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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

1,469 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,469
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 63
Gots: 120 | FT: 2
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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3/5  rDev -23.5%

jjheinrichs, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of match1112
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to mgp2675 for sending this as an extra! pours out as black as possible with no head just a thin brown ring and no lacing, and this was a very aggressive pour. smell is rather faint but can pick up on usual stout fragrances, chocolate, malts and what not. taste is slightly more exciting than the nose because the flavors are coming alive. mostly chocolate and roasted malts with a very well hidden 8%abv, notice very little alochol in the flavor profile. has a full body feel to it and little carbonation. a nice imperial stout that i'm glad i got the chance to try.

match1112, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

blange3, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of rangerred
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. No freshness date but I know I've had this in my fridge for at least 6 months.

Pours pitch black with a small dark tan head that is quick to fade. No real lacing to speak of.

The smell has some vanilla notes along with coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt.

The taste is full of coffee and chocolate along with a hint of the vanilla that was in the smell. The roasted malt comes in late and leaves a nice lingering bitterness. Mouthfee is quite thick and appropriate for the style.

This is a good imperial stout and I'm glad I was able to pick one up.

rangerred, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

xnicknj, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

LostHighway, Nov 29, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, down the middle, fairly slow. Poured black, with a fluffy three inch head, that settles kind of quick, with a nice lace. Smell is dark fruits and a some breadyness, soap, and maybe a little chocolate. Taste is more chocolate and dark fruits, thank God. Body is on the thin side, good amount of carbonation, and easy to drink. This is a o.k imperial stout.

SawDog505, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Immortale25
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours as black as midnight on a moonless night with a one finger dark tan head that eventually settles into an 1/8 inch head with very good lacing.

S- Smells sweet and alcoholic almost like a barleywine. Underneath there's a hint of dry, roasted malts.

T- Nicely balanced chocolate/coffee flavors that bounce off the underlying sweetness. Alcohol is cloaked exceptionally well. A semi-bitter, moist finish. No metallic aftertaste which is great.

M- Thick and sticky like chocolate milk. Leaves some residue on the lips to lick up after big sips. Medium-high carbonation. A creamy feeling on the tail-end.

O- Great success yet again for the WBC!

Immortale25, Nov 29, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a Dogfish Head pint glass, OK OK I snuck some out of the bottle.

A: A nice black crude oil with a nice looking mocha chocolate 1 finger laced head. One good looking beer!

S: Nice medium espresso, ripe red fruit, dark plum, Swedish milk chocolate, smoked malt and something I can't get. Sniff Sniff. That's a good thing.

T: Well rounded espresso beans, mocha rich malted chocolate balls, ripe red berries, raisin, plum, and smoked pork!

M: This is one smooth imperial stout. One of the smoothest I have tried. It has a cask mouth feel out of a bottle! Ridiculous! Good zesty carbonation that just melts in your mouth. I am really impressed.

O: I am buying this again, a seriously good Imperial Stout, that is smooth, rich, and complex, but not overpowering in terms of malt and coffee that most I.S have.

challenja, Nov 27, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drink by date on "Big Beers" sampler case is January 26,2012.

Pours a nice midnight opaque pitch-black, with very minimal and thin tan head. Poor retention. Almost no lacing. Kind of disappointing in appearance character.

I can detect chocolate and coffee flavors, slightly roasted barley and the usual stout scents and flavors. Very pleasant aromas. Kind of like alcoholic coffee, if that were to be made.

A fairly medium body, heavily carbonated consisting of chocolate and barley, along with some other dark food flavors. I think the carbonation is overdone, IMO a good imperial stout or any stout should not need this much carbonation. The flavors, while very good, don't quite have the complexity and richness as a lot of top Imperials. Pleasant and smooth-drinking nonetheless.

A good Imperial Stout, but leaves a bit to desired in appearance, complexity and body.

happy4hoppybeer, Nov 26, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass. Thanks to my brother-in-law for the freebie.

A: Deep black color - aggressive center pour leads to a full 2-finger hot cocoa head that disappears to a thin ring after about a full minute.

S: Sweet toasted malt, slight coffee aroma, hidden booze. Some cocoa/chocolate aroma as well but it's slight.

T: Wonderfully complex flavor that involves all of the aromas that were described above in flavor form with some nice hop bitterness added in. They are all mixed in, balanced and stirred up into a wonderful mixture of goodness. This is a very nice tasting RIS.

M: Creamy, big bodied brew coats the mouth with a sticky coating of toasted malty sweetness. Perfectly carbonated.

O: A real bell-ringer for Weyerbacher. This is a really fantastic RIS. Definitely a big-time brew from a consistently good brewery.

suspect, Nov 26, 2011
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nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
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deapokid, Nov 23, 2011
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3leggeddub, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

carnoustie7, Nov 22, 2011
Old Heathen Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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