Heresy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,008 Reviews
HeresyHeresy
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
Reviews:
1,008
Ratings:
2,253
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.93%
 
 
Wants:
110
Gots:
361
For Trade:
16
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Reviews: 1,008 | Ratings: 2,253
Photo of manfromanotherplace
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

surprisingly very good considering the price,Which was cheap at 12 bucks a 4 pack. Not quite to the standard of their sunday morning stout,but that isnt really a criticism. tasty stout with the definite taste of whiskey barrels which gives this beer a surprising tart fruit finish.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I agree with the last reviewer. Sure it's not kbs or some of the other big dogs, buts it's not far off those, and at roughly half the price of other bb stouts it's worth it. And I don't have to get on a waiting list or try to hunt down one bottle. It's readily avaiable on shelves at any decent beer place here in michigan

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Photo of fredmugs
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I cannot believe this is rated under 4 on here. Sure it's not a huge barrel presence but very solid and for $3 a bottle you can't beat the price/quality ratio.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.85/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had high hopes for this one out of the gate: Very rich, dark pour; Great head + some nice initial sweetness and roasted malt flavors, that initially had me thinking I'd found a winner, at least in terms of my personal rotation. As it warmed however, the bourbon notes began to creep further and further forward to the point that it began to dominate too much for my taste. Not sure if cellaring would help to subdue that or push it further into the foreground, but at this point, just to much booze and bourbon for me.

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Photo of arizcards
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a snifter at the Capital Ale House in Richmond earlier today for $7.00.

Beer was served black with nice tan head.

Nose had light hints of bourbon barrel.

Taste had hints of sweet chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of bourbon barrel.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly smooth.

I am not sure what the base beer was but typically RIS style beers are barrel aged and not export stout styles. But perhaps Weyerbacher is trying to be a trend setter and subject less than imperial styles to barrel aging. Not bad but would not do again for the price point.

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Photo of rypkr
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When bba stouts are your favorite style but you don't want to blackout after two this is a nice alternative. Not great but for 8% it still packs a lot of barrel aged flavor.

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Photo of LancetherealLeader
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one was 'okay', but didn't live up to the KBS and BCBS that were also tasted in the same evening. Heresy smelled good, but seemed very thin and lacked a big taste. On it's own, it's still worth seeking if you like a 'lighter' BA beer.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily black with a tan/brown colored head than looks nice for about a minute before it dissipates into obscurity.

Smells rich of bourbon. More so than other barrel aged imperial stouts I can remember. It also has a hard-water, rust/blood-like/metallic note, with some roasted malt characters.

The flavor profile has notes of chocolate and red merlot. The taste, in my opinion, doesn't seem that impressive. Somewhat fruity in its aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. I was expecting something somewhat bigger from this. It isn't bad, or necessarily lacking here, but also not bold enough in it's feel to say much about.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black with light brown head; thick lace as liquid reduces. Smells like whiskey and wood. Whiskey and toffee stout flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Very good - would definitely drink again.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slick and oily tar black with a thick finger and a half of light brown foam that dissipates rapidly.

Dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits, oak, and a hint of bourbon.

Chocolate and roasted notes stand out the most, but seem much more subtle in comparison to the aroma. Oak, some light vanilla, and bourbon is also present, but again seems toned down.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, semi-chewy, roasty, bitter.

Overall, this is definitely not the greatest BBA impy stout I've had, but for $12 a 4 pack, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black like oil with similar viscosity and a nice amount of khaki colored head. Whiskey and cocoa on the nose, a little roasted malt too; follows onto the palate. Finishes with vanilla and cocoa, with a whiskey backbone.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark, almost black, opaque. Nice half-inch head. Aroma has touches of chocolate, vanilla and just a hint coffee and alcohol. Flavor was lots of dark roast malt, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin from what I had expected from an Imperial Stout. Overall, pretty tasty, but not outstanding. Very drinkable.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep inky black with a thick-ish light tan head. The head has limited retention and leaves very slight sticky lacing. The aroma is bourbon forward, with hints of vanillin and roasted malt. The taste is on the lighter side, but still has all the characteristics of the aroma, nicely melded together. The body is lighter, as well, with a nice slickness and a little alcohol tingle.

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Photo of snoopy5023
4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The look was perfect, it let you know it really is a stout. The smell was not as strong as a stout should be but it was there. The taste was great, the whiskey was hidden well, however, the feel let you know the whiskey was there. The feel, was like the previous statement, and kind of thin for a stout.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice BA stout here. Readily available and well made.

