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Tiny - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.


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very good

700 Ratings
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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%

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:
ABV may vary. "Belgian Imperial Stout".

(Beer added by: jrallen34 on 02-21-2010)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of smaisch.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, slight fruit, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is the same with an alcohol finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but the Belgian yeast used makes for some interesting aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 03:36:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this one, served it with cake for everyone I really think it went off quite well. Poured into several snifters, this one was consumed on 05/16/2010.

Really nice pour here, really just perfectly done with a pitch black yield and a huge, towering, billowing head of chocolate colored foam on top that would not go anywhere, settled down slowly but never completely it left a huge sticky, gooey mess along the sides of the glass.

The aroma was vanilla, molasses, coffee, brown sugar, hints of some hoppiness coming through now as it warms up, very intriquing and quite different then what I was expecting to be honest, but again very nicely done i have to admit. Each sip again brought forth a great mix of flavors and tastes. Rich belgian yeast is balanced against a wonderful chocolate and coffee base. Diving further into it really brings out vanilla and hoppy tones, especially in the finish which just screams of light citrus and dryness while balancing a nearly superb roasted malt. All of the ABV is hidden so damn well, I could have sworn this thing was around 6 percent. I mean where the hell was the alcohol here?

Overall just a superb new one from weyerbacher. Would have no issues at all with trying this one again any day. Just fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 01:29:55 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: After a promising start, the big mocha head atop the black liquid just fritters away to nothingness; leaves a viscous film rather than lace

Smell: Plenty of boozy soaked dark fruit, roasty chocolate and char

Taste: Yeasty, boozy and chocolaty, up front, with a dose of dark fruit; by mid-palate, the chocolate flavors get stronger and, after the swallow, the yeast lends a Belgian complexity; long, vinous finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: This beer has a lot of potential; right now it is hot and obtrusive but, over time, the complex flavors are likely to meld together very nicely

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 01:23:47 | More by brentk56
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 17:23:18 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the taste of "stout" and "Belgium" collide, the mind doesn't think of things dainty, or finesse, or small- But Tiny is like having a chihuahua and naming him Killer.

The massive ale kicks off with a viscous and creamy appearance. Its dark weight looks like motor oil until it builds a tightly knit meringue on top. Its dark body is ominous with black opaqueness. Its head retains the session with intermittent lace throughout.

Bold aromas of fresh-brewed espresso and chocolate waft about the nose, but does so with an aura of wine-like complexity. Bunt toffee, molasses and charred toast fold in on scents of port wine, grape, and sherry wine. Its sweet and savory overtones are nearly mouthwatering heading into the first sip.

To taste, the expected flavors of espresso, bitter chocolate and hearty black-strap molasses align on the palate with full lush and savory effects. But the tart fruitiness of under-ripened berries, grape, figs, dates, prunes and raisins all take on an earthy stone-fruit flavor that heightens a sense of meatiness. Its light peppery qualities are spicy and bleed into the alcohol flavor for a mix of fresh-cracked peppercorn and brandy.

Its viscous mouthfeel is creamy and verbose with the ample carbonation and residual sweetness- kind of like a marshmallow peep for stout lovers. The beer's slow and even fade to semi-dry and spicy warmth textures extends well into the next sip.

The beer's super-bold flavor, feel, and complexity does a great job to deliver new tastes with each sip as the beer warms to reveal its secrets and the palate becomes accustomed to its charm. But one thing's for sure- Tiny is anything but small.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 17:10:02 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a dark tan head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and dark fruits are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate and roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the chocolate and roasted malt flavors are a little stronger. Little, if any alcohol or bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting stout that seems to exhibit properties of a stout and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The masking of the alcohol makes this very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 02:37:38 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a jet black body with a modestly-sized, very faintly beige-hinted head.

Smell: A variety of roasted malts, hunks of dark chocolate, and kitchen counter spices, though it's easily cut right down the middle by sharp wafts of lacquery alcohol, licorice, and plum juice.

Taste: Dark, roasted maltiness topped with chopped plums, mashed-up bananas, chewing gum, cracked cloves, black licorice, and coated with bittersweet chocolate. It's plenty sweet. Noticed vein of alcohol. Roasty, earthen bitterness tucked inside. Sustained spiciness throughout. Semi-dry, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Soft, smooth body.

