Weyerbacher Cinnsanity Barleywine Ale

Tonight’s beer is one that I was really looking forward to. I feel like Weyerbacher has really been trying to update their image with new takes on their classic beers. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 13.3%

Style: English Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’ve taken Insanity and aged it in whiskey barrels with cinnamon. The result? It’s CINNSANITY! The addition brings a complementary note of cinnamon to the already present notes of bourbon, cherry and vanilla. This smooth 13.3% ABV brew is warming and balanced with a subtle sweetness and hint of spiciness thanks to the addition of cinnamon.”

Random: This came out in March of 2017.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass, but left a small crown on top of the body. The body itself was murky and medium brown in color with no visible carbonation. The nose was incredibly fragrant. It was filled with cinnamon, bourbon and apple whiskey. The taste was unfortunately, overwhelming and one note of cinnamon. I let it warm for awhile, hoping some of the nuanced notes came through more, but it was still a lot of cinnamon. I was able to pick up some alcohol, bourbon, oak and vanilla. It had some figs at the end as well. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with cinnamon and nutmeg. A bottle of this was not cheap at $3.75 ($.31 per ounce). I see what they were trying to do with this beer, it just desperately needed balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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