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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

643 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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CowsandBeer

Kansas

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cork and caged bottle picked up in 2012. Poured into a Boulevard Brewing tulip.

Pours a reddish brown with a white sand head. Left a little cap and ring. Pretty good for a barleywine. On the nose vanilla, butterscotch, prunes, brown sugar and caramel. Smooth oak, vanilla, brown sugar and candi sugar. While there is plenty of spicy, bourbon bite it's quite mellow. Mouthfeel is very warming with low carbonation. Body is just a bit thinner than expected. Overall, solid bourbon barrel quad. A good deal for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 03:25:36 | More by CowsandBeer
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 05.06.13. poured into tulip.

A: a very cloudy pour. a bit too cloudy considering the upright condition this bottle was held in. caramel hued. head is slightly off-white. good retention. limited lacing.

S: great bourbon character right off the bat. oak, vanilla, heat. a lot of those characteristics with a rich caramel malt backbone highlights the nose.

T: definitely get a lot booze. a lot of caramel too. really rich but not sticky. really present vanilla bean flavor. soft and smooth. finish is filled with sweet unfermentables and more booze. wish I got a bit more Belgian quad flavors out of this. that or fermentation flavors. I suppose the majority was overtaken by the bourbon barrels. not the worst thing to overtake a flavor...

M: a really gentle fizz. subtle bottle conditioning. I think it works well. huge body.

D: really impressed with this brew from weyerbacher. this and their Insanity are two top notch bourbon barrel aged brews imo. got another one in the cellar, should be really good in about a year after some of the heat has perhaps dissipated. ill report back.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 03:45:14 | More by Jimmys
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Corked & caged 750mL bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 9.00. Bottled 05/03/13. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours an opaque ruddy chestnut hue with about a quarter finger of sand toned head. The froth subsides rather quickly to a thin ring that leaves no lace.

Smells malty sweet with oak, vanilla, dark fruit, caramel and candy sugar with whiskey dancing in and out of notice.

Nice layers of flavor: candied dates, whiskey, caramel, plum, fig, treacle, subtle vanilla, oak, sugar cane, apple, cherry, yeasty bannana, faint marmalade and an undercurrent of alcohol. The barrel character plays nicely into the standard sweet American quad flavors. The whiskey never overpowers but compliments well.

Medium heavy, creamy feel with fairly light carbonation. It goes down dangerously easily for the near 12% abv. Whiskey soaked plum and funky sweet yeasty finish.

Perhaps the most enjoyable brew I've had from Weyerbacher. A marked improvement on the base quad and a good value for a barrel aged beer. This will certainly be a repeat purchase for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 04:49:20 | More by ThickNStout
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/9/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, fig, apple, pear, plum, clove, pepper, oak, caramel, candi sugar, toffee, bourbon, molasses, light vanilla, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, barrel, and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, plum, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, pepper, candi sugar, molasses, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark/light fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, pepper, candi sugar, brown bread, herbal and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barrel aged Quadrupel style. All around great complexity and balance of malt, yeast ester, and barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:09:56 | More by superspak
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THFCBeerBQ

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 25 oz bottle at a local bottle shop, no date on bottle.

Poured carefully into a Trappist glass.

A- caramel, brown in color…maybe a bit darker. Almost looks like I am drinking an apple cider – very similar in color and appearance. Good amount of carbonation but little to no head. Poured a quarter inch head initially but it dissipated quickly.

S- boozy! Oak and vanilla jump out at me predominantly. Hints of caramel apple and some other sweet smells. (Maybe grapes or plums…it’s hard to pin down)

T- malty, oak flavor hits your palette first. Followed by some alcohol and fruity hop bitterness. Fruits like grapes cherry and plums dance on the palette. The swallow releases notes of vanilla and more whisky barrel flavor. Nothing too complex here but what it does, it does well.

M- Heavier than I expected, (in a good way) medium-to-heavy with a smooth mouthfeel. Surprisingly drinkable for an 11.8% ABV beer. Should be a slow sipper but if you’re not paying attention it could go down quicker than you expect.

