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Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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89
very good

1,848 Ratings
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89
very good

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Ratings: 1,848
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 85
Gots: 221 | 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.

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Naugros

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Weyerbacher brewery at the sampling bar.

Almost pitch black with a full, tan head. This was in a plastic sample cup, so I can't speak to the lacing.

This smells of coffee, chocolate and bourbon.

The taste follows the smell, but upon the first sip you understand how talented Weyerbacher's brew masters are. The balance between the flavors is amazing. The toasty malts, the chocolate and coffee notes and the bourbon extracted from the barrel all play well together in the sand box of your tongue. Amazingly executed!

Smooth and silky as a stout should be with a medium body. There is no bitterness that can be associated with some imperial stouts.

I thought Old Heathen was my favorite Weyerbacher beer, but this stuff is incredible. I bought a bunch while there and plan to cellar four bottles. They should age nicely and I can't wait to try the last one four years from now.

From reading older reviews (especially those of the brothers), I'm guessing Weyerbacher has improved the recipe through the years to create a better balance and better body.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 20:18:49 | More by Naugros
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty black brew, very minimal head came out on an agressive pour, little brown on the edges.

S - Toffee, soy sauce, some roasted malt backbone. A little bit of oaky smell due to the barrel aging, smells pretty nice.

T - Taste is about in line with the smell. Nicely roasty, with some sweet ginseng/soy sauce taste. Mostly toffee and caramel malts, pretty solid tasting, nothing ususual.

M - Little thin, would have liked it a bit more viscous.

D - Decently drinkable for thie style

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 18:40:02 | More by AgentZero
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Pahn

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. No bottled on information (it's apparently only on the case).

Appearance: Free pour down the middle of the glass leaves a one inch, fizzy tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves small, short-lasting streaks of lacing. Pours a thick, oil black. Mild legs and spotty lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: bourbon and chocolate cake. In the glass: the same bourbon and chocolate cake, along with a touch of espresso and some vanilla. Very full and rich. A little boozy. I'm on board from the start. As the beer warms, a big bourbon note emerges and the smells gets a lot boozier, with the earlier smells sticking around but way in the background. Honestly, I love how this beer smells and could easily give it a 5.0, but I think it ends up a little too simplistic for that.

Taste: First sip is chocolate cake and espresso, with a very smooth and creamy but warm finish. Not as deep as the smell so far. The second sip brings out some bourbon in the middle, and some faint raisin in the end; still deliciously smooth, with some roasted malt in the aftertaste. After the third sip, I'm sold, as the bourbon character really starts to stand strong along with the dominant chocolate cake, roasted malt, and espresso flavors.

Unfortunately, the beer is a fair amount hotter than it needs to be. Would be interested in trying this after aging it for a couple years. Some building bitterness shows up, particularly in the finish. The flavor continues to deliver more nuances, with vanilla and some more dark fruit flavors mixing in with everything else. The flavor isn't so much well-balanced as it a complex collection of beautiful notes, complimented by a very nice mouthfeel. I don't know what would bring this beer more into balance, but I do know that the steadily building, quickly unacceptably strong alcohol heat takes away from both the balance and the individual flavors.

Mouthfeel: On the fuller side of medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Creamy and hot, with a building chocolate/roasted malt bitterness.

Drinkability: Too much alcohol in the flavor. As good as a lot of what the smell and taste provide is, it's kind of annoying to taste it and then have it disappear in a barrage of hot, solvent-like alcohol. While still an above-average beer, the whole is less than the sum of its parts, and doesn't beg me to return to the beer.

This is a confusing one. A lot of what it does is done really, really well. At the same time, the feel is a bit too light, and the alcohol is just a juggernaut that doesn't allow the numerous, beautiful flavors to shine. The boozy aroma is nice, because the bourbon character is strong and rich, while the stout notes at least stay present. In the taste, the alcohol just kind of wrecks everything. It's still an above average beer, but it leaves me wanting more (wanting *something else*).

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 02:55:23 | More by Pahn
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bgildea

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice dark brown/blackish color. Great tan head that stuck around, with some good lacing.

S: Smells great. Great smell of oak, carmel, roasted malts. Everything smells great. Very enticing.

T: Great flavor, matches the smell exactly. Nice sweet taste, great balance of flavors.

M: Great chew to the beer, nice thickness.

D: It's very drinkable. The beer definitely delivers.

