Aries - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
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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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 12
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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev 0%

On tap - Dec, 2014

Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Beige head, moderate retention on a very dark, almost black body. Clear and soapy lacing. Aroma includes caramel malt, some light roast, nutmeg, hint of vanilla, brown sugar and licorice. Taste follows suit, slight bitterness on the back end. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, dangerously drinkable. Interestingflavors, quite tasty.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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!

Photo of jhartley
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Stirling hotel in Stirling, NJ.

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.

O: Not a bad brew to try, wasnt super impressed with this one, it was tasty and refreshing to say the least.

Photo of beerbully
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into snifter

A-opaque black with 3/4 inch light toffee head decent retention, lacing covers sides of glass but slides down rather quickly. slight head reappears witha few swirls of the glass

S-pumpkin and spices...cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, cloves, ...some mild sweet chocolate

T-despite the dominant pumpkin pie nose...the stout hits out of the gate...slight roasty chocolate...not much of the pumpkin and spices up front but noticeable in the finish...neither the stout or pumpkin dominate but their is no distinct flavor both are rather mild and in the background

M-a bit thin...noticeable carbonation...not very viscous...about the same as coca-cola with less carbonation

O-nice seasonal beer that is fun too drink in the fall. certainly not an everyday go to nor is it meant to be. decent for what it is and fun to drink this time of year when the mood suit you

Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Brewhouse grille in Camp Hill, served chilled in a pint

The color is midnight with opaque clarity and thick tan cap with fine bead, retention is decent and lace sticks in spots. It is apparent there are pumpkin spices in this stout in the first inhale with some dominant ginger and cinnamon woody aromas with a light malt backing in the nose. The feel is great- feels like a big stout and is spiced in a more forward way than average spice beer, but the malt base lets this seem appropriate and not overdone with a mild warming of either spice or alcohol in the mostly dry finish.

The flavor is great - lots of dark chewy and moderately roasted maltiness with some fruitiness from the yeast giving a little raisin with the caramel malt and the spice follows creating an interesting blend of festive ginger and cinnamon it has the snap of a ginger snap with some chocolate more on the dark cocoa side in the background. Overall this is great it is better than most spiced beers and the base stout in this is very drinkable, the only thing holding it back is abv, but it is not so bold in taste -I would definitely have this again.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%

Part of a flight at World of Beer Tioga. Pours pitch black with a small khaki head. Aroma of, you guessed it, overly zealous nutmeg, and the rest of the spice rack, maybe a bit of roasty cocoa. Flavor follows with what is mostly just a mouthful of nutmeg. Tastes just like it's described: they mixed an overly spiced pumpkin beer with a mediocre stout. And what do you get? A less enjoyable mediocre stout. Mouthfeel is on the thin side for an Impy, with medium carbonation and no viscosity. When are they going to stop pumpkin spicing everything?

Photo of Querty8
4.79/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - pitch black...tan head...basically a stout

S - smells like heresy stout with a tiny hint of imperial pumpkin

T - mostly stout at first...hints of pumpkin at the end...taste more pumpkin the longer you drink it

M - mouthfeel is like an imperial stout...thick, heavy, maybe more carbonation than a typical RIS

O - I wish I could give this beer a perfect rating but it needs just the tiniest bit more pumpkin/ fall spice to it. Basically 95% stout to 5% pumpkin...a great mix but could be better. (Perhaps 60/40?)

Photo of Devastator556
4.74/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I've ever had. Combines the sweet taste of Weyerbacher's imperial pumpkin ale and old heathen. It is definitely a delicious combination.

Aries from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.