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RATINGS: 1063   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
Insanity, 11.1% ABV, is made by aging our Blithering Idiot Barleywine Ale in whiskey barrels. The barrel aging imparts an additional level of complexity to an already intense malt profile by adding a combination of vanilla, oak and whiskey notes.

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   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 it’s 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 barrel’s influence; caramel, toffee, and prune notes gradually build from the midtaste all the way to the finish. It’s 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 style’s 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, I’m the kind of person who prefers my barleywines to be simple and non-barrel-aged, but I’ll be damned if this one isn’t pretty good. I’d 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, it’s really good, but not amazing.

Emeister84 (2574) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2017
On tap at World of Beer (Charlottesville, VA). Aromas of caramel, red berries, red grapes, oak, vanilla. Clear bronze with a mostly fading off-white head. Light sweetness, light booze. Full bodied.

TH28 (474) - - OCT 20, 2017
12oz bottle. 11/28/16 bottle date. Appearance: Dark brown with some amber hue, hazy, with literally no head. Pours still. Aroma: Caramel and bread crust maltiness. A touch of dark cherry, oak, and vanilla. Fairly restrained Taste: Rich caramel maltiness and strong woody oak dominates. Toast and dark fruit emerge on the back end, with a cinnamon and vanilla on the swallow. Bitterness builds to a moderate high Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied, almost syrup like, with low carbonation Finish: Slighty spiced rich malt sweetness lingers. Touch of dark fruit Overall: The appearance is flat and aroma subdued, but a really pleasant and complex flavor that balances caramel, bead crust, dark cherries, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla. Drinks well and doesn’t show any harsh alcohol for a beer of this strength. Great for a cool winter night

VRH (65) - Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2017
2013 keg on tap at Beverage World. Spiced apple, nutmeg, balsa wood, apple skin, raisin, caramel, mint, almond. Delicious!

koleminer20 (3845) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2017
12 oz bottle shared by ebone1988. 2016 vintage. The pour is a dirty ruby brown with a thin light tan ring of head and a spot of lace as it hangs around. The aroma is really strong. There is a big alcohol right up front with a sweeter malt and a light caramel. Not a lot going on, but it's interesting. The flavor is much of the same. Watery caramel and a strong malt with a heavy alcohol. There is a toffee sweetness to it that balances out well. The mouth feel is sharp and medium bodied with a softer carbonation and a lingeringly bitter toffee malt and alcohol lingering on. This is still hot as hell. Damn. 6 4 6 4 14

2OLD4BS (10) - west windsor, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2017
This beer is too strong for my taste. Too much bourbon alcohol dominates and does not allow the rest of the beer to come through. There is taste of dark fruits and figs in the background. But the alcohol suppresses and overwhelms the other ingredients. Too bad!

Franckg (1823) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2017
Bouteille datée du 09/11/2015, bue après 21 mois. Robe rougeâtre légèrement trouble avec un mince voile de mousse. Arômes de petits fruits confits, vanille boisée, sucre d’orge, figue caramélisée, bourbon soyeux, légères effluves d’alcool doux, compote de pomme chaude saupoudrée de cannelle. En bouche, entrée sur le sucre d’orge, bourbon vanillé et le bois. Ensuite, baies confites, figue et léger caramel se joignent aux autres pour former une pluie de saveurs. L’alcool arrive ensuite et amenuise ceux-ci pour prendre lui-même plus de place. Ça devient un peu épicé avec traces citronnées et de bois sec. Légère astringence au palais. Texture huileuse et un peu légère pour le style, corps moyen à rond. Une belle variante de la Blithering Idiot. Malheureusement l’alcool prend trop de place et rend l’expérience moins intéressante.

EvanFriend (627) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2017
Tastes of caramel, brown sugar, a bit of a leathery, farmy smell, and some cigar tobacco at the back of it. Delicious.

BroadestTom (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2017
Aroma caramel, raisin, vanilla, woody, Appearance brown, hazy, cloudy, minimal head, tan foam, Taste medium sweetness, Palate full body, thick feel, Over after almost 2 years this beer has smoothed out a lot. A thick mouth feel with lots of dark fruits in the taste. The alcohol is more of a warming feel. I would suggest this beer to a friend.

gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2017
Bottle thanks to Bill. Pours golden amber will that no head. Cardboard, peat smoke, dried plum. No carbonation. Light body

ginotarugo (70) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2017
I am not a whiskey drinker, so this was repulsive to me. One drink and I had to pour the rest down the drain. Unsure which is the worst - this or Sunday Morning Stout. Both I would most likely vomit if I tried to drink the entire bottle.

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