O- Overall this is a quality offering from Weyerbacher. I would say my biggest complaint is that it’s not exactly on style for my taste. Reminds me a bit more like a barleywine or something else…not a Quad. Taste is simple and straightforward but the smooth mouthfeel and drinkability help to make this high-level ABV a force to be reckoned with.

87/100

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 01:21:56 | More by THFCBeerBQ
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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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Heynow007

New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great taste and mouth feel. Has a fruity /alcohol taste. You can taste the whiskey. I picked this up at the local Joe CAnals. Cost wasn't too bad am
Nod was in a bomber bottle. There's not much head, but you can expect that from a 11.8% beer.
I generally like the stouts, but also like these whiskey barrel beers. This one tastes a lot like Dogfish Heads Olde School, but with a little less ABV. (15% vs 11.8).

Deep red color

I love the smell. It has a fruity smell and makes me want to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 01:39:37 | More by Heynow007
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mverity

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Pours a hazy brown with a tinge of red. Cream colored head that lasted pretty well. Collar persistedthroughout the entire bomber. Aroma is mostly fig, and red grape with lots of molasses and whiskey booziness to it. Taste is almost the exact same but with some vanilla and cherry as well. Mouthfeel is enjoyably boozy. The booziness that detracts from the taste and smell is airy and pungent on the tongue. I'm glad I've got a few more of these for this winter and next winter. I'm hoping the booze subsides and morphs into something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:36:14 | More by mverity
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richj1970

Alabama

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml caged and corked bottle into goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy brown with golden orange tones. Small white head that disappears quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: Figs, dates, raisin, bourbon mixed with sweet caramel.

T: Sweetness and whiskey dominate the palette. Some fruits including dates and plum. A bit of spices in the back maybe a bit of clove.

M: Full bodied with little carbonation. Sweet alcohol on the tongue.

O: Very nice brew especially if you like a stronger ABV with some sweetness. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I wished it was in 12 oz bottle to make smaller portions easier.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 19:19:57 | More by richj1970
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tviz33

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 oz. cork top bottle, served in a tulip.

A- Pours a murky brown body with some orange hues and one finger of off-white head that goes away pretty quickly.

S- Sweet and sour fruitiness. Figs and raisins. Boozy bourbon; maybe just a little too much

T- If you think the nose is boozy, the taste is even more so. The sweetness helps it out, but it doesn't appear to be overly complex or anything out of the ordinary.

M- Full bodied brew and lightly carbonated.

O- I know this beer is almost 12% ABV, but the alcohol isn't hidden too well. This is the only thing preventing this beer from being really good.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 05:38:08 | More by tviz33
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this out of a cork caged bottle: the brew pours a dark brown/orange color with a thin, creamy looking head. No real lacing to speak of; low carbonation.

The smell is strong with whiskey, oak, fruit, nuts, vanilla and some caramel. I took a few points off on the smell because the alcohol dominated, just a little too much.

Whew, if you like a boozy, sweet beer then this is for you. Whiskey caramel, brown sugar, nuts, a woody flavor and vanilla. Again the whiskey dominates too much for my tastes but I know there are some who like this quality, if so go for it.

The feel is creamy but intense in the sense that the whiskey leaves a warm tingling in the mouth and throat after swallowing. This brew definitely has a "warming" effect.

Overall this is a strong, boozy and sweet beer. A little to sweet and boozy for my tastes but if you like a beer ages in whiskey barrels this is a good one to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 15:43:37 | More by microbrewlover
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Mongrel

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and cage bomber. Appearance is dark toffee brown with a thin, quick-receding head. Little to no lace.

Smells like sweet, sweet dark fruit, toffee, raisins and intense red wine. A hint of banana and Belgian spices. There's not really any whiskey on the nose, just a slight whiff of booze that is more reminiscent of strong red wine.

