22 oz bomber I picked up last time I was at Green's off Ponce in Atlanta, GA. I have heard a lot about this beer and I was elated when I saw the cases stacked up. Weyerbacher has been good to me so far. Served up in my Free the Hops snifter.
A: Pours a pretty nice dark brown that has these beautiful copper/orange hues to it. Held to the light, more of that orange finds its way out. A pretty aggressive pour did not yield much head . . . initially. A very slow, creamy biege head bubbled its way up. It falls in due time to a thick bubbly ring. This beer appears to be pretty oily because the foam just slides back into the glass allowing zero lace. Even when held to the light, the dark brown is pretty much opaque. Can't see my finger on the other side.
S: Smells are pretty straight forward barleywine. Lots of big time malt in here with brown sugar and caramel goodness. There is a bit of bread hiding in there as well. The hops are pretty nice and floral. Smells very wholesome and clean. Dark fruit is floating around in there, but can't figure them out right now. Touch of alcohol presence in the form of some bourbon. Pretty good.
T: Damn this is good. The malts are damned near perfect. They are there but somehow keep from being TOO sweet. Lots of caramel and molasses. The bread is once again barely there, but it is there. The hops are light with just a touch of bite to cut through the malt. Slight floral and citrus flavor, but it still adds to the sweetness. There is a really nice wood and vanilla coming out here as well. Behind that is a bit of buttery sweet cream. Then you get what I can only describe as honey roasted cashews. This is fuggin tasty.
M: Full bodied brew that keeps it smooth. This is such a creamy ass beer. Really fluffy on the palate but still coats with a cooling creamy goodness. I can not believe this beer sits over 11%. It doesn't burn whatsoever, just smooth wonderful beer. Carbonation has a bit of jump to it, keeping this slightly crisp and easy down the throat. Aftertaste is that slight bitterness from the hops fighting with that caramel malt. I almost gave this a 5 because the feel is so awe inspiring.
D: I have the feeling this beer is dangerous as all hell. I mean all these great flavors that are sweet and enjoyable and then no alcohol reminding you to slow down. So friggin good. I found this beer amazingly drinkable. This is probably the best Weyerbacher offering I have had to date. Great flavors that create this amazingly complex yet balanced flavor profile. Damned good. Get you some.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-21-2009 05:51:01
Served In: Snifter
Insanity pours a brilliant crystal clear mahogany that absolutely glows ruby when backlit. A one finger creamy slightly off white head formed on the pour and slowly faded to a light skimming. Left a few spots of lacing.
The aroma comes mostly from the barrel aging, and I dig it. Big whiffs of vanilla bean and fragrant oak. Plum and prune follow suit along with some other dark fruits that escape me at this time.This may sound crazy but I smell coconut shavings. Very unique and delicious.
Caramel and toffee malts get things started but are quickly followed by layer upon layer of complexity. Vanilla and a drying oak character come through mid-palate along with the dark fruits that were in the aroma. Finishes with a complimentary brown sugar sweetness and strong but appropriate alcohol spiciness. My description does not do this barleywine justice.
Full body but with a slick oily type feel. Sluggish carbonation lets this one work through slowly, just the way it needs to be. The body and mouthfeel is about as good as it gets.
For such a huge beer, the alcohol (in flavor) doesn't hurt the drinkability at all. This is without a doubt a sipper but one I wouldn't mind sipping the night away with.
In my expierence Weyerbacher is either hit or miss. They hit a bullseye when they started brewing Insanity. I would go buy a case of this tomorrow if it was available in my area. Excellent barleywine from Weyerbacher.
Served In: Pint Glass
Received via jhammerly HMBIF
Pours a beautiful dark amber. Atop sits an almond colored one finger head, which sadly enough dissipates leaving a nice film in it's place. Little lacing (not that it was expected).
Aroma is excellent. Sweet, spicy, malty and boozy - what a combination! Love the spicy aspect - kinda cinnamon-like, along with vanilla hints. Certain amount of oak, and bourbon! Love it!
As for taste... it follows the nose very well. Sugary caramel malts, a bit spicy, with a nice slight bitter hit to it - not too much, not too little. The real beauty of this lies in the bourbon and oak aging... WOW! Just excellent. The alcohol warming sensation is exactly what I look for in a big Barleywine, and this one has it in spades!
