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Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,839 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,839
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 85
Gots: 217 | FT: 11
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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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque black color. The head is a one finger tan shade that retains surprisingly well for a barrel-aged RIS (though perhaps not given its ABV). A good ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: There's a bourbon character here - and it's a wholly decent one at that. Notes of vanilla, charred oak, and coconut complement the chocolaty, roasty base.

T: Wow, I'm surprised how heavily the barrel character comes through. The opening chocolate sweetness is quickly supplanted by vanilla and coconut in the middle. It finishes with strong charred oak and a returning hint of powdered chocolate. This one lacks complexity - great chocolate character, though.

M: Tannic with a capital T. The lighter body and dry finish means this comes out more strongly than, say, BCBS. However, there's still a lingering sweetness on the aftertaste. If I have a (big) problem, it's that the texture seems almost inadequately thin and angular on the palate given the sweetness level. The good drinkability can't compensate, either.

O: This is a poor man's BCBS in every sense of the word. It's not as decadent, not as big, not as flavorful, not as hard to find, and not as expensive. The mouthfeel is underwhelming, but I can really see this as a great introduction to barrel-aged imperial stouts. Hell, I'd gladly pick it up again myself.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 03:30:58 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,839 ratings.