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Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

1,911 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,911
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.

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Photo of CASK1
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black as night with a dark tan head that fades a bit quickly. Aome coffee and dark chocolate aroma and flavor hides behind a hit of bourbon. Rich, toasty character I expect in a RIS is lost behind the bourbon. Mouthfeel is disappointingly thin and watery.

CASK1, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of bcsbeer
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pulled from the ice box and sat on the counter 30 minutes before serving.
Visually it was a midnight brown with a generous tan head. ( aggressive pour) The head reduced to a ring after a few minutes. No lacing to speak of, the suds could not hang on. Not a lot for the nose, baring a light whiskey aroma with some dark fruits. Taste was boozy flavored with raisin, fig, molasses and black licorice. It had a nice alcohol warmth on the big gulps. Mouthfeel was in the middle, somewhat oily and low carbonation.
If you like a shot of Crown Royal with your fruit cake you should do well with this one.

bcsbeer, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at the Farmhouse for $6. This was a simple, but relatively drinkable RIS. There was an interesting chocolate banana flavor as the beer warms, otherwise, there's a balanced toasty vanilla and caramel, cocoa roast. It's not the most complex imperial stout, but it's smooth and makes a pretty decent dessert beer.

tempest, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A fingers worth of creamy medium brown foam with a layer of over sized bubbles sitting a top... Minimal retention gives way to a splotchy lacing... Deep dark brown color teetering on black with a little bit of light leaking in through the top...

S - The oak aging is evident from first whiff, but not overpowering... Loads of oak... Loads of wood... A certain booziness... Vanilla...

T - The oak again dominates the palette... Notes of wood and vanilla... The traditional Russian Imperial Stout are lost, but this is still this is a very satisfying brew...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Muted carbonation... Sleek... Still a little on the thin side...

D - A nice and fairly subtle oak aged offerings which is a welcome departure from a lot of what's available on the market... Quaffable, even at 8.5% ABV... A vast improvement over its rather bland non-oaked counterpart, Old Heathen...

philbe311, May 09, 2010
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher Heresy is smooth, sweet, and boozy.

It poured black with a short dark tan head. It smelled like wood and whiskey and tasted very sweet, with notes of wood, dark fruit, and vanilla. The feel was extremely smooth and viscous with a lingering sweet dark fruit dryness. It's slippery but not creamy.

As stouts go, Heresy is fruity and sweet. I did not taste any coffee or chocolate. It's a good after-dinner sipper.

MetalHopHead6, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger brown head that fades slowly but doesn't leave much lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and very heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts sweet but with a burnt coffee flavor, smooth finish. $5.85 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma

jdhilt, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of thebigredone
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Received this from my father in-law as an early birthday gift. No idea how old these bottles are as I cannot find a date. Also, just getting over a cold, so not tasting this at full strength.

Pours a deep blackish brown. Small tan head that dissipates quickly.

Nose is light. Some barrel aromatics, a touch of roast, but nothing really jumps out at me.

Taste is somewhat similar. Light barrel taste, a bit of whiskey, a touch of chocolate, some dark fruits, and almost no roast. Taste fades quickly and leaves a lingering hint of cheap whiskey.

Mouthfeel is quite thin.

Overall, a somewhat subpar BA stout. If I were blindfolded, I would have a hard time guessing that this was barrel aged. Almost tastes more like a poor quality Quad. I'll update this if I get a different impression from my other bottles, but I probably wouldn't ever seek this out.

thebigredone, May 21, 2013
Photo of FourKicks
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 12oz bottle into my Kuhnhenn snifter.

Pours an oily black with glimpses of espresso brown. Inch and a half of light tan head. Decent retention with little lacing to speak of.

Nose consists of rich chocolate, vanilla, light oak and some slight bourbon.

Taste is sweet, rich chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, slight oak and small amounts of malts. Alcohol is present.

Body is medium-full with a slight creaminess. Slight alcohol burn at the finish.

Overall it is good. No more, no less. Bourbon seem a bit low quality and there could be a bit more of a malt presence.

FourKicks, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of TMB0424
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into snifter.

Poured a dark chocolate colored body with a tan, mocha colored head that very quickly reduced to a cap. Clings to glass fairly well.

Smells of sweet chocolate, sugary molasses. Darker fruits in the background, with roasted malts and a tinge of alcohol. Roasted coffee beans as well. Vinous, fresh, sweet smelling, although somewhat subdued. I'm not picking up an oak or woody scent so far.

Taste is of dark, bitter chocolate and sweet molasses. Good contrast, very nice. Starts off with that, pangs of roasted coffee and smokey malts, then finishes with honey, wine-dipped dark cherries. A very vinous feel to it - no hops. There is a sense of oak that binds everything together. VERY nice.

Medium-full bodied, but feels somewhat light in the mouth. Very slick and has a little bit of a watery feeling, but it's leaning towards the syrupy side. Lacking a little bit, especially for an RIS. Could be a lot creamier. However, the bitter chocolate aftertaste is really enjoyable - a high point in this brew.

It's drinkable and extremely enjoyable, but the mouthfeel brings this brew down a little bit. It could be bigger... if you know what I mean. I really wouldn't know this was oak aged if it wasn't printed on the label, also. It's packed chock full of flavors, however, so it's definitely worth a try. Very interesting for an RIS... it kind of has a Belgian dark feel to it.

Note: as this warmed, the chocolate and coffee flavors began to fade away (aside from the aftertaste), and the dark cherry/vinous flavors really came out. Made it a little more interesting.

TMB0424, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a wet ecru head. Distinct oaky aroma with chocolate and a woody smokey note. Flavor is dark chocolate, coconut, licorice, and a decent roasted coffee note with some bitterness. Silky smooth mouthfeel, maybe a little thin. Pretty good.

illidurit, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of just_in
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%

just_in, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of nataku00
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, 2010 release so around three years old. Beer pours a dark brown, bordering on black and very opaque. Half a finger of light brown creamy head with mostly tiny bubbles that dissipates to an oil slick of bubbles.

Nose is disappointingly mild. Some light baker's chocolate and roasted malt and sweet caramel.

Taste is a little better, baker's chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, with some fruity coffee. Not much barrel character.

Full body, slick and oily with some mild carbonation that lightly tickles the tongue.

nataku00, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of dank203
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours thick black with brown head. aromas have dark fruit, chocolate cake, vanilla, whiskey, alcohol. flavors have raisin, chocolate, slight spice. it is actually really complex. a little bit of a bite, carbonation is a bit heavy but overall a pretty enjoyable double stout

dank203, Apr 28, 2014
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
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

warnerry, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Snikwad1020, Jun 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

TKEbeerman, May 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

jminch, Mar 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

mahak213, Apr 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

azorie, Mar 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Velunas, Jul 31, 2014
Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,911 ratings.