Old Heathen Imperial Stout
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Old Heathen Imperial StoutOld Heathen Imperial Stout
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Stout - Russian Imperial
3.95 | pDev: 11.39%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Old Heathen Imperial StoutOld Heathen Imperial Stout
Notes: Rich, velvety and deliciously complex, Old Heathen (8% ABV) is a truly distinctive stout. We use seven types of malt and two varieties of hops to bring forth this big brew. Quite robust and roasty on the palate, Old Heathen Imperial Stout has a wonderfully fruity nose and a moderately dry finish. The taste is highly complex. Perhaps you’ll even discern notes of espresso or chocolate.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/27/14; drank 12/27/14 @ the Charleston.

Black hue.

Minimal dark tan head; almost no lace.

Black licorice & candle wax nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Caramel, candle wax & fresh earth flavors.

Rich & earthy; worth a winter's night quaff.

Jun 17, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

De beergium. En copa Teku. Viendo The Society 1x09-10. Cuerpo ligero, notas herbales algo fuera de lugar y ligera acidez. Sin estar mala, se hecha en falta mas sabor y complejidad

Jun 09, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another notable offering from Weyerbacher, a favorite brewer indeed...

I'm surprised to find this listed as retired when I picked up the bottle just a month ago (with several on the shelf). Anyway, not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Out of the glass it pours a beautifully dark stout though there is little head or lacing to mention. That's about the cons on this beer. From a smell perspective it is malty, boozy, and sweet to the nose - exceptional. The feel is carbonation blended with a cream texture that became more prominent as the beer warmed. The taste as I would expect followed the smell - malty, boozy, and a slight sweet touch. Overall, it might be the best Weyerbacher I've had and it's definitely one of the better imperial stouts I have experienced.

Jan 08, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Bottled in 2014, found this sitting in the back of my fridge. Lets see how it held up.

Pours a pretty oily, inkjet body with a one finger brown head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing and a ring of retention.

Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, sweet cocoa, a little cardboard. Taste is sweet, dark fruits, roasty, chocolate syrup, some coffee, slightly charred on the finish. Body is medium with medium low carbonation.

I'd say it held up, this was decent.

Oct 10, 2016
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thepenguin from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/19/12

L: Pours pitch black with a rather dark head—somewhere between dark tan and brown.

S: Very roasty, like burnt dark chocolate. Sweet malt balancing it out. Sort of woodsy and a bit tart as well. Very nice but faint.

T: Following the nose, rather roasty and chocolaty with some perceptible alcoholic notes. Finishes fairly sweet with a lingering, burnt bitterness. Pretty tasty.

F: medium-full body; chewy velvety mouthfeel. Moderate, appropriate carbonation and very slight alcoholic warmth.

O: A rather nice and surprisingly affordable RIS. Relatively sessionable for the style and smooth; one to keep in stock.

Nov 11, 2015
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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 11/21/14 poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours an amazing black color with a small dark brown head which quickly dissipated. Very little to no lacing.

Smell: Hints of expresso, chocolate, licorice.

Taste: Big and boozy with hints of the expresso, chocolate, and licorice really coming thru.

Feel: Medium bodied. A bit thin for a Russian Imperial Stout. Wish this thing was a bit heavier.

Overall: Not a bad Russian Imperial Stout but its no Great Lakes Blackout Stout. The thin body on this beer is its big miss. Has the traditional boozy taste with the chocolate and expresso and licorice coming thru which is nice. I would still revisit this one the next time it comes out.

Nov 06, 2015
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. 2014 Vintage. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of dark brown head. Some lacing. The aroma is espresso, chocolate syrup, licorice and prunes. The taste is lots of dark fruits up front followed by notes of licorice, roasted malts and espresso. Roasty and chocolatey finish with more dark fruits. Somewhat of a light body for the style. Overall, decent but nothing amazing.

Nov 05, 2015
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from an undated bottle. Looked like dirty motor oil going in. 2 finger malt colored head dissipated quickly. Initial aroma was a hint of musty grass with caramel turning to chocolate. Tastes of cocoa, malt and black licorice. Just a hint of hops on the end. Thinner feel than expected but like velvet. Carbonation was mild. Overall, not bad. Not sure why they deep sixed this brew.

Sep 28, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks for the trade and the chance to try this, Ozzylizzard!

