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Tiny - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 880
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 38
Gots: 201 | 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 Clydesdale
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque black color. The very tall head is dark brown, with a moderately dense, foamy texture. Retention is very sturdy, and a splattering of foamy lace sticks to the glass as the head recedes.

S: Tart yeasty notes greet my nose instantly - this definitely uses a Belgian yeast strain. Notes of sugar, roasted malts, and cocoa. A fair amount of fruity esters. Some leathery notes. Alcohol is surprisingly absent from the nose.

T: Some sweetness up front. Medium roasty character, with substantial sugary notes. Dark fruity notes are evident. Cocoa, leather, and tart yeasty flavors are also detectable. A bit of faint vanilla pops up as it warms. Some mild leafy hop flavor adds a bit of bitterness. Alcohol adds a slight flavor, but for 11.8% it's astonishingly quiet.

M: All things considered, fairly even-bodied. Carbonation is smooth and soft - in fact, this entire beer is. Dry, with some light alcoholic heat into the finish.

D: It's really surprising and impressive how smooth this beer is for an 11.8% abv Imperial Stout. Maybe the Belgian yeast cleaned this up a bit, but either way it's an achievement. A unique, appealing, slightly funky take on an imperial stout, but it works very well.

Photo of tko741
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass with a thick, cratery mocha head that slowly winds its way into a thin - but covering - layer of bubbles over the beer. Some lacing here and there.

The beer is black as space, with only a sliver of ruby on the bottom of the glass when held near a light.

Smells like chocolate! A nice, dry clump of bittersweet chocolate, to be precise. Vanilla makes its way in there too. Very crisp and dense, with a little bit of classic Belgian maltiness lingering.

Whoa...at once its smoky, chocolatey, and Belgian malt-y. A definite balance in the tastes, for sure. While it does give way to nice dryness, there's a definite hotness from the alcohol that perked up my sinuses. Not exactly a pleasant sensation, but not terrible either. What can one expect from 11.8%? The mouthfeel is a little thin for this type of beer, but some chewiness comes through in the carbonation.

Photo of GehenHerzog
3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle from Brawley's (charlotte) poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- Pours a dark, opaque black with one of the darkest heads I have ever seen. Leaves little to no lacing.

S- Smells of chocolate and a little bit of cherry and grape. Almost smells of a wine.

T- Tastes of chocolate and sour cherries up front. There is a decent roasted coffee in the aftertaste but I can't really get over the sour cherry flavor.

M- Smooth and chewy, very well carbonated. Full bodied

D- The alcohol is noticeable. Slight burn going down and it's very thick.

Not at all what I expected from this beer. It wasn't bad by any stretch, but I have had better.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a Weyerbacher Tulip Glass

A- Pours black as black with a nice 1 finger brown head on top that breaks up pretty quickly leaving only a little lacing on the side of the glass as it goes down.

S- Really sweet almost sour like yeast strain up front that gives it bready notes as well, definitely Belgian influenced. Behind that is a nice blend of dark fruits and molasses with some sweet bitter chocolate. Definitely some alcohol in the mix. I know it's not in the beer but it smells like fresh rosewood.

T- Strong thick roasted malts up front on the tip on the tongue that is followed by Belgian yeast flavors and finishes with a strong bitter dark chocolate and maybe some coffee but not much. Definitely some heat in the finish from the alcohol. Not to sure how well the yeast blends with the rest of the stout. Kind of throws it off a bit especially being as thick as it is.

M- Full syrup like body with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter sour like finish.


Photo of BeerImmediately
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into Orval chalice at about 55 degrees.

Pours with a fairly short, and very effervescent/ tiny bubbled brown head over a black body. Some lacing.

Aromas are huge - tons of red wine, with roasted malts, milk chocolate, and some spices as well - smells more like a BSDA.

High carbonation on the palate, with lots of spices, dark fruits, cabernet sauvignon, roasted malts, and a finish of molasses. Very nice.

Mouthfeel starts prickly, but after letting the beer sit for a while, it really smooths out.

Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Terrific drinkability for 11.8%.

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

Poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thin head but did leave a little lacing sticking to the glass. I was able to sniff out oat grains up front with chocolate some roasty character faint herbal and caramel notes. The chocolate and oat grains were more apparent on the palate with dark fruit, roasty, and caramel accents but did have some what of a hop bite on the backend however it did have a touch of earthiness as well. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a chocolatey, roasty, mild fruity, and slight hoppy finish. Even though it was drinking good its really not my cup of tea when imperial stouts are more hoppy than a pale ale.

Photo of Mdog
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, big brown head.

