Old Heathen Imperial Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.
Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that quickly fades into a couple small patches. Leaves some decent lacing.
Smell: A rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt forward aroma with big hints of chocolate and coffee roast. Dark roasted barley malts with big upfront hints of sweet chocolate, cocoa, and coffee beans along with hints of toast, biscuit, caramel, toffee, syrup, vanilla, milk, yeast, and slight smoke. Sweet hints of molasses. Slight anise spice. Dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, fig, and prune. Light hints of earthy hops. A very solid stout aroma.
Taste: Like the taste, a nicely sweet and roasty dark malt driven taste with big notes of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malts with a upfront taste of sweet cocoa and dark chocolate, coffee beans, toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, toffee, milk, and yeast. Sweet taste of vanilla, syrup, and molasses. Subtle notes of anise licorice spice. Solid dark fruit undertones with notes of cherry, plum, prune, and fig. Hops are pretty light. A really good imperial stout taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very creamy and silky. Somewhat syrupy. A little alcohol heat is noticeable but its not overly hot.
Overall: A very good imperial stout. A little sweeter tasting and lighter feeling than typical for the style but it still delivers the big roasty taste very well with some nice dark fruit notes.
06-03-2014 04:35:02 | More by MattyG85
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
From bottle, poured into nonic glass. It's an Imperial Stout in color, no doubt about it, pitch opaque black. The head is perhaps a bit darker than most in its, though not much so. However, the head doesn't stick around as long as similar beers like Old Rasputin, and there's almost no lacing.
The aroma is par for course when it comes to imperial stouts, nothing particularly stands out, but it's in no way bad either.
Following the precedent of the smell, the taste is good but not too complex- the taste hits you without taking too long. The taste is bold and flavorful as you'd expect an Imperial to be, so there's not much to complain about.
Mouthfeel follows the general theme thus far, leaving a nice warm taste in your mouth that lingers.
Overall it seems like a good beer for those who want to try out Imperial Stouts, by definition an Imperial is a good a lot bolder than a normal stout, and Old Heathen is a good baseline. Still, it lacks the complexity and attention to detail you'd expect from a true world-class offering.
05-30-2014 06:14:42 | More by BlackBeerd
Old Heathen Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,453 ratings.