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Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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89
very good

1,811 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,811
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 85
Gots: 213 | 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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown bomber with no freshness or vintage date.

Appearance: Very viscous rolling head dissipates to a thin brown lace. An evil pitch black looking liquid.

Smell: Black currant, burnt raisins and a faintly solvent alcohol at the first smell. Slowly developing roasted smoky character arises the warmer the brew gets.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Super creamy with a slick crispness … thick bodied. Quick roasted bite with a thin wall of solvent alcohol that shows some strength. Good amount of malt sweetness with some vague oaked notes and little hop to balance … thankfully the finish dries out enough and there is no sign of any cloying sweetness.

Drinkability & Notes: Flavorful yet the oak character is mild to the point of being hidden, regardless this was an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 22:36:47 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 03:12:31 | More by Todd
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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,811 ratings.