Smell: Starts out like charcoal or burnt carbon but some chocolate and coffee starts coming through.

Taste: Moderate chocolate and coffee flavors, then some dark cherries. It's like a mix of a big stout and a quad, very interesting. Dry roasty finish.

Drinkability: Alcohol is hidden well, and it can be found on discount around here so I'm getting some more.

I liked this "Belgian Stout" a lot, it really did seem to be a good mix of stout characteristics with Belgian quad fruitiness. Pretty good stuff!

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Tiny is bubbly, subdued, and warming.

It poured black with no head, and left no lace. The first thing that struck me was the bubbly, soda-like feel that tickled the tongue but left nothing behind. The aroma was very nice sweet alcohol-soaked dark fruit. The flavor was good but subdued and mild, dominated by booze and dark fruit, but with mild hints of coffee. The alcohol is not only present in the smell and taste as it left a mellow warmth.

Tiny doesn't stack up well with great Imperial Stouts; however, it's got a nice sweet mellow flavor and feel.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head. Smells licoricy and with some light bitter chocolate as well as yeasty notes. Nice bitter chocolate in the mouth along with some dusty cocoa and just a touch of licorice here. Creamy and surprisingly smooth given the alcohol level. Nice lingering chocolate flavors. Quite a smooth sipper.

Photo of mattgreger
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured nearly jet black, with just a hint of red or brown when held up to the light. It had a nice big brown head, that had great retention. Not much lacing, just few beads that follow as you drink.

Aroma is great with this brew. There is a big punch of burnt/roasted coffee, a nice chocolate maltiness, some dark cherries and other dark fruits, and a finishing punch of belgian yeast.

The flavor of this brew is great. The taste is a punch of flavors, many of the ones that were present in the aroma. The front of the brew has a nice bittersweet chocolate maltiness, which is followed with the dark cherries and dark fruit flavors. This is then finished very well with a nice toasted coffee flavor that balances out the sweet and bitter flavors to give this brew a nice, delicious flavor.

The mouthful on this brew is medium to heavy, its a nice silky smooth brew that goes down very well. Its got just enough carbonation that gives this brew a nice lively flavor and texture.

I really enjoyed drinking this brew. As I shared this brew with friends on News Years Eve, we all did come to one conclusion. Though this brew as great, it did have a pretty tough punch, that though it gives you that nice warm feeling as you drink, it might be hard for some to even attempt this brew. I feel that a bit more aging on this brew, say about 6-8 months would allow everything in this brew to muddle together more and take the big hit of booziness down a bit. Still a wonderful brew. We all enjoyed it very much.

Photo of mentor
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger dark brown head over a black liquid. Smells earthy yeasty with strong pear, fig, chocolate, and a little bit of spicy zip mixed with mild alcohol. Dried fall oak leaves.

Tastes earthy yeast, nutmeg, clove, cocoa chocolate, and mild clean alcohol. Pear and fig esters. It has a drying astringency I'm not fond of, but which can commonly be found in beers fermented with Belgian yeasts. No flavor overly dominant, though chocolate and the astringency is strongest. Md body and modest carbonation. Overall...meh.

Photo of JMforman
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Motor oil with hardly any head and hardly any lacing.

S- Cherries, alcohol, chocolate, ham

T- Bananas, espresso, chocolate, alcohol (upfront). Its pretty crazy tasting. Imagine an american imperial stout with a crazy belgian yeast in it.

M- Thick, creamy, and heavy

D- Yeah...

Photo of Doomcifer
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with a huge, chocolate milk colored head that fizzles away quickly. Smells mostly like a belgian quad with some roasted malts. Banana, belgian yeast, raisins, alcohol fumes. Taste follows suit....banana estery, that belgian yeast, roasted malts, huge overripe dark fruits like figs and prunes. Alcohol warmth in the finish. Good body, pretty heavy and viscous in the mouth, still a bit tingly despite the body. Velvety smooth. This is quite enjoyable actually and rubs off in the drinkability factor. Better than what was expected and definitely recommended. I can only see this getting a lot better with some time on it to allow it to mellow out and allow the flavors to integrate a little more.

Photo of Phelps
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big 750ml bottle received from boralyl in the Secret Santa BIF and poured into my Troegs tulip (also from boralyl -- what a guy). One of the few Belgian imperial stouts I've tried

Tiny pours like syrup from the bottle, thick and luscious in appearance. The creamy liquid coalesces in the glass to inky blackness and is topped with a two-finger head the color of cinnamon that goes absolutely nowhere after several minutes and looks like it could hang out all night. Crazy retention on this guy. Not much lacing left behind, but I'm cool with it.

