Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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2.75/5 rDev -30%
A tan/ruby pour; a bit hazy. Two finger head that reappears after a quick swirl. Not sure this is a quadrupel, almost looks like a barley wine.
Smells like one, too. High alcohol in the nose. Some sweet vanilla and caramel creep in, along with some fig and malt.
Taste is thin and full of alcohol. Oak and vanilla dominate. Caramel, malt, prune and biscuit come in waves.
Thin and filmy. Does not finish clean one bit. Again, this is a quadrupel?? If so, if fails to impress.
09-07-2007 18:56:12 | More by Mebuzzard
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Had this beer on tap the other day at Mahaffey's.
The beer pours a very good looking darkish brown color. Very impressive looking beer with excellent head retention and good lacing. The nose is not huge, but one gets a sense of sweet spices and oak on the nose. On the palate this beer is quite sweet with candy, cherries, vanilla, chocolate, licorise and raisens. The alcohol is pretty noticeable in this one, making it not the most drinkable of beers. Definitely a sipper, but a good beer for all that. The beer finishes moderately well; sweet with a bit of crispness/dryness at the end. A very good beer from Weyerbacher, albeit not the easiest beer to drink given the high abv.
04-24-2007 12:42:41 | More by John_M
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
A: Poured a dark ruby red color, with a thin fizzy white head that left no lacing.
S: a nice dark caramel aroma with some cherries and raisins. There was also some noticeable alcohol (burbon) and oaky-vanilla hints.
T: The initial flavor yielded huge oaky/burbon flavor with a smooth tartness. Dried fruit, (raisins, plums) and fresh baked bread, and oaky-vanilla tones round out the flavor. I thought the alcohol was fairly well hidden for 11.8% abv, noticeable, yet was smooth and less potent then one would imagine leaving only a minimal calling card behind on the swallow. Finishes dry with spicy dried fruit (cherries).
M: full bodied, syrupy with oaky-alcohol and a light carbonation.
D: Great oak character compliment and adds to their already very good Quad beer. Very much worth a try. A great sipping quad that lives up to is name the next morning if you drink to many of these the night before.
07-02-2008 00:21:10 | More by beerthulhu
3.8/5 rDev -3.3%
Big thanks to DrJay for sending this my way for BC2.
Pours a hazed orange/copper, thin off white head, no lace, settles to a thin ring, unhealthy looking. Smell is caramel, alcohol, fusels, raisin, oak, banana, bit malty, typical Weyerbacher but somewhat appealing. Taste is toffee, oak, raisins, sweet fusel middle, lots of alcohol, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but feels slightly syrupy, low carbonation, lots of heat. Pretty good for Weyerbacher, lots of fusel but works okay in this one. Thanks Jay!
11-20-2007 20:48:03 | More by Viggo
3.23/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
02-27-2008 02:32:51 | More by DrJay
British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
A: Amber-brown, light tan head, very little retention, slight leg/lace.
S: Big alcohol aroma, toffee, nut, slight banana, spice.
T: Woody, caramel, beer nuts, slight spicing, bourbon. Alcohol is fairly assertive, it'd be interesting to cellar.
M: Moderate body & carbonation. Really well-attenuated & dry. Well-crafted for it's weight.
D: Big, but I like it.
11-14-2007 02:09:56 | More by Derek
3.35/5 rDev -14.8%
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?
08-28-2009 00:30:59 | More by johnnnniee
3.43/5 rDev -12.7%
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
04-24-2009 03:19:44 | More by dirtylou
3.93/5 rDev 0%
750mL bottle poured into snifter
Pours a clouded auburn color with some ruby hues. A thin beige head fades quickly leaving some bubbled lacing and thin film.
Plenty of fruit scents with pear, apple, and dates. Some oak and bourbon with spice. Light warmth and vanilla, sweetness as well.
Rich and warm up front with candied fruit notes. Burnt sugar with dates and some apple/pear tones. Sticky and somewhat sweet with oak and vanilla bourbon tones and a dash of spice. Finishes sweet and warm.
Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and full on the tongue. This bottle definitely benefited from about 6 months of age, as the harsh boozy tones mellowed out and allowed the fruit and oak flavors to shine through. I'm glad I have another bottle or two.
10-02-2011 03:49:04 | More by xnicknj
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. 2011 vintage. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Deep burnt orange. Not much head and no retention. Light in color for the style.
Smell - Bourbon, cherries, and booze. Caramel malts and Belgian candi sugar. Maybe some yeastiness.
Taste - More quad on the taste than the smell. The bourbon is less intense. Cherry and dark fruits. Sweet caramel malts. I'm such a sucker for this sort of beer.
Mouthfeel - Thick for a quad. Syrupy, but nice. Boozy and low carbonation.
Overall - These are my guilty pleasure. Giant, boozy, sugar bomb quads. I know it's not what a great quad should taste like (I love those, too), but it's still like drinking candy.
