Heresy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
2,256 Ratings

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: 2,256 |  Reviews: 1,011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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 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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.26/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of alarmclock314
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2/11/15. Pours opaque black with a medium-sized brown head. Smells of whiskey, dark fruit, and some roasted malt. Tastes mostly of whiskey and dark fruit, but has some roasted malt and coffee flavors. Medium carbonation and somewhat thin body for the style. Grab this if you like whiskey and lighter stouts; pass if you expect your RIS's to be thick.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of gfreed
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don't be mislead-- there's nothing heretical here. In fact, it's a nice tame, conforming beer. As an RIS, it has all the basic features: dense, roasty-toasty, somewhat bitter but not overly so. The oak adds almost nothing; it might be that letting this sit for a year or two would bring out some oak characteristics. Not worth buying another bottle to find out, however.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Rschis16
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown in color, opaque black in the glass with reddish-brown highlights around the edges. Big dark tan two finger head foams up and dissapates at a medium pace down to a thick and bubbly cap. The aroma is intoxicating, with deep, rich notes of chocolate mingled in with an roasty, oaky, boozy character. So inviting and warming, just from the smell. Hints of bold coffee from the dark roasted malts also mingle up with the other smells. This is one fine smelling impy stout.

The taste is not quite as bold as the aroma actually, but comes up with a solid richness of dark roasted coffee with a definite mocha like quality. There is a lactic sweetness up front that is quickly dispelled by the coffee and chocolate flavors. Dark chocolate is definitely the only way to describe the chocolatey flavors here, rich and flavorful with a bittersweet character. The oak aging definitely plays its part, adding a boozy and bourbon like layer of complexity that is so inviting, and not at all too hot. It brings out the roasted oak like qualities that make this beer better than your average imperial stout. The hops add an earthy bitterness that ties in all the other flavors, keeping the richness from running away with this one. The mouthfeel is smooth and it goes down easy for 8%, making this dangerously drinkable. Maybe a tad too thin, but it seems to support the flavors well.

This beer has layers of complexities that make it work incredibly well. Bold and flavorful, fronted by an awesome aroma. Kudos to Weyerbacher for this one. I recommend and will certainly be back for more.

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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,256 ratings.
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