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Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

1,934 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,934
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 90
Gots: 241 | 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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4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

evenflow1980, Today at 02:29 AM
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2.04/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drain pour for me...I don't love bourbon barrel beers but normally I can finish them. Just really, not enjoying this one. Drinks more like a mediocre sour than an Russian Imperial Stout. If it was the only beer I had in my fridge I could finish it...but for my one Tuesday night beer I'm dumping it and going for the Founders Breakfast Stout.

PatrickKellyCT, Yesterday at 02:49 AM
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2.8/5  rDev -28.9%

Draesith, Monday at 11:55 PM
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Artmcd88, Monday at 08:44 PM
Photo of MrIncognito
3.35/5  rDev -15%

This beer pours a dark walnut body with a 3-finer tan head that retains for a few minutes leaving nice lacing. Lots of carbonation rushing up from the bottom which surprised me

Aroma of molasses and chocolate with a spicy alcohol in the nose. Some sweet vanilla as the beer warms more

Interesting tasting RIS. Would not have classified it as such in a blind taste test. A little sweet and sticky but light bodied. Not thick and roasty like I expected. Very high carbonation which I would nearly classify as effervescent. Chocolate malts with molasses and vanilla. The barrel comes through as the beer warms and you get a nice oaky flavor. Alcohol spices up the sweetness a little bit.

Not a bad beer but just wasn't great. Not what I was expecting in a whisky-barrel aged RIS.

MrIncognito, Monday at 01:37 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

eawolff99, Monday at 03:15 AM
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4.24/5  rDev +7.6%

YoPo, Oct 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

atrocity, Oct 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

SammyJaxxxx, Oct 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

northstar23, Oct 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

jbaker67, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

UrbanCaveman, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Redrock, Oct 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

A. Dark brown appearance with a massive tan head of three fingers that ever so slowly recedes.
S. Dark malt, oak and a nasty note of excrement (sulfur?) - call it "poopy" smelling
T. Oak, whisky-like alcohol, some coffee. Not much else.
M. Thin and flat tasting.
O. The beer guy I buy from and trust recommended this stuff. I trust his palate but he missed on this beer big time. Nothing I want to drink again. May even end up dumping my other three bottles.

bound4er, Oct 08, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -0.5%

Nuclearx, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

treznor, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

So an employee at a local shop recommended I buy this along with the old heathen and blind test each. This one in my opinion is good for sure but super different than the old heathen. I thought there would be subtle differences based on his recommendation. Anyways, I liked both of them but old heathen is definitely more my style. This thing was like a sour stout. It was super carbonated. I started noticing the barrel taste more and more as it warmed up. Interesting beer for sure, good, not my favorite but I did enjoy it.

mikecollins50, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

GregDuB65, Oct 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

tstahldotcom, Oct 04, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.2%

mtbdonn, Oct 03, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.2%

What a disappointment. Bottled on 2/14 and I think it's also indicating a drink by date of 10/14. Similar to other reviews, there's just nothing here for me. Actually tasting more like a barrel aged sour than a stout. Thin, tart and simple. Not a good effort from Weyerbacher, which usually excells... Maybe it was a bad batch, but avoid the 2/14 bottling....

JasonHaviland, Oct 03, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

memphischas, Oct 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

hurshybear, Sep 29, 2014
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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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