Heresy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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3.94 w/ 2,258 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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Almost pitch black with virtually no highlights. Light khaki head is creamy with nice retention and low lace.

S - Plum with a light dry oak, and a big, round, roasted chocolate grain note.

T - Malt and coffee opening. Rich chocolate malt, chocolate nibs, and a soft booze lend a chocolate liquor-like character to the center. A dry finish is anchored with deep caramel malt and light oak.

M - Medium-light body for the style with sub-par carbonation.

O - A nice flavor profile, but there's enough booze in there to keep it on the sipping side of the style.

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

We pour a brew of the deepest black. It shows flecks of rich red-brown around the edges. It holds a half finger head of cappuccino bubbles that disappears quickly, leaving little lacing. What is left is a slick and oily surface, resembling an oil slick on the road reflecting light in multiple colors. Carbonation is sluggish through the syrupy thickness, and no sediment is noted. The aroma opens up with huge oak and bourbon. The beer smells boozy, despite the lower abv for the style. After a few seconds enormous buttery diacetyls break out, with a backpacking sweetness of cooked malts and, actually, some paler malts. There is light licorice sweetness, mild medicinal phenols, and blackened chocolate. As we sip, we begin with darker malts, clean oak giving tartness, and white sugar sweetness. Through the middle the oak elongates, and even more so with warmth. There is cutting sweetness of berry fruitiness, with a lightness of booze. We finish cleaning, with salt and wood, and cleaner malts. The aftertaste breathes with a slight char, booze, a drying metallic bite, and sticky caramel. The body is full and the carbonation is lower. There is great cream and slurp to each sip, but it lacks the satisfying thickness and stickiness that was expected. There is final astringency from the barreling, leaving the tongue the most dry. The abv is appropriate, and this beer drinks quite easily.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was its drinkability, and how inviting it was at the outset. The barreling is huge and the aroma is great with those hearty diacetyls. Nothing is too boozy or too bittering. Where we lose points, too, is in the lack of stickiness and ultimate smack that we expected from some a rich and syrupy brew.

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4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - rich turbid chocolate brown to black

N - peat, very rummy, some sweet bourbon, caramel, like a real sugary pastry like baklavah, some buttery notes but balanced with crisp hop oil.

T/M - velvet like vanilla and bourbony notes at first, love the buttery notes in the finish, light in the body but a consistent velvet like texture; some vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, vanilla bean and raisin, pastry, candi sugar; I can see how this could be overly sweet to some people but oak and bourbon peatiness are very present.

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4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting one of my 2011 lots from February

A-black as black can be with a tan head that sticks around for just a minute or so.

S-bourbon up front with some vanilla, raisins and a bit of chocolate

T-get thhe bourbon, vanilla, more of a fig or prune flavor with a hint of that chocolate note. Must be from chocolate malt. A little chalkyness to it too and some smoke but very small amounts. This is a perfect brew for in front of the campfire. Some hops are present also. Very flavorful, complex but very smooth with just a slight alcohol burn in your throat. Almost has a chile or peppery to it felt in the throat too.

M-nice medium body and well carbed.

Good beer, I will buy another 2 cases of this this year.

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4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours black with a 1 finger mocha head. the smell is roasted malts with hints of oak and vanilla. the taste is very smooth and rich with the oak and vanilla notes really coming through. the mouthfeel is medium to full with good carbonation. overall a really good beer, will buy some more of this the next time i see it.

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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

Pours black. Can't see any light through my glass. 1+ finger toffee head.

Nose gives off notes of vanilla, almond, marshmallow, dark chocolate, and coffee. Sweet and balanced... the nose is incredible.

Taste is sweet, slightly boozy, oaky, roasty, dark chocolatey, caramelly, and slightly acidic.

Sweet slightly flabby finish, moderate to low carbonation. Overall a good imperial stout, but not great. The nose is phenomenal, but the taste is imperfect and not that well-rounded.

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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 78.7% out of 100 with 2,258 ratings
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