Heresy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark pitch black. this is a black hole no light will ever escape!

S - boozy but a bit with chocolate and roasted nuts

T- also a bit boozy but a stronger taste of those roasted nuts we just talked about.

M- perfect nice and smooth

D- another RIS in my bank. i love it i love it. but cmon lets update this label. its so...pedestrian for the contents inside.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 12oz bottle I've been sitting on since tis past February. No freshness info found on the label.

Poured into a small snifter, the liquid is a solid, completely opaque, engine-oil black. Head is a rich tan, starting out at about 1/2" though quickly ebbing to a thin, fine layer of tight bubbles. Doesnt't leave much lace behind, though. Nose has inviting roasty aspects, with semi-sweet choco notes also wafting up and out. Feels quite velvety on the tongue; smooth and silky, all the while being a smidge above medium in the body area. Almost gets into the chewy arena, though not quite.

Taste kicks off with a combo of some semi-sweet choco malt and some coffee-ish, roasty, bitter flavors. It then comes forth with some dark fruit characteristics, like black currant and a subtle hint of raisins. Finish comes around with a bit of floral hoppiness lurking in the shadows, and it gets dry at this point, too. I don't really pick up anything in the way of oak, as the label suggests. Also, the 8% abv is well hidden, as I can't pick up any "heat" at all here. Fairly decent, all-in-all.


overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: absolutely opaque, but doesn't seem to quite make it to black.. the darkest brown imaginable. tan decent head, little lace

S: mostly chocolate. little hop presence.

T: follows smell... straight up dark chocolate, says it's aged in oak barells, but i only catch a hint. hop is only noticed slightly in the finish. much higher carbonation than most stouts..

M: i like how the higher carbonation feels.. slightly fizzy, but not overly so. otherwise very smooth and thick, almost milky.

D: not that high, a bit sweet

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tend to pick this beer up very rarely, but after sampling it tonight at Winchester Wine and Spirits during their weekly beer tasting, I felt the need to purchase a bottle. The sample I tasted there had this wonderful and unusual flavor of chocolate and peanut butter (ala Reeses). The bottle was poured in to a Duvel snifter. No light could penetrate this beer, black as hell with one fingers worth of light tan head. Dark bitter chocolate, mild whiskey, subtle dark fruit, marshmallow, and a hint of coffee bean come through in the nose. Vanilla is the first flavor to hit the palate, followed by powdered chocolate, black strap molasses and an oak complexity unmatched by some of the best examples of this style. Mouthfeel is hefty, but perhaps a tad light for an oak aged Imperial Stout. Very little hop bitterness comes through, but the malt and oak characteristics make themselves very known. Drinking is good on this beer, although certainly one to sip, as the alcohol is there and will bite you if you're not careful. This is an exemplary stout from Weyerbacher. It might not blow you away, but I would be surprised if it did not at least impress you. Grab a bottle, drink it now, or cellar it, I imagine it will be excellent either way. Cheers

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Weyerbacher wonder. I've tried it once before, but will take this oppourtunity to rate it.

A: A rich, oil-like pour fills my glass quickly and finishes with a brown/tan layer of head.
S: Milk chocolate, caramel, smooth coffee aromas. Bitter chocolate notes also apparent.
T: Bitter chocolate and a bit of coffee come through first. Finished with a familiar milk chocolate creaminess.
M: Not a viscous as I would have guessed. Very smooth and flowing. Flavor is sharp, while this beer is pretty runny.
D: Tasty and rich, but not overpowering. I thought this might have been a bit "heavier," but it really gives way to an enjoyable and flavorful beer.

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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 2,259 ratings
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