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Heretic - The Alchemist

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 105
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:
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

(Beer added by: UA8 on 10-22-2009)
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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

dar482, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

sfr26, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Roze, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

markgugs, Aug 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

hollywood_15063, May 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

IPAchris, Apr 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

CypherEnigma, Aug 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

valdieu2, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

beernads, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

yossarian14, Jan 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

BeerCosmonaut, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

rowingbrewer, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

millerbuffoon, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of stoutluvr420
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

stoutluvr420, Sep 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

klink40, Apr 13, 2012
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!

CuriousMonk, Apr 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

bobv, Apr 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

superspak, Mar 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

JebediahScooter, Mar 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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

brentk56, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

rtucker06, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

phingdong, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to angrybabboon for procuring the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy copper. Bright-white head. Rocky, clingy, sparse lace. Thin cap for the duration.

Smell: Grapefruit and biscuits. Big oily rind. Lots of citrus. Malts are sweet and help counter the aggressive hop profile. Some resin and tropical fruit as well. Very malty. Loads of biscuit dough. Mint and bread crust too.

Taste: Citrus rind. Straight bitterness. Pine and mint. Nice woody character as well. Some pith and zest. Oily hops. Orange marmalade. Malts are beefy and add some nice counter to the hop assault. Biscuit and some caramel malts. Nice blend of flavors. Balance is dent , but favors the hops. Malts add a great caramel sweetness to the whole thing. Oily and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Big chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate. A touch dry from what has to be intense dry-hopping.

Overall: Drinks much closer to a barleywine than a DIPA. Loads of malts and tons of depth and complexity. I look forward to an aged bottle of this to see what really happens with those malts.

Goblinmunkey7, Jan 11, 2012
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Heretic from The Alchemist
91 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.