Taste is rich and sweet, and includes vanilla, caramel, fig, prunes, brown sugar, green raisins, apple. There's not much whiskey here either, but there is definitely some nice oak character. There is also nice Belgian yeast character with only the slightest tinge of banana flavor. The yeast is smoothed out by tons of sweet malts, giving it a velvety profile.

Overall this is a very nice beer that's definitely on the sweet side (a lot of quads are too sweet for my taste -- this one is borderline). It could use a stronger whiskey and/or hop presence, but it's still a complex, enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:56:11 | More by Mongrel
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ksimons

New York

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy ruby amber with a thin layer of light tan head

S-rum soaked dark fruits, backbone of malts, subtle chocolate, and a nice bourbon booziness

T-similar to the smell with lots of boozey dark fruits, vanilla, lots of bourbon

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, lot of alcohol warming

Overall this is a really big Quad, really boozey. I'd be curious what a little time could do to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 21:56:00 | More by ksimons
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Theheroguy

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

First thing that comes to mind is WOW!
This is great it's kind of like a low abv bourbon boilermaker. The bourbon flavors and aromas are extremely prevalent. They mingle well with the Belgian yeasty flavors ones would expect from a quadruple. This is perfect harmony, the hops keep the sweet bourbon flavors in check while the malt is all smooth and graceful. Alcohol is a little strong on the nose but it's well hidden on the tongue. This was only 9$! For a something that is aged 2 years they could easily charge more but they don't! You have to try this if you like beer and you like bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 20:52:11 | More by Theheroguy
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml with the new labeling into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky prunish brown with a small beige head. Not a pretty beer by any means.

S: Nose brings sharp raisiny sweetness, buttery whiskey, brown bread, some notes of yeasty clove and nutmeg, a bit of oak.

T: Spike of booze, sherry, fig, moderate tannic whiskey, slight banana, grapes. Some vanilla and cooked sugar notes come out as it warms.

M: Thick-bodied with the appropriate coarse carbonation. Dry tannic feel on the tongue.

O: This beer is boozy as all hell, predictably. Not bad though. Let it warm up.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 01:39:20 | More by Etan
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

75 cl

Pours a hazy apple brown, yellowish head is coarse and dissipates surprisingly quickly to a bit of lacing.

Smells of apples, coriander, citrus, caramel, cloves, and bready malts like pie crust.

Flavor is of rich whiskey and apple with some spice notes and some darker fruit sweetness in the range of figs. Additionally, there is some citrus tartness and a mild floral hop bitterness.

Fuller body with sharp tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth and a slight booze numbness followed by a bit of warmth going down.

A real powerhouse quad, pretty good but not fantastic. Definitely worth trying and Weyerbacher rarely disappoints, but there are some other Quads I'd take before this and definitely other offerings from Weyerbacher I'd go for. But I will enjoy finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 21:55:59 | More by Cylinsier
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark reddish color (nice when held up to the light) with a thin head of khaki foam. The aroma is really nice with big notes of plum, raisin, cinnamon, vanilla, wood and bourbon. Very inviting. The flavor is very sweet with sugar, plums, alcohol, caramel, wood and a lot of vanilla in the finish. Warming and fruity with some cinnamon, but a bit too sweet in the finish for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 12:20:44 | More by jbaker67
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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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Smurf2055

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours much like a brown ale, dark amber with a two finger head, clear.

Smell is oak and vanilla, sweet molasses, and Belgian Candi Sugar.

Taste is fruity, fig, vanilla, date and prune, bit of Bourbon and alcohol, very sweet almost tropical finish.

Really great Quad.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 19:18:46 | More by Smurf2055
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured on the warm side too long out of the fridge with a smallish, somewhat fizzy, tan head and no lace. Color is a clear orange amber brown with no bubble trails. Aroma is malt, sherry, dark ripe fruit, with a little oak and vanilla. Flavor's much like nose with sweet front and center, tapered with some bitter and a tiny bit of tang. Body is good, full and round, true to style, but carbonation is a little soft. Finish is like flavor, lingering, and has no off characteristics although the alcohol give only the barest hint of the power. Good beer, but a little does go for a distance.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 02:05:48 | More by drpimento
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dar482

New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a copper, ruby color without much of ahead.

