Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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2,165 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,165
Reviews: 1,007
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 101
Gots: 331 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2004

Old Heathen aged in oak (whiskey/bourbon) barrels.
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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/3/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light dark fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, and roast/oaky earthiness. Light roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, and roast/oaky bitterness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. The barrel character is very pronounced, but not overdone. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Photo of drumline
3.99/5  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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Photo of blitz134
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
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...

Photo of rwinzing
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of JasonA
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Todd
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of marvin213
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
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 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.

Photo of shapudding
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

Photo of mverity
4.52/5  rDev +15%
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!

Photo of Doomcifer
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black with a great caramel colored head that goes nowhere fast. Good lacing. Smell is fantastic. Lots of oak and vanilla character, sweet malts, maybe some bourbon, cream. Taste is very sweet, oaky, vanilla notes, not much roastiness in there but lots of malty sweetness. I tend to like my Impy stouts more bold but this is still very pleasant. Mouthfeel is very thick and viscous. Not too much carbonation, slick. Fairly drinkable.

Photo of Jason
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours an ebony, opaque body with a tightlyknit, one inch light brown head that exhibits some garnet hues on the fringes. Good head retention eventually gives way to some attractive sheet lace.
Aroma was somewhat restrained. I first detected a woody note of fresh sawdust(not in a bad sense), followed quickly by Hershey's chocolate kisses, graced with a note of hazelnut.
Mouthfeel is silky and rich, with a creamy low medium carbonation. Good body.
Taste is creamed, hazelnut coffee with a dollup of cocoa and some roasted, shaved hazelnut. Dark, dried prunes and raisins are in the background, along with an earthy hops bitterness. The woody sawdust taste is present throughout.
I liked the brewery's base imperial stout more than this one. Heresy is well balanced, and very drinkable, but the oak aging only adds a fresh sawdust wood component here. Some whisky barrel oak wood would have made this a bit more interesting.

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle. Pours thick and gooey, rich and thick. Nose of burnt fruit, figs,malt,licorish. Full bodied and filling. Dark tan head, lovely tiny bubble film and classy,intricate lacing. Notes of figs,raisins,heaps of malt and mellow hops. Fine, rich after dinner brew. Mellow and satisfying finish. This stuff is tasty and very pleasant now, Might be a great one to put away and mature for even more mellowness.

Photo of fdrich29
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle. "Weyerbacher Heresy Imperial Stout aged in OAK barrells.

Pours a muddy black with a short tan head. Smells like sweaty feet. Tastes very sweet, malt, chocolate, oak essesnce. A unique taste that I haven't quite experienced before. Nice surprise after the sweaty feet smell.
Smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is low, this is a strong, heavy brew meant for sipping. Great name for a brew, one of my favorites to date.

Photo of banglin
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet black color with a very large head (I think my personal skills are lacking in this essential beer drinking skill) which dissipates slowly. Head is a mocha color with nice lacing.

S: Very malty aroma and slight bourbon smell

T: Strong bourbon flavor without the burn. The bourbon flavor overpowers all other flavors.

M: Very smooth and perhaps a little lacking in carbonation - probably because of the extra large head I poured.

O: A good beer but the bourbon taste overpowers the rest of the flavors. I enjoy a good bourbon, so I think this beer is excellent. But you should be warned the bourbon flavor is strong.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Cornboy for this offering from Weyerbacher.
Pours a huge caramel head w/ no effort whatsoever...looks like a rootbeer float at this point.
Sweet malty aroma w/ chocolate and toffee to complement. A hint of alcohol (brandy-like) in this oak aged beauty.
Flavor is one heck of an extreme stout...thick yet refreshing. Very well balanced w/ some hops in the finish, along w/ a touch of alcohol. I have to rate drinkability just below average...I would enjoy again, but probably not right after this one.
Weyerbacher is really making a name for itself in my book.

Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black, nice one inch head, high carbonation

Smell: chocolate, cream, coffee, oak, and whiskey

Taste: cream, caramel, burnt coffee, and oak in the finish

Mouthfeel: sweet start, coming to a sharp middle, and a sweet end. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: The high abv makes this a couple then done. The alcohol is well hidden though. This is a sipper and one of Weyerbacher's best offerings. I think this blows away Old Heathen based off of taste. I will have this again.

Photo of Hoops4life511
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into snifter, no visible freshness date.

Appearance: Vigorous pour produced a quarter inch dark tan head that quickly fell to an off white cap. Beer is opaque black with a rich amber color appearing through the edges when held toward the light.

Smell: Smell is what you would expect from a stout, malty with hints of dark chocolate and a little vanilla. No sign of the oak showing through the nose, but a little alcohol harshness toward the end.

Taste: Roasty with some alcohol burn. Sweet taste of vanilla, not bitter at all, with a slight oak apparent on the finish. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth, medium to full body, not overly carbonated but small bubbles are apparent. Dry finish, but something just not selling me.

Drinkability: Harsh alcohol is only apparent for a second leading you right back to a second and third sip, but this thick rich beer feels like a dessert in itself. Quite easy to drink one, but any more than two would be a challenge.

Overall, a very good beer, one I would love to have after a nice dinner in place of dessert or paired with a vanilla ice cream. Not quite living up to the price tag to put it in the rotation, but one well worth a try.

Photo of Mora2000
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate, roasted malt and licorice. It smells almost exactly like Old Heathen. I don't get any bourbon-aged notes in the aroma.

The flavor is a different story. I get a lot of bourbon, maple, vanilla and oak notes - as well as some chocolate and roasted malt. Not sure where all of these components were in the aroma, but they are present in the flavor and work very well together.

Full mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I believe this is a better beer than Old Heathen.

Photo of bsp77
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Black with thin tan head and some light lacing.

Smell: Strong vanilla from the oak aging, with some licorice, molasses and milk chocolate.

Taste: Vanilla and oak drives the taste as well, with some chocolate covered coffee beans, molasses, roasted malt and licorice. Light bitterness on the finish.

Feel: Low carbonation, very smooth and creamy full body, slightly dry and warming finish.

Drinkability: Really like the oak-aging on this one, as it really elevated the base Old Heathen. First Weyerbacher brew I have had to really impress me.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured into a flaired tulip glass from a brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap.

Black,opaque 2" mocha/tan head with good retention and decent lacing.

Very roasty nose with a big charred wood aroma and some molasses,dates,nutty and some slight sweet booziness. Good aroma somewhere between moderate and faint.

Smokey,burnt chocolate tastes,very carmelly,nutty,and earthy.A clean sweet mid-taste finished with a warming alcohol effect.

Thick,syrupy, mouthfeel with a grainy, rough on the palate feel seems to be from the alcohol.Not much drinkability the very sweet booziness was too much for me to want more than one bottle.

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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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