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Aries - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 11
Hads: 69
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 29.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jhartley on 10-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aries is the 3rd installment in the latest round of Brewers’ Select Series beers! Aries breaks the mold of preceding Brewers’ Select beers in that it is NOT a new beer—rather, it is a blend of two existing beers which have been being mixed by Weyerbacher employees for a few years now. In perfect timing for October / Halloween, Aries is a delicious blend of Old Heathen Imperial Stout and Imperial Pumpkin Ale!

Known around the brewery as a “Black & Orange”, this mix is generally credited to Weyerbacher’s Philly Sales Rep Mike Lubieski as being a way to support his Flyers and also by NJ Sales Rep Natalie DeChico who got it into firkins here and there (she’s the former Philly Beer Geek and creator of Althea). By mixing these two brews, the otherwise pretty dominant cinnamon and nutmeg spices of Imperial Pumpkin Ale are subdued by Old Heathen while highlighting the malt backbone of both beers. The result is a really balanced yet spicy dark beer which will work very well as a dessert beer and still pair nicely with your favorite fall foods.
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This beer is a very dark brown that does just let a little dark red in at the edges. It grows a medium brown head to a creamy half finger that leaves lacing that is moderate to good in both strength and quantity.
This beer is a great mingling of roast and flesh, particularly in the nose. The big stout and pumpkin elements each hold their own, seemingly distinguishable while melding well. The strengths of each show, plenty of pumpkin that wouldn't overwhelm someone more interested in the stout aspect or underwhelm someone who wants the pumpkin. It offers just a little sweetness to offset the strength of the malts and the hops additions.
This beer has the nice, full body it should with a smooth feel in it but no heaviness weighing it down.

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A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Bubbly, semi-resilient lacing.

S- Mostly nutmeg and some cinnamon with some dark roast trying to peek through.

T- The description is right when it says the stout dominates the flavor profile since the dark roast bears down immediately and the spices come in on the finish. At first it's a bit disjointed but, as the palate acclimates, things get smoother and tastier. Alcohol is decently hidden.

M- Soft and thick with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Not bad but, as with most beer blends, I feel it pushes and pulls in opposite directions.

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Aries from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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