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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of tdm168
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours like motor oil; jet black color with a little black head that fades quickly

S - licorice, chocolate, roasted malt, faint oak, vanilla

T - licorice, alcohol, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, moderately bitter finish

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was a delicious, very full-flavored, enjoyable offering. I would have this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of zenmaster298
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Jeffo
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one in a recent swap with bsuedekum. Cheers for all the extra effort in this one man.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a small, medium looking, tan head with good retention. Head fades to a half wisp and ring. Black body with no carbonation at all. A slight ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, milk chocolate, and some definite tart cherries. A hint of oak as well, but the tartness is definitely in the forefront. Doubt that's intentional, but it does smell quite appealing.

TASTE: The tartness is not as dominant as it was in the nose, but it's still there. Some caramel and sweet malts up front with more caramel and toffee flavors all the way to the swallow. A hint of oak, vanilla and milk chocolate at the swallow, as well as a light hint of tart cherries. Relatively sweet, some tartness, but not much bitterness as balance. Decent.

PALATE: Medium-thin body and medium carbonation. Quite light on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Too light and thin for the style. Needs more weight.

OVERALL: This was alright. I'm not sure if the tart cherry aroma was intentional, but strangely enough, it worked really well. In fact, I was a little disappointed it wasn't more pronounced in the flavor, which was otherwise a little too average. The feel could use some thickening up as well. A decent beer, but nothing to write home about. Thanks again for the trade bsuedekum.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep rich brown, pretty much black into my 25cl allagash glass. Solid finger of really nice mocha dense/creamy colored head, very good retention and decent lacing as well.

S - Sweet vanilla/chocolate, oaky and roasty toffee aromas are present as well. Very appealing. Maybe some fig/dark fruit aromas as well.

T - Exactly as it smells with an initial emphasis on dark fruits (raisins/figs) and oaky flavors. Eventually the dark fruits mellow out and the chocolate/vanilla/slightly roasty flavors come through. Really no alcohol detectable.

M - Heavier bodied, mild carbonation, very very smooth. Not a total sipper but closer to a sipper than anything else

O - Very tasty, in a perfect world i would bring out more vanilla/chocolate/roastyness and go much easier on the dark fruits but a very very tasty brew regardless.

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Photo of WesM63
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large snifter

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black with a small very small , almost non-existent head. Minimal retention and lacing.

S: Smells of oak, vanilla, maybe some coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

T: Pretty much on the nose. Oak, vanilla with some coffee bitterness and malts. Finishes a bit thin almost watery. Does leave a ever so slight alcohol burn at the very end.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

O: Very solid, oak aged RIS. You can taste and smell the oak aging although it does finish a bit thin/watery for my liking.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm imaging the date I read on the bottle is the "best by" date. November, 2012 so I made the cutoff, Horray!

A - Dark brown, about black. Solid kakhi colored head that retained very well and kept it's lacing throughout the 13oz Tulip I poured it in.

S - Typical RIS, chocalate, roast, hints of vanilla and obviously, Oak.

T - All the same as the nose including those dark malts, but the oak begins to take over and lingering in the finish, and well after the finish also. Weird thing about that finish is that it reminded me of stale cola...but not in a bad way if that makes any sense. Much better when approaching room temp than cold, as a BA would assume.

M - Well, it's 8%. Drinks like 6.5% or 7%. It's a bit overcarbonated. Tad bit thin, but very easy drinking and booze is nowhere to be found, very well masked which is where the 4 comes from.

O - Nice to have tried for the first time. Nothing that will knock your socks off but a nice change of pace with the oak component.

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4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big oak coming through on the nose in the guise as vanilla and something reminiscent of cherries. A massive combination of booze and sweetness assaults your olfactory sense immediately. Wonderful smell!

Beautiful beer! It's pitch black with not even the faintest highlights. I can see my reflection in the obsidian liquor. The head is a medium tan brown which was fluffy at first but thinned out quickly, yet never fully disappeared. Sadly, no lacing.

Chocolate pudding and vanilla are the predominant flavors here. Raisin, fig, and sweet balsamic are other parties contributing to the flavor profile here.

Silky smooth, low carbonation, and full bodied. This beer is boozy as hell! It drinks like a 10% ABV beer, which worries me a bit. Overall though, I really liked this one, especially how smooth it was.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't see any date, but I'm guessing at 2 years old on this bottle.

A: Pours black with a medium-sized chocolate milk colored head. Fades fast, leaving almost no lacing at all.

S: Nice bourbon! Caramel, toffee, molasses and a bit of oak. A bit of roasted malt is hiding in the background with some coffee, char and chocolate. Mostly the bourbon though.

T: Bourbon up front with again, toffee and a bit of caramel. Nice vanilla with the oak as well. Roasted malt comes through with lots of chocolate mainly. There is a touch of coffee bean too. Vanilla in the finish is prominent and delicious. Lingering coffee bean rounds out the aftertaste. No alcohol heat at all.

M: Fairly heavy, smooth.

O: Damn, this one took me by surprise. It might be the 2+ years on this bottle but this one is great. Lots of vanilla mixed with tasty bourbon and a solid stout base. This really was a pleasant beer.

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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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4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a cola brown, sits an opaque black; aggressive pour yields ~ 1" khaki toned head. middling retention but outstanding lacing. great presentation. nose is most of what you look for in an imperial stout, ingredient-wise. roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate. secondary notes of oak and vanilla. ultimately it's a very good aroma; my one criticism would be it could be a little bolder.

flavor is right in line with the nose. not overwhelmingly good but very solid with the coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts all pulling thrugh. the oak and vanilla are muted but present also. mouthfeel is easily the worst element of this beer. very thin, surprisingly so. not what you expect in a RIS.

overall this is a solid RIS, but also a flawed one. personally i look for my (russian) imperial stouts to be bolder and thicker, more robust.

originally reviewed: 04-12-2011

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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