TINY - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 330
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rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 40
Gots: 237 | 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 ThisWangsChung
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color with good opacity. The head is very creamy; a one finger tan shade that fades slowly but surely. There's still a thin, consistent film remaining, so retention is quite good. Looks damn good, frankly.

S: There's a very pleasant mix of darker fruits, lighter ones, and plenty of fudgy chocolate. Licorice is prevalent, but not deterring; appearing more boldly as it opens up. This has a really likable aroma. In fact, I'll even go a step further: this isn't far off from Black Albert in terms of quality.

T: It opens with a lot of vinous dark fruit, with just a touch of supplementing cherry notes as well. A midtaste of chocolate and licorice is followed up by a bready, earthen finish. Caramel is strong on the aftertaste, with roasted suggestions popping up every now and then. At first sip, it seems quite boozy, but calms down after subsequent swigs. For a near 12% imperial stout - especially one brewed with Belgian yeast - it's a bit lacking in complexity. It's there, don't get me wrong, but not as vividly as it should be. Other than that, it's damn solid.

M: This is on the sweeter side in terms of the finish and aftertaste. It's also soft - no annoying astringency or raging carbonation here. Well, maybe a touch of the former, and it's certainly not annoying here. Quite the warming brew going down, as well. Despite that, I'd even call it easy to drink. But only just.

O: I wouldn't drink this cold, because it definitely improves the more it warms up. All in all, I like this one a lot - anything that bears a vague resemblance to Black Albert is sure to get praise from me. To be fair, it is a little rough around the edges in comparison, but it captures the good aspects of both a BSDA and a RIS well enough. A pleasant surprise from Weyerbacher; I'll having no trouble polishing this big bottle off solo. (1,891 characters)

Photo of brewcifix
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Tiny pours dark black with a thick foamy tan head. Lacing is pretty much nonexistent.

S- The nose showcases chocolate, cream, dark fruit, and bready vanilla.

T- Bitter chocolate, dark roasted malts, and smoke are up front, with espresso, brown sugar, and booze on the finish. This is a very boozy brew. Bitter dark chocolate, peat, and dark roasted malts with a touch of oaky vanilla linger on the palate. Sweetness and cream open up as the beer warms. Don't drink this right out of the refrigerator. Let it warm a little to take the bitter edge off with some vital sweetness.

M- This beer is downright heavy with little carbonation.

Overall, I wish this beer was a little less earthy and smokey. The strong alcohol also makes this stuff tough. I like a beer with complexity- marrying sweet notes with cereal ones, while masking the high alcohol. Don't get me wrong: a little booze makes me feel more like a man for drinking it. But, this beer is all alcohol, burntness, and leather. It really only starts to get nice once it warms up. My advice: drink this warm- or drink something else. (1,097 characters)

Photo of Krakistophales
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours jet black with a chocolate black head of about a finger

S: Bitter chocolate, smoke, oak, roast, and booze

T: A chocolatey sweetness hits right up front, moving into a dry and bitter cocoa in the middle, accentuated with a roasty smokiness on the end, with a great deal of booze heat

O: This is a pretty good stout, but I would probably prefer old heathen or heresy over this guy. A bit too simple for my tastes. (423 characters)

Photo of SassieCassie
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up this bomber on a whim, because the price wasn't bad. Served in a pint glass, it poured a dark rich almost black color with an impressive 1/2 inch head of rich brown foam. I was surprised at the amount of carbonation that hit my tongue on the initial sip making it super crisp. I tasted notes appropriate to stouts, coco and tobacco being the most predominate. Definitely impressed with this beer. Check it out. (422 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark black with a foamy dark cocoa-colored head; fairly quickly dissipating head and decent lacing

S: So roasty and boozy and malty; lots of dark fruits, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee beans with some sweet bready vanilla and toffee aromas; an underlying booziness persists

T: A bit more subdued but balanced flavors; lots more chocolate--like tootsie rolls--with some subtle coffee and dark fruits lingering beneath

F: Medium body and creamy but a bit thin for what it is

O: This is a balanced big beer; not nearly as boozy and overpowering as it should be considering the abv; me likey (597 characters)

Photo of someguyinohio
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a large bomber of 25.4 oz. Not sure how they came up with that size - but it's better than the usual - bomber of 22 oz. This is from Weyerbacher, one of my favorite breweries for many reasons.

This is their "Belgian style Imperial Stout". I wish some of these people on this review for this beer - would read the damn label. It says - just what it is:

"Belgian style Imperial Stout"

No it is not an Imperial Stout. It says so on the label.
No it is not a Belgian style ale. It says so on the label.

