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RATINGS: 1063   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/2/13. 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. A: Pours a ruby red color with nice clarity. The head is quite good for a barleywine; a one finger light cream color. Retention is pretty good, and even after fading, the collar on the side of the glass is quite nice as well. S: This one comes across as being very caramel-forward. I also detect notes of toffee and brown sugar. The bourbon barrel influence is certainly present, as well, providing tones of vanilla, coconut, and pleasant booze. Quite nice. T: The bourbon presence is what first sweeps across the palate at first. Vanilla and coconut - even if its not as distinctive as, say, Sucaba - are certainly an enjoyable sensation on the palate. I swear I detect the most subtle hint of chocolate on the midtaste. The aforementioned midtaste and finish is where the barleywine proper breaks away from the barrels influence; caramel, toffee, and prune notes gradually build from the midtaste all the way to the finish. Its certainly good - but it lacks the proper depth to be elite. M: The feel is both moderately thick and a bit syrupy; the latter is no big deal given the styles conventions. The sweetness does a decent job of covering the alcohol presence without being an overbearing expression. The aftertaste provided by the oak barrel tannins give a bit of a dryness without exasperating the alcohol harshness significantly or gutting the flavors. O: Truth be told, Im the kind of person who prefers my barleywines to be simple and non-barrel-aged, but Ill be damned if this one isnt pretty good. Id even go so far as to say I (slightly) prefer it to Sucaba. So sue me. The relative cheapness and ease of attainability are just gravy, really. All in all, its really good, but not amazing.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jflopsu (1468) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2017
Pours a dark brown / ruby red. A strong prune and caramel malt aroma like a quad. A sweet taste of dark fruit, prunes, caramel, malts and some spices. A lingering dark fruit and caramel malt aftertaste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (988) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes Aroma: caramel, woody, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits Appearance: clear amber with an off-white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, Tasty

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ffaoe (619) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2017
strong malty with oak aromas. dark red in color with light head. taste is malty, oaky, with hints of raison, plum, and vanilla.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beern (55) - Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2017
Pours dark brown-gold opaque with a light tan head and a mild aroma of barley & oak. Tastes of salt & viscous bourbon upfront with a very mild finish of oak, whiskey and a little alcohol. Its slightly sweet with a full body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (2672) - New York, TURKEY - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle. Cloudy reddish brown with medium foamy beige head, woodsy aroma with alcohol in the background. high carbonation, sweetish roasted woodsy taste, alcohol undertones, thin body, longish medium bitter finish with sticky sweet ending. Potent and a bit to sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (6644) - 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

4.6
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1653) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (852) - 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.


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