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TINY - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

355 Reviews
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Reviews: 355
Hads: 1,032
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 45
Gots: 274 | 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 iTunesUpdates
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Well this was a crazy beer at 11.8 ABV but the amount of carbonation really made this blend well. For this much beer and high ABV, you can't beat the price at $7

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%

Bottled 5/9/14, BB 5/9/19 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt
Head small (2 cm), medium brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing – basically none – a rare very tiny island of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt and weak coffee taste, some date/fig overtones; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.0625. Final weighted score: 4.125
This is a tasty imperial stout – don’t hold the “Belgium-style” against it. The coffee flavor could be a little more pronounced without hurting the taste and the barely noticeable yeast phenolics don’t ruin the flavor. A less fizzy more lasting head and more lacing would be good but the beer is still attractive without them.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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 Carb-Overlord
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. It was not what I was expecting; I was thinking it would be a creamy thick stout until I took my first drink. This flavor & mouthfeel actually reminded me a Gulden Draak or even Grimbergen. Then I read the label more closely and saw "Belgian Style." Ok, makes sense now.

A: This pours a deep black color; I poured this into a brandy snifter and it looked like it wasn't going to have a head, but then foamed up a good 1/2" at the end. Nice tan color, when swirled left very bubbly residue on side of glass. Appetizing look.

S: Not entirely strong smells, but a pleasing sweet yeasty smell.

T: Very interesting for me; was caught by surprise, it looked like it was going to be a thick creamy beer but tasted very sweet with a caramelized grain flavor on the back sides to finish. I thought I was sitting down for a meal and ended with a very sweet refreshing stout. The flavor could really be compared to a Grimbergen Dubbel, which is when I noticed the "Belgian" tag on the description. Makes sense.

M: Very effervescent. This almost had the mouth feel of champagne to me. Not quite so bubbly, but very close. Very interesting, it makes the beer feel lighter than it is. It feels like a beer that could be drunk quickly, but considering the ABV, sipped this one out.

O: I would certainly recommend this to any friend. Those who enjoy Gulden Draak or Grimbergen Dubbel will most definitely enjoy this beer. Well done.

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Photo of threeviews
4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
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 GJ40
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle with no date.

Black with no light coming through and a moderate tan head of large bubbles that dissipates quickly. Aroma is roasted malts and dark, dried fruits. Flavor is boozy with a moderate sweetness, molasses, cocoa and black licorice. The bitterness is firm and lingers. I didn't get much that made me think Belgian. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a low carbonation.

Like the guy on the label, this beer seems more about brute force than elegance. I would have liked more harmony, depth and complexity.

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Photo of Brenden
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tiny certainly doesn't look it, though Weyerbacher's price points for their 750s might be what they're referring to. This one is black, heavily viscous and rich-looking, with as dark brown a head as ever I've seen on a beer. Retention is good, and it takes its time fading down from a full finger and never fully does. As the beer falls in the glass, its walls are coated with hefty patching to evidence what was.
The aroma is strong, and it's got some unexpected complexities. Sure, it smells like a stout, and a rich one at that. It's got lots of roast, coffee and cocoa, in a note powdery dry while a bit of creamy sweetness counters. But it's also got lots of dark fruits in a rich port-like undertone with a hint of smoke and molasses for a smell that really makes me want to taste it.
And it's even better. All of the richness, depth and complexity comes together with a bit of booze and even some tannins along with the cocoa powder dryness, anise and creamy sweetness. Such rich dark fruits underscore the beer the entire way. It works together deliciously.
The mouthfeel is thick, rich, creamy and sweet but with that added dryness eases off of being too rich or heavy. It never loses its smoothness, and light carbonation keeps up.

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Photo of richj1970
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with two finger mocha colored head that settled fairly quickly to a ring around the edge. Very little lacing.

S: Espresso, port wine, roasted malts, and a bit of Belgian yeast and a bit of smoke.

T: Opens with a nice roasty note like a nice cup of bitter coffee. A hint of sourness that reminds me a bit of a dry red wine. Some subtle hints of dark chocolate.

M: Full bodied but not overly thick. Coats the tongue nicely.

