Old Heathen Imperial Stout | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
1,653 Ratings
Old Heathen Imperial StoutOld Heathen Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

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.

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

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AMCPhD
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jasonhostetler
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mltobin
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of KAF
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
5/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

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Photo of Ssippisam
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GangOf1
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelfonatree
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of curlybird
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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