Heresy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
2,257 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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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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Photo of projectflam86
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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Photo of beergod1
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick brown head. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, oak. This brew is definitely different. If you like whiskey, you’re going to like this. It has a nice sour tang as well, which serves, oddly enough, to mellow and blend the finish. Not as hoppy or heavily bodied as most Imperial Stouts, but a very good and unique brew nonetheless.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of areich6
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed with my good friend and Beer Advocate pschul4

A: Very dark with tan colored head. Fairly standard.

S: The small of dark fruits and alcohol eminates from this beer as one would expect from an imperial stout.

T: The taste is not bad bad, but is a little off to me. A little behind other imperial stouts I have had. The strong alcoholic sweetness is very faint and it has a very slight metallic taste to it.

M: Pretty light, not very light, but nothing to write home about.

O: This a mediocre Russian Imperial Stout that isn't bad but just isn't very good either.

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Photo of pschul4
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last beer of the night for mine and ariech6's Fat Tuesday tasting, it has been an amazing night my friend

Thanks Axic10 for this extra you hooked me up with so much amazing beer just as extras

A- Pours medium dark brown with a dark tan head that sticks around for a while before backing down to a tan ring around the brew

S- This smells like an amazing RIS. Lots of roast, coffee, and chocolate scents coming from it with some faint hops in the background

T- You get the smooth malt notes with some background hops in the beginning then the oaky notes from the barrel hit your palate in a very pleasurable way

M- A little too much carbonation for a stout in my opinion but it doesnt detract too much from the overall beer

O- I can't believe Alex gave me this as an extra it was simply amazing and I can't wait to try this again in the future

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MBrausen
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a CBS snifter.

A. Pours a super dark black, thin mocha head that fades quickly to a thin ring.

S. Smells of milk chocolate, very mild toffeee, and very minimal mint.

T. Tastes of tons of mil;k chocolate, but covered slightly by the toffeee and licorice to have a nice rounded flavor that isn’t overwhelming.

M. Medium bodied, a little thin and water, medium carbonation.

O. A good beer. Could have it anytime and easily a few. Not something special I would go dreaming over, but a solid beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of legalpete19340
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very dark brown, nearly black, with a huge dark brown head. The head was bubbly and fell fast but the drink coated with minimal lacing.

S: Dark dried fruit and chocolate with hints of vanilla and oak. Dark chocolate really pushes through. The fruit is black cherries, blackberries. Smacks of port. Light bourbon.

T: The fruit jumps out in the beginning with tons of black cherry and raisins. The middle is slight roasted malt, untoasted whole wheat rolls, smooth dark cocoa and then the oak: vanilla and wood to the end with a bit of dry bitterness and alcohol. After a few more sips there is a twang and slight sourness to the fruit that overwhelms. The finish has lingering bourbon.

M: A big version of medium, velvety and smooth. Very fizzy which took away from it.

O: A solid RIS. This one may not have been as fresh as I had hoped as it sat in the cellar a while. Maybe took on the port tastes and lost some of the hop backbone. This ones wore me down with its sour sweetness. Not bad and i would like to try again.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,257 ratings.
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