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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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very good

1,455 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 62
Gots: 113 | FT: 3
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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5/5  rDev +27.6%

12-04-2011 22:49:08 | More by kjkinsey
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-22-2011 01:49:17 | More by carnoustie7
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

07-14-2012 05:36:09 | More by ssjkyle
Photo of Farewell_Transmission


5/5  rDev +27.6%

08-11-2013 03:15:35 | More by Farewell_Transmission
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-16-2011 14:48:10 | More by horrorspecialty
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

05-13-2014 00:21:21 | More by Beastcpa
Photo of rab53


5/5  rDev +27.6%

12-10-2011 03:59:54 | More by rab53
Photo of meich75

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-16-2011 17:24:45 | More by meich75
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New York

5/5  rDev +27.6%

02-01-2013 21:02:57 | More by CreightonSM
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-19-2011 19:43:03 | More by whallgren
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.9/5  rDev +25%

Absolutely pitch black with a thin, yet dense, coffee colored creamy head. Head quickly recedes to a thin sheet and leaves some lace.

Big initial cocoa and espresso aroma. This leads the way for dark fruit and raisin. Alcohol is in the nose with a rum-like aroma. Some oak rounds thing out. Very nice.

Robust and has great complexity with flavors of espresso, bitter roasted malt, raisin, dark chocolate, tart plums and cherries. Mild leafy hops, add to the flavor, with the dark roasted malt providing the balancing bitterness. Other than sherry notes, the alcohol is very well hidden - more present in the aroma. Finishes clean with lingering fruit and roasted dryness.

Extremely smooth, creamy, a little thinner than expected. Medium in body. So drinkable. Even with the alcohol I could have a few of these in a sitting.

Top notch Imperial Stout. Rich, complex, very well balanced. No overly roasted bitterness or fusel alcohol flavors, and the hops add a nice complement. Very enjoyable.

01-14-2008 01:23:17 | More by Lupe
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +24.5%

Weyerbacher- Old Heathen Imperial Stout

Appearance- dark black with a thick brown head. Head held up nicely and laced the glass with a thcik spiderweb.
Smell- darkk roast coffee beans with a blend of cherywood and raisin.
Taste- burnt cherry wood blended with drak roast coffee, dark chocolate and fruit ( cherry, raisin, prune)
Mouthfeel- creamy smooth, with no alcohol detection. Warm and bursting with flavor.

Overall- 1 of the best, if not BEST, stouts I've ever had!! Loved it!!! You could not detect the 8% abv!!! Can't wait til it gets cold so I can drink this more often!!!

08-24-2006 22:35:12 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of charlesw

New York

4.88/5  rDev +24.5%

You know... I was drinking this the other day, thinking that I'd already reviewed it, and thinking to myself, "Wow! This sure changes quickly! Only 6 months old and this stuff is awesome!" Of course, ha, silly me! I'd never reviewed it before! Ha ha! I like this because of what it doesn't have... It doesn't that that bittersweet chocolate taste. It doesn't have that burned espresso taste. It's smooth and sweet and caramel. Maybe a touch smoked, but really, only a touch. Good stuff. Like a blend of barleywine and imperial porter. OK, awesome stuff. Drink it again? In a heartbeat. I love how they've made a beer this big in flavor and everything at only 8%. Very cool. Good job!

04-19-2008 21:44:57 | More by charlesw
Photo of Jake351


4.83/5  rDev +23.2%

A: Poured out to a black wall with reddish-brown tint. No light coming throught this one.

S: Burnt fruit, chocolate, and dark coffee.

T: Roasted malty goodness, with a coffee bite, and a slight chocolate aftertaste, pleasantly and briefly sweet. Some caramel notes evolve as it warms up with later sips. Nice!

M: Medium-full bodied, full without being cloying.

O: Overall a strong product, and great value for price. Can't wait to see what age would do to the characters in this one. Very good representative of its class.

05-24-2012 22:31:18 | More by Jake351
Photo of sinstaineddemon


4.83/5  rDev +23.2%

A - wow, i thought the Brooklyn Chocolate was black, this is black, with a finger and a half of dark tan head

S - wow, what an aroma, not just chocolate, but that ambient chocolate aroma like when you walk into a chocolate shop, a second whiff elicits espresso or roasted coffee bean odors very inviting

T - wow (wow, 3 wow's in a row), not as overpowering as i thought, light hints of taste that tantalize, rich coffee and chocolate flavors, very delicious

M - smooth and velvety, easy down easy to sip again, which...

