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Aries - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: jhartley on 10-23-2013)
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Appalachian Vintner Asheville. Served in a tapered glass.

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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A blend of the imperial pumpkin and the old heathen, this beer leans heavily on the pumpkin counterpart, in both aroma and taste. The aroma is heavily spiced and there is also some dark malts.

In the taste, spice bomb and a bit of dark malt. This beer really proves how over spiced the imperial pumpkin is, it can dominate not only one, but two beers. Nutmeg, raw cinnamon, allspice and clove are the primary tastes. Needs more heathen, this is just spice and booze with a hint of dark malts. Using a less spicy pumpkin ale would have suited its blending purpose better than the Weyerbacher Imperial version. But when in Rome..

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and well carbonated. Spices linger on forever.
Overall, this beer is a good tribute to the Flyers, since it is quite disappointing. More stout please!

Stinkypuss, Dec 11, 2013
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Third installment in the Brewers' Select Series at Weyerbacher. A 50/50 blend of Old Heathen Imperial Stout and Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a long stemmed wine glass. Thick 1 finger tan head that dissipated leaving a thin head just on the top. A dark black body, no light shining through, a light orange/red along the edges when held to the light.

Aromas of the spices from the IPU come out at once, cinnamon, nutmeg and a little clove. Also, getting some licorice and bittersweet chocolate aromas from the Old Heathen. A real strong amount of pumpkin flavor in this too.

Wow! Getting the spices from the pumpkin right away and then followed and mellowed out with the roastiness of the stout. Getting a roasty chocolate on the finish.

Overall, I really enjoyed drinking this beer and at 8.0% it's pretty manageable to have more than one. Almost dangerously drinkable. A clear winner for the fall and winter months. Too bad this is only a one and done, however it can be done by just mixing the Old Heathen and IPU on your own. Pick this up if you can or mix it yourself.

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A: A pitch black color, no transparency, a very tiny brown head at the top and left a tiny bit of lacing around the glass as well.

S: Strong note of cinnamon, and chocolate up front, hints of booze as well, on teh tail end a little bit of coffee and pumpkin.

T: Very Strong pumpkin taste up front way more than the nose gave, hints of brown sugar and chocolate as well.

M: Slick and very low carbonation, almost flat I think.

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Aries from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.