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TINY - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 347
Hads: 1,015
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 45
Gots: 269 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrallen34 on 02-21-2010

ABV may vary. "Belgian Imperial Stout".
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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared with Hudson, Caroline, and Joel during the Bears-Packers game.

I wasn't sure what to expect from a "Belgian-Style Imperial Stout," but this was a freakin' revelation.

Poured a silky, midnight brown with a frothy, chestnut head. I like to see that much carbonation in a beer this big, for sure. Aroma of roasted cocoa and espresso, with something slightly sour - "vinous" as the bottle would describe. Hudson said he got a hint of tequila. The waft of the 11.8% is definitely noticeable in the nose.

More terrifically balanced roasted notes in the taste, with touches but not overpowering notes of coffee and bitter chocolate, with a strong vanilla character. The vinous quality really pulls everything else together - this is sweet without being cloying, with just a soft grapey sweetness, like it's been dashed with port. It doesn't crush the palate like many of its peers would but has plenty of character, depth, and flavor to entertain through an entire bottle. There isn't even a hint of the high ABV in the taste, and the velvety mouthfeel (another spot-on descriptor stolen from the label) is simply exceptional.

Delicious, delightful, drinkable -- almost a shame I shared it (kidding). I'm rushing out to buy another or twelve. A definite contender for the title of best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of threeviews
4.81/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml corked & caged bottle (no Bottled On or Best By date listed) into a Lost Abbey branded Rastal Teku 2.0 stemmed glass.

A- The pour reveals an absolutely motor oil black liquid capped by about 1-finger's worth of a brown head dissipating rather quickly. Considering the elevated ABV, I didn't expect much head retention. (4.75)

S- Aromas of milk chocolate and espresso play amazing well with the fruity esters from the Belgian yeast creating the illusion of a banana split sundae. As it warms, I am able to detect molasses, vinous notes (reminiscent of a port wine), vanilla, alcohol and a hint of anise. (5.0)

T- Espresso-like astringency from the heavy dose of roasted barley hits the palate first. Sweetness is detected mid-palate from the dark-kilned malts Belgian yeast which lingers. The finish is long and some alcohol warmth is felt as it slides down the throat. (4.75)

M- The body falls squarely on the heavier side of medium. Although I have consumed Tiny previously with very little carbonation, this particular bottle/batch features a lively carbonation which helps both open the palate and as it warms, keeps the beer from ever becoming cloying. (4.75)

O- Not only does Tiny stand as the epitome for the style (and stands proudly above other respected Imperial Stouts like Stone's IRS), you cannot (and will not) find something of this caliber for the price (~$7-$8 bottle). The only thing that would make Tiny a perfect 5.0 is by throwing it into some bourbon barrels (and am confident that it would rank alongside Bourbon County and KBS). Until then, the beer is great, the oxymoronic title is great and the (recently updated) artwork is great...world class! (4.75)

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours out an oil slick with almost no head. nose; rich mixture of coffee bean, baker's chocolate, oak cask and banana, damn. taste; bitter cocoa, oak, chocolate, dark cherry, and vanilla. very slight on the belgian yeast and burnt toast, moderate roasted malt. 12% abv, and it goes down scarily easy and pleasant. thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. perfectly bitter/sweet balance here and a monstrous mix of rich flavors that somehow manage to remain engaging and uncloying. disregard the less-than-stellar reviews if you are a stout fan; gold star for this one - sign me up!

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found at E.B.I. thanks to BrewCrew2010! Thanks Danielle!!!

A- Dark and murky with a deep tan head that leaves a nice amount of lacing... and then slides away rather quickly. Almost no light shining thru!

S- Quad style yeastiness... fig jam, banana, caramel, prunes, chocolate and a load of fresh pressed espresso! Like a perfect blend of Abt 12 and Southern Tier Choklat... very cool!!!

T- DAMN!!! Like drinking chocolate jam!!! WOW! Raisin's, coffee, banana walnut bread, artisanal chocolate, caramel, alcohol, rye bread, granola... this is rediculous! The flavors of each keep floating in and out of each other... intertwining... making sweet Barry White love... I think the word is Orgy!!! An Orgy of flavor in my mouth!!! LOL!!! That's right... I said it!

M- Rolls on the tongue, changing flavors constantly... Not too syrupy, not to thin... great balance! A touch of alcohol burn on the finish that I am really loving because it accents all of the flavors as you breathe in and out! Sublime!

O- Half Stout, half Quad? Is that what this is? That's my best guess! Whatever it is... Damn fine job Weyerbacher!!! Absolutely brilliant (yet again!). Unusual... yet feels like home! I'm glad I have a bottle of this to put away as well!

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Photo of Altrurian
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An interesting, high, fluffy, active, brownish-tan head settles down after a few minutes to a thin coat over an opaque burnt umber liquid. A dominant aroma of chocolate nicely complements the visual display.

The taste is of bread and fruit. Currants come to mind, with a slight acidic tinge that contributes wine-like sophistication to a palate that, incredibly, ranges over to a comforting hint of freshly-baked dinner rolls. The beer has a creamy texture, culminating in a subdued but definite sting of carbonation and alcohol.

