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
Photo of morimech
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black. Darkest black color. One finger of head forms and slowly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Has an element in the aroma that seems a bit odd. Like a tart cherry juice or stale red wine. I would not ding the score as much but I cannot get past this out of place smell. Possible infection?

There is a little bit of tartness in the flavor but it has not gotten out of hand yet. The malt gives some nice chocolate and roasted flavor. Not picking up much from the oak barrel aging. A touch of alcohol flavor and warmth in the finish.

Not as big bodied as other imperial stouts. Carbonation seems to be a little too lively as well.

A little disappointed in this beer. Has a flaw developing and the beer did not benefit from the barrel aging.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mdvatab
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in recent trade.
Poured from 12oz bottle into Bordeaux wine glass.

A: Fruity red wine, a bit of perfumy lavender, rich chocolate syrup, and powdered cocoa.

A: Deep black body. Light tan one-finger head falls slowly. A thin sheet of foam clings to the inside of the glass with each tilt.

F: Toasted coconut from the barrels up front, bittersweet dark chocolate fudge, some bitterness, and a black licorice note that sticks to the palate a little bit longer through the finish than I'd like. Overall, a decent balance between malty sweetness and bitterness. Pretty smooth.

M: Full-bodied. Medium, creamy carbonation.

O: Not a bad imperial stout at all. If they toned down that black licorice and bumped up the dark chocolate, it would be perfect!

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. Snifter.

A- pours a heavy black, 2 finger light brown head. Some small blotches remain near the top of the beer.

S- heavy on the bourbon, vanilla and oak. Some sweet roasted malts and coffee in the background.

T- nice bourbon taste with some vanilla. Oak and bitter coffee/chocolate as well. Slight toffee or caramel.

M- medium body and carbonation, fairly drinkable and creamy.

O- nice BA stout from Weyerbacher. Has a nice blend of flavors with the bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malts. No real heat noticed with nice drinkability.

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

Black as night with a small light brown head, moderate sheets of lace as you drink it.

Plenty of oak on the nose, dark roasty notes, coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste is nice, sweet and roasty with more subtle woodiness, plenty of coffee and bitter dark chocolate, well balanced bitterness from the dark malts.

Body is very full, really nice.

A rather tasty and quite easy to drink RIS, definitely worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tsauce2
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Opaque. Head is dark chocolate, 1 in dissipates to the outsides of the glass. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Dark roast malt, chocolate, oak, and some light bourbon and vanilla notes with a touch of alcohol. Light hop additions.

T: Natural semi-sweet chocolate flavor, dark roast grain, light carmel and vanilla notes. Barrel aging is noticable, flavors are all rounded toghether. Alcohol is barely noticable. Aftertaste is light vanilla/caramel/chocolate sweetness.

M: Medium/full body. Feel is viscous and a touch of bitter dryness from roasted chocolate. Dry finish.

O: Very tasty and easy to drink. I thought all flavors were very well balanced and blended, but a little light for a stout, much less an imperial. Really like the light sweetness and barrel aging is just right. Nice feel as well. Will seek out and buy this beer whenever possible.

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Photo of FourBetter
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Jet black, barely any change in color even with a light directly behind it. 1/4 finger head that dissappears immediately.

S: Very sweet bourbon smell. Hints of oak and chocoate hiding in there somewhere.

T: Nice initial bourbon flavor. Hidden tastes of chocolate and coffee try to get through and are subtly present in the aftertaste. No oak flavor (a plus for me as some oak aged beers taste like a campfire). A little more acidity than I expect or like. But not offensive.

M: Smooth and creamy, still light (not at all syrupy)on the tongue for an RIP. Good carbonation.

O: Above average and enjoyable. Not at the top of my lists of RIP's but would gladly drink again.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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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%

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