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Heretic - The Alchemist

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
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:
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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Reviews by klink40:
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klink40

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-12-2012 23:48:55 | More by klink40
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev 0%

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a dark amber/brown with a small brown head, nose is hopy, malty, a bit fruity and sweet, there's a malty dark sugar.
Taste is very hoppy, malty and crisp earthy caramel flavor rs. Lots of chewy herbal notes. Hard to say if it's an iipa or a barleywine but either way it's awesome.

10-14-2011 06:52:21 | More by kingcrowing
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Auburn colored beer, darker than your average dipa, standard sized head. Aroma was plenty fruity, hid the alcohol nice, decent hoppy presence, wasn't all bitterness, a substantial caramel presence as well.

Laying an ode to the American barleywine style just as much as a west coast dipa, this one is right down the middle. Big malt presence, but not heavy on the roasting, lots of caramel cover substantial alcohol that just isn't apparent. Passion fruitishness as well, this is like a bigger version of Sculpin I was thinking. A little sweeter.

The hops are somewhat suffocated in the mouthfeel, the malt and caramel presence really win the war of attrition, the fruity presence is still around. Some pine for good measure.

11-28-2011 22:35:21 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Bigger version of Heady Topper with less juicy fruit to it.

Extremely bitter...if tropical or citrus fruit was bigger here, the bitterness would have been better accepted.

Very drinkable...not near barleywine territory as some before have mentioned...malt non-existent until warms up.

So -so beer big DIPA here. Vermont has impressed me so far with Ephraim, Heady Topper and this one but not sure if worth all the latest hype surrounding them. Very fortunate to have experienced and thankful. Would have again but not go out of my way for...

10-17-2011 00:34:15 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

As stated, this is actually a double IPA so I'm reviewing it as such. 22oz bomber poured into Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours a .5 finger coarse white head with moderate to low retention. Beer is a clear rusty copper. Lacing is patchy and stringy with nice stick. Average for the style.

Nose is tree sap and resin hoppiness with a mellow backbone of dried tea leaves. Some light cane sugar and citrus pushed far into the background. Nicely aromatic with aromas that are very on point.

Opens caramel and brown sugar. Citrus and sap hop bitterness combine with a wave of creamy dark malt flavors. Dried leaves and cane sugar with a slight booziness right at the end. Finishes spicy and sweet with a sticky, lingering resin hop sweetness. Definitely an east coast style offering. Robust and very full flavored.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and goes down with some warmth. Finish is messy with a long, lingering aftertaste. Nothing special. Very smooth though.

A very solid offering from the Alchemist. What else could be expected from the makers of Heady Topper? Definitely worth a try if you're into the IIPAs with a pronounced malt bill.

10-12-2011 23:49:08 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Desaparecido

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-16-2011 17:34:33 | More by Desaparecido
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

22 oz bottle into a tulip glasses. Thanks go to funkel81 for these two Hell or High Water Alchemist beers in a recent trade.

Pours a beautiful looking clear coppery amber, with 1 ½ fingers of rich and slightly off-white looking head. This readily maintains a frothy ½ finger, throwing up a robust cascade of lacing that settles into sticky swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite beefy feeling in the nose, with fresh pine, dankness, leafy notes, and peppery spice, which all combines to give this a bit of a wet tobacco feel at times. Some sweetness is present here in the form of some softer tropical fruit character that mingles with the malt on the edges of the profile but there is no doubt that the hops and alcohol control this, as a steady stiff warmth emerges to add some extra boldness in the nostrils.

The taste is bold and resinous in the mouth, with a blast of zesty grapefruit bitterness. This is surrounded by a flush of slightly danky feeling herbal character and then ripe tropical fruit flavors that adheres to the sticky sweetness of the malt. There is maybe a touch of darker toastiness present to the malts but this is mostly exhibiting more of sweet caramel character with some light doughy sugars mixed in. The alcohol also adds a touch of extra boozy sweetness to this and some spiciness that hangs hard in the finish along with sticky notes of pine and grapefruit pith. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with crispness on the tongue that is surrounded by a slick creaminess that fills out the rest of the mouth. As I mentioned in the taste profile, the alcohol is here, and not only adds some beefy sweetness to the flavors that while not overly stinging, does put a bit of intense heat on the finish.

This is definitely more of a hefty DIPA than it is an American Barleywine but I just I wish that I could have gotten to this one sooner, as I felt the fading brightness of those citric hop flavors that I’m pretty sure were probably pretty vibrant about a month ago or so ago when this was released. I mean don’t get me wrong. This is still has a FEROCIOUS hop presence to it but it lacked just enough of a full-on brightness that would have helped balance and cover up a bit of that alcohol presence. As this stands now, it’s got an overly warm sweetness to it that clashes a bit with the assertive hop flavors that are still left. If you like alcoholic hop-bombs, I’d say this one is still worth seeking out but this full bomber was just a bit too much for me.

11-16-2011 15:33:11 | More by Kegatron
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a cloudy light brown with a 1 finger white bubbly head.

Pleasant citrus hops along with a little caramel/toffee malt backbone and some pine as well. Smells very nice.

An onslaught of citrus and pine hops hits the palate up front. There is still a lot of malt in this one though. Rich caramel malts blend with the hops. Finishes with a resiny dry flavor.

Decently thick mouthfeel with good carbonation. Slight alcohol burn, but for the most part hidden well.

