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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

643 Ratings
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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%


Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007)
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear copper color ale with a big foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of unrefined sugar with some light bourbon notes. Taste is extremely sweet, probably too sweet for my taste buds with some light vanilla and bourbon notes. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Nice application of the barrel but the base beer is just too sweet for me – interesting experiment.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 18:59:45 | More by Phyl21ca
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one I have been wanting to try for quite a while now. The idea of a Quad aged in barrels definitely seems like something to get excited about. Pours a decent amber color, with lively carbonation, which leads to the head fading very quickly. Smell is of honey and dark fruits. Taste was the same. Mouthfeel is heavy and boozy. Although this is a very decent beer, it tastes a lot more like a Barleywine than a Quad. The price tag is also a bit of a setback. Worth a try I guess, but I would go with teh Insanity before this one. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 04:24:41 | More by jamie2dope
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dirtylou

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz single, no BS

appearance: poured into my de koninck chalice, clear amber body, beige bubbly head with little retention

smell: thick caramel malts, sweet alcohol, soaked cherry, a touch of oak, pretty much just a mashup of malty sweetness

taste: my god is this beer strong. thick layers of spicy alcohol, huge malty sweetness, thick caramel, spicy with a big burning/tingling sensation. heavy carbonation, oak provides a splintery edge but i typically like the oak a bit smoother.

mouthfeel: thick, chewy, spicy

drinkability: man, tough

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 03:19:44 | More by dirtylou
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scott

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

V.07
Very nice look - medium head that quickly finds resolve. Light perpetual carbonation, with a beautiful deep bloody amber resin-esque look, much like a barleywine/olde ale.
Nose is lacking, but I can't detect 11.8%, so that's a plus. Earth, fruit, bread - with hints of butter & vanilla.
Tongue is lead by the nose - sweet, but not overtly. Smooth, rich appeal, with a nice oak backbone.
At $8/22oz, far from outstanding. As a drink alone, it's just okay. Nothing to gush over, and nothing to run out and get. I was expecting a bit more from this troupe.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 01:08:08 | More by scott
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nut brown with little to no head.

Smells of oak and alcohol.

The oak taste has a lot of influence on the over all flavor, really adds a whiskey-like taste to the beer that I can't say I was overly fond of.

The alcohol is heavy in this, not at all camoflauged. I think it added a few hairs to my chest.

It was okay. I had no desire to have another one, and I doubt I would seek this one out or recommend it to anyone. I wouldn't steer anyone away from this, but nor would I talk it up.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 18:20:31 | More by donteatpoop
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blakesell

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 22oz bomber bottle into a belgian goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear amber with a 2 finger head of foam that quickly dies down to little bacteria shapes on the top of the liquid. Lacing is thick and clingy with tiny bubbles.

Smell- Mighty american oak with a rich plum and yeasty phenol character. Honey and breads but mostly the wood. Isn't a quad supposed to be aged with oak anyway? This oak is just a tad strong. No hops.

Taste- Big oak that tastes as if they have left the beer in the barrel too long. Sweet brown sugar more from malts than candi. Plums, honey, starfruit, rasins. Big alcohol burn on the finish. No hops. Really can't get past all that oak.

Mouthfeel- Beer kicks back like I've just taken a shot of whisky. All that oak really overpowers the mouthfeel leaving a sticky sensation on the lips. Medium Carbonation.

Drinkability- I was really under the impression that for a beer to be a quad, it had to be aged in an oak barrel anyway, but in this case, it has been aged too long in an American oak barrel. This severely detracts from the light drinkability of the beer and makes me want to run for the hills. That said, I will age my other bottle back and see what this does in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 01:59:23 | More by blakesell
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cavedave

New York

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A gentle swirl leaves spots of oily resin legs and lace within my snifter. They reunite with a thin beige head that tops six inches of cloudy, caramel, bubbling Blasphemy. Hmmm.

The smell is a medium aroma. It is light on yeast and dark fruit, but the hints of both front a bouquet that features candy, alcohol, light fruit, bourbon, vanilla, very light spice. No wood beyond vanilla.

