Heresy
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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From:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 11.93%
Reviews:
1,014
Ratings:
1,250
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Feb 01, 2020
Added:
Jun 21, 2004
Wants:
  109
Gots:
  366
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: We take our Old Heathen and age it in oak bourbon barrels. The result is our silky smooth Heresy, 8% ABV. The aroma is filled with vanilla, cocoa and roasted coffee. Notes of oak, whiskey, roasted barley and vanilla dance across your taste buds.
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Rated: 4.04 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by StoneTSR from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Phone flashlight test allow zero light through. The mocha-colored head is larger than expected given the age of this beer, it was purchased in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2012. About a half an inch swells up with a variety of bubble sizes, which settle into about half the surface of beer being covered with an extremely thin layer of foam that looks like a map. The inky, blackness looks like motor oil underneath. Again, a bit of a surprise, but lacing does adorn the backside of the glass as the beer goes down.

S; Dark chocolate and a light, coffee roast are all that's left on the nose. If I strain, I can get a touch of vanilla. Not very aggressive anymore.

T: Still delicious. Ironic? No, maybe coincidental is more accurate, that it tastes like Hershey's Dark Chocolate. There's a mild, black coffee flavor underneath along with a touch of vanilla. When the beer was first poured there was a little bit of that Cheri note from an overly ripe beer, but after a few sips it goes away and some wonderful flavors, already described above, become more intense.

M: Carbonation is minimal, but present and noticeable. While I would expect sweetness in this big, bourbon, barrel-aged Stout with some age on it, it's actually pretty dry. The roast and dark chocolate combine for a nice bitterness, especially on the end, that keeps you wanting to come back for that next sip.

O: This one aged very gracefully. I should have consumed this a few years ago, but it got lost in the back of the cellar and didn't happen until now. Still, it's gorgeous. Wayerbacher always comes through for me...even when I don't come through for them. My grading will be done with an acknowledgement of age in mind.
Jul 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.28 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

May 02, 2019
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Reviewed by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Oct-28-2016


A:
This beer pours a thick pitch black with three fingers of very active brown head that immediately settles to a ring around glass leaving no lacing.

S:
The aroma is predominately sweet caramelized malt scents. Maple, brown sugar, vanilla whiskey notes, tobacco and a whiff of oxidation.

T:
The flavor follows with rich, sweet malt roast flavors with some dark fruits and nutty roast flavors, vanillins, oak, really mellow whiskey notes (almost like what you get out of cooking with whiskey), kind of a vinous quality to it.

M:
Thick and vinous, coating sweetness, light carbonation, warming finish.

O:
A nice beer that has aged gracefully. It is very nice to sip on and see how it warms up. It is neither super roasty nor super whiskey-ey. There is a nice brown sugar sweetness on top of mellow whiskey, faint dark fruits and a little touch of oxidation that I actually think added to it a little. This was a nice beer. I like how restrained it was and enjoyed the fruitiness from the yeast (something I'm usually not huge on in a stout).
Oct 01, 2018
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz bottle on July 2, 2018. Old Heathen aged in oak bourbon barrels. The aroma is vanilla, cocoa and roasted coffee. The taste is oak, whiskey, roasted barley and vanilla. Feel is very light for the style.
Jul 09, 2018
 
Rated: 3.84 by kkmiller76 from New Jersey

Jan 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by Roberto11232 from New York

Sep 13, 2017
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Weyerbacher never disappoints, and Heresy falls into that category for them..

A beautifully dark almost black beer with a dark tan head, little staying power and no lacing. I was very impressed with the smell, it was sweet, boozy, and just a touch of hops to the nose. Where the smell was impressive the feel was less than stellar. It was an experience in astringent-ness...Nonetheless, the taste was very flavorful, and overall I found it to be another good offering from the Weyerbacher stable.
Aug 18, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a slim finger’s worth of tan to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than about forty seconds. Slim clingy slightly foamy lacing roams around the glass nicely. The smell starts with rich dark fruits with a good amount of rich sweet milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate. All three meld really nice. A dry sweet semi-chocolatey aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation comes across really nice and low. The dryness hits my tongue the hardest but not overbearing. Overall, this was a pretty good Russian Imperial Stout but not a lot of whiskey barrel shows up. Maybe it was my timing but I wouldn’t mind trying again fresher.
Jun 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Strange. For this beer, the parts are greater than the whole. I like it well enough, and yet there is something disappointing.

I like the oil-black color. The head dissipates very quickly, leaving the glass looking as if there's ice coffee in it. I really had to work at getting the smell. I had to angle the glass just right against my nose and inhale deeply. I did get some fragrance of the barrel with tones of bourbon. I would have preferred more on the nose.

The taste definitely provides some bourbon, along with hints of... maybe cocoa and leather. It's solid, if not very memorable. The feel is rather creamy - nice - but just a bit under carbonated for my taste. Maybe that's the style? I don't know - but I've had Imperials that were tasty and creamy but with more pizzazz.

