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Heretic - The Alchemist

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%


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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klink40

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.7%

08-17-2013 14:48:27 | More by CypherEnigma
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valdieu2

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

02-17-2013 01:48:43 | More by valdieu2
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-08-2013 10:32:09 | More by beernads
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

01-12-2013 01:26:36 | More by spycow
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BeerCosmonaut

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-05-2013 04:03:18 | More by BeerCosmonaut
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

01-03-2013 00:55:03 | More by rowingbrewer
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

09-28-2012 02:50:26 | More by millerbuffoon
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stoutluvr420

Vermont

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

04-05-2012 19:00:36 | More by bobv
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superspak

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10%

03-22-2012 02:01:00 | More by superspak
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JebediahScooter

Vermont

3/5  rDev -26.7%

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

Vermont

5/5  rDev +22.2%

02-11-2012 16:26:20 | More by dunix
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 23:55:07 | More by brentk56
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rtucker06

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-31-2012 21:48:38 | More by rtucker06
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-31-2012 17:00:36 | More by phingdong
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 03:52:06 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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klipper

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-10-2012 05:15:21 | More by klipper
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

12-27-2011 00:05:56 | More by Kelp
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle shared with a few BAs, reviewed from notes. Thanks Ashley!

Pours a hazy dark orange with a light tan frothy head with some clumps of lacing. Very "green", balanced aroma of pungent earthy and pine hops blending with a strong malt backbone, sugary and sweet. Flavor is similar to nose, not overly bitter or sweet at any point, but a balanced blend throughout. Dank earthy hops, resiny and pine provide contrast to the sugar and molasses malt body. More resiny and pulpy than bitter. Calling this a DIPA draws immediate comparisons to Heady and having them side by side highlights how different they are. More of a strong ale or barley wine, and not as exceptional as Heady but excellent regardless.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 23:54:29 | More by yourefragile
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Mrpickles

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.7%

12-26-2011 23:26:23 | More by Mrpickles
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Sidebordz

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10%

12-18-2011 20:29:27 | More by Sidebordz
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Heretic from The Alchemist
90 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.