Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
Malty aroma firstly, and also yeasty. Oak-barrel vanilla, which added to the nose. Tasty, like a barley wine, also sweet and woody. Bittery mouthfeel. This brewery does not outstand, yet is quite competent.
Had again three years later, aged. Noticed more bourbon taste. Hid the booze, but its very high.
11-11-2007 05:08:02 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
A: The beer is a copper-amber color with no head
S: The nose has a strong, intense aroma of bourbon mixed with hints of other flavors
T: There are lots of malty sweet flavors.
M: There's a smooth body with a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: I could definitely have more than one of these in a single sitting
03-14-2010 17:11:13 | More by metter98
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
"All great truths begin as blasphemies."
--George Bernard Shaw
Rose-tinted kumquat with a massive amount of suspended yeast. The golden ecru colored crown is the appearance's only misstep. The light and airy foam is fizzy and unsticky, which leads to a rapid disappearance and a clean snifter.
The aroma isn't knocking my socks off either. It lacks power and personality, smelling more like oak barrels than a quadrupel. There's a little caramel and a smattering of fruit, but an above average score is as much as it deserves.
For the unaware, this beer is Weyerbacher Quad aged in oak barrels. Just like the base beer, Blasphemy tastes much better than it looks or smells. While I'd need to drink them side-by-side to pick a favorite, I'm really enjoying the caramelized sugar and vanilla notes of this one.
The brewery doesn't say, but I wonder if those barrels previously held bourbon. Then again, the oak is probably enough to accent the beer with the exact same flavor notes with which it accents whiskey. Specifics include well-toasted bread, caramel, ripe figs, cherries, bitter orange and plenty of oak. There's a little too much unmasked alcohol for the next highest score to be a consideration.
Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a letdown. It starts out thin and fizzy (just like the head). The good news is that it firms up over time and is eventually lightly sticky-slick and gently bubbled.
If the rumors are true, it's too bad that Weyerbacher has decided to give Blasphemy the axe. I'd like to see them continue to tinker (with both Quad and this beer) in an effort to create something truly special. It wouldn't take much. Besides, the craft beer world can always use a good oak-aged quadrupel.
03-18-2009 15:07:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.35/5 rDev -15%
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
09-06-2009 22:22:01 | More by brentk56
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
10-02-2007 18:59:45 | More by Phyl21ca
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
22oz bottle that I got to catch the end of with Ding down at the Brick Store
A - Poured a very nice and reddish tinted brown with a smallish tan head of lace peaking over the top and giving away quietly to a thin layer of stickiness across the top. Nice color on this as the red tone was easily visible.
S - The aroma was full of a bourbon barrel like smell. Lots of wood in here with a bit of a whiskey like hotness. A touch of something else running around in there too, maybe cherries. A touch of yeast up front but nothing too drastic.
T - The flavor was very big. This is a big beer at over 11% abv and it was obvious. The flavor was full of barrel aged goodness. A really great job aging this one here. Notes of bourbon and a touch of cherry were very noiceable on top of the nice full yeast flavor. The alcohol was very present and still a touch hot, but still a very nice treat.
M - Very smooth, it was a bit thicker then I thought it would have been and most of the carbonation long ago died giving it a somewhat syrup like feel, although significantly lighter.
D - Very nice sipper, though more then a glass is gonna hurt you in the end. This was a monster and there was no mistaking it.
Overall Weyerbacher usually does a fantastic job with the barrel aging and this was proof of that. A very big Quad that beared its teeth and took a bite, but wasnt as big as it could have been. Very nice flavors and very robust I would love to try this one again some day. Very nice.
12-16-2007 18:24:29 | More by mikesgroove
3.23/5 rDev -18%
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.
02-15-2008 21:00:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
This beer pours as a brownish copper color with not much head on it. The alcohol must kill it off right away. The appearance isn't too bad but it's not great either. The aromas are boozey and doesn't have a whole lot more to be said other than some malts in there and a little wood from the barrel aging. The taste is strong with alcohol and hasn't got much of the elements of a good Quad, It's missing complexity on this level, not really sure why. The mouthfeel is a little light too, this should be much thicker I think and should be a little more complex with some dark fruits in there and what not.
04-14-2011 00:57:05 | More by Knapp85
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
A good brew to sip on on Halloween night,poured into an oversized wine glass a deep rich amber it looked very nice in the light a thinner head atop.Deep dark fruit aromas with passing oak/vanilla tones a sweet alcohol prevails as well,somewhat sweet on the palate liked alcohol infused raisins and or prunes along with brown sugar and vanilla oaky tones.Its a sipper not something you would wanna drink early in the day but it fit the moment well.
11-01-2007 14:15:26 | More by oberon
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
With a lot less Bourbon than might be expected, the Blasphemy version of Weyerbacher Quad might be the most drinkable of the Bourbon barrel series yet.
It pours a clear copper body that reveals streams of tiny bubbles rising steadily towards the surface. The creamy off-white head starts with an impressive girth, maintains it, and then steadily drops to a thin covering - all the while leaving behind a solid wall of creamy lace.
It expresses Bourbon in the nose with some vanilla and wood, and alcohol and spice along with it, but also some very nice dark-skinned fruit.