The aroma has some booze in the back with some brown sugar, molasses, spiciness, and a bit of dark fruit.

The flavor is different. Booze follows with some woodiness, brown sugar, toffee, and some toasty malt. There's some cherries, vanilla, spice, rum soaked raisin. Not much of a deep sweet fruit flavor from quads.

It's a boozy beer with a bit of caramel. It's not deep in its flavor with low carbonation. It almost tastes like a barrel aged doppelbock if anything. Definitely a sipper and lacks sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 03:43:25 | More by dar482
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a "do-over" from the 3-13 review. This is a 2013 cork & cage version.

A - Pours a dark ruby copper color with a generous one fingered head initially and dies down very quickly to leave nothing on top.

S - Belgian candy spice, bourbon, caramel, figs, bready, and yeasty.

T - Very sweet with an assertive amount of bourbon, warming, and alcohol effervescence. Belgian candy sugar & spice, sweet toffee, figs, raisins, a slight hint of brown sugar.

M - Very thick for a quad with a full, slick feeling body and light carbonation.

O - Big and boozy but far superior to the 12 oz capped bottle being much richer and more flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 22:49:35 | More by jzeilinger
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Greywulfken

New York

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: into a goblet, center-pour produced a dark amber brown ale with a finger of tan foam for head. No lacing.

S: ripe dark fruits and boozy whiskey barrels, some hints of spices and molasses

T: fruity sugars and caramel toffee, oak and whiskey, holiday dessert spices and candy apples; woodsy

M: rather thin-bodied, no perceptible abv, smooth, very slight coating effect, just a touch of stickiness

O: having had their "Quad" quadrupel, I find this to be very similar, but with the additional of barrel aging, which produces that tell-tale whiskey barrel flavor overlay - certainly serves the beer well - a bit better than their Quad, but again, I find the beer to be good, but without the benefit of anything to really demand your attention.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 23:59:54 | More by Greywulfken
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tspadoni

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I’m drinking the whiskey barrel aged Blasphemy. I don’t know if there’s any other version, I just want to make note of that.
A: Dark Reddish-Brown color with a light brown head that quickly dissipates.
S: Dark fruit aroma possibly from some dark caramel malt. A strong whiskey/alcohol aroma comes through as well. I’m also detecting some spiciness
T: Predominantly whiskey flavor with dark fruit and oaky qualities. Very slight residual bitterness (very, very slight) with a more prevalent sweet after-taste
M: Very nice and smooth, medium bodied with a warming sensation from the alcohol content
O: I really enjoyed this beer. It’s not like any quad I’ve ever had. This reminds me of sipping a class of scotch. Definitely to be enjoyed slowly with some friends.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 23:27:49 | More by tspadoni
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RacerX5k

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is really, really good. For starters, you pop the cork (well maybe, this cork broke off halfway, leaving me wondering if I will enjoy this beer this AM. And a little frustrated, damn corks. OK, no worries, I got the other 1/2 and it just pops. Big aroma of whiskey, oak, vanilla, butterscotch. Yes butterscotch, delicious.

Nice appearance. Opaque, murky, wonderful brown. Aroma? Yes this has it, previously mentioned. Insane, lovely whiskey, like the Crown Royal I've been sipping on since Christmas. Taste, yes it's got that too, fruits, whiskey, vanilla, oak, wood, sweets, apples, pears and cherries with a wonderful, exquisite bitter tart finish with more sweetness. Like a Slam Dunkel on steriods. Probably why I like this beer so much, the recently retired Dunkel was always a favorite. I will seek this one out again, as in today, its pretty damn good, at a great price for barrel aged deliciousness. Weyerbacher killing it, as always.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 11:32:42 | More by RacerX5k
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.