This is an absolutely delicious beer, uncannily melding drinkability and robustness.

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Photo of Hoptimistic_Pissamesstic
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks like motor oil, tiny maybe refers to the dark brown head, it's tiny. Thick mouthfeel that lingers. Very much like drinking scotch has a smoky taste feel and smell. Very very pleasant to sip on, as it warms it opens up to figs and chocolate covered raisins. I actually lle this better at room temp. Great beer unlike anything else, it is an experience and is anything but tiny.

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Photo of StoutBoi
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not quite sure why this is described as an American Imperial Stout when the bottle is clearly labeled Belgian Imperial Stout.
This is one is a heavy hitter, the subtleties of a Belgian stout combined with the clout and luscious mouthfeel of a double stout.
I slowly bought out the supply at Broadway Dive on the Upper West Side over a 2-3 month period.

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Photo of SirEgbert
4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Opaque, dark and viscous. Toffee-colored head subsides slowly.

S- Ripe cherries. Apricots. Leathery, earthy notes. Bitter cocoa. Subtle alcohol. Espresso and malt.

T- More fruit (pit fruit, blackberry(?) apples and ripe bananas) and dark-roasted malts. Slight spice. Dark chocolate and black licorice. Molasses. Burned toast and a pleasant hop bitterness at the end. Slight alcohol heat.

M- Full, smooth and bold. Coats the tongue and keeps it warm.

O- Taste-wise, I could drink this all night, but the heaviness and the alcohol make one bottle plenty (though I’d be tempted to give a second bottle a sporting go). This beer is really well-balanced. The Belgian characteristics impart a soft warmth and fruit flavor that pairs so well with an imperial stout.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy cow. This is the stuff. It's like a cross between Piraat and Founders Imperial stout.

It's billled as a Belgian Imperial Stout, and for good reason. It leads w/ the tropical fruit of Belgian yeast. Then is instantly taken over by a sweet roasty vanilla caramel. After every sip, there's a rummy warmth, an alcoholic vapor that expands in the chest and counter-lifts the massive anchor of raisin-sweetness really nicely.

I don't get all the sub-4.0 ratings on here. Perhaps people have missed the "Belgian" intentions of the brewers?

I love it.

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Photo of hdofu
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother didn't like this one, I found it irresistible though. It poured chocolate red with a tan head. The first smell to hit me was bananas, then chocolate. It tastes like chocolate and banana I mean I've never encountered this much banana. Has the proper amount of alcohol burn despite being such a strong beer. This beer is really drinkable, though at 11 abv that could be a really bad thing.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy head. Smells of roasted malts. Alcohol smacks you in the face, but goes down rather smooth even if bitter. Overall one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had.

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Photo of B33R501
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Friday nite looking for something different well I found it. Reading the wide range of reviews here I knew this would be interesting.

Black beer big creamy mocha head that sticks around thru the entire bomber. Huge chocolate aroma when the cork pops, very nice, little alcohol is present. Velvety smooth chocolate and roasted malts, black licorice which I can't stand but not too bad here as it actually fits the flavor profile leading to an incredible vinous character that I'm really enjoying, with the belgian bubblegum flavor along for the ride. Lots going on with this beer and it finishes like a chocolatey grape bubblegum white wine. Complex and delicious, not something you have every day, but perfect tonite. Overall outstanding.

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Photo of bsk295
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice stout! Good cold or at room temperature. It is a very dark beer so you may be initial intimidated. This beer is not bitter and very drinkable. Please be careful as it has a high alcohol content.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
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 weller1js
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a dark heavy brown, appears almost black, moderate carbonation is notable in the pour, yields a finger-thick brown head that dissipates into a healthy ring of foamy lacing and film.

smell: complex, notes of dark fruit, oak, caramel, mocha coffee, with light yet notable alcohol undertones.

taste: begins sweet, with the hints of dark fruit presenting themselves outright, devolving into velvety sensations including smokey oak, earthiness, and yeast, all of which are enhanced by the strength of the alcohol taste, which is not overly forceful, even at 11.8% abv; finishes with a lingering of all of the elements, particularly the dark fruit, alcohol, and coffee.

mouthfeel: heavier in body, the velvety aspects in the taste transcend into the feel, the moderate carbonation enhances the effect.

overall: the qualities in this one lie in its complexity and its ability to take a hybrid style and make all of the elements come together without detracting from any other aspect; this is achieved, and my only reservation would be the presence of hops was subdued, but when you are doing so much all at once, it is not a knock as it is almost something to aspire to.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark with nice, thick very brown head.

Smell: Pleasant and complex. I get hints of coffee, some spiciness from hops, as well as a sweetness similar to a Belgian ale. Overall a nice mix of aromas can smell both the hops and roasted malts.

Taste: Excellent taste. There is both a strong malt flavor with some bitterness from the hops, but it is not too bitter, nor too sweet. The alcohol is prominent too. There is a sweetness at the end. The balance between the various flavors is great.

Feel: The feel is thick in the mouth, and almost creamy.

