Spwalsh75 (1) - - AUG 26, 2014 does not count
Although it is very heavy, it has a great taste. This one will knock you on your ass.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Heresy impressed me. When I heard about Insanity, I couldn’t wait to try it. At 68 bucks a case, I was slightly hesitant to buy this case. Let me tell you that it is worth every penny. All other spiced and holiday beers are the dog-collared bitch of Insanity. Just popped the cap and what a friggin aroma! Huge hops, malt, bourbon, scotch, fruit, oak, vanilla, peppermint, toffee, even shellac, for God’s sake! Definite 10 for aroma. Color is as ruby red as my wife’s toenails, with medium off-white head and superb lace. The taste...Holy shit the taste...tons of fruit, malt, berries, vanilla, oak, with a finish of bourbon, scotch, smoke, and hops. This may be the most complex, intense beer I’ve ever had. The balance is not earth shattering, but the intensity of flavor and aroma is mind boggling. You must try this. It’s not perfect, the alcohol does show up as it warms and it needs a tad more balance, but it is as close to perfect as you can get, and I believe my first 4.9 rating. This is the chain smoking, three input, Britney Spears-looking call girl of the beer world, and you’ll go insane if you don’t get to try it. This is the kind of beer that grizzled beer veterans like myself get up in the morning and go to work to make money to buy. It’s as simple as that. I was excited when I bought this, I was excited as I was popping the cap, and I’m even more excited knowing I have 20 more bottles left after trades. obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2005
Awesome, very awesome, on draft at the Drafting Room in Exton, it was like drinking the offspring of all that was heavenly, I really don’t care that much for Blithering Idiot by itself, but with the aging in the bourbon barrell this was something extraordinary, nose was full of fruits like a fine port, full-bodied but yet very drinkable & smooth, alcohol flavor was subtle yet noticable, notes of toffee, chocolate, vanilla & caramel, very complex & satisfying, awesome, just plain awesome
SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Pours a reddish caramel with a tiny ring of fizz. Smells of caramel with hints of vanilla. Taste is sweet, lots of caramel, hints of vanilla. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Weyerbacher Insanity finishes with a bold sweetness and some refreshing warmth. ordybill (1758) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass
Aroma- Has an awesome scent of bourbon with sweet accents
Appearance- a dark brown colored beer with a tannish head
Taste- a great bourbon flavor mixed with maybe some vanilla and the beer flavoring following through
Palate- A full bodied beer with a syrupy feel
Overall- An excellent example of an English Barleywine. I highly recommend this to everyone.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2004
This beer was awesome... plenty of vanilla extracted from the whiskey barrles, mellows out the Blithering Idiot quite a bit... bitterness is present, but subdued, alcohol is also toned down Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 I am honored to be the 10th rating for Insanity. From the label it looks as if the jolly figure on the blithering idiot label has been imbued with unholy demonic power and is screaming his insane ramblings to the sky before he searches out his victims. Those victims being you and I.
First off, pours a deep reddish brown with a head that fades quickly yet sticks to the sides of the glass (in this case an ommegang chalice). Smells like alcohol and fruit. Tastes like....the same delicious barleywine as it was before but now a little more full and mellow. Also has gained the flavor from the bourbon casks. Going to the store tommorrow for another bottle to cellar. Stupendous. Everything I hoped it would be.
Update, 4/30/05: Six months later, six months in my cellar...this has....matured...into an amazing beast. I want to rate it higher, but it almost seems impossible to do so....the palate is so much more refined...not nearly as sharp in its alcohol taste...six months later this is an even more amazing beer. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2004
I feel like a bad person for drinking this with a slight headcold, as I won’t be able to get the full effect from this. Anyhow it poured a murky dark red almost brownish color with no head on it. The aroma is oh so good and deep. It smells heavily of chocolate, malt, sweet fruits, bourbon and earthy tones. The more I sniff this the more I get out of it, definately impressive. The flavor is right up there with this one. It is initally a bit crisp and bitter, then the barrel aging takes affect and it smooths out the rest of the taste with cherry-like sweetness and a thick malty back bone. This is a hell of a beer, definately one of my all time favorites. julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Smells extremely sweet, malty and bourbon like. The flavor is very upfront and powerful with strong profiles of malt, dates and bourbon but with a hint of vanilla. It’s smooth, not too thick but not too thin, and very tasty. turnerk3 (1) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2012 does not count
Growler into Weyerbacher tulip, perfect dark amber color with slight white head. Smell is perfect, no real hint of alcohol. Taste like a true barleywine, sweet with a hint of oak and sticky feel. It ends with a slight alcohol burn. Maybe the best barleywine I’ve ever had