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Heretic - The Alchemist

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90
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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
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:
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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5/5  rDev +22.2%

ejl4, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

caguiar, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of UA8
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%

A- Pours a dark and hazy amber with a minimal white head.

S- Scents of caramel malts, citrus, fruit basket, and a floral note.

T- Leads with Sweet toffee malts and citrus hop notes, mid palates adds to the malt complexity and bring along with it some more varied fruit notes from the yeast I would suspect. Finishes with a nicely balanced floral hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

M- Perfect for a barleywine. Viscous with light and smooth carbonation.

D- I would happily drink my self into a stupor on the 9% abv beauty. One of the best barleywines I've ever had excellent balance and character. Would be very interesting to see where some age took this beer, however exceptional as is.

UA8, Oct 22, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

valdieu2, Feb 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

bobv, Apr 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

hollywood_15063, May 10, 2014
Photo of Gushue3
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

I really wanted to drink a stout tonite and some how came up with this one. It's been staring me down for weeks. DIPA? Barleywine?

A Very nice 2 finger head that starts off slow and really grows at the end. The body is a rusty orange and has lots of small carbonation bubbles running toward the head. Head is still comming down and has left some thick sticky lacing. Looks pretty much as good it gets.

S Big sweet floral and citrus notes come out with a touch of alcohol. A slight bit of malt is detected underneath it all.

T Lots of hops here! Grapefruit bitterness and sweet almost pineapple take charge. Bitter through to the end but the sweetness is right there. some malt is there in the back ground but definitely in the back seat. The finish lingers with a piney bite. This beer is big and alcohol is definitely hidden for the 10%

M Thicker mouthfeel that at times feels syrupy bt not too much. medium amount of carbonation that feels better after sitting out or swirling around the glass. Pretty smooth and totally easy to drink brew.

O

Gushue3, Nov 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Desaparecido, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

superspak, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of ICCULIS
4.5/5  rDev +10%

the wife and I cracked this open last night. damn fine beer I say. 22oz poured into 2 DFH snifters.

Appearance: copper/amber in color. more roasty amber I'd say. creamy head about 3/4 inch - lots of tiny bubbles in the head as well as on the side of the glass

Smell: amazing! crisp, citrus fruits on the nose. grapefruit & hops are most prominent. Faint pine notes.

Taste: outstanding. clean, crisp and very hp forward. exactly the taste I was hoping for after experiencing the nose.

Mouthfeel: light - medium bodied w/ great carbonation. fresh and crisp mouthfeel.

Overall: not sure of the confusion on the BW vs DIPA classification. Label states it is DIPA and in all my years drinking IPA's, I'd say that is accurate. This is a great brew - a bigger brother to Heady Topper. Darker, bolder and stronger - although the ABV is well hidden. Outstanding beer...wish I had more!

ICCULIS, Oct 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Sidebordz, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Had this one on tap at the Alchemist yesterday. Nothing like a 5 hour drive to make the experience sincerely rewarding!

Appearance: Pours a fairly iced tea copper color with a nice 1.5 finger cafe latte crown that displays loads of retention and lace.

Smell: Worlds of (ok 5 to be exact) citrusy American hoppy goodness over some biscuit and toffee malt. Smells very west coast DIPA like but with some (almost English) fruity notes from the malt.

Taste: Same as the smell.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium bodied with great carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down easy but kicks you in the head a bit.

Not sure why this is considered a barleywine but its awesome. Like a strong ale and a DIPA fused perfectly.

koopa, Sep 20, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

zgunder, Nov 19, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

Certainly a beer that's full of the 9s. Literally.

Pours a mild copper color with a minute hue of amber with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with only a hint of the malt underneath.

Taste is chock full of grassy and citrus-like hops with a hint of malt, followed with a bit of raisin and alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is dominated by the hops. Very nice. Well-balanced here. Alcohol warmth is kept to a minimum.

Certainly a barleywine that's very drinkable. Strong but the aging makes it even more enjoyable.

Brad007, Nov 08, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

Bottle thanks to a great BA - cavedave. Thanks!

