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Old Heathen Imperial Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Old Heathen Imperial StoutOld Heathen Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,424 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,424
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 59
Gots: 101 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001)
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

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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12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $4

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and light coffee. There is also a faint burnt/charred flavour, some dark fruits, and a nuttiness.

Overall - Tasty and very easy to drink. Kind of a hybrid between a regular and a imperial stout. Enough flavour to keep it interesting and a little something for everyone taste wise.

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Old Heathen Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.