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Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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89
very good

1,854 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 1,854
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 86
Gots: 224 | FT: 12
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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jonmorgan

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -74.7%

12-08-2012 12:32:40 | More by jonmorgan
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sandro17t

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -74.7%

09-16-2012 01:08:31 | More by sandro17t
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lic217

Connecticut

1.5/5  rDev -62%

04-21-2014 00:52:43 | More by lic217
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1.5/5  rDev -62%

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macesq

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -55.7%

06-15-2014 02:23:05 | More by macesq
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -55.7%

04-16-2014 20:31:04 | More by JohnnyK
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

1.75/5  rDev -55.7%

08-01-2014 04:43:50 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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tkepx182

New Jersey

1.88/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is a heavy imperial stout beer that has been aged in Oak barrels. It is in these barrels that the beer develops a harsh taste to the beer. I personally, do not like the taste of this beer despite the fact that I really like imperial stouts. I was disappointed and expected more.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 23:28:46 | More by tkepx182
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Steimie

Michigan

2/5  rDev -49.4%

05-29-2012 00:35:34 | More by Steimie
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evantwomey

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -49.4%

11-15-2011 13:07:55 | More by evantwomey
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -49.4%

09-08-2012 02:06:51 | More by tmars13
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Bluecane

New York

2.25/5  rDev -43%

04-21-2013 06:25:11 | More by Bluecane
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -43%

10-11-2013 03:46:13 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap in a shaker pint. Black body with a modest but dense creamy tan head. Decent sticky lacing.

Smells of boozy sweet oak, cocoa and vanilla. Lacking in the roasted department. The bourbon flavor is quite strong, and doesn't really go well together with plentiful tangy raisin and sweet rich fig. A little chocolate in the swallow. Really boozy, even at a manageable 8% ABV. Again, quite lacking in roasted malt character, with a touch showing up only in the aftertaste. A good deal thinner than anticipated.

Overall impression: Forgettable, could use a few tweaks. Not recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2010 19:59:27 | More by PDXHops
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oracle

Indiana

2.4/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle served in a traditional english pint glass.

Beer poured an opaque black with generious very dark tan head that left minor lacing in the glass.

Smell was all coffee and dark roasted carmel.

I was disappointed with this beer. The taste of whiskey which comes from the oak barrels in which the beer is fermented lend entirely too much whiskey flavor into the beer, obliterating the taste of the beer itself. I just really couldn't taste much here except for the whiskey.

I'll pass on this one from now on.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 14:03:53 | More by oracle
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yelterdow

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Cellared for the better part of a year, this baby is ready for a review. 22 oz. bomber served at cellar temperature in a huge brandy snifter.

Appearance- A loud *pfwssss* as the cap comes off... what a great looking beer. Dark cocoa on the eyes, it has a creaminess unlike any other imperial stout I've seen... seriously viscous and mature, the barrel aging has definitely influenced the appearance. Big, spotty lacing is splattered all over the inside of the glass, while the remaining outer ring of bubbles continues to slowly pop and disintegrate. A powerlifter on the eyes.

Smell- This aroma lives on another planet when it comes to imperial stouts. Wood, chocolate, and the most amazing fullness with regard to the barrel aging in oak. So phenomenally unique that my nose refuses to back out of the glass. Truffles, vanilla, cordialesque notes abound. English Stilton cheese is clearly there. Wildly exciting.

Taste- I'm shocked to find a sour astringency gripping my tongue and ruining any chance of going on... this should not suffer from cellaring so this is really disappointing. The beer simply self-destructs upon entry, exhibiting a harsh bite that envelops the mouth and sends me reeling. This is really impossible to further sample.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Flat and boring... it doesn't stay together for even three seconds. I love most everything from Weyerbacher, especially their latest efforts... but this bottle of Heresy is terrible.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 05:20:14 | More by yelterdow
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Plughfish

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What the hell did I just buy? I had high hopes for Heresy based on some of the buzz I have heard about it combined with my like of Weyerbacher products. The moment you pop the top, the smell of bourbon hits your face. That was not a good start for me. I quickly remember that I am not a fan of bourbon. The stout pours a pitch black color with a quickly dissipating head. It certainly looks like an Imperial Stout but the smell of bourbon and oak are too strong for me. I can detect some roasted malt aroma hiding in there somewhere. The first sip hits you with that strong bourbon taste with some sweetness behind it and it wasn’t getting any better for me from there. I bought a 12oz bottle that I split with my girlfriend and that was too much for me. I had a real hard time finishing this one. If you are a bourbon fan, than this stout is for you. As far as I am concerned, I will stick with the Old Heathen.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 20:53:07 | More by Plughfish
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entisgood

Maryland

2.42/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

at first i was blown away by how much this smelt like alcohol out of the bottle. this had a very dark, almost black pour. big head left some lacing as i drank it.
i thought this beer was close to undrinkable. the only flavor i got from it was whiskey. had a creme feeling in my mouth but it was overwhelmed by the taste of alcohol.
I found this beer harder to drink than weyerbachers quad and will definitely be avoiding it.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 04:02:58 | More by entisgood
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xanok

Connecticut

2.42/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I was pretty psyched about trying this beer. I've enjoyed a lot of other Weyerbachers and I always enjoy a new RIS...so let's get to it. Bought from the fairgrounds in Danbury, CT.

A: Pretty standard. Near jet black with two about 1.5 fingers of toasty brown head that dissipates strangely quickly.

S: Disappointing. Smell of alcohol is getting in the way of everything. Is this beer or hard liquor? The bourbon is way overpowering. Hints of dark fruit and chocolate in the back.

T: Tastes a bit better than the smell, but still... bourbon is too overpowering, getting in the way a bit. Otherwise, tastes how it smells, dark fruits mostly, hints of chocolate.

M: If this has one thing going, its nice and full bodied. Light carbonation, smooth finish.

D: Egh. Not my cup of tea at all. Drinkable, but I will not be buying this beer again in the near future.

The bourbon was too much here, period. Will not be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 03:37:41 | More by xanok
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ChipsNDips

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

03-19-2014 00:25:59 | More by ChipsNDips
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ncelauro

New York

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

04-25-2014 22:50:22 | More by ncelauro
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BrassHopper

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

03-26-2014 02:32:01 | More by BrassHopper
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Brew_Bro

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

03-13-2014 22:11:50 | More by Brew_Bro
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep brown with ruddy highlights good creamy head. Not a very malty aroma. Tasted like burnt chocolate and sour raisins.Very bitter aftertaste.Higher and obvious alchohol content, which is expected in an Imperial. Perhaps this beer is a touch too hoppy!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 20:57:51 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weyerbacher Heresy Imperial Stout - 12oz bottle (undated, should be 2010)
When I visited the brewery a few weeks ago they were completely out of this brew. I was looking forward to trying it so I picked up a 4 pack when I saw it at my local shop, sandy's. I love stouts but I don't like a strong alcohol taste. I have 3 different Weyberbacher Imperial Stouts in the fridge so its time to try one. This one, Hersey is 8% abv and was aged in Oak barrels.
Poured into Weyerbacher Verboten glass. Very dark with small 1/2 finger tan head. Good lacing. The bourbon is very present in this bottle. Dominates the smell. Taste wise the oak and bourbon also really come through, I just don't like it. Unfortunately not what I'm looking for in a beer although I do think that they achieved what they were out for when aging their stout in bourbon barrels.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 01:04:02 | More by acurtis
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