This is one of the best imperial stouts I've tasted. You will enjoy it if you like a bold stout with a strong alcohol kick. It is complex, and every time I drink it, I get something new. Definitely a beer to drink again.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle served in a chalice. It pours bright black under a ½” tan foam collar that recedes moderately fast. A hint of legs. Winey estery aromas dominate the nose. The palate is alcoholic, malty and sweet toned down slightly by some bitter roast.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Enjoyed from a bomber with cork top. YUM!

Ahhhh....a total winner. This Belgian imperial stout pours a thick luxurious black with a
beautiful frothy tan head and nice lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, crème brulee, coffee,
and Belgian earthy sweetness. Tons of dark chocolate on the front, dark roasted coffee on
the middle, and creamy sweetness on the back. Fantastic thick yet smooth mouthfeel, thick
and sumptuous, velvety goodness with the addition of just the right amount of Belgian yeast.
Alcohol is extremely well hidden. A personal favorite I have yet to tire of. Stout lovers TAKE

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a huge dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of anis seed notes with light roasted character and some lactose notes. Taste is a very nice mix between some anis seed, lactose and light roasted malt with a nice dry creamy finish with some black chocolate. Body is full with great creamy texture with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very nicely brewed with great mix between the different elements – drinking way too nicely for amount of alcohol in this beer.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher is a strange brewery. There really isn't a middle ground with them. The beer is either really good (as this one is) or really bad (ie Blithering Idiot)

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Photo of Acidik_Inc
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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 avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a quarter inch of long-lasting, tan-colored, foamy/creamy head. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A sharp smell of malt, chocolate, dark fruits, and some yeast.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and some sugars. Very complex, with a lively character.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Full-bodied, but not in an overly heavy kind of way.

D: This is one of better American versions of a Belgian beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of beer2day
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black oily pour with the richest chocolate brown 2-finger head. Active carbonation. Very little in the way of retention and lace, though.

Dark chocolate cherries best describes the nose. Raisins are there, too, as are coffee and roast malt - but all underneath that dark chocolate cherry aroma. The kind you get when you bite into a very nice chocolate covered cherry.

Fairly sharp hop and chocolate bite up front. Almost tart. Then, as expected from the nose, a big chocolate covered cherry explosion. Bit of fig and raisin underneath that. Lots of tart in the finish, with bites from the coffee, hops, and cherries. Very complex, but it all works together very well. Significant burn from the alcohol in the back of the throat.

Feel is very nice. Creamy with a nice mix of active carbonation.

I'm drinking the whole 750ml myself (though it took 2 hours to do it) and would gladly drink another. Just not tonight.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to a generous BA for a sweet Weyerbacher hook-up!

Black. Yes, indeed. I like this. It produces a dark brown head of foam, almost three-fingers thick. This recedes to a surface covering foam. The lacing is in thick strands, but is quite slick.

A nice amount of roasted notes are balanced by a good presence of belgian yeast notes. Milk chocolate covered coffee beans. Over-ripened black cherries and a good hint of bananas, along with other dark fruit notes. Hints of a mild earthy component.

This follows the nose quite well. Lots of good roasty notes abound. They are offered balance by the dark fruit notes which bring a small dose of sweetness. Then, balance is achieved from the belgian yeast component. It brings banana flavor & sweetness (which is mild) and a nice, slightly drying, earthy quality. Light traces of marshmallow and leather. There is an almost cab-sauv quality to this; with the dryness and the dark fruits and the earthiness. It's delicious.

This has a beautiful full body. It has a medium level of carbonation, which works well for it. It has a nice hint of creaminess to it. It goes down like velour, all smooth and nice feeling.

On top of all of this, the 11.80%abv drinks like it's around half of that. It's 'big' enough that you probably wouldn't think about downing multiple bottles in a sitting, but drinks easily enough that you probably could, if you really wanted to. Very well done, once again, Weyerbacher!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my 10oz sniffer a few times

A - Seemed like a solid black but tilted I could see it had a dark cherry wood like brown. Deep mocha head as well but only a slight layer with lacing. Still it was impressive.

S - On the nose it mostly smelled of Belgium candied sugars including dark chocolate, mild roast, and some playful fruits.

T - This beer was very different. On the first pour the ABV was kind of cloying but as I sipped it became more balanced with the flavors of bakers chocolate and light roast. Slight raisin and plum joined in as it warmed. The kicker was the second pour which had the yeast at the bottom which I didn't expect. The yeast gave it a well concealed bitterness which masked the ABV extremely well. In fact this may have been the first beer that I should have poured harshly to mix sediment since it provided a nice dimension.

M - It took me well over an hour to drink the whole bottle but couldn't see a second (same day) so heavy in mouth feel. Still very drinkable despite the ABV.

Overall this beer really impressed me. Hearing most light beer drinkers here give this beer a heavy ABV burn made me think this beer would be better with age but it drank well. I could see myself picking up another bomber to have sometime over the summer but maybe to save for cold winters. Man I think I love Belgiums especially when done right! Pitty I never really like their Quad but this beer KICKED MY SHIT! (In a good way!)

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TINY from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.