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TINY | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV may vary. "Belgian Imperial Stout".

Added by jrallen34 on 02-21-2010

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Reviews: 375 | Ratings: 1,109
Reviews by Cylinsier:
Photo of Cylinsier
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl

Pours jet black, no light passes through. Head is fine nut brown. 2 inches. Retains for ages.

Smells of rich figs, molasses, brown sugar, and toasty bread.

Tastes very rich, scotch and brown sugar over figs and cherries with some roasted but not acidic coffee notes and a nutty bitterness.

Full body with a fine tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth, warms a bit going down and numbs a bit as well.

Really good but really huge, you could drink a glass of this over the course of a week. Fantastic though, just not a gulper by any means.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: March 1, 2016... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: Super Tuesday ground zero...Trump and Clinton?... APPEARANCE: black as pitch body pours out with a brown simmering head that forms a halo and an atoll atop the body... AROMA: heavy vinous/bourbon elements are drawn thick chocolate... prune, grapefruit, licorice, roasted caramel pile into the profile... a dangerous level of alcohol... what really wins is the breath of bread that suggests a balanced insinuation... PALATE:the word velvet is indeed a truthful labeling from the brewer, with the thick and creamy, full-bodied stout coating the mouth from start to finish; the opening invites some bubble and the end warms without intrusion... at 11.8% ABV, unbelievably smooth and sweet... TASTE: a luscious red on a collision course with a velvety chocolate stout and a caramel-rich, toasted bock--enough flavor to have highlights of citrus, grapefruit, grape and raisin, slight honey thrown in... warming alcohol is palpable, which takes the overall taste profile down a notch--but still shows the respect for a misnomer of a beer if there ever was one... OVERALL: Weyerbacher used to only go big--which made many of its beers blend together in the sameness of over-the-top alcoholic potency... Tiny is a culmination of sorts, in that it rights the past wrongs and blesses us that demands a stand-alone experience to partner with a cold, windy night....or a night when the country's balance hangs....

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Photo of jondeelee
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tiny, which pours so black that even a thin layer of it is almost entirely opaque, opens with a nose that most Imperial Stouts can only dream of: huge layers of port, fig, caramelized brown sugars, vanillas, charcoal, cognac, and raisin abound, along with a smoky sweetness that is absolutely enticing and alluring. Judging by the smell alone, this is the kind of beer that would not only make a good offering to the deity of your choice, but would actually result in that deity praising you in return. Rarely have I encountered such a delicious aroma.

On the tongue, the beer blessedly lives up to the promise of the nose, bringing ripe dark fruit flavors such as fig, black cherry, and raisin, as well as vanilla and anise spices, all atop a surprisingly subtle layer of ash, coffee, and chocolate/black malt. Admittedly, as the sugars die off late in the mouthful these latter, more charred flavors come through, but even then they're still subtle and nuanced. The beer in many respects tastes more like fine aged port, or good cognac, with touches of bourbon. Subsequent mouthfuls reveal a deeper layer of alcoholic sugars, adding to the sensation that this is more liquor than beer (the 11.8% ABV handily adding to this presentation). The aftertaste is a cognac-and-bourbon-like charcoal and alcohol breeze, tempered by brown sugars and fig & raisin juice, and lingers for quite some time. Mouthfeel is medium (surprisingly light, given the potency of the flavors), and carbonation is medium-light, giving the beer a silky feel.

Overall, this is excellent Imperial Stout, and certainly worth a try for lovers of the style. The beer is not without imperfections, as the sugars do somewhat overwhelm the coffee-and-ash flavors, and the high ABV does leave an alcoholic vapor on the tongue, but even those details are relatively easy to deal with. I suspect this would age beautifully.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. The pour is very black with a typical viscosity for a beer of this magnitude. It sports a rather disappointingly thin head that demonstrates poor retention. The nose is very pleasant. Lots of dark chocolate, a hint of fruit, moderate roastiness, and very light on the char. It doesn't smell at all like a Russian Imperial Stout.

