly dominated by the oak, but I actually enjoy it; there is enough concentrated malt sweetness to keep the oak in check. I get notes of sweet buttery oak, vanillin, sweet raisins and, interestingly enough, lots of aromatics that remind me of coconut. The aroma is nice and it is really striking how the coconut note comes to dominate the nose over time.

The beer has a light sweetness that morphs into a slightly hot finish reminiscent of rum and grain alcohol. The beer is so soft and smooth up front that it does not quite have enough oomph to balance the sharp finish. There is enough malt to hold the oak in check and keep it from over taking and dominating the flavor though.

The flavor of this beer is not rich enough; it is almost a let down after the well integrated, rich, aromatic nose. In fact that is the problem, the flavors in this beer just dont live up to the wonderful nose. There are soft fruity notes of raisins here, but they are not enough to hold back the thin, flabby character of a beer that seems like it should be rich and satisfying.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
cdog69 (28) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2006
bottle. A cloudy brownish red color with a flat offwhite head. Alcoholic aroma with some oak overtones. Strong alcohol flavor with some oak that didnt have a pleasing taste, mostly because of the alcohol. Has a moderately thick feel with an alocohol finish. Its an ok beer but not something that I would drink again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 Pours a murky amber color with a lasting decent sized off-white head, aroma is of alcohol, sweet malts, and yeast, the flavor was strong with alcohol, there was also something off with the taste i couldnt put my finger on, not bad however.


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