What it is - is a great drinkable Imperial Stout without the heaviness, without the heavy mouthfeel. With the - lightness and the OUTSTANDING finish of the Belgian style ale.

This is a great combination of styles that work together in concert. At first I was disappointed that it lacked the substance of the traditional Imperial Stout at the finish, but as you sample it - you recognize that you gain the substance and mouthfeel of the Imperial Stout up front, coupled with the velvety light finish of the Belgian style ale at the finish.

Actually, it's the finish on this beer that makes it is so appealing.
It reminds me of a great Chianti, the finish just disappears into a delicious vapor, but with this beer, it vaporizes into a delicious carmel bourbon vapor...And that my friend, is good.

Definitely not an IMPERIAL STOUT, nor a BELGIAN STYLE, but a happy marriage.
Imperial up front, Belgian at the end.

No it will never replace my DORIS THE DESTROYER or YETI as a reference Imperial Stout, nor my THREE PHILOSOPHERS or as a reference Belgian Ale...

This is a well crafted beer that is a well executed voyage to combine two desirable aspects of two wonderful styles - in one beer. And I'm smiling all the way to the refrigerator to get another!

Well recommended. Enjoy. (1,811 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Number on the neck says 111810, I assume November 18th, 2010? I assumed this to be around 2 years old so probably. More like 2.5 years old I guess.

A: Pitch black pour. Dense and fluffy dark, dark brown head. Fades slowly, leaving no lacing behind at all. Decent head retention.

S: Sharp whiskey aroma. Lots of vanilla? Decent dark fruit, almost wine-like and earthiness. Very strong oakiness.

T: Huh, very interesting. Lots of alcohol, number one. Boozy throughout even given the age. There's some chocolate and burnt sugars. Lots of dark fruits blend in with figs and plums mainly. A little earth too. Finish is quite boozy with loads of oak and...cherries? Lingering booze and dark fruits in the aftertaste.

M: Big, heavy, huge, boozy.

O: Not a whole lot of stout in this one. Bottle doesn't state anything about barrel-aging but this one is very boozy and oaky so I feel like it is. But on the other hand, not real whiskey flavors. Odd. Regardless, the dark fruits in this one dominate. Kinda reminds me of Darkness in a way (though not as good). Roasted malt is just a little chocolate buried under everything else. Decent but super boozy and a bit unbalanced. (1,171 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Wegman's, enjoyed chilled from the corked & caged 750ml in a snifter.

The color is an opaque deep black with thin cap of medium tan with fine bead and streamers of lace cling. The smell is very sweet with some mild fruity yeast esters and light alcohol aroma. The feel is dense with malt yet not cloying, moderate carbonation and light spice with semi-dry warming finish.

I enjoyed this at first with the dark currant flavor and slight toffee-like character but it seems sweeter as it warms with some alcohol flavors becoming more apparent and light toasted flavor with some chewy malt creaminess and slight molasses element with subtle bitterness in the finish Overall a decent stout, it has some belgian yeast fruitiness but it is a big beer to drink alone, I would recommend getting a couple beer fans to share this with -very viscous and practically a meal in a glass. (896 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, I believe. In a snifter.

Jet black and completely opaque. Small crest of light brown foam failed to rest. Languidly sitting.

Very vinous, almost tart, but still blooming with dark roastiness and cocoa. Berry and tart cherry along with South American coffee bean. Very interesting nose.

Okay... unexpectedly chocolatey. Big cocoa and sugared coffee notes that peel into vinous notes in the finish. Earthy middle with an aged hop herbal note. Alcohol swells toward the end and helps produce a warm and sizzly finish. More berry and cherry tartness and fruitiness beneath the surface. Other notes include black licorice, dark caramel, raisin, and dried fig.

Very velvety in feel, but the body is only medium. It's growing on me more, as I'm try to appreciate a big stout that isn't super-thick and decadent-feeling. It feels easy and nice. Carbonation is superb; lightly spicy. Alcohol is held in check, efficiently.

Nice take on a borderline sour stout. The Belgique brings out the dark fruits and wineyness nicely. I'm logging this on my radar. (1,062 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours not as thick as a stout should be. Black body with no head to speak of with an aggressive pour.

S - Chocolate, licorice, belgian yeast strains & oak. Odd combo in my opinion.

T - Dark, slightly tart fruits that develops into some malts with dark chocolate, bitter finish.

M - Light body and very low carbonation.