The nose and flavor are replete with bananas, some figs, dark chocolate, marshmallow, very light coffee. The roasty character is rather light, overpowered by the Belgian yeast, which replaces the toasted astringency with Abbey fruitiness. Rather than huge, boozy and roasty, the flavor's fairly delicate. I'd almost call it...tiny.

The medium body is soft, velvety, lush. A gentle carbonation massages the tongue. Then alcohol is nigh unnoticeable; the 11.8 percent I see on the label has to be a misprint.

Welp, I finished the whole bottle, so it's obviously pretty drinkable. I have to say I'm not a huge fan of Belgian stouts, since I'm a man who likes his roastiness, and the Belgian yeast seems to get in the way of that. But as far as the style goes, Tiny is well-made, supple and tasty. Big flavor, itty-bitty name.

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of hosehead83
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep black with ruby highlights and a big, thick head of tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted coffee and chocolate
Taste-Dark roasted malts, roasted coffee, dark chocolate. Super smooth, with a bit of a boozy warming finish.
Overall, a decent and affordable double stout.

Photo of Kolsch
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml corked bottle shared with wife.

Weyerbacher Tiny: bottle states a "Velvety concoction excites your senses with bottomless roasted, earthly and vinous notes".

Appearance: is not quite pitch black. Pour revealed a thick head but receded very quickly as beer settled.

Smell: was probably the best part. Distinct notes of plums, chocolates and raisons with cognac and whiskey overtones.

Taste: Again, from the smell I pick up cognac type flavors which I like. Chocolate not as noticable as others have indicated. Alcohol is hot as this may need to mature a bit. I really liked the taste and this reminds me more of a stout aged in whiskey barrels.

Overall: great beer as a late night sipper next to a roaring fire. Would like to try an aged version to give the alcohol time to smooth out.

Photo of bamadog
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up about 6 months ago and thought I'd let it set for about that amount of time since the ABV seemed a bit high and the early reviews said it was pretty hot. Review is from notes taken on 12/26/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Opens to a strong, resounding pop and huge whiff of Belgian yeast, chocolate and roast. I'm pretty excited about this beer now.

Appearance: Pour is nearly black and starts with a big 1 and 1/2 finger dark brown head, possibly the darkest head I've seen on a beer since Dark Lord, and it has amazing retention and lasts quite a while; body is entirely opaque; head lingers for much of the drink as it stops fading at a full, 1/4 finger cap; there is virtually no lacing left behind, just a couple of thin strands trailing back down into the beer.

Smell: I am in love with the smell of this beer -- a big blast of chocolate maltiness (both bittersweet and some syrup), a bunch of burnt coffee/espresso roastiness, definite presence of alcohol blends with lots of dark cherries and some other dark fruits (raisins, figs perhaps); Belgian yeast presence gives a bit of an artificial banana scent as well.

Taste: This beer is a great merger of two of my favorite styles -- a big bold imperial style stout and a quad, the flavors really work well together, but perhaps could have been left longer to continue to blend; lots of bittersweet chocolate and a slight cocoa powdery flavor as well; lots of the dark cherries that provide just a bit of tartness to help balance the immensely sweet and bold chocolate; a bitter, underlying coffee roast and a lot of big alcohol; a very slight banana-esque flavor is hanging out in the back.

Mouthfeel: Like the bottle says, it's "velvety" smooth -- both is just beyond medium in terms of weight and it's very smooth; the carbonation is present and strong, but tiny and not overdone -- which is really what I would expect from anything done with Belgian yeast, and it helps keep a style that is typically closer to being flat much more lively; belly is left very warm from the near 12% ABV; a thin and cottony dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Sadly, despite how great this beer looks, smells, tastes and feels, the drinkability is knocked down a bit here -- the beer could really use some more time to continue to blend and the booziness could continue to mellow (I would say that this beer seriously needs at least 12 - 18 months in the bottle, as 6 isn't enough). I think with time, this beer would essentially be unstoppable. It's a great drink though, and it is perfect for a freezing cold night.

Photo of Aaron420
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a snifter. It poured a rich dark molasses black with a medium sized brown head that dissipated on the quick side, leaving very little lacing. It smelled of heavy roasted malts with a mix of smoke, chocolate, light fruit, and a overwhelming hit of alcohol. But surprising is that the alcohol is not overwhelming upon tasting. Your taste buds are struck by a rich chocolate malty flavor with a mix of a sweet fruit and molasses mixed in with the roasted malts. As the sweet and malty flavor vanishes you are hit with a small taste of alcohol comes it but doesn't stay around very long. This is a very full bodied brew with a rather light carbonation and a nice warming pheeling in the back of the throat. All in all this was a very enjoyable brew that in the end will leave you with a full stomach and a great buzz. Would buy this one again.