O: A very interesting twist on an imperial stout. The Belgian yeast adds a nice touch. Probably not my go to choice in a stout, but a very enjoyable brew none the less.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Mike! Pitch black pour with two finger caramel-colored head that quickly faded leaving nice lacing. Unique roasty nose with a strong vinous character along with hints of espresso, licorice, cocoa, dark fruits, toffee, and some subtle smoke. The taste is earthy and vinous and pretty much mirrors the nose. Hints of cocoa, grapes, espresso, licorice, dark chocolate, black pepper, dark fruits, leather, tobacco, port wine, and smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, velvety smooth, subtly creamy, incredibly drinkable for the ABV, and continues the vinous theme. Overall, a very nice surprise. Unique and crazy drinkable! Highly recommended!

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've seen dark brown almost to the point of black but this is freakin black as a no moon midnight. Extremely rich dark brown layered mahogany dense head. Tis a thing of beauty.

Aromas of sweet cream, malty, cocoa powder, hops and a candy store.

Big on character, vanilla, dark/bakers chocolate, bitter hop and coffee roast.

Heavier body and clean finish. I enjoyed this better at cooler temps.

Magnificent depth and character needs to be repeated. At $7.49 a 1 pint 9 ounce bottle and 11abv, this is a no brainer-ALL DAY LONG! Goodnight Irene.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/21/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, plum, coffee, light char, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, plum, dark bread, coffee, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Light yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, raisin, prune, light coffee, dark bread, toast, light pepper, clove, and roasted/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great Belgian Imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of spense727
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Looks like a very delicious imperial stout.
Smell - Boozy, Smokey, roasty, coffee, chocolate
Taste - Awesome chocolate, coffee, delicious. Smells more boozy than it tastes.
Mouthfeel - Perfect mouthfeel for an imperial stout.
Overall - Excellent example of a delicious imperial stout.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Original Bottling

Poured from a corked and caged 25 ounce bottle. The thick black beer pours with suprising carbonation. Character of this brew is smooth and relaxed. Time has done this brew a favor. Smooth roasted edges lead into a dark fruit and licorice flavor, melding into chocolate and coffee. Finish is slightly dry and some of the bitter chocolate carrying through. A don’t get much of the Belgium influence in this, perhaps the age was dampened it. With the exception of hints of fresh dark cherries every now and again, I just couldn’t find the Belgium influence. Bottom line, a stellar 8 dollar c and c brew.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is an oily, jet black coloring with a sparse, filmy, chocolate tan colored surface coating of head. Aromas of peat, roast, charcoal, dark chocolate, plum, and port characteristics. Very rich and layered aromas. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with peat and charcoal leading the way, laying down a nice campfire base, with a rich, port character following, with old world fruit sweetness. Very layered and robust all over the palate. Bitter baker's chocolate, raspberry, plum, tobacco, and earth, with some tannin and terroir characteristics. The more you drink the more you find as you delve into this beer. Robust, smooth bodied throughout, with a smoked, roasted, rich aftertaste. Roasted, lingering, slick finish, with a bittersweet film left behind between sips.

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Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black with a fingers worth of dark tan head

S-toasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, bit of molasses, and dark roasted coffee

T-roasted malt, roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and I'm also picking up some dark fruity sweetness and Belgian yeast. Does not taste like 12% at all!

M-full creamy body, prickly carbonation

Overall a very interesting beer. A real combination of an Imperial Stout with a BSDA. Very well done.

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Photo of beerbully
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Black as night with thick 1 inch toffee head that leaves a thick lingering, lacing

S-dark chocolate with some dark fruits and candi sugar, molasses and sweet coffee

T-mouthful of Chocolate with some sublte notes of molasses and coffee that gives way to some slight boozy anise, some lingering sweetness but not in a way that tires the palate to the point where you can't drink anymore.

M-full bodied beer that explodes in the mouth due to ample but not overpowering carbonation

O- very good beer that I'll visit time and time again. HIgh ABV is well hidden among the chocolately flavors.. Compliments to Weyerbacher on this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of TheFightingMongooses
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cork-and-caged 750ml into my Chimay chalice.

Appearance - After pouring with vigor, a cinnamon colored head flashed up and fizzled away within seconds. Color is charcoal black with glowing tawny highlights just along the edges.

Smell - Raisins, roasted malt and alcohol combine to create an interesting, though not particularly strong nose on this one. Malt comes out more as the beer warms, revealing layers of brunt toast and just a touch of mocha. The alcohol is very evident here, which is not exactly a bad thing as it contributes a light fruit character to the aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Roasted malt with some burnt, bitter character hits first followed by sweet raisin and prune which cleans up the palate. There are hints of smoke and wood in the taste that I did not get in the aroma. Alcohol is evident, drying the mouth. The full body feels sticky and heavy on the tongue.