Appearance : Jet black motor oil colored body, both out of the bottle and into the globe snifter. The head is about a finger but dies quickly to a beige ring. Opacity is of course 100%. Lack of head knocks it down a quarter point.

Smell : Made sure to pour this in a snifter so I could get the full effect. Mostly toffee and burnt malts, alcohol fuel and peanut, prune, singed black licorice...maybe a hint of rich Swiss chocolate.

Taste : It starts with a watery buzz, followed by a pinch of cooca, peppermint, roasted malts, peanut hulls, prune skin, and then more water/nothing. The vast majority of this flavor profile is like drinking alcoholic water. It's washed out, not well mixed, and just plain off.

Edit - second bottle I had (9/26/15) has many more flavors - loud prune and tons of yeast. Totally odd how different these two bottles were.

Mouthfeel : Watery, especially for a Russian Imperial Stout. Some light buzz accompanies the feel which if it weren't there would feel like Aquafina. A slight dryness finishes out the swallow.

Overall : This was not a very good stout, and a piss poor representation of a Russian Imperial Stout. Is it drinkable? Yes. But only because of the watery nature and the tight carbonation. I have never had a worse RUSSIAN Imperial Stout. Fail.

Sep 18, 2015
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jopezu from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out oil-colored with minimal head. nose; heavily roasted grain, burnt toast and very light coffee bean. taste; big roasted grains, dark cola, chocolate, plum, light vanilla and some bitter hops. aftertaste is a slightly boozed complexity of chocolate, slight hops, and light dark fruit. very good carbonation, but a shockingly thin and smooth mouthfeel - i was expecting a chewy malt monster; not the case here. reminds me a little of a hyper version of young's chocolate stout in this regard. overall, just a bit too sweet, but still a great brew.

Sep 14, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. L: Pours dense coffee black under a ½” head that quickly dissipates and produces good lacing. S: Dark fruit, alcohol and dark malts provide the aroma. T: Dark malts, medium body and some fruit. There is some prune to raisin with a little dryness in the finish from the roast malts. There is maybe a hint of coffee in the after taste. The hops go well with the malts. F: Very creamy with a full body and fine soft carbonation. O: This is a nice Russian imperial stout type beer.

Aug 18, 2015
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byronic from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received this bottle with roughly a year of age. Pours an opaque deep brown with a slight tan head. Smells of roasted malts and molasses perhaps a touch of caramel. Tastes follows the nose all be it a bit milder. Hints of malts, caramel and hints of coffee. This is one silky smooth brew, carbonation is barely noticeable and the ABV is completely hidden. Goes down easy and leaves you wanting more.

Aug 14, 2015
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep brown/black with a finger and a half of rootbeer brown head which breaks slowly leaving very nice lacing behind.

S: Aroma is strong on sweet roasted malts, there is some leather, dark fruits and perhaps a touch of molasses.

T: Taste is milder than I expected, the malts carry through from the nose but they are mild. There is little in the way of a hops presence. Nice coffee finish.

M: Feel is smooth and velvety, carbonation is low and fine.

O: Overall a fine RIS with a nice mellow taste and feel. Glad I picked this one up.

Aug 10, 2015
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Utica_Brew_Review from New York

5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Completely opaque with mild brown head and not much carbonation. Can't get much more stout than that. Roasted chocolate malt aroma with a hint of hop at the end. The typical caramel nutty, etc aroma. Amazing complex flavor. This beer sets the standard for the word stout. Perfectly roasted nut flavor. Amazing dark roasted coffee at the end of the sip. This beer is perfect. We'd love to try this on draught.

This is one of the best beers we have ever had. We struggled to find faults in this beer.

Jul 29, 2015
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madelfonatree from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Nice black body and medium tan head with aggressive pour. Thick bubbled head. No lacing.

Smell - Coffee. Chocolate. Malt. Caramel. Belgian?

Taste - Malt. Chocolate. Caramel. Coffee. Dirty. Alcohol is prominent at the end.

Feel - Creamy and heavy. Carbonation throughout but not a bomb.

Overall - A good imperial stout with little over the top features. Can't really complain with that.

Jul 08, 2015
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Acks from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Thick, dark and brown, almost black. Creamy with some foam, but little to no head when poured.

