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Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

1,985 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,985
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 95
Gots: 249 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2004)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Black opaque, pours an aggressive head, two to three fingers thick. Beautiful mocha, deep tan color, very thick and frothy.
Aroma- Chocolates, some roasted malt, slight sweet bourbon notes. Wonderful vanilla creaminess, earthy, oaky notes as well. Aromas are not overwhelming, subtle yet enjoyable.
Taste- Chocolate and vanilla creaminess, slight roastiness. Sweet bourbon notes come through mid palate, complimented by earthy notes, some astringent oak pokes through as well.
Feel- Lighter to medium mouthfeel, creamy qualities help the body. High carbonation, overly carbonated to the point where it masks the flavors. Not sure if its this bottle/batch or the standard.
Overall- Enjoyable and balanced, the flavors and aromas in this beer are seemingly all subtle, but not necessarily in a bad way. Fairly easy drinker, but still flavorful. The bourbon/oak notes compliment the base beer well. The huge knock is the carbonation, it masks the flavors in a bad way. As the beer sits and warms the carbonation fades and is much more enjoyable.

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I purchased a four pack of Heresy based on the description on the box. This beer has an awful hoppy sour taste. I have opened two and could not manage to drink more than half before pouring it down the drain. I really hate wasting pricey beer, but I cannot tolerate this stuff!
Looks like the bro-in-law is getting a couple of beers for xmas!

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3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid black, with a very large tan head, very rocky and quick to fade to a thin cap. Lacing is present.

S - Not so good. A band-aid element, along with wood and a bit of booze. Something seems off.

T - Missing most of the stout flavor notes I look for; not completely absent, but the volume for the chocolate and roast notes is turned way down. Leather and dark fruit are present, but I mainly pick up the alcohol from the barrel, a subtle sourness, and the oak.

M - Slick and coating, perhaps a bit thinner than I'd expect for a RIS.

O - Something did not quite gel here. There have been rumbling concerns of infection, but while there are off notes, particularly in the nose, this is not the issue. The barrel has not augmented the underlying beer, and the parts are less than the whole. A bit disappointing, but not the drain pour experience some have described.

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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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