Full body with a very creamy, silky smooth feel that complements the rich flavor perfectly. Like the nose, this beer has lots of roast as well as a hefty dose of malty toffee-treacle sweetness, but it does not have any char or burnt flavors one finds in RISs. The creamy character and sweetness make this drink like an imperial milk stout. I get milk chocolate and cappuccino up front, then some vanilla, sweet cream, and a little dark fruit. I tend to find heavy dark fruit notes in stouts to be undesirable if they are too strong, as the tart notes clash with the roasty notes. Here, the fruit notes do not lend excessive tartness or off-balancing flavors (at least, they don't seem to for me), just a little more variety to the profile. A nice warming boozy slap hits you on the finish. It adds richness to the flavor without making the beer taste like kerosene.

If ever I have encountered a dessert beer, this is it. An ideal night cap on a chilly evening.

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Photo of BB1313
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 5/8/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a small mocha head that leaves solid retention and lacing. The aromas are full of milk chocolate. Cocoa malts are there. Some dark fruits in the mix. Smells very nice. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of rich chocolate along with some banana. The Belgian characteristics are pretty subtle. Slightly spicy. Subtle warmth in the finish, but it's not boozy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Becomes even more enjoyable as it warms. Great stout.

Besides Sunday Morning Stout, this is definitely their best stout, in my opinion. Well crafted and very enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of zac16125
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip
(have actually never seen two different dates printed on a beer)

A: Opaque black, 1 fingers width of mocha colored head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a pretty good amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Interestingly the first aromas I get are fruity Belgian yeast esters, which are quite prominent in the aroma. I also get a fair amount of roasty notes, and very subtle semi-sweet cocoa. There are some spicy characters that are interesting. Perhaps a style blend of IS and BSDA, definitely more along the lines of a BSDA though IMO. 4.25

T: More stout-ish than the aroma implied, with big roasty characters and herbaceous, grainy malts. A little spice, but its subdued, as are the fruity esters. Spicy characters grow more prominent throughout the drink. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the heavier end, ABV is very well masked, drinkability is average. 3.75

O: Overall, I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Its unique, and not something I would frequent often, but is a very good beer if you are in the mood for something different. 4

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Photo of predikit
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black, settles in the glass like ink, leaves a one inch brown head that has good retention. Leaves a low amount of lacing behind.

The smell is dominated by the alcohol, notes of oats and molasses, fig like fruity notes.

Taste hits you with the alcohol, malty start, takes on a mellow roasted tone, for the finish, hints of coffee or bitter chocolate. Leaves a noticeable burn from the alcohol behind.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth, the alcohol is mellow, it is detectable but does not cause any real harsh reactions. The throat burn lasts for a good time after a pull, only real negative here.

Not a bad stout, but would prefer more emphasis on flavor and less on ABV.

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Photo of Acidik_Inc
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Weyerbacher's Belgian-Style Imperial Stout appropriately and ironically entitled Tiny. Weighing in at an incredible 11.8% ABV. This is no sissy chugging beer. You will demand for your taste buds to sip all the complex layers of port, fig, brown sugars, vanillas, charcoal, cognac. It's smokey sweetness and jet black flavor are only fantasy to most other Imperial Stout companies. I can not wait to break into another bottle.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a jet black with tan head that leaves very little retention. Smells of molasses and some dark malts. Tastes thick with hit alcohol notes that burn the throat, and some caramelized raisins and perhaps some dark fruit. Full bodied beer with an ample amount of bitterness. Definitely a booze bomb. If you're into this kind of beer then leave it for desert or your sole beer if the night. I think it could be improved by dialing down the alcohol and diversifying the malt bill.

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Photo of Act25
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love Imperial Stout. Love this Brewer's stouts. So I'm biased.
A: Misses the 4 because it fades fast and doesnt lace as much as the best.
S: Liquor soaked dark fruit, dark chocolate box, truffles, and earth tones.
T: follows the smell but better! Yeasty, woody, boozy and chocolaty, followed by dark chocolate wrapped dark fruit; then the chocolate flavors blossom more, as in melting in your mouth, and finally the woody, yeast, alcohol manage the long finish.