The barrel is not missing in the taste. Tasty oak and bright bourbon candy start the sip. Alcohol warmth kicks in with some peach and cherry that gives it almost a fruit brandy flavor, but not in a good way. It doesn't get too hot too enjoy, but if solventy alcohol were less prominent the taste would improve. It finishes juicy, just a hint of spice and lemon kick in to try and dry things out, but it stays sweet. Lacks the complexity of fine quads, even with the oakiness.

Mouthfeel is low/med. carb, moderately viscous, not as smooth on palate as finer quads, and a finish that is nothing to write home about.

Drinkability is rated for being less complex, less delicious, too much alc. flavor, and poorer finish than finer quads.

Impression: Glad I got to try Blasphemy, should have named it Why Bother.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 21:41:03 | More by cavedave
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can't find a vintage on the bottle.
Pours a clear deep orange/amber with a bubbly white head the dissipates, but never really goes away. Smell is sugary sweet with lots of dark fruits cherries and plums predominantly a bit of vanilla and rubbing alcohol. The alcohol stings the nose if I take a deep breath after swirling the glass a bit. Taste is sweet with cherries prunes and plums, some oaky vanilla and a whole lot of hot alcohol. Harsh alcohol burn! Mouthfeel is sticky, body is thick, carbonation is medium. I don't know how to feel about this one. It is hot as hell, there is no hiding of the alcohol here. I think its tasty but the burn is a bit to much to allow me to enjoy this one, maybe with some age?

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 00:30:59 | More by johnnnniee
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 bottling; tasted 9/6/09

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with the vaguest of heads and no lacing

Smell: Still boozy, with fusel alcohol jumping out in the aroma; bourbon and vanilla notes are underneath but it is hard to reach the Belgian quad elements

Taste: Opens with a fruity character, with dried raisins, figs and stone fruit elements; by mid-palate, the Bourbon aspect becomes well-pronounced and overwhelms the fruit flavors; after the flavor, brown sugar joins the Bourbon, providing a sweet finish; oaky undertones persist underneath, as well

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: After a couple of years of aging, this beer has probably settled down, but it hasn't come together particularly well; the quad elements are missing and the alcohol is heavy handed

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 22:22:01 | More by brentk56
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tulip glass.

A: Pours light copper, good clarity, but barely manages to eke out a thin film of sand-colored head after a vigorous pour. Surface looks still, except for a thin ring of head.

S: Candied, caramel malt and light dark fruit, some Belgian spice, a little booze. Not bad.

T: Sweet, candy malt overwhelms the palate, some fruit is noticeable, also bubblegum.

M: Thick, syrupy texture and very light carbonation.

O: This is sweet enough to be a dessert beer. This might work in small quantities, but gets tiring after more than 6oz.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 06:09:11 | More by pmarlowe
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mlhyatt

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I was really excited for this beer when I bought it. A barrel aged quad mmmm. It pours a beautiful redish gold color with about a half inch head. Smell is strong bourbon with notes of fruit like plums, figs, orange and maybe a little banana. Mouthfeel is good. Not overly carbonated with a smooth finish. Taste is sweet. Just sweet. I couldn't get past the sweetness to really taste anything else. There a strong bourbon aftertaste but it's just way too sweet. Had trouble finishing it honestly. I was disappointed with the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 06:30:18 | More by mlhyatt
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a slight cloudiness. Impressive head that leaves good ring lace.

Sweet aromatic sugary malts. Really no balance to the smell.

Strong alcohol warmth in each sip, which would be expected at 11.8%. No noticeable hop counterpoint except well after the swallow. Extremely rich, almost oily; the carbonation is present but not strong enough to counter-punch the body.

This is a one-sided beer. If you like that side, you'll love this beer. It's contrary to my preferences and thus, the relatively light review. If you like mega-malty, powerfully alcoholic beers, this may be perfect for you.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 21:35:59 | More by smcolw
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An amber colored brew with some reddish tints. Small head and thin lace.

The aroma was of alcohol solvents,fruits/cherries along with caramel & oak hints.

The taste started off with alcohol then some subtle malts with the a light bourbon taste. Some oak and fig taste was in there too.

The feel was smooth yet hot. Boozy is the word. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Hot in the finish.

