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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Ratings: 2,258 |  Reviews: 1,012
Photo of nukem5
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost black color rich and thick with a nice tight cap of tan foam. Nice legs all the way down the glass.

S: First is the earthy tones and chocolaty with heavy undertones of bourbon.

T: Warm and rich almost a decadent feeling when the taste-buds get their first blast of chocolate, oak, raisins, dark cherries with an earthy tone laying under all the others.

M: Again a warm rich feeling with a full body and great smooth taste.

O: Very drinkable in a snifter with a fine Grasshopper Tiramasu the tastes were very complimentary to one another.

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Photo of jmathis
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of beerphan
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle -> imperial pint
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Poured jet black with a large thick light brown head, off a semi-aggressive pour. The head settles to a fine layer of chocolate milk suds. Patchy thin lace which runs slowly down the glass. A few sporadic spots actually stick to the glass, but most return to where it came from.

Nose: I don't remember adding a shot of bourbon to the glass but it sure smells like i did. Raisens also make an appearance, but the bourbon has a firm hold on the nose.

Taste: Just too much bourbon flavor for me. Raisens, chocolate, and burnt malt are also present, but this bottle most of came from the bottom or the barrell. .

Mouth: Mouth feels medium, but seems watery for a imperial.

Drinkability: I'd much rather session the old heathan than this. Oh yeah, by the way, i don't really care for bourbon.
I had a sip of this at Monster Bridge the other day and it was much more balanced and complex. Would of gotten quite a good rating that night. But this one is just too much bourbon. I will leave this review now, but I reserve the right to adjust it at a future tasting.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured into dimpled mug, smell of oak from bottle as well as a maltiness that also comes through very thin lacy caramel colored bubbles around rim of mug. I was initially worried how the oak would influence this beer, but it blends well, it's presence evident without being overwhelming. Great mouth feel where the abv is noticed on the finish. Very good beer I would get again as well as more to try from the Weyerbacher brewery.

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Photo of BigOldOaf
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Chuffbomb
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of russwilliam
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Profchaos20
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of wingman14
2.96/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours jet black with a dark tan head that stays for a bit. The smell is very sweet with a strong dose of hard liquor. The taste is very similar, sweet up front, alcohol going down that over powers the beer. This one isn't very high in ABV (for an Imperial), yet the flavor reveals so much in the taste, probably because they are aged in bourbon barrels. The mouthfeel is ok, it was hard to get past the flavor. I don't like that I bought this in a growler, the description was deceiving, I can't see having more than one of these. Check it out if you really like the Imperials.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jacri for this brew.

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a viscous black with a two finger beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, and a bit of alcohol. Roasted malt with a very slight sweetness dominates the taste, very dry finish with very slight understanded notes of oak. Very creamy, heavy medium to full body. Overall, I enjoyed this brew but expected the oak and whisky notes to come through a bit more and expected a bit fuller body for an imperial stout. Especially enjoyed the balance between the slight sweet tones early and dry finish.

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Photo of bbrown12
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jcugafsu
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of JT99125
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of sblanton83
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of blitz134
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black body that poured with a one finger head which was a deep chocolate color. Aroma is a deep rich alcoholic chocolate with strong fruit overtones. Oak and vanilla saturate the nose. Overall sweet and fairly complex. Very inviting.

The taste, or lack there of, really struck me as being off in this beer. I don't really pick up any of the strong characteristics which I found in the nose. Initially there is a tiny bit of sweetness but the midrange doesn't offer anything. Finish is a bit spicy with some oak characteristics. The alcohol burn is a bit harsh. What flavor is there is okay at best. The alcohol brings it down.

Mouthfeel is fairly full, but not what I think it should be for the style. Drinkability is only okay as well. The lack of taste doesn't make me want a second.

Overall this one presented itself strongly but failed to follow through once it hit my lips. Oh well...

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Photo of wmobley
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of wiscokid920
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of HopHunter19
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like bourbon, oak, roasty dark malts, less intense than bigger whiskey aged imperial stouts. Taste is bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, dark malts, coffee, roast, chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium, alc covered, aftertaste is bourbon, oak, caramel. Overall this beer is damn decent. I'd buy it again. I'd compare it to FW Velvet Merkin, I think people may be too quick to knock this one because it's an 8% BA stout, but it does exactly what its supposed to do.

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Photo of Snellgg5
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of dannyhead
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bulldogg915
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ReeseMax3
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 2,258 ratings
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