F: Great mouth feel, medium bodied, good for meditation or dessert. Last beer.

I'd taste this off RIS and BIS like BORIS, Stone, Russian River, Founders.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass pitch black,oil slick black with a two finger fluffy mocha colored head that settled very slowly.A great mix of dark fruit,molasses,and bitter chocolate in the nose,even a hint of roasted nut shows thru,decedent and lush.A little prickly in the mouth with the carbonation being higher,flavors are a bit hot with big dark fruit flavors,bitter chocolate,and licorice dominating.A good beer, its hot but not over the top sweet,the alcohol does hit hard after awhile though.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Photo of steelerguy
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Tar black, slow forming thick cocoa colored head, fairly high carbonation. Attractive and interesting.

S - Lots of malty chocolate, a bit of coffee, with a definite Belgian yeast aroma.

T - Amazingly this tastes almost exactly what you would imagine it to. A big bold imperial stout with all the chocolate and some coffee along with some underlying dark fruit, spice, and Belgian yeast. Almost tastes like a blend of stout and dark strong ale. There is a nice pleasant alcohol kick at the end without it tasting boozy.

M - Viscous and velvety, heavy body cut at the end with some carbonation and definite alcohol warmth.

O - A very interesting beer, what would have been a good imperial stout is given a twist using a Belgian yeast. I like it a lot.

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Photo of Aaron420
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a snifter. It poured a rich dark molasses black with a medium sized brown head that dissipated on the quick side, leaving very little lacing. It smelled of heavy roasted malts with a mix of smoke, chocolate, light fruit, and a overwhelming hit of alcohol. But surprising is that the alcohol is not overwhelming upon tasting. Your taste buds are struck by a rich chocolate malty flavor with a mix of a sweet fruit and molasses mixed in with the roasted malts. As the sweet and malty flavor vanishes you are hit with a small taste of alcohol comes it but doesn't stay around very long. This is a very full bodied brew with a rather light carbonation and a nice warming pheeling in the back of the throat. All in all this was a very enjoyable brew that in the end will leave you with a full stomach and a great buzz. Would buy this one again.

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Photo of daveshawley
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a black color with a thick mocha head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Nice aroma of sweet chocolate, roasted malt. A peppery alcoholic odor was also present.
The sweet chocolate aroma became more of a dark chocolate taste. Some espresso, a little vanilla. Alcohol was very well hidden.
I didn't think it was as "silky" as the label advertised, but it was still a rich and rewarding beer.

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Photo of thetommo
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with a huge, chocolate milk colored head that fizzles away quickly. Smells mostly like a belgian quad with some roasted malts. Banana, belgian yeast, raisins, alcohol fumes. Taste follows suit....banana estery, that belgian yeast, roasted malts, huge overripe dark fruits like figs and prunes. Alcohol warmth in the finish. Good body, pretty heavy and viscous in the mouth, still a bit tingly despite the body. Velvety smooth. This is quite enjoyable actually and rubs off in the drinkability factor. Better than what was expected and definitely recommended. I can only see this getting a lot better with some time on it to allow it to mellow out and allow the flavors to integrate a little more.

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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ha ha, very funny Weyerbacher..."Tiny" is HUGE!

Bomber, caged and corked, it was a bitch to get the cork out and she opened with a fairly huge "POP"

Dead of night BLACK, huge dark tan head, fades slowly to a velvety fine film, thick collar and ample bands and bits of lacing.

Nose is chock full of black coffee, bitter chocolate and dark malts.

Nose flavors carry on to the palate, with lots of dark chocolate, tastes and feels like a thick bourbon milk shake, loaded with rich flavors.

Silky smooth and thickly yummy on the tongue and coating the mouth.

Fine night capper or with a rich and gooey chocolate dessert.

Alcohol well hidden somehow.

Well done, huge stout fans rejoice

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Photo of mctizzz
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%

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