Old Heathen Imperial Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Bouleboubier:
3.76/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
I've had this quite a few times and, true to my experience with Weyerbacher's beers, the flavors can change slightly year-to-year.
I poured a little more than half of the bottle into a large snifter with mild force and some foam rose up but almost immediately started to break up and recede. Emptying the rest of the bottle into the glass, the same effect. The liquid is fairly impenetrably black.
Surprisingly, even after 10 minutes to un-chill, not much going on in aromas aside from some light caramelized char and some faint floral aromatics from the alcohol. Overall, anemic nasal penetration.
I've always remembered this beer being easy-drinking though with little dimension/complexity to the point of being boring. It's remarkably sedate and smooth in taste and mouthfeel as if they age the beer for 5+ years, polishing any harsh edge to it. Barely roasty, barely bitter. I would be led to guess that it's little more than a conservative splash of dark crystal and black patent atop maybe as much as 95% base malt. Could be way off.
Registering at only around 8% - low for an American version of the style - I am surprised each time with not having any heat or afterburn. It's kind of pleasant but I find that higher alcohol content adds the dimension that's lacking here.
But I never know quite what to expect with this stout every 3-5 months when I try one. More often than not, it's something I can have 3 of in one sitting and not take too much damage.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2013 01:41:34 | More by Bouleboubier
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3.3/5 rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Why has this one Weyerbacher always escaped me till now? Never seemed to have found it till now.
Dark black walnut body, but comes out of the bottle more mahogany brown. Leaves a bit of leg and slick top, but not too filmy looking, with a finger of cocoa coffee brown head. Very bubbled collar and thin puck, but manages to always stick around as head disappears a little quickly.
Real fruity nose. Hints of blueberry, soft roasted malts, a little charring, a faint hint of warmth but not overly boozy. Hints at a large beer. Quite an impressive nose actually for a regular imperial stout.
Funny aftertaste. Very odd. First sip seems quite palate full, bringing some of the hinting fruit, then the finish is very wet and thin with little to distinguish. Slightly acrid finish but with not much sourness luckily. Fruit feeling hints of raspberry, blueberry, and watery juice, almost as if it's a fruit infused stout. Strange taste of peanut butter in here as it warms.
It's ironically not that bad, but it's nothing like I expected, or unfortunately reminding me anything of a regular imperial stout.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 18:51:15 | More by smakawhat
Old Heathen Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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