Old Heathen Imperial Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SerialHiker:
3.56/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a dense, black color…head is mocha colored, full of tiny bubbles, making a lush, fluffy cloud…settles to a thin layer but does liven up with a couple of swirls…(3.75/5)
Smell: Roasted malts, oatmeal and light coffee bitterness hit my nose first…it’s noticeably earthy and has a slight alcohol astringent presence…there is a slight airy citrus quality that I pick up late in the overall aroma…it’s got a nice imperial stout smell, but it’s not unusual or unique by any means…pretty straight forward…(3.5/5)
Taste: Much like the nose…roasted malts, light oatmeal and mild coffee bitterness up front…flavor lingers on my tongue, leaving mostly robust roasted malts to savor…there is a faint dark fruit sweetness happening here, that takes the edge off the typical “imperial” stout flavor…it certainly has a noticeable alcohol astringent notes happening as well…this is a straight forward flavor, with little exotic or substantial going on here...it’s unfortunately pretty basic in flavor, though I am enjoying it…(3.5/5)
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body for this style…there is medium carbonation here as well, fluffing up bringing roasted malts and light coffee bitterness to the palate…I find it to be smoother and lighter than most imperial stouts…roasted malts and oatmeal (more as it warms) linger well into the after taste…(3.5/5)
Overall: While this is a solid brew, it’s not the best thing I’ve had from Weyerbacher…the flavor is very drinkable and it’s lighter body lend itself to being able to drink a couple in one sitting, I have to say overall I was a bit disappointed…for me, imperial stouts should have a chewiness that I can really get a hold of and a bit more depth in flavor, which Old Heathen lacks…while its good, it’s not great and for me isn’t worth the higher price tag that this brew commands…if like me, you find it on a mix-a-six wall, then by all means scoop one up, but I won’t be stocking my fridge or closet full of this one…(3.5/5)
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2013 01:50:22 | More by SerialHiker
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3.86/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a tar black body with a tan head; nice lacing
Smell: Chocolate and coffee tones
Taste: Starts out with a chocolate base that, mid-palate is joined by caramel, coffee and a bit of hops; closes with a slightly harsh, grainy character
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a little thin for the style
Overall: Haven't had this one since my original review in 2006 (thanks then to BeerBeing, one of the great BAs from the old days) but this is a much better beer than I remember so I am going to consider this one a re-review
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 22:58:13 | More by brentk56
Old Heathen Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,329 ratings.