This offering from the brewery is fine. I prefer Old Heathen, though.
May 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.77 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Mar 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.44 by JamesLeung from Florida

Mar 25, 2017
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Reviewed by OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Heresy is an effervescent, nigh-impenetrably black beer with sullen orange footlights and a large, brief-lived, slightly pebbly brown head that leaves scant spots of lacing. The nose is a lying harbinger of great things to come: a medium-big aroma that leads with ephemeral whiskey notes that are quickly overtaken by a tasty blend of butterscotch, light-complected caramel, and hints of toffee and toast, all topped by moderate alcohol overtones. The palate leads with a whiskey character that is as assertive as it is fleeting on the nose. The absence of the full, sweet midrange and low-end flavors characteristic of bourbon make me wonder what type of barrels were used for aging; the flatness/evenness of the flavor profile from top to bottom is much more suggestive of Canadian whisky. This flavor is not too strong, nor overbearing, but it somehow manages to completely overshadow the dark malt character of the base beer, leaving it no more differentiated nor strongly expressed than would be the case in an average Schwarzbier. In fact, that is a perfect description of how this beer tastes: an anonymous Schwarzbier mixed with the dregs of a Cutty Sark on the rocks. The finish is a modest hit of whiskey and dark malt, and is somewhat warming; the linger is a watery whiskey flavor that lasts for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is watery as well, and is thin for the full body; the texture is slightly creamy and very slightly peppery from the underexpressed carbonation. Unfortunately, this beer is incapable of acting like an imperial stout, and has allowed the barrel treatment to get the upper hand, completely losing its soul in the process. (12 oz bottle, 116 days after pkg)
Mar 05, 2017
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Reviewed by scotorum from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
WEYERBACHER HERESY BBA IMPERIAL STOUT 2/22/17

We get this brewer's products but this is the first time I've seen this one in my state, although I'd seen it occasionally in the state next door and regretted not buying some. Surprised to find it since it's supposed to be retired.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English nonick.

a: Opaque black with slight ruby hints at the bottom, tan inch thick head receded slowly to even surface foam and a little patchy/spotty lacing.

s: Whiskey and slight dark roasty malt.

t: Follows the nose with moderate hop bite. Black coffee notes in the finish and aftertaste fade later.

m; Light to medium, ok body with slight watery notes and some carbonation tingle.

o; Love their Insanity BBA barleywine but this is rather weak and thin feeling for an imperial stout. The booze flavor carries it.
Feb 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Davit from California

Feb 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.68 by Timtac from New Jersey

Feb 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.83 by BKast409 from Virginia

Jan 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance - Pours dark mahogany with mocha colored head that lasts for a bit. not much lacing.

Aroma - Whiskey and chocolate are up front. Roasted malts and hints of vanilla, nutty finish.

Taste - Whiskey and chocolate forward much like the aroma. The flavor of the whiskey is there but not the strong alcohol that usually accompanies, vanilla and roasted malts as well.

Feel - Very smooth and velvet like well carbonated sight burn from the alcohol.

Overall - Very sold WBA stout good flavors and depth.
Jan 14, 2017
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Reviewed by BFCarr from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled on 10/21/16. Poured into tulip glass on 1/11/17. Pours black with 1/2" tan head that fades quickly. Aroma has light roasted notes and light whiskey notes. Not an overpowering amount of whiskey, which is refreshing. Taste is mostly whiskey, but not excessive, the imperial stout side is background player, but the overall effect is tasty. Feel is somewhat silky but not great for an imperial stout. Overall, a nice take on a whiskey barrel aged brew.
Jan 12, 2017
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance is dark tarry black, with a brown-beige head of 1 finger.

Aroma of sweet bourbon barrel, whiskey, some cocoa and dark coffee ground.

Flavors of mocha, dark coffee, sweet bourbon, very slight medicinal alcohol, and then hot chocolate/cake on the finish.

The feel is very carbonated, yet still smooth. Hot booziness up the middle that continues the burn to the finish.

Overall, this was much better than I thought it would be. I was expecting a whiskey bomb and what I got was some real nice chocolate notes, coffee, and a polite whiskey character. I'll be buying more of this soon.
Jan 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.49 by akopczyk from Ohio

Jan 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by drone from Oregon

Dec 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.84 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Dec 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Dec 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.89 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Dec 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.71 by jahbless from Pennsylvania

Dec 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by travelguy from Ohio

Dec 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.8 by Marklaker from Florida

Dec 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by HermitDan from New Jersey

Nov 26, 2016
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Reviewed by citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Smells booozy with roasted malt and whiskey. Little head or lacing. Taste is similar to nose. Feel has plenty of heat but is fairly thick with some chewiness. Not bad but not great.
Nov 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.94 by Walleybeer from New Jersey

Nov 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.01 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Nov 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.4 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania

Nov 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Oct 31, 2016
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Reviewed by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L - Pitch black in all aspects. Less than a finger of light brown head

S - Smooth oak and bourbon, dark fruits, and some dark fudge chocolate.

T - Bourbon/whiskey up front with the dark chocolate right after. Cherries, plums, and raisins, a lot of oak and a burnt coffee ground taste

F - A little thin, but not too bad. Feels lighter than an 8% BA stout.

O - Not bad, but not amazing. A perfectly standards BA RIS.
Sep 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.3 by DocWaters from Illinois

Aug 31, 2016
 
Rated: 3.41 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Aug 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by mikr from New Jersey

Jun 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by ClavisAurea from New York

Jun 09, 2016
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2264 ratings