O - Funky, kind of tart stout. Odd mix of flavors that just don't mesh well for me. (414 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 2011 vintage 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a Weyerbacher branded tulip glass

Pours an opaque black with a dark brown one and half finger fizzy head. The head quickly disspates, no lacing. Earthiness, some dark fruit, Belgian yeast, a hint of roastiness and boozy alcohol on the nose. Opens with dark fruit joined by yeasty esters and finishes with alcohol and even more alcohol. Wow, is this hot and it even has a year on it. Fairly thin for an imperial stout, medium bodied slick with a bit of creaminess. It seems that most of the imperial stout qualities except for the contribution of some dark fruit flavors is overwhelmed by the Belgian yeast and the entire brew is overwhelmed by the ever-present strong alcohol. With the exception of the nose this brew seems to lack balance all the way through. Unfortunately, the marriage of Belgian yeast and other qualities and an imperial stout is an unhappy one here. (935 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a goblet

A: Pours a completely opaque chocolate colored black. There is a decent tan head which fades to a thin, oily cap and ring of foam.

S: Some notes of Belgian yeast, clove and estery alcohol soar over a deep, roasted malt aroma. A little bit of fruit mixes in with the dark malt scents.

T: An interesting combination of flavors. The roasted flavors are more prominent than the Belgian flavors; the opposite of the aroma. Bittersweet chocolate, plum and fig. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, even as it warms. Finish moves from stout to Belgian spices which linger.

M: Smooth and creamy. A little sticky and next to no alcohol heat.

O: Great beer. Pretty much the best of an imperial stout and Belgian ale. Well hidden alcohol makes for a surprisingly potent drink. (823 characters)

Photo of magine
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a near black color, brown head with tons of bubbles. Lots of action in the head. Head settles to nothing but a layer around the rim. For the abv being higher, I didnt expect much head to stick around. Clingy lace on the sides. Decent looks.

Brew smells of cocoa, dark fruits, yeasts and roasted malts. Damn fine smelling brew here - smells delicious.

Brew is velvety smooth. Dark fruits up front; yeasts, cocoa and roasted notes round out the flavors. Almost a bit of smokiness as it warms. A ton of flavors going on here. Great full bodied feel here. Brew finishes slighty bitter, borders sour. A great brew here.

This is a great brew here; complex, tasty and drinkable. I cant believe its around 12%. Great stuff here. (756 characters)

Photo of RussBecker1
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tiny is the first Belgian styled stout I have had so please keep that in mind while reading the review. This beer was awfully strange to me. It came directly after first trying B.O.R.I.S, so my palate was going haywire with new flavors, and this just further confused it. The first hit of flavor is the sweet yet animalistic Belgian yeasts which bubble onto the palate and make the beer come off as a heavier tripel. The flavor continues to mutate however as the palate then picks up on the various stout flavors the beer has to offer. Alcohol is consistent throughout the flavor profile which acts as a thread pulling everything together. The only problem however, is that the Belgian and Stout flavors are only above average instead of great which causes them not to mix as well as one would have hoped. Had the flavors been more complex this really would have been something worth noting to me, but instead it simply did not hit on all notes. (945 characters)

Photo of Hex92
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty beer. the alcohol is quite prominent,but that is a good thing.
A-black, decent head
s-alcohol, maybe oak and coffee

T-This stuff is awesome.. boozy malty goodness.
M- Darn near perfect. Could be a tiny bit thicker.
O- I like this stuff. i will buy it again. (274 characters)

Photo of Altrurian
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL C&C bottle. No bottled on or best by date on the neck, so this bottle could be quite old

A: Pours a near pitch black color with almost no head

S: Nice roasted malts that provide a solid chocolate background along with some light notes of dark fruits from the Belgian yeast. Also get some anise

T: Starts of with the dark fruits and yeastiness, and then goes into the roasted notes and dark chocolate. The finish is quite earthy, along with some anise and vinous astringency. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for nearly 12%

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Very smooth

O: A very well-crafted Belgian-style stout. Affordable and dangerously easy to drink at 11.8%. Recommended if you like Belgian-style stouts with a kick (744 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch frothy tan head that dissipates quickly and lacelessly. Pours a thick opaque black. No lacing.

Smell: Cocoa, roasted malt. Dark chocolate aroma comes out with time. Some sweet and earthy raisin/banana type aromas come up along with some caramel, but they're more highlights than anything.

Taste: Coffee and roasted malt up front. Effervescent and smoky coffee and roasted malt finish. Not much bitterness, but the smoky elements and the airy feel accomplish the same sweetness-taming that's normally done by bitterness. Great balance. Very mild Belgian yeast influence, sort of an apple-like flavor that plays with some of the underlying dark fruit complexity.