Overall: Overall the beer is very good. The beer is very beer has a great balance of flavors that makes it extremely drinkable. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who likes a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 01:32:30 | More by bgildea
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bourbon barrel stout, somewhat thin but with a pleasing taste and a fine profile overall.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Black and blue label with a white glowing fonts under a thunder going across them. (Weyerbacher, please, find a good designer urgently. You need it badly. I´ll even do it if I have to.) Lacks any visible bottling or freshness date, and shows Alc. by Vol. (8%). Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour broad brown edges, short bubbly head that fades quickly, minimal lacing, and a fair surface memory ring.

S - The initial kick of the smell is outstandingly beautiful, with a bourbon oak and vanilla range riding roasted malts. Unfortunately it fades a bit too much, and a bit too quickly, but still leaving a pleasing whiff.

T - Rich bourbon range over roasted malts, with chocolate notes, a touch of coffee, and back to the bourbon and its vanilla-oak touches, with a warming boozy tone in the finish.

M - Medium body with tingly carbonation. Feels a bit light at times and the bubbles help it a bit but do not quite make the trick, all in all providing a nice but not too remarkable finish.

D - Fair sipper, a bit short of being significantly memorable but in the right direction.

Notes: Pity, this starts hitting all the right notes, and mind you it remains pretty good, but the expectations of something truly remarkable subside a bit as soon as the aroma goes shy and the body feels not as sturdy as it could.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 18:57:27 | More by Daniellobo
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urwithdave

Florida

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this Saturday night at the Roo. Poured into a standard pint glass.
A- pours black in color. Not a oil black, but its still black. There is very little head and minimal lacing left. This makes me wonder if the pint that this thing was poured into was a "beer clean" glass.

A- roasted malts, dark fruits, burnt coffee. It smells a little like booze for sure.

T- the dark fruits hit me first. Figs or prunes. There is a strong oak presence. There is a bourbon flavor that cuts down the roasted malts that I detected in the nose. A little vanilla rounds it out.

M- a little thin for me. I would have preferred a little more thickness. I like em chewy though. The carbonation is just about right and it finishes nice.

D- for the style I would say that it drinks really easy. With that being said, there are plenty others that I would seek out first.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 00:56:15 | More by urwithdave
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown with a thin, coffee-colored canopy of sud.

Getting close, the smell of smooth bourbon hits you first, followed by a touch of bitter, chocolately roast.

Surprisingly well-balanced flavor. Had this from a bottle (or was it at the brewery?) long ago and was a little turned off by the bourbon stranglehold. That's all been taken care of, I see. Like the aroma, the taste of bourbon is smooth and blends oh so nicely with the bitter, slightly acidic roast and choco-hints.

Really darn smooth feel, as well. The alcohol, even at 8%, doesn't factor all that much into the overall taste and, therefore, this is dangerously drinkable. 2 or 3 and you're solid.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2010 03:01:27 | More by Bouleboubier
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ZeroSignal

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, 2010 release

A - Pours a pitch black with a fizzy, half finger mocha head; retention settles to a thin lace

S - Nose is oak, dark fruit, molasses and a slight hint a caramel. Light alcohol presence.

T&M - Creamy juxtaposed with an effervescence, medium to full bodied. There are oak and tannin notes, and a light dryness is left on the tongue. Malt is balanced by a hint of bitterness. Background has caramel, toffee, and raisin with a hint of sweet.

D - Nicely balanced and easy to drink. No overpowering flavors, ABV normal for the style; I could go for two.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 02:44:55 | More by ZeroSignal
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer medium black with lots of medium tan head carbonation to start. Rises about three fingers but then its gone right away without much fanfare or lacing.

The aroma is strong and really nice. Very malty on the front, lots of sweet bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. It finishes with some nice oak, chocolate milk and alcohol.

The taste is a little disappointing and light in taste especially compared after the aroma where i was expecting so much more, some really nice sweetness. The taste is just mostly light coffee and alcohol, they missed out so much here.

The feel is light but very warm on the tongue, easy to drink but not one is about all I'd want.

Overall, pretty disappointed. Started out great with some much aroma then just boring to finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 01:02:24 | More by jrallen34
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 03:06:39 | More by philbe311
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CHickman

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours opaque black with a creamy 1/4 inch tan head that fades quickly. Decent lacing.

Smells of burnt sugar, charcoal, burnt wood, caramel, grains, red wine, coffee and alcohol.

Tastes of coffee, burnt malt, chocolate, caramel, fire burnt wood, bourbon, light hops, citrus and faint vanilla. Very tasty, and a real sipper that is similar to a cordial or bourbon, where the alcohol peeks through but is not offensive. Very tasty indeed, as the oak aging is evident in a good way.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a malty and smoky dry finish that has basically no carbonation.

