Old Heathen Imperial Stout | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,653 Ratings
Old Heathen Imperial StoutOld Heathen Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,653
Reviews:
831
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.51%
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
197
For Trade:
2
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Photo of tedho21
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of Timtac
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marklaker
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gcamparone
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of wpreynolds
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rgreer81
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zekeman17
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of james02
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baliwog
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobbieJD12
4.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Coronaeus
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harryhops
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thepenguin
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of trygelski1
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of THoffner
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lastmango
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Old Heathen Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,653 ratings.
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