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Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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88
very good

1,905 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 1,905
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 90
Gots: 233 | FT: 14
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 (whiskey/bourbon) barrels.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2004)
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

KVNBGRY, Oct 10, 2012
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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had hit or miss experiences with Weyerbacher this I would say is a hit,poured a ink black with a dark mocha colored 1/2 finger creamy head.The oak its aged in shows thru in the nose with a vanilla-like tone along with some molasses and iron,a real nice mellow mouthfeel for a bigger brew really slides down easy.Not huge in my mind for the style but very good flavors vanilla tinged with molasses and rum soaked raisins finishing somewhat woody and cola-like.A nice impy stout not overly big to me,its approachable with out any flavor loss or character.

oberon, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer is black with a slight purple tint around the edges. It produced a nice, big head on an even pour and left a large, cool-looking pool of foam on top of the liquid that I eventually had to drink away.

Smell – The sweet vanilla notes came out instantly when I poured the beer. It’s an oaky kind of aroma and is complimented with some nice, dark, roasted malts and a sharp presence of alcohol.

Taste – The alcohol came out sharply at the taste as well. The big oaky vanilla was here in force along with a light coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel – This Imp Stout is medium to full in the body with a dry, almost powdery finish.

Drinkability – This is a very unique offering from Weyerbacher. It is a very sharp, sipping stout. You’ll either love it or hate it.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for bringing this to our first annual Friday the 13th Fright Night bash. This, the veggies burgers, and THE WORST movie that I’ve ever seen (IOW, great fun to watch) made for a terrific evening.

Thanks also to garthwaite for getting this out to Seattle. Garthwaite mailed it, skyhand brought it, RoyalT poured it, and cschwaz drank it. What a team!

RoyalT, Aug 17, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

aszatk01, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DanGeo, Apr 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

OhioBobcat, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of npala86
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of drumline
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark black, with a quickly dissipating head.

Smell - Lots of oaky/woody flavors. Slight hints of chocolate come through, but mostly oak.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy body, about medium for an impy stout. Roasted malt flavor really shines, with just the right about of hops to keep the sweetness in check. Oaky/vanilla flavor dominant throughout. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability - Very drinkable; the 8% ABV is well hidden. An enjoyable brew.

drumline, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of Ben7773
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Ben7773, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heresy pours out of the 12 oz. bottle a deep black, impenatrable to light with a huge tan head that stakes its claim atop the brew with might. The smell is a big dose of bourbon right up front along with roasted bitter chocolate notes and hints of damp wood.

The first taste is a intermingling of dark roasted nutty malts, bittersweet chocolate and bourbon. The bourbon is quite prominent and is accompanied by earthy, woody tones. I enjoy the cross pollination of flavors on my palate here.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for me and and possibly a bit too carbonated. I enjoy my impy's with a bit thicker body. Drinkability is good. Quite an enjoyable brew...but it's more of a brew that I'd drink one of every now and again. If you like bourbon or even if you just like impy stouts, I recommend checking this one out. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the bottle!

orbitalr0x, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of blitz134
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black body that poured with a one finger head which was a deep chocolate color. Aroma is a deep rich alcoholic chocolate with strong fruit overtones. Oak and vanilla saturate the nose. Overall sweet and fairly complex. Very inviting.

The taste, or lack there of, really struck me as being off in this beer. I don't really pick up any of the strong characteristics which I found in the nose. Initially there is a tiny bit of sweetness but the midrange doesn't offer anything. Finish is a bit spicy with some oak characteristics. The alcohol burn is a bit harsh. What flavor is there is okay at best. The alcohol brings it down.

Mouthfeel is fairly full, but not what I think it should be for the style. Drinkability is only okay as well. The lack of taste doesn't make me want a second.

Overall this one presented itself strongly but failed to follow through once it hit my lips. Oh well...

blitz134, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of rwinzing
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured my beer into a DFH snifter. Very dark with almost not head at all

A - Midnight Black

S - smells very oaky

T - Strong oak flavor is present and then a sweetness appears finishes with some slight bitterness

M - Feel a little thin

O - I enjoy this beer as a drinker in my rotation. Not the best Imperial oak stout but very solid beer. I buy a four pack once a month. Encourage people to try this one.

rwinzing, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of bulldogg915
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

bulldogg915, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of JasonA
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oilslick black. Solid finger of thick mocha head. Settles with ample, thick lacing. Boy is that head just crusting on the edges of the glass. Islands and small bubbles of carbonation still present.