Drinkability: Hmm, maybe it's me, but I've got a slight feeling of Déjà vu. It's not exactly tiny, but, maybe it is a bit thirteen-y.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 15:06:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 02:36:15 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I'm treating this as a Belgian stout, rather than a BSDA (na na na na boo boo, stick yer head in doo-doo!). Deal with it. I know I will. This guy pours a straight obsidian capped by over a finger of rich soil-colored foam. Off the top o' my head, I'd say it's the third darkest head I've yet seen (behind Zhukov and some unknown brew). The nose comprises raisins, figs, a heft of rum, and some coffee simpering in the other room. It's like one of those snot-nosed kids that have to make noise while there's company over. Just ignore them; they crave attention, positive or negative. Brats. Anyway, the taste holds notes of bitter cocoa, raisins, figs, black cherries, red apples, and a bready yeast in the back (more aggressive than the coffee smell, but not by much). The body is medium, with an active carbonation (a lot higher than expected) and a chewy, but in no way very sticky or mouth-coating, feel. Not bad, overall, but nothing all that special.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 21:20:42 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An impressive head of brown froth rises steadily as you pour "Tiny" into your glass. It forms an inch and a half or more of pillowy foam that lasts for quite some time above the black body beneath. It leaves walls of solid lace about the glass; and once the head has fallen it appears almost orange as it forms a ring along the sides of the glass.

The aroma is sugary and cocoa-ish with notes of dark fruit, backed by yeasty spice and roastiness. It's interesting, but it doesn't convey the complexity that's to be found in the flavor.

In the mouth the carbonation is released as the beer warms, foaming up and becoming pillowy before settling down to a smoother, almost velvety feel. It's a little bit much at first, but as you work your way through the glass and a bit of that carbonation is released it becomes much softer and smoother.

The flavor is complex, and certainly rich. It starts with candy (sugar and vanilla) and dark fruit (raisin, plum) with a bit of spice, then displays a lot of chocolate and cocoa across the middle, and ends with more candy-ish and spicy Belgian character. There are also some leafy hop flavors across the middle and throughout the finish, adding another component; and a contrast to the candy notes. It's sweet, but it's also dry, no doubt due in part to the yeasty spiciness and the drying alcohol.

But the alcohol is never really apparent (in your first glass) besides adding to the spiciness, which is fairly surprising for a brew of 11.8% abv, and lends greatly to its drinkability. The Belgian character also gives it more complexity and depth of character than might be expected, and there's certainly enough going on to keep it interesting.

Worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 01:00:29 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

""Weyerbacher Tiny, Belgian-style Imperial Stout. This velvety concoction excites your senses with bottomless roasted, earthy, and vinous notes."

The name, obviously ironic, I note, before delving in...750 ml bottle, let's do it, ....

Dark as sin, small, roasty tan head...looking good.

Aroma: cocoa is king, some anise and molasses, rich spices and more...beautiul, truly...mmmm...

Taste: very rich, super chocolatey, super-delicious...mmmm, ...ultra-tasty. hits all the right notes. "

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 04:52:23 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of russpowell


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NC, at Gail's in Hickory NC

Pours jet black a pinky of mocha head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, juicy fruit, faint boozeyness, Green bananas & more boozeyness once warm

T: Dark fruit, slight dirt flavors, banana, booze warmth up front, some cocoa notes. Boozeyness stays with this as this warms, some carob notes, then green banana. Finishes dry, with dark fruit & carob & a bit more green banana

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, some silkyness

Good Belgian slanted Imp Stout that shows huge potential for cellaring. This is one to be approach with respect despite the name... Irony perhaps :P

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 04:03:40 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice black malt malt bitterness with some light chocolate malt character. The Belgian yeast esters are present, but not dominant. It has a touch of alcohol warmth to it. The taste is good as well. It has a firm bitterness to it as well as a mild coffee-like earthiness. It goes down easy with minimal warmth and finishes with some excellent Belgian yeast character. The fruitiness seems to squash the heat of the IS. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It's easy drinking with good Belgian character.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 12:40:41 | More by WesWes
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a dark brown head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, with a little bit of licorice also thrown in. The flavor is more complex. I get some nice anise and chocolate notes, with some roasted malt also in there. As the beer warms, I start to get some smoke and dark fruit notes, as well as a little bit of Belgian yeast. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice Belgian stout, glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 02:29:47 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a cola brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin, sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - plum and raisin and a strong roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee. There was a mild booziness with bourbon-like notes.

M - It was soft and smooth. Almost a little creamy. A medium to full bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good Imperial Stout. The Belgian style twist is a little unusual, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 01:58:40 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 1; sampled November 2011.
A solid pour into my Lost Abbe Teku glass produces a four-finger thick, light cocoa brown colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown, almost perfectly black color that is quite opaque, even when held up to the light. The beer smells of a dark chocolate and coffee candy, lots of burnt prune notes, some spicy alcohol notes, a touch of roasted chalk and some clove notes that mix in with the dark fruitiness that is here. Really the roast character is the dominant note here, as it should be in an Imperial Stout, but the spice character gets quite a bit prominent as the beer warms up.

There is a soft, slightly creamy texture to this beer, though it certainly isn’t a heavy beer for something of this strength. There are lots of clove phenolics here that accentuate a prune flavor, though the clove note is definitely more pronounced. Ample roasted notes adds a smooth, malted coffee note up front, a touch of burnt bitterness more towards the finish, and then a drying, sort of chalky like, burnt note that lingers in the finish along with the spicy, sweet seeming clove notes. There is a touch of cardamom to the spiciness and the alcohol also accentuates a touch of tongue numbing character from the phenolics. As the beer warms up it seems to end a bit on the thin side. The yeast takes this a bit into a medicinal, sort of children’s aspirin like note after a bit as well.

