Tiny - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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4.9/5 rDev +24.7%
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.
01-24-2011 03:03:47 | More by RockyTopHeel
4.8/5 rDev +22.1%
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)
04-27-2014 20:13:43 | More by threeviews
4.78/5 rDev +21.6%
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!
05-15-2011 03:51:48 | More by Thickfreakness
4.75/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
07-15-2011 23:42:28 | More by SirEgbert
Tiny from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.