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RATINGS: 1059   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daveshawley (27) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2013
On tap at Sunset Grille and Tap, Allston, MA. Aroma is malted with nice caramel tones covering up a little vanilla. Hardly any alcohol noticeable. There are some notes of hoppiness there as well. Doesnt look much different than other offerings - a nice amber with the thinest of heads that stays put. Taste backs up the malt, caramel, and vanilla with a nice heady dose of woody bourbon and theres the alcohol heat. Very nice. Body is medium and sticky sweet with a little carbonation. Finish is lasting. The sweet vanilla tastes stays around longer than expected. I had forgotten how good this beer really is. I havent had Insanity in about a year but I will be picking some more up shortly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (6274) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Backlog, Bottle in 2012, Pours a amber red color with smaller head and average lacing on the inner glass. Notes are sweet with vanilla bean, grape and pear, raisin, and bourbon whiskey. Really warming in the upper chest and belly. A great sipper

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jdhelman64 (2) - Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2016 does not count
Pours murky and copper in color. Smells of raisins and light boozy. Tastes like booze and caramel. Very solid bourbon flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1473) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle shared with Gus. Aroma is booze, bourbon barrel, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, maybe some light hops. Appearance is caramel brown, light tan head, mostly clear. Taste is caramel, barrel, bourbon, booze, toffee, dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, caramel booze aftertaste. Overall, a lot smoother than I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - JUL 24, 2016
Bottle. Pours a brownish color. Aroma and taste are caramel, dark fruits, bourbon, and vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (803) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Pours an iced tea brown with a thin off white ring. Light aroma of caramel and toffee. Medium body with some lacing. Very BOLD malty caramel taste with a full mouth feel and hints of oak flavor. BIG alcohol warmth without being harsh. Smooth finish with a nice lingering aftertaste. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
libertine (432) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Pours a murky orange amber with minimal head. The malt sweetness, bourbon, toffee and fig are well balance in flavor and aroma. Slight bitter finish. Warming alcohol presence. Full bodied. Sticky texture. Slightly boozey but the sweetness balances it well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angelmonster (193) - Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Review is of 2 and a half old bottle dated Jan/2014 Pours a copper hazy color, head is very thin and egg shell white. For a barleywine, the lacing and head retention were surprising. Smells of dried fruits, figs, prunes, and dates. Toasted and caramel malts are also present, as well as alcohol, diacetyls like a chardonnay. Hops arent really there, sweetness dominates this beer. Main flavors in this beer are butterscotch, caramel, dried apricot and plum. Alcohol is definitely there, sadly not getting a ton of oak. Biscuity malts are the base of this beer, almost like an Imperial fat tire. Cant really pick out hops as in the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is good, small head added a substantial froth to coat the mouth. Overall, this beer was on my want list for a long time so maybe the expectations were too high. Thought it was a solid barleywine but nothing phenomenal. Didnt get much from the oak barrels, alcohol was a bit messy, almost medicinal. Dont think this beer is too far off from Blithering Idiot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (1071) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 17, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Winter Park, FL. Aroma is caramels, herbal candies, strong booziness. Taste is sweet caramel and toffee, very malty and herbal, earthy. Booze is intense but fitting and adds a great warming quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2016
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is malty, big alcohol taste, smooth bourbon with a citrus taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Booga (93) - Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2016
12 oz bottle date 1/19/15. Pours murky light brown opaque color with frothy cream colored one finger head that persists. Deep caramel notes. Boozy and bitter. Pretty good but hot.

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