Smell: I could spell the aromas as soon as I poured it. Rich and sweet smelling scents of malt and caramel, with hints of coffee and chocolate as well.

Taste: Roasted flavors of caramel and coffee with some traces of fruit. Leaves a nutty aftertaste that resonates on the tongue.

Feel: Thick and creamy, lightly carbonated.

Overall: This is a great stout. The light hints of fruit and coffee balance the flavoring of the roasted caramel nicely.

Apr 24, 2015
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Mikus from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid stout. Thin ring of cocoa head on top of a deep pool of darkness. Aromas of roasted malt, molasses, and a whiff of tobacco. Complex and balanced brew. Weyerbacher didn't start out great for me, but I am enjoying their rich, dark beers.

Apr 19, 2015
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B-Finnegan from Pennsylvania

1.21/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I am 90% sure my bottle despite being in date had spoiled, I contacted Weyerbacher about it but received no reply.

Look: Looked good, a rich dark colour nothing off, it looked like a solid stout.

Smell: It had a smell of over ripe bananas and air fix model glue, should have tipped it then.

Taste: Like drinking cleaning fluid it tasted like glue and detox.

Feel: I felt sad that I'd let it pass my lips, like someone had mixed bleach and motor oil.

Overall: Terrible one of the worst beers I've ever had, I would give it a second chance encase it really was just a bad bottle but I'm not going to be doing that any time soon.

Apr 01, 2015
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seedyone from New York

4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Usual midnight black in appearence, light head but rich coffee/espresso aroma. Full bodied with a truly robust flavor. I'm becoming a big Weyerbacher fan & this only adds fuel to the flame.

Mar 11, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date of 10/27/14

Appearance - Pours thick and black with a cocoa powder colored head that sits a half finger's width before quickly dissipating and leaving a spotty, broken layer of surface suds and a razor thin ring around the edge.

Smell - Has almost an English stout aroma, with lots of earthen character along with mild caramel and dark fruit notes.

Taste - Follows the nose, with earth and caramel character at the forefront and a fair amount of even keeled roastiness throughout while distant notes of raisin give it a subtle fruitiness. Milk chocolate notes and a nutty flavor hit in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with low to moderate carbonation. Silky texture that turns a bone dry finish.

Overall - It's a good beer, but for me there's not quite enough depth in the darker qualities that make for my kind of imperial stout. All in the same, glad I got to try it.

Feb 26, 2015
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

1.74/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 8% abv

Appearance- Black and opaque, Large brown head.

Smell- Cocoa, molasses, honey, caramel.

Taste- Has a vinegar sourness that overrules the other notes. The taste was a bit overwhelming to decipher much else.

Mouthfeel- Heavy

Overall- I'm not an expert on the RIS style but I do not think this is how it should be. It tasted like vinegar. This bottle came from a case from a friend who also said it was terrible. No freshness date. This beer may of been bad from the brewery or outdated but my review will still reflect what I tasted. Poor vinegar.

Jan 07, 2015
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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Most Weyerbacher is barrel stored if not aged it seems. It provides a heavy liquor after taste which some may find appealing. I feel that stout goes in one glass and whiskey in the other!

Dec 28, 2014
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utopiajane from New York

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful pour. Thick black, pours like oil. Has a sheen to it. Burnt brown. Thick creamy head of mousse like foam. Falls slowly, hugs the glass and leaves lace. Crisp toasty bread. Sugar sweetens the malt scent. Nose is sweet chocolate, caramel, toasty nuts. Soft bread. Drinks with a touch of molasses for an underpinning, sweet malty and deep. Little bit of warmth as it finishes form the alcohol. That molasses is the last thing on the palate with a bit of stickiness.

Dec 21, 2014
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delta490 from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep black, with no light getting through. The head is dark tan and burns off quickly, leaving only a bit around the rim with no lacing. The aroma comes into its own as it warms, with nice coffee and sweet alcohol notes. The taste is big on dark roasted malt, with some deeper burnt sugars. The body has a little oily quality and just a hint of bite from the alcohol.

Nov 20, 2014
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ordybill from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a strong malt aroma with a chocolate backdrop.
Appearance- A black colored beer with a tan head
Taste- Has a strong malt flavor that I found mildly satisfying.
Palate- This is a full bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- Not a favorite of mine, but not a horrible beer

Nov 20, 2014
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