Notes: Not well balanced in my opinion. Too boozy for it's own good so drinkability is not bad ,but a slow sipper. I felt it was still a decent brew with a good subtle bourbon taste and a very warming effect. The alcohol just needs to be a bit masked in this beer and then I think it will garner a higher grade from me.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 01:41:19 | More by Lexluthor33
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bgjohnston

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was curious to try this beer (their oak-aged Quad) along with a bottle of their straight (non wood aged) Quad. The result of this comparison surprised me, as I expected this one to be the more drinkable of the two.

I poured each into goblets, and let them warm a little from cellar temperature. This one poured a somewhat cloudy dark amber, with a white head. There was a nice fruity smell, with a hint of oak and alcohol.

The flavor was very big, with a lot more going on than I can really describe, but there was fruit, cinnamon, and bourbon present. Unfortunately, I found it to be a bit harsh. It was a little better at room temperature, but even then it still reminded me of cheap whiskey that hasn't been aged enough.

In the end, I found the bottle of Quad that I picked up right next to this one on the shelf to be a much more harmonious combination of flavors, and significantly more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 18:56:05 | More by bgjohnston
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mnstorm99

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Nice amber color with a quickly dissipating head, but it laces pretty well down the glass
Aroma is sweet alchohol, not much hops to be found.
Taste is alchohol, probably a little too much. raisen sweetness and the sweet over powers any hops I might be looking for.
smooth feel on the tounge and easy going down, with just a touch of a burn.
I might be able to have one of these at a time, but there are many better options in my opinion for that type of usage. Average beer that I am not sure the oak really helps at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 13:31:39 | More by mnstorm99
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark copper body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Oaky, alcohol-drenched aroma. Lesser notes of raisins, vanilla, toasted coconut, and malts, but you can easily foresee the punishment coming up in the flavor.

Taste: Strongly oaken and boozey all wrapped up with a harshness. No surprises there. Unfortunately, it squashes the delicate vanilla, coconut, and malt flavors. Mild spiciness. Hint of nut shells. Golden raisins marinated in ethanol. Boozey, astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Maybe a few years in the cellar would help Blasphemy come together better, but as it stands, I'd rather just stick with the QUAD. Even the dude on the label is struggling to keep it down.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 21:00:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy caramel orange colour with a thin layer of fine beige bubbles. Solid collar with a bit of spotty lacing. Fruity aroma, some banana, coconut flesh, oak, mild vanilla, and a bit of caramel. Same in the flavour, but with additional oak and sweetness, it's also got an earthy and bready character, plus alcohol towards the end and a lot of heat in the finish. The sweetness really seems to be reigning in the alcohol here, and it's needed. The body is definitely on the full side with plenty of carbonation and a fair bit of dryness. Lots of warmth that stuns the tongue too. This one really seems like a car wreck, but somehow it hangs together. I'm not sure how Weyerbacher pulls that off in some of these big beers, but the result is pretty good here.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 02:32:51 | More by DrJay
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Brew_42

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with a thin white head.

Smells-Vanilla, caramel,bourbon.

Tastes- The bourbon flavor was a bit over powering. But once the alcohol flavor faded a bit there is some brown sugar/vanilla sweetness that saves the beer from being to boozy.

MF-Very boozy beer with little to no carbonation.

Overall-Better than most beer with such a high ABV. The sweetness manages to prevent it from being too overwhelming but I will probably stick to Tripels and Dubbels in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 02:35:22 | More by Brew_42
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with very little head and virtually no lacing.

Smell is predominately malty with undertones of vanilla and some other kind of fruity aroma, little hop presence.

Taste is malty, diacetyl being present so it's quite buttery, vanilla is intrusive, a very warming beer as the alcohol is pretty evident as the oaked aspects mellows the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 21:06:40 | More by deltatauhobbit
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, appears to have been bottled 04/06/11. Allowed to warm some before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Weyerbacher Blasphemy pours hazy, and is somewhere between brown and maroon. There are very nice light red highlights shining through. The bone colored head is barely there, fades quickly, and doesn't leave a stitch of lacing. A disappointment all around, although I do have to cut the beer just a little slack on this count due to the prodigious alcohol level. The barrel aging is readily apparent in he aroma. Notes of caramel and vanilla immediately jump out, before fading in with some dark berry and fruit smells. The nose is balanced in equal measure by a spicy phenolic character and a warming bourbon and boozy note, which could stand to be a little more subdued. The flavor works off that blueprint, but dials up the alcoholic heat and bourbon even a bit more The plum and raisin flavors up front don't seem as dark and intense as they normally are. The peppery phenols are there, but largely drowned out by the hot alcohol aspect of the beer. The body is somewhat full (though also somewhat dried out for a 12% beer) and nicely creamy. It's aided by an expansive, yet subdued carbonation. I had high expectations for Blasphemy, as I think Belgian style beers do better in bourbon barrels than a lot of brewers realize, and I think Weyerbacher does some great barrel aging (Heresy, and especially Insanity). This one though, was definitely a bit underwhelming. I chalk it up more to the base beer than the barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 06:57:28 | More by axeman9182
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single in a mixed case form the brewery.