Pours a clean malty, fairly dark brown with a nice off-white head. Looks good. Strong scent of piney-orange hops comes off the top of this. Sticking my nose in deeper, there is a very light flavor of caramel malt. The look is American Barleywine, the nose is DIPA. Regardless, is smells good. The taste is really fantastic. Like Bigfoot, but with good tasting hops. Orange and pine aggressively emerge up front (the hop profile seems like Heady Topper, the beer I finished before this) with a very clean finish of balanced caramel malts and a less intense burst of hops. No booziness to speak of and highly drinkable. The mouthfeel is that effervescent, hoppy DIPA up front, with a fair amount of sweetness in the body. This is beer is really fantastic regardless of classification. My favorite American Barleywine that is substantially AMERICAN, OR a really good version of a malty DIPA.

seeswo, Oct 27, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

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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4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

22oz bottle purchased at the Harvest Event a few weekends back. Special thanks to cagiaur! 9.99abv. Bottled sometime right before 10/7/11?
Poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A: pours a really pretty amber color. I get about s finger of off white head. I get some alcohol feet and some lacing. Its a nice looking beer.

S: Smells intoxicating. You get the pine. You get the floral. You get some fruit. And you do get some alcohol. Predominantly I get over ripe peach and alcohol. It smells really fresh and should be being bottle so recently.

T: Tons of hop bitterness from the front of the tongue to the middle of the mouth. It's an assertive beer for sure. Lots of pine. There is some alcohol there in the back of the throat. A solid malt bill helps to balance out the beer. It's awesomely smooth.

M: Medium to full bodied.

O: Going with an A on this one. Along with Heady Topper, the boys at the Alchemist know their IPAs. Solid work! Glad I helped contribute to the re-build of that brewpub!

inlimbo77, Oct 19, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

Thanks to jleblanc/geuzer for the trade on this one. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, this brew appears a hazed copper to amber color with a light brown touch to it. A rich 2 fingers worth of slightly off-white head sits atop the brew. The cap maintains fairly strong but as it slowly recedes, it leaves a thick wall and patches of lacework all over the glass.

The smell of this brew is quite bright with citrus and fruity hops. It has a solid array of tropical character somewhat like mango meets pineapple and has a very light citrusy lemon/orange character as well. More sniffs reveal some grassy notes, mild herbal aspect and some pine. There is a quite a deep array of hop character to take in from this aroma, fantastic and very reminiscent of heady topper. There is a very mild toasty grain character sitting under the hops that has a touch of caramel sweetness to it that just plays a nice supporting role in accenting the fruity notes of the hops. Fantastic, these dudes at Alchemist really know what they are doing with hops... I can only imagine what this beast was like fresh out the gate.

The taste includes some toasty grain flavoring that nudges towards being like caramel or toffee but doesn't quite make it there with any sweetness. It has a faint musty aspect about it that charges right into an herbal element of hops. The hops are bold with a ton of flavoring moreso than bittering. An herbal, lightly veggie aspect is present mixed with a load of fruity flavoring. The fruity aspect comes across like pineapple, mango and some citrus like grapefruit that is quite zesty. As the hops fade towards the back of the mouth, the bitterness picks up with a bit of resinous pine-like cling. It is faintly catty into the aftertaste. Once the brew warms up, it really picks up an interesting and super enjoyable fruity character that is contrasted with almost a cheesy dank aspect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For just shy of 10% this is mind blowing in how well the abv is integrated. I am a big fan of how hoppy this brew is without letting the bitterness become a distraction. It carries with it almost a minty to methol-like coolness to the back of the throat instead of the expect warmth from the alcohol. This is a fantastic brew and makes me really want to try more of their offerings. I don't understand the reasoning behind this brew being currently listed as an American Barleywine, it clearly states on the label this is a DIPA. My scores here are for this beer being consumed as a DIPA, not a barleywine.

stakem, Nov 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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!

papat444, Oct 31, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

IPAchris, Apr 19, 2014
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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

BeerCosmonaut, Jan 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
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Heretic from The Alchemist
90 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.