Brew Review-Weyerbacher Insanity
A trip to Total Wine in Alexandria always sets me up with a good set of beers. Sure, they’re all locally distributed ones (not gonna find Russian River there), but the selection is great and I end up with a single bottle of a bunch of random beers. Make your own 6-pack is a wonderful idea.
This trip I picked up the Weyerbacher Insanity. The label tells me it’s their Blithering Idiot barleywine that’s been aged in oak barrels. It seems a lot of brewers these days are aging something in oak barrels. And, considering I enjoy scotch and bourbon… I’m gonna go ahead and say “thank you”.
The Insanity pours a reddish amber color that’s nearly crystal clear, which kinda surprised me since it’s been hanging out with our good friend oak for so long. The aroma was slightly sweet, maybe a little vanilla, but a lot of bourbon. A nice kick to the ol’ olfactory glands. The flavor was very nice. Creamy and sweet. A bit malty, with a mild vanilla kick. The finish is all bourbon. A huge bourbon shot with a big boozy burn (I guess I should blame that 11.1% tag). It really is like taking a sip of their barleywine and then following it with a shot of bourbon, which (generally speaking) is backwards, but who’s counting? Overall, the Insanity isn’t a beer that will sit in your top ten list, but for the flavor, the high ABV, and especially the price, it’s hard to not recommend this one.