The flavor is very much the same, and very supple, with a rich malty blanket of dark-fruit woven with caramel-accented fruit and a dark fruit edge. It's very appleish, and malty with a caramelish edge and a slap of alcohol.
Nicely done with just an edge of Bourbon. Worth trying.
05-30-2007 03:55:23 | More by NeroFiddled
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains dark fruit, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some spice and some hops.
T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit. Then a strong alcohol sting comes in along with breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent sipper but can be a bit over-powering and there are better choices within in the style.
08-30-2012 03:24:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured vigorously with a one inch short lived head carbonation fizzes out pretty quickly after the pour, body is a deep ruby amber tone with a beige fleeting head leaves behind very thin specks of lacing. Aromatics come off with heavy barrel aging overtones vanilla, oak, whiskey edge with deep plum and raisin yeast notes arising from the Quad while fusel alcohol cinges the nose hairs the sweetness is so outwardly sugary, not sure if this is a good thing. Flavors come crashing in with alcohol not hidden at all I'm going to age a bottle of this bruiser to see if it mellows my nose hair is past the tickling point it's definitely burning high alcohol and syurpy sweetness overrides alot of flavor aspects of this beer although it's nice to have a quad aged on oak the charred wood, vanilla, and whiskey notes all come to play but hide the parts of the beer that were once really desireable, man it's so boozy I don't feel like I'm drinking beer anymore this is definitely blasphemy. Mouthfeel is sticky with residual sugars alcohol sizzles on the palate with each sip really begins to become cloying when it warms up a bit carbonation is ample but the barrel aging is definitely evident. Drinkability I'm just such a fan the standard quad and the alright tripel they brew why throw them in oak barrels I don't think it's helps these styles on the other hand I'm in love with both Hersey and Insanity amazing, and this seems much different in color than the standard Quad I remember drinking.
07-03-2007 15:30:49 | More by WVbeergeek
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
Props to melbatoast 93 for this'un; thanks Hart!
Pours an effervescent caramel with a pinky of tan head. Zero head retention & a smidge of lacing, nice oily appearance
S: Nice vanilla & rum
T: Nice toffee notes, warming booze, vanilla, &rum soaked raisins up front. Some tangerine & pineapple, plus candi sugar to go along with nice vanilla & oakyness, toffee & nice booze warmth as this warms up. Finishes dry, fruitty & sweet. More malt sweetness or some complexity would've pushed this towards a 5.0
MF: Sticky/syruppy with low carbonation
Drinks great, you do feel the heft, but a damn fine quad!
08-30-2008 03:27:43 | More by russpowell
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Looking at it, and getting a whiff of it, though, it's clear that it's a barley-wine, barrel-aged. Fiercely carbonated, rich plummy crimson coloring, small, but lasting off-white head.
Aroma: Deep and vinous. Myriad wine-like flavors play out, intense berries, grapes etc. like a port or a wine, mixed with brandy or cognac.
Taste: Even more intense, and deep, and rich. Now I'm getting it…bourbon-barrel barley-wine. Blithering Idiot mixed with whiskey barrels. The fierceness is now mellowing, it's getting rather cool on the tongue, but the alcohol is taking it's place and rising up, ringing in the brain, quietly now, but getting louder. Rich, complex fruitiness melds with the brash bourbon qualities, making a grand, majestic mix.
This may be more than I can take in one session, but I'm strapped in for the long haul. Or am I? Let's see, and find out how sober I am in the other end.
Flavor continues strong, but doesn't completely overwhelm. It's rich, and complex, and very manageable. The only burden is the ever-increasing alcohol presence.
But, beyond that, this blasphemer is damnably delicious. I'd be best off with a smaller sample maybe, or share with friends, but I had to take this one down by myself. I've got probably eight ounces to go, and it's getting louder in here, boom-boompbbom-boom.
08-27-2012 08:57:14 | More by feloniousmonk
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Appearance - Poured into my Stoudt's Y2K Ipa Tulip glass. Fleecy but massive head that evolves into a moderate 2 finger head that allows a decent skirt of lace. Brilliant deep garnet with a copious amount of bubbles that rise and settle into a band of pin sized globular bodies. A smooth tan head adorns the liquid resembling frosting.
Aroma - Subdued at first, the smell over overripe bananas and caramelized sugar is evident. Boozy, slightly woody sweetness pervades.
Taste - Estery, creamy and spicy roundness in the first sips leads to a relaxed smooth maltiness. Creamy and syrupy as oak seeps from the nose of this fine ale while it begins to warm. Slightly sour cherry acidity, and somewhat tannic qualities with hints of light brown sugar. A tinge of saltiness is felt along with alcoholic warmth in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Chewy, round, warming booziness. Mellow spiciness with a subtle creamy quality. The alcohol is evident coating the mouth with a sugary dryness. Incredible feel with above average carbonation to match the strength.
Drinkability - A blend of sweetness and booziness dominate this fruity and slightly spicy quad. A subtle woody effect and pleasant mouthfeel allow this strong ale to unleash the vigor and suppleness in equal measure. A very drinkable beer that lets you know it is a contender up front.
04-05-2007 05:27:48 | More by Slatetank
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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