Photo of russwbeck
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a complete dark black with a small brown head. No retention and minimal lacing.

S: Alcohol is definitely coming through on the smell along with typical stout hints. Deep malts and chocolate.

T: This tastes like what I would imagine a Quad mixed with an Imperial Stout would taste like, plus a bunch of alcohol. Except I would have thought it would taste better.

MF: Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Warming alcohol feeling as you drink.

D: Not all that great. The alcohol was a little too powerful for me.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours an incredibly deep dark black, with absolutely no light around the edges of the glass. Thin, effervescent, mocha head that drops fairly quickly. No lacing, but she's got legs.

Aromas of deeply roasted coffee, dark cocoa, anise, and alcohol. Not catching anything "belgian" about this one.

First sip is of deep roasted coffee, more anise than cocoa, a little alcohol heat, but still nothing that says "belgian" to me. Not really catching anything that I can hang a yeast quality to. Finish is rather short for such a big beer, and what is there is mainly roasted coffee with lots of sugar and mocha, rolling into alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is deep, rich, creamy, silky, huge and chewy. Like chewing on a warm chocolate bar with a sip of french roast coffee.

Very drinkable, but nothing to make it really stand out from every other impy stout. And I still can't find anything to make the "belgian" connection.

Photo of NStLincoln
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick, brownish black with a dark brown head that hangs in there for a while.

Smells like smoky banana bread.

Loads of spice, cloves, nutmeg, on the palate, perhaps too much. Coffee and tar too. The high alcohol is really nicely balanced.

Thick and easy drinking. I was looking forward to more banana on the palate, but the spice was okay.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes.

A - pours a deep opaque black with a fairly large head. Tan, bubbly, but dissipates fairly quickly to just a thin film.

S - typical stout type aroma. Deep roasted malts. Dark chocolate semi sweetness. Also some wine like aromas such as dark red fruits, some mild smokeyness, and quite a bit of alcohol.

T - lots of roasty malt coffee style bitterness. Some chocolate flavors for balance. Lots of dark fruits like cherries and figs. And a persisting alcohol heat.

M - thick and creamy milkshake sort of consistency. Medium carb.

D - this took quite a while to drink. Alcohol heat makes it tough to drink, but I feel this one gets much better with age, ill revisit at a later date.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pour erupts a massive head but seems to fizzle down very slowly. A fluffy chocolate colored head that looks quite amazing. The body is completely opaque. It sounds very carbonated as I hear the head crackling. It sounds as if Rice Crispies were to have wild sex with Pop Rocks! As it finally settles for about five minutes, the head becomes more smooth.

A potent smell of cherry, chocalate, coffee, toffee, oats and booze. It's so strong it tickles the inside of my nose!

Wow! I would like to say the alcohol is well hidden but it's not. It tastes like caramel, toffee, coffee, cherries and chocalate mixed with rubbing alcohol. The taste of alcohol really ruins the taste and is very dominate in the end. It's as if I took vodka and poured it into a regular stout. If I could get passed the alcohol taste, this would be a perfect stout, major points have to be subtracted.

It feels great in the mouth when I swish it around. Not as carbonated as I thought or heard. It has a medium to thick body to it but very smooth. While in the mouth the alcohol presence isn't that strong, it's when I swallow where it feels like I took a shot of vodka. It feels very warm going down.

Drink ability is going to have to be on the lower side. I'm about a quarter done with it and I feel a slight buzz creeping in. With a 11.8 ABV how much can you possibly drink until you hit the floor? It comes in a one pint 9.4 ounces bottle.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed, really thought this was going to be an awesome tasting Imperial Stout. Oh well... Can't win 'em all. If you want a really nice buzz, drink the whole damn bottle! If there is a beer to put me on MY ASS, this is it!

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip, pitch black with a tan head. looking solid thus far.

nose is leather, dark fruit, roasted barley, burnt sugar.

taste is big, roasty, sweet, and boozy. dark fruit flavor upfront, notes of coffee, dark chocolate, bit of mallow like sweetness is washed away by a warming alcohol sensation. this beer is pretty much everything i want in an imperial stout. dark fruit, touch of sweetness balanced by booziness and roasted barley flavor.

mouthfeel is very rich and full, nice amount of carbonation. more or less perfect for me.

i could have like 3 glasses of this and fall asleep. really good, really rich, and a steal for the price i paid.

Tiny from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.