1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Heretic - The Alchemist

Not Rated.
HereticHeretic

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

74 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 74
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 106
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UA8 on 10-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The first Barleywine brewed at The Alchemist. This is currently aging in the brewery, and will be introduced on 9/9/09.

99.9 IBU
View: Beers (13) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 38
Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Surprisingly drinking still very well. Reminds me of a well age and balanced Big Foot, without the herbal and abrasive oxidation qualities. Good sweetness and balance of those big American barleywine hops.

Photo of sfr26
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Roze
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of markgugs
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CypherEnigma
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of valdieu2
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of yossarian14
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BeerCosmonaut
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of stoutluvr420
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thx for the pour FiveMicsMax! Poured a darkish orage-amber in color with a thick, creamy light tan head that hung around to produce some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was strong of citrus hops with a hint of some malty sweetness lingering in the background. Flavor was hoppy, almost as intense as a HT. Plenty of citrus/grapefruit. Initially slightly sweet before the hops come roaring in. Like a Heady with more of a malt backbone, and more alcohol on the finish. Finish is hoppy, medium bitter and clean.

Photo of klink40
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bomber into a heavy chalice (fit the bill here). Pours a well hazed almost murky amber pour, a frothy off-white head which dissipates to a thinner head. Aromas are a decent dose of citrusy and earthy hops, and lemony. Some touches of dough, vanilla, biscuits and pale malts poke through. Not the most complex hopping, but fairly healthy bitter nose. The flavor suggests decent hopping throughout, dry earthy hops, florals and grass, touches of lemon moving into biscuits and pale malts, some light toast. Gets a touch hot into the backfinish, a bit mellow and bland with sweet malts, moving into dry florals, biscuits a healthy dose of floral and grassy hops, lemons, a touch of faint pine, mellow sweetness. Medium bodied along with a thinner mouthfeel than what I would have liked. This beer was not very complex and somewhat uninspiring, but yet glad to have tried this one out!

Photo of bobv
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of superspak
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of JebediahScooter
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of dunix
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nicely stacked head that sticks a few gobs of lace behind

Smell: Citrusy and piney with a big dose of shortbread

Taste: Shortbread cookie dough, up front, with a tremendous dose of citrus and pith arriving by mid-palate; a bit of vanilla and wintergreen join into the mix, after the swallow, leaving a fresh Vermont character lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A most unusual DIPA; I agree that it doesn't fit into the barleywine box, but the malt profile and the vanilla/minty character set this up in its own hybrid category; kudos to the collaborating brewers

And thanks, bobertkuekn, for the opportunity

Photo of rtucker06
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev -2.2%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Heretic from The Alchemist
90 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.