Really complex and a unique beer that goes down smooth like a great after dinner drink. Not one to pound all night, but a definite beer to seek out and savor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 04:09:02 | More by CHickman
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my stone IRS snifter

A - Black with a small light tan head

S - sweet vanilla caramel flavors with a hint of whiskey at the end.

T - dark malty stout body with a hints of booze. Notes of vanilla and chocolate are present as well. Maybe a hint of coffee. Slightly metallic taste in the finish though really hurts the flavor.

M - heavy body with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Decent barrel aged stout. Not too hot but plenty of boozy notes to scratch that itch. A decent bang for your buck but not an extraordinary beer. Worth trying but I wouldn't go crazy seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 01:21:37 | More by jpmclaug
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irishking1977

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick, black menacing liquid with virtually no head and barely any lacing. Cold carbonated coffee filtered through an offensive linemen's jock strap? Doesn't look too great, but that might not matter too much.

S: Mild chocolate malts, caramel and sweetened coffee predominantly comes through. Some woodiness as well. Very appealing.

T: Woah. Sweet chocolate malts linger on the sides of the tongue, along with a hint of sweet coffee, as detected in the smell. Some oak woodiness comes through in the finish too.

M: Not as thick as it would appear to be. Less chalky than your average stout, which isn't bad, just not common. Less malts used in this than your typical stout perhaps? Decent carbonation as well.

D: Deceivingly drinkable, since it is a stout, with a relatively higher abv than your average beer, but not as hot or heavy as one might expect. I could have a few of these, which I look forward to do on the next beer purchase.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 00:20:34 | More by irishking1977
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jballeng

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a uniform coffee-black with a short-lived creamy tan head, leaving an angelic ring of foam about two minutes from the pour. "Angelic" is the operative word here, as this beer is nothing short of heavenly. Immediately to the nose comes alcohol and dark fruit, especially raisins, prunes, and red apple. A subtle spiciness permeates the aroma, not unlike cumin and cinnamon, reminiscent of a fresh apple pie. Slightly thinner than many imperials I have tried, with very light lacing. Hits the palette with immediate strong bittersweet chocolate and cinnamon. Also, vanilla, mallow, and a very slight bitterness of a weak black coffee. A subtle finish of dates, licorice, and alcohol soon follows. Mouthfeel is smooth with immediate but subtle brown sugar sweetness with hints of molasses, followed by a residual fuzzy dryness. Overall this is a fantastic and complex beer, and in the running for my favorite imperial stout. As I write, a delayed and delightful aftertaste of spicy Cabernet is hitting the nose. A lovely, lovely beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 15:55:15 | More by jballeng
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Patrick999

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This seems to not get much attention in the barrel-aged stout world. Let's investigate.

Poured into a snifter sufficiently black, with little or no light penetration. Lively head retention.

Aroma of black licorice, raisin, a little chocolate.

Fairly aggressive taste, this takes some of the coconut-vanilla I found in their Insanity, and marries it with chocolate malts, roast, and an earthy bitterness. Pretty dry with a long roasty-complex finish. A little alcohol presence, this drinks bigger than 8% IMO.

That said, an "easy drinking" barrel-aged stout, as the ABV is pretty manageable. Not a bad one to have in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 15:22:45 | More by Patrick999
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle to pint glass. No date or batch number indicated.

A: A creamy one and a half finger medium brown head struggles to stay afloat even after an aggressive pour. Collar remains. The body is black and completely opaque, even when held in front of light. Absolutely no lacing

S & T: Heavily malted with dark chocolate, roasted cappuccino and oatmeal raisin cookie on the nose and palate. Definite oak contribution which is complimented by the piney hops. I get very subtle and clean bourbon aromas and flavors despite, from my memory, the bottle not specifying that Heresy was aged in BOURBON oak barrels. For my tastes, this is actually a perfect amount. There are lightly sour/lactose qualities along with some dark fruits (mainly raisin), vanilla and a recognizable alcohol that is a little hot.

M: The fullness in the body is lacking. And the level of effervescence is too high in my opinion.

