Incubus | Heretic Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jaydoc on 02-22-2014

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by elNopalero:
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4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a taste of this at the brewery. Strong, rich, chocolaty, roasty. Wish it had a little more body to even things out.

I guess I don’t have much more to add to this review right now.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HopsForBrains
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dertyd
3.14/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Roguer
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good head production and retention, especially for style, with a very thin dark brown remnant remaining atop an inky black brew long after the pour.

Very sweet on the nose, with massive molasses and licorice tones dancing with sweet bourbon mash. Brown sugar, raisins, a bit of sharp oak, vanilla, and milder notes of coffee and chocolate from the roasted malt. Certainly smells boozy, but not quite intimidating.

Flavor surprisingly lives up to the bottle presentation and the nose. Rich chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, licorice, red grapes, raisins, and prunes from the malt base mixes with a wealth of bourbon, itself lending primarily tones of mash, sugar, and vanilla, along with oak and plenty of alcohol heat.

Thick and creamy, nearly chewy. Quite hot and boozy, but in a thoroughly pleasant way.

This is, in a word, excellent! Big and bold, boozy and sweet, thick and flavorful. Tons of bourbon flavor shows they didn't cut the barrel treatment short; a massive malt body shows they didn't rely on the barrel aging to make a mediocre beer into a good beer. The huge booze presence is a nice reminder that this is a huge beer, not trying to sneak in as a cloying, adjunct-laced approachable mess - in a way, the alcohol heat is analogous to "throwback" IPAs with tons of bittering hops.

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce wax capped bottle, bottled 10-20-17. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, molasses, chocolate and some dark fruitiness. For the most part I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, but with some roasted malt and woodiness noticeable too. I think it's a mostly sweeter tasting brew, but not overpoweringly so. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good barrel aged brew, glad I bought this one! I don't think they sell Heretic in Ohio yet so I'll just have to wait until my next trip to Indiana to try some of their other brews. $12.49 a bomber.

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Photo of BShort41570
4.96/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The best Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout that I've ever had..!!

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Geoffq
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong robust powerful imperial stout kick ass awesome :-)

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Edit on 11/5/15 .... New review from draft tonight at the COOP... All my previous review stands, but I think I was too hard on it before... This is a top-tier RIS.. The barrel was really well rounded with waves of chocolate... This should DEFINITELY see the inside of bottles (or cans :-)


Big Teku fill at BitterCreek... Pours pretty standard black with a dark tan head with good lacing.. Nose shows light barrel presence with a great RIS.. Dark malt with char and dark toast combines with light vanilla and a well rounded oaky profile... Flavor has all the above and is amplified by a dark chocolate component.. Rich, yet still a bit flimsy ... Heretic kills it normally, this is no exception.. Good and verging on great.


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Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku pint. Bottleneck says Bottled 08-12-16.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Rich bourbon-y aroma with some alcohol heat and a bit of vanilla sweetness. Notes of milk chocolate, molasses and dark fruit.

T- Lovely flavors of bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark roasted malt. Definitely plenty of sweetness but it's all backed by a great barrel complexity. The booze is definitely there but it doesn't detract from the overall flavor profile.

M- Somewhat creamy but with a sharpness from the alcohol. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Much better than what I was expecting. It definitely has that sugary sweetness that masks the booze but I'd rather have that than it be a dry, overly oaky hot mess. Would gladly revisit this one.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of chicagocraft
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

World Class!!

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Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of random846
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of sjrider
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeyStats707
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of drewone
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of Jaywalsh20
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Had at Toronado SD. A slightly thin BA stout that shows a lot of barrel without much base. I got a lot of good elements from the barrel element of this beer, but I just never found the base beer itself to be that interesting. A solid BA stout, but probably not one is go back to.

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Photo of LumpkinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Incubus from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 39 ratings