Medium in body, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. A bit dry in the finish. Nice, mellow carbonation.
This is my favorite Weyerbacher offering (yes, even more than Double Simcoe), hands down - and now one of my more favorite Barleywines to boot! Where is a cigar when one needs one?!?
Dangerously drinkable, thanks to the bourbon/oak aging. The 11.1% ABV is noticeable while this is being enjoyed, if for no other reason than to tell you to slow down - take your time!! A true sipper, this one be.... Thanks Jimi!
A Must Try!!!
Served In: Goblet
Opaque dark copper mud with a yellow cascade during the pour. A slow to grow, semi-excited helmet of ivory foam decides to stop at about a half inch tall. Compacts itself down to a thin haze and wide collaring. Great lacing; huge clouds billow across the glass eventually breaking into thin strings
Plummy rummy raisin aroma with a soft whisky malt sweetness. Even softer elements of hard alcohol are evident with a wavering oakyness.
Taste is heavy and broad with substantial alcoholic heat lurking low behind the flavors of pleniful plum, raisin, and dates. Bold, rich malt base tends to have some caramel aspects blended into its overall dark fruityness. Bits of vanilla, oak, and favorable whisky/scotch tones decorate the rest of its character. Not much hops to this one. A very slender and slight floral tint slips into some of the finish where the whisky fades off. Ends very smooth and dark with a dropping off into a lighter, welcoming sensibility. Lingers for eternity on the memory and on the palate with warmth, alcoholic spice, and whisps of chocolate dustings.
Feel is big and warming within a mediumish body. Seeming light, but really, not at all, once it grabs hold with its warmth and soothing darkness. Lots of evidential whisky/scotch-like meaty malting and alcoholic noting pepper the entire stay. Malty rich and very smooth.
Insanity is about right for the name, as its crazy warmth and smoothness drenches your buds with malty darkness and soothing smoothness. A very slow drinker though, the harder alcoholic tendencies and warmth really makes for a mellowing experience. One to warm up with for sure!
Served In: Goblet
Nice pour. Thin head that dissipated down to a very fine coating, and a brownish body that was fairly clear at first, but got cloudier as I got to the end of the bottle. The final pour produced a quite opaque haze.
Vanilla from the oak barrels is very apparent in the smell, and actually dominates it. Apart from that is some sweetness, backed by a strong alcohol.
Thank goodness for the barrel aging, because otherwise I fear that this one may not have been drinkable. The harshness of the alcohol was well-tempered by the oak, and helped produce a very smooth, drinkable beer. It was sweet without being cloying, and the vanilla was not overpowering but rather a nice accent. Good woodiness/earthiness.
The bottle was almost too much for me. As it was, I drank it over a couple hours and it still pretty much knocked me out. If not for the aging in it, it would have been way overpowering with too much alcohol. As it was, I thought it was wonderful.
Served In: Pint Glass
A - Looks like apple cider. Very cloudy, very "heavy" looking. No head.
S - Vanilla, plum, grapes, very sweet.
T - The taste tracks the smell, vanilla, plum, figs, grapes, sweet.
M - Hits your tongue hard with an intial bite (surprising), finishes very smooth. Alcohol feel in the throat.
D - Complexity, richness (sweetness) makes this one very smooth, but only enjoyable in small doses. Reminds me of drinking a good port, almost too rich.
Served In: Pint Glass
A - Pours a caramel brown body that has a nice haze to it. One finger, thick, light tan head consists of tight bubbles. Good retention and nice sheets of lacing.
S - Vanilla, light bourbon and oak from the barrel aging. Candy sugar, light molasses and mixed spices.
T - Sweet start with brown sugar mixed with vanilla. Barrel aging then takes over the tongue with muted bourbon and a pleasant woody taste. Cinnamon and caramel. Finishes with some light sugar and a slight bitterness.
M - Full bodied and super smooth. This beer feels so great on the tongue. Velvety. Superb.
D - The flavor seems a little muted, but this is a wonderfully enjoyable beer. Hides the alcohol remarkably well.
Served In: Pint Glass
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