Heresy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,256 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,256
Reviews:
1,009
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.93%
 
 
Wants:
110
Gots:
363
For Trade:
16
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,256 |  Reviews: 1,009
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark as night from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. Absolutely no light penetration whatsoever.
Tan colored one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma upfront is all bourbon, with pleasant vanilla, oak, chocolate notes along with hints of coffee coming through.
Taste similar to the aroma is all bourbon up front, with the chocolate and roasted malts making their presence felt in the middle. The finish is clean and almost dry with hints of bourbon in the after-taste. Medium bodied stout that is deceptively easy to drink. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.
Not a lot of lacing along the insides of the glass.
Overall, this is a very good barrel-aged stout and with the slightly lower ABV compared to other beers in this category, it is VERY easy to drink.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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

A: Pours jet black with a creamy tan head, moderate retention with spotted lacing.

S: Oak, vanilla, raisins, leather, alcohol, and an ever so slight bit of roast.

T: Barrel shines up front with smooth vanilla and charred oak while bitter dark chocolate and dark fruits come into play mid pallet all rounded out by a bit off roast and touch of hot alcohol. Finishes quite dry with a lingering aftertaste of vanilla and roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is on the soft/medium border, dry finish but leaves a bit of sticky residue on the palate and teeth. It's interesting and works for the beer.

O: Overall a delicious easy to get barrel aged stout. Depending on the season of course. Drink-ability is pretty decent abv isn't too high for an RIS and it goes down pretty smoothly. Body could use a bit more viscosity and it could be a little more aromatic but other than that it's pretty solid.

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Photo of Shmantha
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DomingoOrtiz
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best stouts I have ever had. I had not had too much experience with Weyerbacher prior to this. I had it on tap at a place called Pico. They have an amazing selections of beers on draught.
Why must you type in a 250+ length comment to rate a beer?
Do you like beer? I do!

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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  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near pitch black color with almost no head

S: Roasted malts, licorice, oak, some bourbon, and vanilla

T: Follows the nose starting off with the roasted malts that include coffee, licorice, and chocolate and then goes into the bourbon/oak profile that includes the usual suspects of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Finishes with a light bitterness and slight alcohol

M: Medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Nice and smooth

O: A relatively easy-going barrel aged RIS that doesn't over-do it or try to be something it isn't. Perfect for this time of year also

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Photo of B33R501
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kinda reminds of their Tiny (great beer one of this years favorites) without the black licorice and Belgian bubblegum twist, obviously not as big a beer.

Black, nice head, good looker. Smells just ok roasted chocolate malts. Taste follows with a nice fruity grape flavored white wine type dry finish, more sweet than bitter, little thin but drinkable and overall pretty tasty. Hints of wood, vanilla and bourbon add to the complexity, I like that the bourbon is more subtle than others I've had, but my preference is probably more in your face.

Would I get this again? I don't know, it's good but i'd put out the extra couple bucks and go with Tiny, which is such a massive beer (I like the pun of "tiny" for such a monster) or just get something like central waters bb stout or Williamsburg bb porter, which both have more boozy bourbon flavor.

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Photo of zillo043068
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ShanePB
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Vintage 2012, served in a tulip

A: Black body sitting in the glass topped with a creamy dark tan head. Some sticky lacing is left behind on the walls along with a nicely form retention ring. Nice looking barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout for sure.

S: Oak, wet wood, bourbon, chocolate, cream, caramel and chocolate malts. Really not overdone in any aspect though it's enough to have a pleasant aroma to it.

T: Strong barrel notes of oak/wood are blended with a subtle sweet bourbon. No alcohol heat on the taste at all. Plenty of chocolate and vanilla extract notes come in through the mid-palate into the finish. Touches of roasted malts towards the back end.

M: Unfortunately too thin for the style. The barrel I would expect to take a bit away but this is perhaps too much. Spritzy and watery.

I really like the fact this is only 8% ABV for a bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout. It's very drinkable, maybe the only benefit to the mouth feel, and quite tasty. Nice job but doesn't sit atop the pile for the style.

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3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thick tan head that leaves good lacing.

S- The oak is very apparent in the nose and adds of a bit of charr and smoke. Some nice roasted malts and dark chocolate present as well.

T- All bitter dark chocolate and oak initially with a good dose of alcohol in the finish. The hops add of a bit of balance and spice to the flavor profile.

M- Medium/full bodied with higher than usual carbonation for an RIS.

O- A very solid beer but it would get lost in a ligneup of well known barrel aged stouts.

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