D: Definitely worth a try and by no means a bad beer. Just an average RIS when RIS's should be anything BUT average.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 16:34:29 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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gnemesis

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved via trade with richbrew. Strong pour from 12oz bottle to snifter. Very black with thin mocha head. Malty, dark fruit, bitter chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavors follow nose with some barrel aging. Medium to full bodied and the obvious light carbonation for impys. Very drinkable- I loved this offering!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 15:31:04 | More by gnemesis
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Boto

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber: this one pours a vary dark, opaque brown color. There was a bit of a light brown head on it that doesn't leave any lacing. This one has a full nose. Some vanilla, oak, chocolate and a whiff of alcohol to the nose. For an an Imperial stout, it has a medium body. The flavor is good, but I think it suffers a bit from the lack of a fuller body. Vanilla, chocolate and maybe some faint fruits. It is just a little sweet. Decent, but there are better RIS' out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 00:42:47 | More by Boto
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a small goblet at the Lion's Pride. The beer has a very dark brown color. The foamy head is also brown, and it leaves some patchy lacing as it recedes. This beer is very opaque; no light whatsoever can get through. It looks like a good RIS should look. Most of the aroma is made up of a tasty, warm bourbon smell. I can also make out toasted malts and some oakiness, which was probably infused in the barrel aging process. This is what I think a bourbon barrel aged stout should smell like. The taste is immediately sweet, with a bit of crystal sugar that I can pick up as soon as the beer touches my tongue. This sweetness is quickly overpowered by all of the other flavors this beer has. I can taste smooth chocolate, toasted malts, and a good bourbon character. The sweetness is detectable again in the aftertaste, but also present is dark chocolate bitterness and bourbon. This is a very tasty stout. The beer is sticky and sweet, but not exceptionally full-bodied. There is a low level of carbonation. The bourbon gives each sip a slight burn, but it isn't that bad at all. I find the balance of sweetness and ABV to be quite good. In fact, for such a strong flavored beer, this is quite drinkable. My one glass goes down very well. I don't think I would have more than one or two servings of this beer in an evening because it is fairly intense; it's worth savoring. I want to seek out and pick up a few bottles of this to have on hand.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 14:49:26 | More by ToasterChef
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this brew before and enjoyed, so I'll try again and review...

A: Super pitch black with a thick mocha colored head that fades at a medium rate. Very good.

S: Blend of creamy bourbon, oak, and sugars upfront. Malty chocolate in the middle and dark fruit on the backend.

T: Bitter fizzy port with booziness in the middle and dark fruit, chocolate, and water on the backend. Good.

M: Balance is good.

D: Goes down easy. Good.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Not the best in the style, but still a good example. Good to try at least once if you have access. Not worth having to trade for.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 05:51:02 | More by steve8robin
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Lerxst

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours black with a nice 1/2" mocha colored head that has decent retention and leaves a bit of lacing. Looks good.

S-Roasted malt, some bakers chocolate, a whiff of vanilla and bourbon.

T-Roasted malt, dark fruit, a bit of bourbon, chocolate and coffee. But there is an acrid aftertaste. It is terrible and it won't leave my tongue. I'd give it a 4 on taste if it weren't for the aftertaste.

M-A bit thin for the style.

D-That aftertaste really hurts the drinkability.

Overall, its not bad, but I'm not terribly impressed either.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 02:17:02 | More by Lerxst
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popery

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good imperial stout, mild oak character. This beer pours a healthy black with deep ruby highlights around the edges. The aroma is rich with brown sugar, some roast and a fair bit of fruity malt. There's a touch of oak, but it's milder than expected. The flavor is sweet with an odd finish. It's a good sweet, mild-ish impy stout. The feel is a tad under-carbonated, but it works fairly well with the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 07:37:38 | More by popery
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djmichaelk

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a highball glass. Late night tasting. Review from notes.

A - Black as night, very little head. Light lacing down the sides of the glass that stuck around for the duration.

S - Surprisingly very little in the way of aroma, even as it warmed. A bit of dark chocolate, some oak, plenty of malt, maybe just a hint of black licorice. But pretty light for the style.

T - I get a lot of the typical flavors for the style, but for some reason, the oak is not working with the roastiness in this beer. I get some burnt brown sugar, dark chocolate, woodiness, and maybe a hint of coffee, but the flavors are not melding in a happy way for me.

M - It seems a bit watery for an impy stout. I usually expect a blanket for my tongue, but it's not happening here. Another disappointment.

D - With the (somewhat) high ABV for this one, I expected to be feeling it by now, but not so much this time, which works in its favor. The flavor just isn't jiving with me right now, so that's the limiting factor here.

Well, after hearing/reading such good things, I was disappointed to say the least. This is the initial review, so I'll try it again when I get back to the east coast and see if things change.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 02:01:06 | More by djmichaelk
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Hoops4life511

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 23:30:24 | More by Hoops4life511
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, with a light collar of espresso colored foam sitting on top. Roasted malt, black coffee, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate on the nose. The taste is pretty similar to the nose, with the good roasty malt flavors accented nicely by oak, bourbon, milk chocolate and a bit of coconut. The oak aging works really well on this one; a huge improvement over Old Heathen.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 00:05:09 | More by emmasdad
Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,848 ratings.