Definitely a thicker beer than most DIPA which is what it says on the label even though the bw description on here isn't exactly wrong either. Reminds me a bit of the Stone Bastard series as there are loads of both hops and malts that tend to balance in the end. Dinged a bit for drinkability. I tend to like most of the flavors, but they became too much toward the end of the glass along with the alcohol burn.

11-08-2011 00:26:48 | More by jmarsh123
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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Review adapted from notes taken 11/13/11

Appearance: Dark orange, starts off with a nice big off-white head, keeps a nice cap, nice lacing

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit rind, grapefruit flesh, cooked biscuits, very hoppy but also very malty, pretty intense

Taste: Cooked, toasted biscuits, with a blast of grapefruit - grapefruit, orange, pretty aggressive - zest, pith - a lot of grassy, herbalness - definitely some mint in here, like peppermint, or spearmint - oily pine - bitterness builds, becomes borderline brutal - malts hold things together, kind of sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium, very sticky, oily, yet dry, nicely carbonated

Overall: A quality palate destroyer

Simply put, this is a malty, herbal, grassy, minty, mouth-wrecker. It's not really balanced in any way, and it is one of the few beers I've ever had that I almost found too aggressive. Regardless, I'm glad I was in VT to pick up these Hell or High Water beers.

11-25-2011 04:04:00 | More by angrybabboon
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Shared at a tasting at finewinemike's house.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber with a layer of fluffy, off white head and a decent amount of retention.

Smell: Quite malty and a bit fruity. Some alcohol and spicy hops. There is a mild amount of citrus in there too.

Taste: The bottle says this is a double IPA, the website says it is a Barleywine. The taste reminds me more of a barleywine for what it is worth. Malt sweetness and brown sugar notes. Citrus peel bitterness with some sweet, warm alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side. A bit sticky with smooth carbonation. The finish is a little bit slick.

Overall: I thought this was a good barleywine. As a double IPA, it is still a good beer, but a bit heavy on the malt. The smooth, bitter finish was really nice.

10-22-2011 14:19:26 | More by oline73
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Picked this up myself at the bottle release.

Poured from a bomber.

Appearance: A brass colored, hazy body that fills half the glass and gently takes its time to recede.

Smell: Dry, tea-like a little, some fruit and hops.

Taste: Way more fruit than in the nose. Mango and peaches are very prominent as well as lush tropical fruit in the finish. Rich, like biting into ripe fruit. Some brown sugar in the finish also.

Mouthfeel: Some dryness, bitterness in check and creamy.

Overall: For a 10% beer, this drinks wonderfully. Drink it if you've got it!

10-31-2011 11:38:20 | More by papat444
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.8%

12-02-2011 03:27:28 | More by ChrisPro
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

22oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

Drank at last tasting. Thanks to my good buddy Finewinemike and oline73 for bringing this bottle.

A- Pours a cloudy golden honey orange with a thin 1 finger head.

S- Lots of caramel malts, piney hops, citrus, spicy hops, and a touch of alcohol.

T- Bready yet caramel malts up front with a nice spicy earth hop presence that's pretty dank.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter hop finish.

SkÅL!

11-12-2011 03:19:45 | More by Arenbeer
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-15-2011 16:19:04 | More by aasher
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stoutluvr420

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

09-16-2012 23:20:51 | More by stoutluvr420
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-29-2013 01:49:36 | More by yossarian14
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-31-2012 17:00:36 | More by phingdong
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JebediahScooter

Vermont

3/5  rDev -26.8%

03-17-2012 12:37:42 | More by JebediahScooter
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

On tap at the brewpub on November 4, 2010.

Pours a really nice copper color with a two-finger light tan head and just bunches and bunches of lacing. The nose brings some strong citrus hops with a bit of pine as well. A slight malt component.

The feel and flavor are dominated by the bruising bitterness of this one. There are some citrus and pine notes plus a bit of malt that doesn't bring much flavor. A bit body and not too dry. This was a good brew, but the flavor didn't quite live up to the nose.

11-14-2010 13:05:53 | More by Thorpe429
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-19-2014 20:47:50 | More by IPAchris
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-28-2011 02:13:28 | More by nathanjohnson
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

A - Dark brown beer with a tan head that left some solid lacing.

S - Very wet smelling beer. Grass and earth notes with some herbal scent. Good malts in there as well.

T - Taste is much like the nose, and pretty enjoyable. The herbal and grass tastes bring the sweetness of the malt backbone down a little and make this seem like a nicely hopped barleywine.

M - Medium bodied with lower carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Good beer. As Alex stated, not sure exactly what it is, but it's very good with a good hop profile and nicely bitter finish.

10-17-2011 00:54:22 | More by AgentZero
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

I was lucky enough to be in VT the weekend Heretic was released. Great coincidence for me!

Heretic pours a hazy dark amber color, with a small white head. The foam dissolves quickly to a ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on glass.

The aroma is very hoppy with strong notes of orange and pine citrus. Hints of caramel malt and alcohol are also present.

Each sip of this medium boded beer is dry, slightly syrupy with mild carbonation. The flavor is loaded with hops. Strong notes of pine, orange and lemon citrus with a balancing malt flavor of caramel malt. There's a touch of garlic and pepper in there too. It finishes bitter with a linger citrus hop flavor.

I'm glad I was able to try this beer. It's very tasty, but no Heady Topper. It hides it's 10% abv very well.

10-16-2011 20:11:12 | More by WanderingFool
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

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!

04-12-2012 19:03:21 | More by CuriousMonk
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Mrpickles

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.8%

12-26-2011 23:26:23 | More by Mrpickles
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Heretic from The Alchemist
91 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.