Overall - The label says to expect roasted and vinous notes, which I get in a big way. I wan't sure what to expect from a Belgian style imperial stout, but it is sort of like a stout crossed with a doppelbock - slightly reminiscent of port wine. This is a solid offering from a solid brewery, and a nice sipper in some cold weather.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a thick black pour wit 2 fingers of very dark brown head which dissipated into a fine tan ring. a very sweet overall aroma of pecans, cashews, molasses, cocoa, subtle roasted grains, mocha coffee. a very subtle bitterness from the roasted grains, followed by lots of sweetness from the heavy malt profile.. lots of roastyness, chocolate, coffee.. a very subtle flavor profile.. nutty and sweet.. the alcohol is very hard to detect.. which is pretty brutal for such a heavy stout.. though not as brutal as killing this thing by myself (a 750ml) on a weeknight. full body with low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a slightly chalky finish.

this has been aged for roughly 2 years.. and i can only say aging has done this beer damn well. not as good as their barrel aged stout, but damn good nonetheless. i can definitely admit to every sip bringing joy to my taste buds.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thanks to a long ago trader that i don't remember, unfortunately, for this one.

2010 vintage poured cold and black to a surly darkness snifter with a thin, long lasting mocha head with nice retention around the rim and lace after each sip.

aroma of molasses, dark fruits and a bit of smoky char.

light bodied, impressing as more of a super dark belgian as opposed to a stout, big carbonation, super light and sweet to the lips, creamy smooth.

scary drinkable, medium heat as it warms, 11.8% well hidden

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Photo of smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A very dark pour out of the bottle, almost pitch black, with a light cocoa colored brown head to match with. Microscopic bubbles in the head, with a whispy top and no oily sheen. Nice milky way appearance. Quite nice.

Light roasted smelling dark malts, and a mild sweetness. Faded wet black licorice, candied sugars. Some quad like grape sensing fruit character as well. Not very hot smelling either. Quite solid, just seems like it lacks some possible depth. Hint of oak chips used in the brew? Dunno.

Interesting palate feel. Very silky, but also very light and borderline wet. Finishes with coffee and cream like flavors in the mid palate on first sip. Flavors are quickly fleeting on numerous sips, but does provide some fruity grape, currant and somewhat raisiny character. Slight woody character possibly perceived on the nose doesn't come through in the taste as much.

It's an interesting take style wise. Yup it truly tastes Belgian and a mix of classic American large stout qualities. However, it's decent yet not mind blowing. Always wanted to try this one, glad I did.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with a creamy mocha head. A ring of brown foam and patchy oil slicks remain after the head fades.

S - Vinous, milk chocolate, roasty malt, cocoa, vanilla, dark fruit, light alcohol, earthy but the only thing I can think of to describe that aspect is vinous.

T - Boozy, dark fruits, vinous, red wine tannins, bittersweet chocolate, burnt sugars, tart berry and cherry and more lingering dark fruits.

M - Medium body and creamy. There is a bit of weight from the heavier roasted notes but it still feels light and thin at times. Warming from alcohol.

D - Haven't liked many Belgian stouts I have tried. Typically too roasty or too yeasty. This is a wonderful blend of the 2 styles. A bit boozy but nice. Needs time to warm up.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a light mocha head.

S: Caramel and sweet toffee with a slight roast. vegital almost like an olive. Funk and a dark oregon pinot noir quality.

T: Rum and sugar cane with brown sugar covered raisins and figs. This is all cut by spice and roast. Burnt bread with lots of belgian characteristics. Slight dark bitter chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with a good bitter finish.

O: Very impressed. i love all the belgian characters that play around in this stout. /91

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tiny pours black into the glass with a very small light tan head. A few spots of lace are seen on the glass.

The aroma grows as the beer warms. It's malty with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, nuts and dark fruit. A touch of medicinal alcohol is also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is velvety on the palate with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is rich and malty. Chocolate, roasted malt, peat, a touch of smoke, and dark fruit. It finishes mildly bitter with a touch of citrus. Once gone the chocolate and dark fruit lingers on the palate.

Lots of flavor in this beer especially as it warms. It hides the nearly 12% abv very well.

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TINY from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.