D - ...makes this brew highly drinkable

03-25-2006 04:57:15 | More by sinstaineddemon
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4.8/5  rDev +22.4%

Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic pint glass. Dark brown oily pour, yielding a single-finger head even with a very aggressive pour. Smells sweet up front, with roasted undertones. Taste is delicious; coating your whole mouth with sweetness, then the roast-ness comes in and finishes. Leaving some nice lacing as I drink as well. Mouthfeel is creamy and full. A great RIS, a great beer.

02-17-2013 01:42:47 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of JJKBeerLvr


4.79/5  rDev +22.2%

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark with nice brown head.

Smell: Pleasant, and can smell both the hops and roasted malts.

Taste: Excellent taste. There is both a strong hop and malt flavor, but it is not too bitter, nor too sweet. The balance between them is great.

This is one of the best imperial stouts I've tasted. You will enjoy it if you like a bold stout. It is complex, and every time I drink it, I get something new. Definitely a beer to drink again.

02-21-2013 20:14:18 | More by JJKBeerLvr
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4.78/5  rDev +21.9%

A- Pours out as dark as black coffee. The head is a beautiful rich cream brown.

S- Coffee

T- Taste is of coffee/expresso. Hints of raisin and maybe some figs.

M- Its a great full body.

O- This is by far, at this point, is one of the best Imperial Stoudts I've ever had. Perfect for a cold fall/early winter day. You will not disappointed.

10-19-2013 23:50:04 | More by BigMarty1980
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Extremely rich and full bodied with a warming alcoholic punch. Finishes with expresso and chocolate.

09-24-2001 09:19:46 | More by QXSTER1
Photo of Genx


4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

10-20-2013 01:50:10 | More by Genx
Photo of Phatz


4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Served in my pint glass at nearly room temperature.
What a fantastic beer!!!

Appearance: This beer pours a fantastic motor oil black with a slight red hue to it. Sit in the glass completely opaque and very proud. Tight and creamy two finger head (chocolaty brown) rises from within and sits nobly on top of this black brew. The head is creamy and delicious. The magnificent lacing lasts through the entire duration of the beer. The appearance of this beer is as close to perfect as you can get!

Smell: Bitter sweet chocolate with no question. WOW! The dark chocolate leads into dark fruits and gentle roasted malts. The aroma seems smooth and calming. It makes you sit back, relax, and salivate.

Taste: What a magnificent taste it is. Dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, definitely hints of molasses and subtle suggestions toward espresso (particularly in the aftertaste). There is also black licorice and little bit of cooked currants. Then more coco and a subtle gentle little bit of tart fruit like raspberries. There is NO hoppy bitterness at all! It has just enough just tart to balance out the sweet. The aftertaste is perfect, slightly sweet, slightly tart, barely dry, just hanging there BEGGING you to take another sip! MMMM UUUAAAGGHH!! I'm sure there is something sinful in a thing this delicious!

Mouthfeel: Smooth and velvety! Creamy-licious! For a Russian Imperial Stout it is not terribly heavy or extremely thick (but sooo smooth) and I think that adds to the perfect drinkability factor.

Drinkability: This beer tastes so good and feels great in your mouth the moment you swallow, the mouth just CRAVES for more! I always try to make a beer last through my entire review, but ... ooops ... its gone already and I am CRAVING another! It sits light in the stomach (for a RIS), and I could certainly put down a number of these. This beer is an amazing experience and I HIGHLY recommend it!

Note: remember to let your RISs warm up before drinking them. I drink usually between 60-65 degrees minimum. And that is to start. Do so and you will get more out of it (IMO).

Hope this is helpful.

01-09-2006 06:20:31 | More by Phatz
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

10-27-2013 20:33:16 | More by YesOfficer
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

01-28-2014 17:42:11 | More by KHarz
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

10-07-2012 17:08:07 | More by 6demonbag
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

08-21-2012 21:19:43 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
Old Heathen Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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