Deep roasted/burt malt. Espresso, baking chocolate. Deep malt, gosh.

Rich dark malt, coffee beans, dark chocolate, with a stoutish finish. Maybe some almond in there.

Sits extremely well. Balanced throughout witha long lasting flavor. Yum.

Im still quite glad Im able to get Weyerbacher. One of the best east coast breweries. Give me more.

JasonA, Feb 07, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

daveshawley, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bottle served in a tulip glass. Nice looking beer: black, thick mocha head, impressive lacing all the way down. It had a predominately coffee aroma, as well as some sweet fruit and vanilla. Coffee and milk chocolate taste. I thought it was a tad too sweet, which cut down the drinkability a bit.

lordofthewiens, Mar 12, 2008
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

thetommo, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DaftPatrick, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

warnerry, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Todd
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher's Old Heathen Imperial Stout aged in OAK barrels. I like beers aged in oak. I'm ready. Bring it on.

From a 22oz bomber, a pitch black liquid with a snapping coffee colored foam that rises with the pour, but settles to an absolute flat stillness. I've seen this happen with many of oak aged beers. No head. Wonder if this is a very common occurrence, and something that should be taken into consideration when casting an opinion on appearance? Hmm ... until then I'm not impressed.

Malty aroma, with chocolate, vanilla, sherry, wood and wet paper joining in with the massive complexities.

Even mouthfeel, somewhere between medium- and full-bodied. Sharp-ish notes of sherry and black cherry juice prick the palate, then step aside for mature flavors of chocolate, black-strap molasses and suggestions of espresso and maple. Distinct vanilla bean, rich and flavorful. Alcohol is tamed, but does join in on the prickling of the palate and adds a layer of light spiciness. That last drop of a whiskey on the rocks after the ice cubes have melted for about five minutes is there, too. Ashy feel with deep lingering burnt flavors that sick in a slightly slick feel on the tongue.

Heresy. A suitable name for a method of maturation that is still just being explored by American brewers. Weyerbacher explores it well, and captures all the loud complexities and subtle nuances that oak barrel aging has to offer beer.

Todd, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of marvin213
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solidly black, the beer's foam cap appears overly fizzy and a bit on the bleached side. It does leave legs like a fine wine might but, in sum, it ain't much different-looking than your average-looking stout.

The smell is faintly Russian Imperial. Oak, of course, is not the most distinguished of smells, but there's even less to this beer in the nose. I'll give it credit for a French oak smell but, thus far, the beer still needs some substance to its character.

The oak offers a unique brown sour sort fo taste to the liquid. It's pungent...almost acrid, but it's not really displeasing. It's a basic RIS aged in oak barrels. It's exactly as advertised...no more, no less. This particular oak would likely influence even the most potent stout, but it's almost overpowering here. I appreciate the approach but am left wondering what this beer'd be like where it served straight from production.

The mouthfeel borders on tart. For an RIS, that's weird. For its character, I credit it. The unique sweet/sour play comes partly from oak and what sense like raisin. The liquid feels like a raisin RIS. Is that possible? It's an odd beer out of Pennsylvania that is just unique enough to be worth trying. Different, simple, and enjoyable combine to produce good drinkability for a comparatively blah beer.

marvin213, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of shapudding
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Beautifully dark and luscious with a creamy khaki head that reduced down to a little ring and thin covering. Scents of portwine and sherry, yummmm.... Wonderfully creamy but not heavy, not too rich at all. Served at the perfect temperature. Very minor amount of carbination. It just feels so good and smooth, almost like a cask conditioned. Dark and coffee flavors, but no burnt flavors. Great flavor without being overpowering. Beautiful oakiness. More of a vanilla extract flavor than of vanilla beans, most likely due to the 8% alcohol. This is such a great freaking stout and man is this just so easy to drink!

shapudding, Aug 12, 2004
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

bigdipip, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

shatnerosmotic, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mverity
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is superb, pitch black with a light brown/tan head. The aroma is wonderful, full of licorice, leather, dark malt, and a pleasant smell of dog breath. Taste is of vanilla, burnt oak, a touch of bourbon, and roasted malt (duh). Mouthfeel is chewy and viscous. Great beer!

mverity, Apr 26, 2013
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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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