Whoa, put this one back, it ain't ready yet. I'm not saying it's a bad beer, but it feels like it needs some time. The nose has some great vanilla and oak notes, but they're overwhelmed by alcohol there and in the flavor. There's a background sweetness in the taste, but again the booze prevails. I recommend this beer because it seems like there's some great stuff going on, but let it sit for at least 6 months before consuming.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 04:11:44 | More by tempest
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copped a 22oz bomber from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa... Really nice logo sticker with a monk covering his mouth with his hand... Blasphemy... According to the label, this beer is the result of aging Weyerbacher's Quad in Oak Barrels - the final product is an excessively sweet, slightly overbearing oak-aged taste with vanilla and strong caramel aftertones... pours a very nice dark-copper color with minimal head and impressive carbonation... Smell is replete with a malty, sweet, sugar-laden aroma... taste is ultra-flavorul, very rich and thick with a strong syrup taste pouring through...Strong alcoholic presence is noticeable in the tongue and nose, but is not entirely dominating, although the ABV is certainly up there at 11.8% ABV... as with many Weyerbacher brews, this one wasn't bad, but was slightly over-the-top, powerful, and should be sipped slowly... Overall, a flavorful, interesting brew... Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 23:54:53 | More by dsa7783
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a dark, golden chestnut/honey brown color with ruby edges and a half dinger white foam head that quickly fades. Minimal spots of lace.

Boozy aroma with hints of dark fruit, oak, vanilla and sweet alcohol. Hints of dark cherry, plum and raisin but it's dominated by the alcohol and barrel presence.

Very sweet with again, a lot of boozy heat as well as a lot of dark fruit, oak and vanilla. I'm picking up hints of raisin, plum and dark cherries and more boozy heat in the warm finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 03:30:35 | More by corby112
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ryanonline

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

very clear dark brown that has a lot of ruby highlights with a rather thick yet consistent off white foamy head, that dissipates in less than a minute. big ol' sheets of lacing on the side.

very heavy hit of booze off the bat, not a very subtle presence of bourbon, more scotch like than anything. I want to think there is more, but I cant get past the bourbon. Maybe shouldn't have used my chalice.

The taste has a similarly overpowering characteristic, yet it is a bit easier to detect other flavors than in the aroma. I also get some spearmint and sweet malt, not quite toffee like, with some light fruity esters.

Mouthfeel is super dry, and a bit on the thin side for a quad. almost no trace of carbonation, somewhat creamy though. Dry.

I don't particularly care for this, so I can't really comment on the drinkability.

this beer is not all that great, it disappoints in the noise, but redeems itself slightly in the flavor, though not enough.

afterthought: it kind of tastes like a whiskey and coke with crappy whiskey, so still not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 02:33:25 | More by ryanonline
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khiasmus

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Amber with cream-colored head that stays as a single layer.

S- Alcohol at first. The most alcoholic smelling beer I've had. Some banana, a tinge of sour fruit, overridden by tons of sweet malt. A bit of oak, but just a tinge.

T- Initially sweet, cloyingly so. Some oak coming in, and then TONS of alcohol that overrides everything else. Some golden raisins, banana, oak, and honey. Finish is alcohol and sickly sweet malt.

M- Smooth, full-bodied at first, medium-low carbonation, a very warming finish with the sweetness leaving a slick, unpleasant feeling on the tongue.

D- Not really drinkable. Far too strong. The alcohol makes it simply too intense, even for an intense beer lover... overall, i think it'd be good if you lay it down for a couple years... everything's too intense right now.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 02:32:21 | More by khiasmus
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.