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RATINGS: 1064   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Bottle from Eyedrinkale. Reddish amber colored. Nice white head with good lacing. Aroma to me strikes me as bland and muted. Slight oak perhaps in the nose. A touch acidic. Fairly well balanced with malt and hop. Decent lingering hop in the finish. Bourbon flavors didnt impart much for me on this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2005
22 oz bomber: Lighly hazy deep amber w/a lasting, but thin cream of wheat off white colored head. Aroma seems mostly all about the alcohol. Some oak & bourbon notes come through as it warms. More alcohol! Some nutty and toasty malts. More alcohol! Some caramel and green apple notes. More Alcohol! Flavor is well balanced, but alcoholic. Some sherry notes with caramel and toasted malt. The finish is on the dry side w/ a resiny hop flavor in the aftertaste. Some light bourbon flavors & a woody taste between start to finish. Very hot mouthfeel. Not quite like drinking straight bourbon, but beyond warming! Dry, borderline astringent m/f, full body! Wow, I definitely think the alcohol gets in the way on this one! It might age well to help blend what complexities might develop, but its too hot for the now!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1456) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Nice looking beer going into the glass being orange in color with a very well retained beige colored head. Aroma is also distinguished with sweet malt, light bourbon, oak. Flavor is awesome!!! This is what the whole barrel aged thing should be all about. Tons of flavors including caramel, hops, alcohol, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, oak. Very interesting how the barrel aging has imparted some impy stout qualities to the barley wine. This is really wonderl, magical stuff. Mega thanks to DocLock for this one!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Awesome BAd Barley Wine...Im surprised at how much BW change when under the influence of a little bourbon aging. They seem to turn into straight vanilla flavors. Good by all means but so much vanilla. Very tasty, but I will wait another 6 mo. or so to give it my acutal rating to see what some time will do to it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 25, 2005
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a hazy, orangish caramel color, with a thin, loose, tan colored head. Soapy texture to the head. Aromas are of overpowering bourbon, vanilla beans, oak firewood, alcohols, & musty basements. No hop flavors or aromas whatsoever. Most of the bitterness comes from the tannins from the oak barrel, and the biting qualities from the alcohol. None of the redeeming qualities from the Blithering Idiot from whence it came. Slight sour plum in the flavors. Alcohol is harsh, and very hot. They should have aged this at least 2 years before releasing it. It is simply not ready to drink. What were they thinking? Did you guys get a cheap deal on used bourbon barrels or what?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2005
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
(sip)Intense oak aroma (to me: Spanish brandy). Slightly plastic taste och brownies. Dry alcoholic aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle: Tons of wood in the aroma that dominates a light sweetness that barely peaks thru. Pours a dark transparent amber with an off-white head. Lots of sediment. Just like the aroma, tons of wood in the flavor and some Bourbon. Light vanilla and a little sourness in the finish. Another from Eyedrinkale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (24369) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 Bottled. Hazy red, near no head. Woody apple brandy nose - calvados! malty and sweet with clean mouthfeel and a completely overpowering bourbon/calvados wood flavour. Sugary finish. One-dimensional undiluted barrel flavour. A disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
80skid (65) - New York, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Not exactly my type of beer but I still need to give it a relatively high rating for the bold flavor. I got the impression that I was drinking out of a barrel while sipping this. Alcohol very present with a strong wood, earthy flavor that you can taste the entire way down. Not something Id go out and buy often but definitely worth the experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Poured with a loose head that dissapated rapidly. Amber, still. Nose full of sweet, absolutely sweet, with a huge hit of balsa wood. Intense. Flavors were sickly sweet (a bit of mango and cane sugar) at first, overwhelmingly so. And I started this not too cold - thank goodness. Later a pervasive aftertaste of saltiness came through, and it was a relief from nearly fatiguing sweetness. This was OK, and a challenge, but not one that bears repeating. Serious high heat though, be forewarned.

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