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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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4.1
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 Unfiltered - Not commercially released -- Thanks for this one Kinz!. Excellent burbon aroma with definate yeast overtones that aren’t evident in the normal Insanity. Cloudiness is very similar to the Decadence, again... different from the regular Insanity. Nice and cool taste, malts are evident. Great burbon burn in the ending. It’s sad this was not released publicly this way.

Unfiltered - Not commercially released -- 4/19/08 update
7/4/7/5/14 = 3.7 Caramel sweet aroma, light oaking left. Very sweet taste, nice warming effect. Complexity is past and diluted. Some dark fruits left. Past it’s prime, but still very good.

Normal Release -- 7/3/9/4/16 = 3.9
Golden brown body with a thin ivory head. Heavy burbon oaking in the arom, sweet malts with light hops. Smooth taste, oak notes, caramel, honey. Smooth and sweet ending , though it could be due to some ageing.

4.3
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Thanks Cquiroga! Pours a medium amber color with a medium/smallish head and a small amount of bubbly lacing. Aroma is rich and full of roasted caramel tones and vanilla creating a very nice, neat nose (slight banana nut hints as well). Flavor is WOW, like a caramel mocha or latte from coffee bean (slight toffee hints in the flavor as well). Rich and smooth like caramel butter with a slight hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

4.6
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2006
deep dark full bodied can nicely take the place of a brandy, sherry or port. seemed to have a hint of vanilla. I found it’s a great substitute for water when making tacos.

3.8
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Bottle. pours murky reddish brown. No head. Nice aroma of brown sugar, vanilla, dried fruit, and a wisp of bourbon. Flavor is a tad warming at the start, but is nicely balanced. The oak, sugary sweetness, malt, and hoppiness do not fight each other on the palate. The flavor and texture need to be increased a bit to make this a great beer.Still enjoyable, and I would definitely drink again. I hope Weyerbacher continues to brew more of these high gravity goodies (ie Heresy, Old Heathen).

4
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Bottle. Hey, i like the idea behind this one! It smeels great - like a bunch of fruits, vegetables and flowers all crushed up, definitely some dates, raisins, bu also a hint of lavender, garden, and strong alcohol malt. Holy shoot! This is definitely a blithering idiot taken to the next level!! The vanilla flavor is very detectable and the beer has a very creamy. There’s a creamy, milky flavor note in there too. The alcohol and fruits are subdued and the cask flavor takes over, in my bottle at least, but as a fan of vanilla, a hint of caramel, and creamy smoothness, I really enjoy this a lot.

3.5
oh6gdx (26488) - 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
TBone (17521) - 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
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
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
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.


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