Old Heathen Imperial Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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Reviews by swizzlenuts:
3.45/5 rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
When pouring the beer, there was a little bit of ruby highlights, but when I look through the glass, all I see is blackness. The is a small off white/slightly tan head that sits atop the beer, but it dissipated quickly to a right. Not surprising considering the high ABV of the beer. It looks like a delicious Imperial Stout for sure. Putting my nose near the beer gives me tons of roasted malts with a slight bit of chocolate There is also a nice sweetness that comes through. I can get a hint of hoppiness, something earthy perhaps. Everything comes together in the nose, but I'd expect a little bit more roasted malts or coffee notes. It comes together more of a big sweet nose. I don't get any alcohol in the beer, which is pleasing and surprising.
The flavour of the beer is quite strange and unique for a russian imperial stout. I get a huge amount of fruitiness/mineral flavour from the yeast, undoubtedly. At the end of the tasting, there is a nice bitterness from the roasted malts, but as quick as it shows up, it fades away. The main flavour of the beer is estery yeast character. There is a little bit of alcohol in there as well, but not enough to hurt the experience. Over all, the flavour is kind of like the nose. Everything blends together, and nothing really hits me. I want more roasted flavours and gruffness. Even if I don't judge this beer as an imperial stout, it doesn't have any distinct flavours I can really latch onto. Just sweetness followed by a roasted character that shows up way too late to the party.
The mouthfeel is creamy and nice, but it doesn't add anything to the beer. I think the beer is drinkable, only because it doesn't have a lot of flavours. Not sure if this is just a badly handled bottle or a bit too old (I'd doubt this possibility the mose), but it's just very plain.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2009 23:55:27 | More by swizzlenuts
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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.
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