Old Heathen Imperial Stout | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Old Heathen Imperial StoutOld Heathen Imperial Stout
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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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Ratings: 1,653 |  Reviews: 831
Photo of tut2528
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks sleuthdog for throwing this extra in!

A: pour is completely engine oil black, creates a small ½ fingers worth of tan colored head on an aggressive pour that dissipates quickly. High viscosity as it comes out of the bottle and sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: sweet alcohol soaked figs and dark fruits are the first thing that I notice. Big chocolate notes, vanilla, some light coffee, and molasses. Everything is very nicely balanced

T: more pronounced coffee in the taste and the dark fruits have toned down compared to the nose of this brew. I also pick up on a faint tart cherriness. A slight bitter dark chocolate is present and there is a very slight creamy finish to this.

M: full bodied, doesn’t leave much flavor on the palate other than a slight bitter chocolate.

O: a very decent RIS. It’s not overly complex, but its not simplistic either. I wish the sweet dark fruits would come out more like in the nose because this beer would be absolutely fantastic if they did. the alcohol is very well hidden in the taste in this one. Overall, a nice offering by Weyerbacher and I would probably try this one out again.

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Photo of sanitarium16
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a soft cap of dense, dark brown head that has decent retention

S - oddly there isn't much of a nose here; some roasted malts, faint chocolate, a hint of coffee

T - chocolate, roasted malt, faint coffee, mildly bitter

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent, well flavored beer. It's not as viscous or boozy as many in the RIS category are. It also has a pretty decent drinkability. Its worth checking out.

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Photo of Dethklok
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is dark brown with a spotty beige head. The aroma brings peanut butter, roast. Wow, I am oddly taken aback a bit by the roasted peanut scent. The flavor is roasted circus peanuts. Mediocre. Call it a peanut beer if that's what you were aiming for. Medium bodied. Eh...no thank you.

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Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of George2744
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mscudder
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle. Poured into a globe.

A - Deep black with a tan, chocolate head. Dissipates rather quickly leaving a fair amount of retention.

S - Lots of roasted malts with nuts. Behind are the more traditional notes of a RIS: cocoa, coffee, booze and a bit of earthy notes. Personally not my favorite scent for the style, but not a complete miss.

T - Hits first with some big chocolate and follows with some more acidic/bitter notes. These come from coffee and chocolate, yet there is that nut presence through. With time the beer warms and yields some dark fruits, mostly cherry. This gives the beer some complexity, but again I have had better.

M - A full bodied beer with the standard near non-existent carbonation. I believe I would define this as quite rich with a nice balance.

O - This does not stand out as "superb" in a style that has been define for adversity and wealth of flavor. Being one of my favorite styles I have had my fair variety and I can say this is a fair deal for 6 bottles at around $12, but I would prefer many others.

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Photo of OBMM1
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been in the fridge a good 2 years...

Pours an opaque deep black with no highlights and a somewhat soft deep caramel head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is heavily roasted malt, nutty, with chocolate, booze, and earthy tones surfacing. There's a bit of soy peeking through.

Flavor is more chocolate forward, finishing significantly acrid and coffee bitter. Nuttiness, booze, and hints if dark cherries and plums add complexity. Malted milk balls surface as it warms.

Body is fairly thick, with minimal carbonation and significant roast astringency. Alcohol warmth is present in the finish.

Overall, a decent beer, but a bit unrefined. The initially acrid flavor mellows in time, but is fairly offputting.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger tan head on a near jet black body. Very nice lacing. Vanilla and milk chocolate dominate the flavor with some dark fruit mostly raspberry and cherry. Roasted malt, vanilla, brown sugar as toffee form the smooth flavor. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. A very nice flavorful stout but doesn't quite stand out in the genre.

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Photo of MASPuros
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Scott1970
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Finntheirish
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of nukem5
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich cola color with a thin tan layer of foam resting on top that clings to walls of glass.

S: Aroma is Malty and licorice laced with some fine hops.

T: Rich malts, caramel, and molasses, licorice, one sip and its over your hooked and if your lucky to take a long time sipping you can have a terrific ending to this beer, the longer it sets up the warmer, the better it is and more taste you get from it. I try to serve mine around 50 F and let it warm from there those last sips a truly magnificent work of art crafted for the true beer drinker.

M: Rich and warming this a great beer not just for winter but a nice cool summer evening as well .Medium bodied to full very thick and elegant.

O: Overall a great beer and in my opinion an awesome example of what a Russian Imperial Stout should be, sipping this I feel like a Czar regal and powerful this is a very nice beer to enjoy anytime of year.

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Photo of ABokononist
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of retreminy
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Dweedlebug
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ssjkyle
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of IPAFrankieH
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mttaylor1066
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not among the top Imperial Stouts I have tasted. Strange that the Bros. liked it so much.

Appearance -- If you've ever drained overly used oil from the VW Kharmann Ghia you owned in college, you know what this beer looks like. (Not UN-appealing, though.) Thin, tan, persistent head.

Smell - Boozy, light fruit. You get the sweetness even before the liquid hits your palate. You know there are hops, somewhere.

Taste -- Sweet, boozy with a bitter chocolate backbone. Not bad, but lacks a contrast and body that would make this a better stout. I'm not advocating adding soured beer to the wort like Guinness does, but something is missing here.

Mouthfeel -- Bright effervescence with a lingering chocolate coating on the tongue. Hey, this isn't a session beer, take your time!

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Photo of rderedin
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Snellgg5
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mtrain237
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Old Heathen Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 76.2% out of 100 with 1,653 ratings
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