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Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

1,984 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,984
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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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass. Dark, pitch black color. There is just the slightest bit of light coming through the bottom of the glass/top of the stem. Head is less than one finger and a light coco color. Lace seems to be sleeping late today and is nowhere to be found.

Smell is dark roasted nirvana. Coffee, chocolate nibs, vanilla, charred wood and even some alcohol is present.

Taste is very similar to the smell but most of the dark roasted flavors are very subdued. Initially the coffee is there but what I smelled as chocolate isn't there at all. Replaced by a sweet cherry taste. Not a terrorizing replacement but not the luscious creamy chocolate I was expecting. No vanilla or charred wood flavors are there either.

Mouth is silky and creamy. Body is balanced to heavy and the finish is average to long and tart but more wet then dry.

Overall I will say that I wish this tasted like it smelled. It was a pretty fantastic brew, but not as great as it smelled. A certain tick if you get the chance. Thanks to Centennial for this extra.

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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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appearance - one thousand bubbles, black, nice mocha head with great retention.

smell - when cold i can get raisins and figs as it warms heat...impressive for 8 percent, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, coffee

taste - follows the nose

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A - Pitch black, carbonation bubbles, thin soapy khaki head, little to no lacing.

S - Light bourbon, roasted malt, milk choclate, sweet.

T - Bourbon, cocoa nibs, milk, flavors fade quickly.

M - Good amount of carbonation, watery, sticky.

O - Needs more body, and the flavors need to stay present and not fade.

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Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch puffy dark khaki head that settles to a thin film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and some woody oak aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, wood, and cocoa powder on the finish. There is an alcohol warmth in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer is a bit thin for a RIS with a very crisp mouthfeel. A higher level of carbonation on this one. Overall, this is a good barrel-aged RIS but the mouthfeel is a bit lacking.

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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,984 ratings.