Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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2.6/5 rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Package: 1 pint, 6 oz. (22oz.) crowned, brown bomber. Label depicts a flash of lightning and the words Weyerbacher, Heresy and Imperial Stout aged in OAK barrels. No date or ABV information, but this is a fairly new, limited release that I expect is not more than a couple of months old.
Presentation: 20 oz.imperial pint at ~50º
Appearance: Pretty standard for an Imperial Stout. Good, dark brown opacity, with little light penetrating the dark body, although one can detect a faint ruby-ish glow at the margin. Generates a crema-like, fairly loose head that doesnt have much sticking power.
Smell: Nothing subtle about this! The strong bourbon-and-sour mash aroma is fairly overpowering. The oak barrels also contribute quite a strong vanilla element. After an acclimation period, one can detect some classic stout aromas like coffee, roasted malt (a bit burnt actually), and woodiness. Whatever fruitiness and malt are swamped by the alcohol.
Taste: The first sensation is overwhelmingly bourbonish; fairly sweet, with strong vanilla elements. Almost mouth-numbing in its warmish, alcoholic body. Again, further sampling allows one to pick out some other flavors: some coffee-like bitterness leavens the flabby sweetness upfront; a bit of cheap, Bakers chocolate; and grain roasted beyond the burning point. Theres not much stout in this stout, or if there is, its masked by the bourbon and oak! I wish the oak tannins were present, but I fear they were imparted to the whiskey. Finishes both sweetly and acridly.
Mouthfeel: Again, there is a dichotomy. The first few droughts seem creamy and smooth because of the overt sweetness and the bourbon-derived alcoholness. However, as one drinks more and more, this seems to become thinner and thinner. The carbonation is a bit harsh. One realizes that but for the oak and bourbon, there isnt much to like about the stout.
Drinkability: Not very high. I can think of TONS of stouts Id like to have before this. In fact, I drank a lovely Deepshaft Stout after this, that not only tasted great, but cleansed my palate!
Backwash: Sorry to resort (again) to a wine analogy, but this beer is much like a characterless bulk Chardonnay from Australia or California thats been oaked within an inch of its life! Now some Chardonnays can withstand a lot of oak (e.g. Beringer Private Reserve), but they need to be able to stand up to the wood. This doesnt do that. And worse, it has to contend with both the wood AND the bourbon. Supposedly this is Old Heathen aged in barrels used for both Jack Daniels (sour mash) and Jim Beam (bourbon). Im not a huge fan of Old Heathen to begin with, and it certainly doesnt improve here. I think it would be a lot better if the the oak and bourbon influences were reduced a bit (diluted with more regular Old Heathen and perhaps some plain oak barrels). Im a huge bourbon fan (less so JD), but this doesnt work very well. Perhaps some age will marry this better, but I cant recommend it for now. If you must, I'd recommend you add a nip of your favorite bourbon to your favorite stout.
Serving type: bottle
08-16-2004 19:07:42 | More by Dantes
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