07-20-2012 13:00:19 | More by Alieniloquium
2.53/5 rDev -35.6%
Bomber bought on 6/07, so at least 3.5 years old. I'd forgotten how bad I thought this was until I looked up the review just now. Decent carbonation, looks fine. Smell is pretty good, really nice vanilla notes, but hot.
Taste is the the same, nice barrel notes at first, hints of bread pudding, and them bam - red hot fusels, finishes like a gulp of cheap vodka. As my palate adjusted, which happened faster then I expected (and noticed happened in my last notes - is it the brew or intoxication), I really enjoyed the underlying oak aged quad flavors - but the burn in my gullet persisted as a reminder this would no doubt be better at 10%, unless they could clean up the ferment at this higher gravity. Would have been fun to age for like 6 years, but in my experience, fusels never really disappear.
First review, 09-01-2007, from which it was scored:
Poured from a 22oz bomber (thx yobdoog!) into my New Belgium goblet, Blasphemy is a slightly hazed amber with a 2 finger, off-white head, that fades fairly quickly to a steady skim that leaves light lace.
Smell is very rich and sweet, more candi then fruits though, with some yeasty spice and lots of rubbing alcohol fusels.
Unfortunately, the taste is just as heavy on the solvents, not as sweet but very boozy, bourbon with a hint of cherries and black pepper. Like the other oaked Weyerbachers, there's a very enjoyable vanilla presence. Sadly, it's the only pleasant taste, and doesn't mange to hide the plasticy phenols that are running rampant. There is another, more subtle flavor towards the finish that just seems off, like spoiled salted vegetables or something. Not sure what it is, maybe the oak, or diactyl that isn't so obviously butterscotch? After really enjoying Insanity (and Prophecy, albeit less so), this is quite the disappointment. Letting it breath a bit may have helped, but if it wasn't so hard to drink, I'd never have know that...although it went from bad to ok, I'm still hesitent to bump up the score too much just b/c it's getting me drunk in a hurry! Sorry about the low score guys, but what can I say? I'm not impressed!
The mouthfeel is on the thicker side of average for a quad, a little under-attenuated, leaving a corn syrup stickiness in it's wake.
This was not very drinkable. It's super high ABV, tastes super strong, and generally not very good. I'd wager 999/1000 average beer drinkers would take one sip of this and say it sucks. Fans of quads, big beers, and weyerbacher may be more forgiving, but it's probably just the alcohol clouding their judgment after they power through a bottle of this beast! I've actually got another bottle of this in the cellar, from a trip to NY earlier this summer, that I'm now certainly in no hurry to break into. We'll see how a few years treat this. Right now it's pretty rough, like drinking like a sweet/weak brandy, 22 oz at a time! I honestly doubt it will really improve that drastically, but I'll surely forget (or maybe never forget!) about this one long enough that who knows?
09-01-2007 01:21:18 | More by ccrida
2.65/5 rDev -32.6%
I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.
It pours a medium brown, almost a dark tea. There is light tan finger head high, lasts about 1 minute with good lacing.
The aroma is light with sweet malts, caramel, and banana.
The taste is so-so kinda of similar to Rochefort but a Rochefort that has kind of gone bad.
Mouthfeel is ok, ok drinkability. Check that 5 sips in I have to dump it. Not good.
09-26-2009 21:52:46 | More by jrallen34
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
spring 2012 version purchased at the RT 8 Giant Eagle for only 8 bucks.
A - Damn for almost 12 percent I got almost two inches of head that doesn't seem too fizzy which is a good start. Color is a dark amber brown but clear.
S - Smell is also very pungent I get strong oak tones, caramel like sweetness, and also some dark fruit. Little to no solvent alcohol smell which is also good.
T - Like others said the ABV is well masked and you get some raisin/fig like taste but the star is the sweet caramel like toffee sweetness that brings the whole thing together. Not sure where people are actually getting any heat from this since I got no warming feeling or burn on the palate just sweet fruit and oak. It's quite good.
M - Syrup like consistency yet has bubbly consistency to easily roll on the palate. Quite good.
Overall I really like this beer. Sure it doesn't have a ton of dark fruit character but it is a great high ABV quite that hides it quite well. Worth a try.
07-01-2012 04:49:18 | More by DrDemento456
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2011 vintage. Served in a Dogfish Head Signature glass, the beer pours a murky brownish/red color with about a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is very nice, it smells like dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, sweet apples and some brandy. The taste is pretty much like the aroma, the brew tastes like dark fruit (raisins, plums, figs), caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, booze and candy sugar. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's coating and thick with low carbonation. I think this is a good beer overall. And for just $7.99 a bottle, I'd definitely buy this again, it's certainly a bargain for the price.
12-09-2011 23:14:25 | More by bluejacket74
Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.