More sips reveal a lot of deep, rich hot cocoa and roasted malt flavor. The 11.8%ABV is very well hidden, and it's buying *a lot* of complexity and boldness of flavor--none of my usual "this is too bland for being so high ABV" criticisms for this beer. All kinds of caramel pastry flavors come out, blending perfectly with the uncommonly smoky roasted malt and coffee elements. Excellent imperial stout, hard to ask for more than what this beer delivers.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Smooth but overcarbonated; the carbonation is the only harsh element here. Nowhere near as hot as 11.8% ABV would have you expect.

Overall: How well this beer incorporates solid, basic RIS flavors (coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, some dark fruit) with Belgian yeast and a very high ABV is noteworthy. Approaches the quality of Alesmith Speedway Stout in my opinion. Worth stocking up on a few bottles of this for the winter. (1,653 characters)

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

25.4oz bottle into a sierra nevada snifter type glass, surprisingly I never had this, so I picked this one up at Whole Foods

Tiny does appears black even when looking through the bottle. Once the cork was loudly popped the liquid looked a nice brown color going down the slope. Well this became black once condensed in the glass but not a complete black hole. Elevated pours yielded nice tannish off white heads that were tightly combined resembling a Belgian head until it died. This left no lace, not enough stick.

The scents are not that far reaching. What's there in the beginning cold stages include alot of roasted/toasted malts giving off a faint sweetness. As this warms a nice smooth fresh coffee bean grind thing is sniffed. Under that some chocolate that seems bitter comes up. Small hints of vanilla cream and a caramel candy scent in the distance. Pouring a bit of the dregs with the yeast opened things a bit more.

This is a nice stout that mixes chocolate, coffee and Belgian yeast almost expertly. The chocolate has a hint of bitterness, the coffee brings the beans and a bunch of roast along with the huge malt profile here, and the belgian yeast brings on some sweet candi like taste plus a hint of licorice on the end. The vanilla cream is kinda out of place here hindering things and there is some butterscotch accents as well.

Tiny has a feel of newly paved road in the summer, meaning this is a smooth ride. Fresh out of the bottle there is some light crispness from the temp plus the carb but with just ten minutes this smoothed almost perfectly. This is a heavy stout, cause I can see some similarities in feel. The carbonation is not as high as the loud pop from the cork would signify. It feels great and would of got a better score if not for the burnt coffee/vanilla mix of a aftertaste.

The drinkable aness of this is great, it's not to high in alcohol and the body is not extremely thick weighing you down halfway through. Not very complex in taste but the balance is the tits. This is good as a small sipper over a night. (2,058 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Tower of foamy chocolate head. Ok lace and retention. Near pure black body with a light cola halo.

S - Molasses, pumpernickel bread, tart dark chocolate, and a touch of concentrated balsamic vinegar.

T - Chocolate, bitter wood, coconut, black cherry, slightly waxy sour, and prickly booze.

M - Thick, full body with a surprisingly brightness.

O - Tangy and boozy counterbalanced with a thick, dark flavor profile. (421 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head really on a jet black body that looks thick. Nice vanilla and roasted malt and Belgian yeast in the aroma. This one isn't cold which makes it different. This one is spicy and peppery up front moving to roasted malts, light espresso, bourbon and earthy hops.thick body and moderate carbonation. This one is very good and probably better cool. This is a very complete stout. (380 characters)

Photo of alk3kenny
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark color no light is getting through this. Head is a dark tan brown color thin but hangs around. Smell is well not really there might increase/improve with a little warmth. Slightly sweet maybe a little booze in the nose. This beer lets you know the alcohol is there without being overpowering. Sweet, some hops can def tell the belgian influence. Like it don't love it. Creamy mouthfeel definitely a sipper. Will probably not buy again but I do enjoy this. (472 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: handsome deep dark brown. Fluffy tan head on the pour.
Smell: chocolate roast and dark fruit. Just as I would expect a "Belgian imperial stout" to smell. Interesting and pleasant.
Taste: again, very nice blend of dark Belgian slightly sour fruit and chocolate roast of an imp stout. Surprisingly mellow and balanced.
Overall: Emphasis on the kudos to Weyerbacher for a nicely conceived and executed brew. (416 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a thick, jet black tone while yielding a solid 1" mocha head that fades fairly quickly. a little patchy lacing. the nose doesn't impress me very much. it's not bad, just a bit more muted than the bold, robust aroma i was expecting. notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol. some faint elements of dark fruits in the background.

flavor is an improvement. chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, molasses, belgian yeast, and coffee along with a big booziness. also has a certain tartness to it. certainly interesting. rich, full bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. the definition of what i'd call chewy.

overall a definite sipper, and a tasty one at that. i'm not head over heels but it is good. booze is not as well-hidden as i would like. on the plus side it's pretty reasonably priced, all things considered.

(originally reviewed: 01-06-2012) (897 characters)

TINY from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.