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Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

2,073 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,073
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 99
Gots: 291 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2004

Old Heathen aged in oak (whiskey/bourbon) barrels.
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Ratings: 2,073 | Reviews: 990
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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Opaque. Head is dark chocolate, 1 in dissipates to the outsides of the glass. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Dark roast malt, chocolate, oak, and some light bourbon and vanilla notes with a touch of alcohol. Light hop additions.

T: Natural semi-sweet chocolate flavor, dark roast grain, light carmel and vanilla notes. Barrel aging is noticable, flavors are all rounded toghether. Alcohol is barely noticable. Aftertaste is light vanilla/caramel/chocolate sweetness.

M: Medium/full body. Feel is viscous and a touch of bitter dryness from roasted chocolate. Dry finish.

O: Very tasty and easy to drink. I thought all flavors were very well balanced and blended, but a little light for a stout, much less an imperial. Really like the light sweetness and barrel aging is just right. Nice feel as well. Will seek out and buy this beer whenever possible.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Jet black, barely any change in color even with a light directly behind it. 1/4 finger head that dissappears immediately.

S: Very sweet bourbon smell. Hints of oak and chocoate hiding in there somewhere.

T: Nice initial bourbon flavor. Hidden tastes of chocolate and coffee try to get through and are subtly present in the aftertaste. No oak flavor (a plus for me as some oak aged beers taste like a campfire). A little more acidity than I expect or like. But not offensive.

M: Smooth and creamy, still light (not at all syrupy)on the tongue for an RIP. Good carbonation.

O: Above average and enjoyable. Not at the top of my lists of RIP's but would gladly drink again.

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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Stone snifter glass...

A- Pours a thin looking black liquid in the glass with a chocolate brown head just raising above the rim. Settles quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

S- A lot of chocolate with earthy, dirty, oak undertones. Coffee and sweet, approaching hot, alcohol on the finish. Overall, its pretty smooth and comes together well.

T/M- Talk about a completely different beer in the taste than the nose shows, jeez! A lot of licorice with woody, vanilla complexities. Nice coconut contributions as well, which I normally only get from bourbon barrel aged beers, interesting but a greatly welcomed aspect if you ask me. Wow, a lot of licorice again with a fleeting chocolate touch. Not much roast, but this is by no means sweet as the alcohol seems to cut the body and keep the flavor at bay. Alcohol flavors, but no heat... On the thin side of moderate, slick feel; could be a touch thicker and creamier. Carbonation is an afterthought attributing to the slick mouth...

O- I like this beer. I had heard from others first hand that this was nothing special, so going in with those expectations gave me a nice surprise. Would like to have again, I think I'll age my last one!

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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Almost pitch black with virtually no highlights. Light khaki head is creamy with nice retention and low lace.

S - Plum with a light dry oak, and a big, round, roasted chocolate grain note.

T - Malt and coffee opening. Rich chocolate malt, chocolate nibs, and a soft booze lend a chocolate liquor-like character to the center. A dry finish is anchored with deep caramel malt and light oak.

M - Medium-light body for the style with sub-par carbonation.

O - A nice flavor profile, but there's enough booze in there to keep it on the sipping side of the style.

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3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of the deepest black. It shows flecks of rich red-brown around the edges. It holds a half finger head of cappuccino bubbles that disappears quickly, leaving little lacing. What is left is a slick and oily surface, resembling an oil slick on the road reflecting light in multiple colors. Carbonation is sluggish through the syrupy thickness, and no sediment is noted. The aroma opens up with huge oak and bourbon. The beer smells boozy, despite the lower abv for the style. After a few seconds enormous buttery diacetyls break out, with a backpacking sweetness of cooked malts and, actually, some paler malts. There is light licorice sweetness, mild medicinal phenols, and blackened chocolate. As we sip, we begin with darker malts, clean oak giving tartness, and white sugar sweetness. Through the middle the oak elongates, and even more so with warmth. There is cutting sweetness of berry fruitiness, with a lightness of booze. We finish cleaning, with salt and wood, and cleaner malts. The aftertaste breathes with a slight char, booze, a drying metallic bite, and sticky caramel. The body is full and the carbonation is lower. There is great cream and slurp to each sip, but it lacks the satisfying thickness and stickiness that was expected. There is final astringency from the barreling, leaving the tongue the most dry. The abv is appropriate, and this beer drinks quite easily.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was its drinkability, and how inviting it was at the outset. The barreling is huge and the aroma is great with those hearty diacetyls. Nothing is too boozy or too bittering. Where we lose points, too, is in the lack of stickiness and ultimate smack that we expected from some a rich and syrupy brew.

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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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