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Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

2,139 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,139
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 103
Gots: 316 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2004

Old Heathen aged in oak (whiskey/bourbon) barrels.
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Ratings: 2,139 | Reviews: 1,001
Photo of K-Dog
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I agree with the last reviewer. Sure it's not kbs or some of the other big dogs, buts it's not far off those, and at roughly half the price of other bb stouts it's worth it. And I don't have to get on a waiting list or try to hunt down one bottle. It's readily avaiable on shelves at any decent beer place here in michigan

Photo of fredmugs
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I cannot believe this is rated under 4 on here. Sure it's not a huge barrel presence but very solid and for $3 a bottle you can't beat the price/quality ratio.

Photo of Marraybay
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had high hopes for this one out of the gate: Very rich, dark pour; Great head + some nice initial sweetness and roasted malt flavors, that initially had me thinking I'd found a winner, at least in terms of my personal rotation. As it warmed however, the bourbon notes began to creep further and further forward to the point that it began to dominate too much for my taste. Not sure if cellaring would help to subdue that or push it further into the foreground, but at this point, just to much booze and bourbon for me.

Photo of arizcards
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a snifter at the Capital Ale House in Richmond earlier today for $7.00.

Beer was served black with nice tan head.

Nose had light hints of bourbon barrel.

Taste had hints of sweet chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of bourbon barrel.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly smooth.

I am not sure what the base beer was but typically RIS style beers are barrel aged and not export stout styles. But perhaps Weyerbacher is trying to be a trend setter and subject less than imperial styles to barrel aging. Not bad but would not do again for the price point.

Photo of BeardedSean
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth drinking with a nice balance and finish. Will drink again, no doubt.

Photo of pagriley
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Something tart / fruity going on in the aroma, and starting to show a bit in the taste. I won't plan on saving any of these.
Decent, lighter barrel stout, but not a lot of barrel showing through. Plan to polish these off, but won't get more

Photo of MontfortBrew
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perfect balance for my pallet

Photo of LancetherealLeader
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one was 'okay', but didn't live up to the KBS and BCBS that were also tasted in the same evening. Heresy smelled good, but seemed very thin and lacked a big taste. On it's own, it's still worth seeking if you like a 'lighter' BA beer.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily black with a tan/brown colored head than looks nice for about a minute before it dissipates into obscurity.

Smells rich of bourbon. More so than other barrel aged imperial stouts I can remember. It also has a hard-water, rust/blood-like/metallic note, with some roasted malt characters.

The flavor profile has notes of chocolate and red merlot. The taste, in my opinion, doesn't seem that impressive. Somewhat fruity in its aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. I was expecting something somewhat bigger from this. It isn't bad, or necessarily lacking here, but also not bold enough in it's feel to say much about.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black with light brown head; thick lace as liquid reduces. Smells like whiskey and wood. Whiskey and toffee stout flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Very good - would definitely drink again.

Photo of larryarms847
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slick and oily tar black with a thick finger and a half of light brown foam that dissipates rapidly.

Dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits, oak, and a hint of bourbon.

Chocolate and roasted notes stand out the most, but seem much more subtle in comparison to the aroma. Oak, some light vanilla, and bourbon is also present, but again seems toned down.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, semi-chewy, roasty, bitter.

Overall, this is definitely not the greatest BBA impy stout I've had, but for $12 a 4 pack, it's worth a shot.

Photo of amcgee222
1.65/5  rDev -58%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1

Poured out of a 12 ounce bottle. Maybe this batch went bad because it was sour (not in the good way) and not drinkable.

Photo of TX-Badger
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black like oil with similar viscosity and a nice amount of khaki colored head. Whiskey and cocoa on the nose, a little roasted malt too; follows onto the palate. Finishes with vanilla and cocoa, with a whiskey backbone.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a big ba guy but this is tasty

Photo of timontheroad
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark, almost black, opaque. Nice half-inch head. Aroma has touches of chocolate, vanilla and just a hint coffee and alcohol. Flavor was lots of dark roast malt, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin from what I had expected from an Imperial Stout. Overall, pretty tasty, but not outstanding. Very drinkable.

Photo of little_star
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Perfect balance of bitter and sweet, great body, just a really special beer. Got nothing else to say to justify my deviant score! Cheers.

Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep inky black with a thick-ish light tan head. The head has limited retention and leaves very slight sticky lacing. The aroma is bourbon forward, with hints of vanillin and roasted malt. The taste is on the lighter side, but still has all the characteristics of the aroma, nicely melded together. The body is lighter, as well, with a nice slickness and a little alcohol tingle.

Photo of Mikeypnh
2.69/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look great, smelled good, tasted sour. Must be infected. Or just a really strange mix of flavors.

Photo of TopherBreski
2.69/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks good, smells great, goes down well at first... Then you get the horrible, horrible aftertaste. Disappointed.

Photo of snoopy5023
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The look was perfect, it let you know it really is a stout. The smell was not as strong as a stout should be but it was there. The taste was great, the whiskey was hidden well, however, the feel let you know the whiskey was there. The feel, was like the previous statement, and kind of thin for a stout.

Photo of Beerguy1969
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer ! What else needs to be said...

Photo of humuloner22
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice BA stout here. Readily available and well made.

Appearance: Dark as night very little head to speak of exactly what you would expect of a good BA stout.

Aroma: Some light whisky notes, caramel vanilla are dominant.

Taste: Very nicely done, not too burned very well balanced. Barrel does not shine as much as you would expect but there are notes that are present. Vanilla and roasted barley and caramel are the most prominent.

Overall: Very well made stout and enjoyable for the style. I would definitely seek this one out again in the future.

Photo of Vylo
4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great look, smooth taste, the smell is enticing. One of the best stouts I have had.

Photo of glass_house
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Another swing-and-miss from Weyerbacher for me. With any of their beers, I've realized I either hate it or I love it. This looked and smelled nice enough, but seemed way too sweet, with an odd mix of dark fruit and toffee. Did not seem to be well complemented by it's time in the barrel. Besides the flavor profile that was a bit disjointed, the body was way too thin for what this beer is trying to be. Thankfully I had an Insanity on hand to rinse the taste out of my mouth and make me forget what I just drank.

Photo of tjsmith910
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i was truly hoping for more. it did have a whiskey feel which was awesome

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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,139 ratings.