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Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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89
very good

1,848 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,848
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 85
Gots: 222 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old Heathen aged in oak (bourbon) barrels.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2004)
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
SERVED ROOM TEMPERATURE
No date on bottle
Aged for a few months

This beer poured a jet-black inky color that when held to the light showed an outline of cocoa brown all around the edges, and as thick and dense to not allow any light to pass through. With several pours the average created a tiny foam head that was cocoa brown in color somewhat thin, slightly creamy and sticky at times, but not long lasting. With a vigorous pour, I noticed the head as a thick and rich and a few inches tall, with medium sized carbonation bubbles packed somewhat densely, but not long lasting either as it also fell to nothing less then a ring on the edges of the glass. At times I noticed some lace trying to form, but nothing much then a mere small group of carbonation bubbles trying to hold on. Also noticeable was that this beer seemed to be fairly carbonated. The aromas that it gave off were at first of a bourbon/whisky-esk note, not overly powerful but definitely noticeable, it blended with aromas of cocoa powder, fresh cut/split vanilla bean, the wooden oak barrel it was aged in (this was noticeable all through the nose), a wistershire sauce, some dark fruits, caramel, earth tones near the end, oat grains, dark malts and then it finished up with the warmth of alcohol tingling the nose. The first sip was surprisingly sweet with tones of alcohol and bourbon. But after the second tasting I noticed that it still had some sweet tones but all the flavors came forth: alcohol –bourbon, sweet chocolate, caramel, fresh vanilla, a dry wood – the oak barrel, earth tones, slate and ash and coal where noticeable all through out, near the middle to back of the swallow more chocolates dark malts, dark sweet fruits and finally ended with dry cocoa, ash and alcohol flavors. One think noticeable was that the bourbon was all through out the taste. After each swallow I was left with warmth of alcohol. The body was medium to slightly heavy at times as it warmed up even more. It was smooth and creamy overall. I tried this beer first directly from the case that was sitting out on the floor of the distributor room temperature and was wowed. I stuck the case in the fridge when I got home and tried one at the cooler temp and was not impressed, it tasted like the Weyerbacher Imperial Stout, good but not what I was looking for, so I determined that room temperature was the way to go to bring out all the flavors that were supposed to be there. Over all I liked this beer, a good sipping beer, and a good experiment from the brewery and brewer. I can’t wait for the next oak barrel series with one of there other beers. I would drink again on a cold day. Also I would like to add that I rather liked the label, and the name as well. Seems to fit.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 13:35:05 | More by Jarod
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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,848 ratings.