The Belgian yeast seems to dry this beer out a bit more than is typical in a normal Imperial Stout, and the clove and phenolics add an edge to this beer that is a bit more pronounced than would be necessary for this to absolutely work. Not a horrible beer, but it certainly isn’t quite what I want to be drinking either.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:13:13 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Knapp85


4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think it's safe to say this probably my favorite Weyerbacher release as of yet. The first time I went to get some it was already sold out and sure enough they released it again and I made sure I got a bottle that time around. The beer is a big stout, I love the look of the pour, the carbonation give this beer a similar look to a really thick Guinness or something. This brew is so dark, it looks so good in a chalice or goblet. The head is a rich looking brown color and very thick and smooth. The aroma is of some Belgian yeasts that are kind of hidden by the bigger aromas of chocolate and roasted malts. This stout taste like something out of a dream to me. The richness of the dark chocolate with some serious dry hops in the aftertaste. It's got some sweetness and then some bitterness, it got different levels going on in it. Overall I would buy this again anytime. I think any stout fan would enjoy this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 04:52:37 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into tulip glass.

Pours pitch black with a tall brown head. The head descends to one-finger head that slowly descends to a wisp. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is roasty and earthy with chocolate, toffee, black olives and cotton candy. Rich and robust.

The taste is sweet - chocolate cake, anise, cotton candy/bubblegum and black olives. It picks up vinuous notes as it progresses. Sweet, but balanced by roast and bitter dryness in the finish. Alcohol slightly noticeable, but more than reasonably well-covered for the high abv.

The feel is creamy, silky, velvety. It hits full-bodied for an effervescent feel. It leaves a bit of salt on the palate. Not thick. Smooth.

This is "dangerously" drinkable. Warmth does slow it down, but, again, in a reasonable way for abv. This is a great stout with a Belgian-esque flair. An enjoyable sipper to say the least!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 17:16:50 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very black with a very dark tan head. Nose is thickly sweet malts. Flavor is robust with malty tones. Smooth sweetness and a good level of roasted tones too. Belgian influences are minimal at best. This is well more a russian imperial stout than a Belgian ale. Thick and chewy. Almost seems like a meal. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, though not if you let it warm up too much. Then it becomes boozy. Me suggestion is to drink it cold. This is definitely one worth leaving in the cellar to see how it would mature. An excellent brew. (though might have been more appropriate as a winter release)

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 02:30:24 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a huge 3"+ fluffy milk chocolate colored head. Some spots of lace develop.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolates, figs, and some alcohol is easily detectable.

Taste: big roasted malt profile with nice amount of bittersweet chocolate, figs, prunes,brown sugar, and a decent amount of warming alcohol. Bitterness tries to bring this back into balance.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Prickly to start, smooth at the finish. Some dryness arrives late.

Drinkability: a real slow sipping beer. One bomber will last you a while. With the high and hot alcohol level this is score is down a bit for me. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 19:53:45 | More by Gavage
Photo of smcolw


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starts with a large beige head--quickly settling to a centimeter thick head. Leaves some slippery, spotty lace. The broth is near black where no light shines through even on the edge of the glass.

Initial smell impression is of a milk stout, even though I know it is a Belgian Dark Ale. No yeast bite, but there's plenty of darker malt aromas--some black patent, some dark crystal. Brown sugar sweetness and there's a whiff of alcohol to the nose as well.

Tastes like an Imperial Stout with a touch of sweetness. Light hop, but the bitterness mostly comes from the very dark malt. Strong alcohol warmth in the swallow and the aftertaste, which is surprisingly short-lived. The body is relatively thin with a deceptively high level of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 02:32:33 | More by smcolw
Photo of mactrail


3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hit to the head black ale.

Impenetrably dark with a reasonable head. Odd carbonation dissipates in the mouth with big bubbles like mediocre homebrew. Nothing velvety about this stout. Alcohol is like a raw wound. Odor of rubbing alcohol. Strangely thin bodied with a sharp taste, like lots of black patent malt. Orange juice and cider flavors. Must be some hops but they are hard to find in the jarring flavors.

I like a strong malty stout or barley wine, but this one is a real wallop. A touch of sweetness and more malty body would be welcome with this much raw strength.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 03:38:54 | More by mactrail
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown with 1 inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of dark fruits, sugar, sweet fruits, and coffee maybe?

t - Taste of sweet dark fruits, sugar, and coffee

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent ale. I thought it was too sweet in both the smell and taste. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 03:24:51 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 23:06:20 | More by Billolick
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Black color - no highlights, some yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is baked chocolate, flavor is same - baked chocolate with caramel finish. The high ABV is hidden. Nice imp stout. $7.30 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 23:19:50 | More by jdhilt
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Tiny from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.