Appearance: Dark as night very little head to speak of exactly what you would expect of a good BA stout.

Aroma: Some light whisky notes, caramel vanilla are dominant.

Taste: Very nicely done, not too burned very well balanced. Barrel does not shine as much as you would expect but there are notes that are present. Vanilla and roasted barley and caramel are the most prominent.

Overall: Very well made stout and enjoyable for the style. I would definitely seek this one out again in the future.

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Photo of glass_house
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Another swing-and-miss from Weyerbacher for me. With any of their beers, I've realized I either hate it or I love it. This looked and smelled nice enough, but seemed way too sweet, with an odd mix of dark fruit and toffee. Did not seem to be well complemented by it's time in the barrel. Besides the flavor profile that was a bit disjointed, the body was way too thin for what this beer is trying to be. Thankfully I had an Insanity on hand to rinse the taste out of my mouth and make me forget what I just drank.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter glass. It pours virtually black with mahogany hues and one finger of khaki-colored head that dissipated rather quickly. I was disappointed with the nose: it was really subdued. The taste featured the usual coffee and chocolate but with more sour fruit taste than I anticipated. There is nothing wrong with Heresy - it simply suffers by comparison with many of the more famous examples of the style.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/3/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light dark fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, and roast/oaky earthiness. Light roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, and roast/oaky bitterness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. The barrel character is very pronounced, but not overdone. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic looking beer. Pitch black with a great full brown head.

Full whiskey smell, with a fresh wood smell, but not very strong.

Great whiskey flavor, with a distinguishable toasted vanilla bean flavor to it. This has a pretty well balanced flavor.

Warming full feel to this beer. It tasted better as you get further into the beer and it warms up just a little bit. The flavors seem to fill up a lot of your mouth.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As much as I like Old Heathen, this just missed the mark for me. The bourbon flavor just did not seem to mesh well with this beer. Surprising because I generally like Weyerbacher's stuff.

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Photo of djairae
2/5  rDev -49.2%

I purchased a four pack of Heresy based on the description on the box. This beer has an awful hoppy sour taste. I have opened two and could not manage to drink more than half before pouring it down the drain. I really hate wasting pricey beer, but I cannot tolerate this stuff!
Looks like the bro-in-law is getting a couple of beers for xmas!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid black, with a very large tan head, very rocky and quick to fade to a thin cap. Lacing is present.

S - Not so good. A band-aid element, along with wood and a bit of booze. Something seems off.

T - Missing most of the stout flavor notes I look for; not completely absent, but the volume for the chocolate and roast notes is turned way down. Leather and dark fruit are present, but I mainly pick up the alcohol from the barrel, a subtle sourness, and the oak.

M - Slick and coating, perhaps a bit thinner than I'd expect for a RIS.

O - Something did not quite gel here. There have been rumbling concerns of infection, but while there are off notes, particularly in the nose, this is not the issue. The barrel has not augmented the underlying beer, and the parts are less than the whole. A bit disappointing, but not the drain pour experience some have described.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.35/5  rDev -15%

This beer pours a dark walnut body with a 3-finer tan head that retains for a few minutes leaving nice lacing. Lots of carbonation rushing up from the bottom which surprised me

Aroma of molasses and chocolate with a spicy alcohol in the nose. Some sweet vanilla as the beer warms more

Interesting tasting RIS. Would not have classified it as such in a blind taste test. A little sweet and sticky but light bodied. Not thick and roasty like I expected. Very high carbonation which I would nearly classify as effervescent. Chocolate malts with molasses and vanilla. The barrel comes through as the beer warms and you get a nice oaky flavor. Alcohol spices up the sweetness a little bit.

Not a bad beer but just wasn't great. Not what I was expecting in a whisky-barrel aged RIS.

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Photo of bound4er
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

A. Dark brown appearance with a massive tan head of three fingers that ever so slowly recedes.
S. Dark malt, oak and a nasty note of excrement (sulfur?) - call it "poopy" smelling
T. Oak, whisky-like alcohol, some coffee. Not much else.
M. Thin and flat tasting.
O. The beer guy I buy from and trust recommended this stuff. I trust his palate but he missed on this beer big time. Nothing I want to drink again. May even end up dumping my other three bottles.

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Photo of mikecollins50
4/5  rDev +1.5%

So an employee at a local shop recommended I buy this along with the old heathen and blind test each. This one in my opinion is good for sure but super different than the old heathen. I thought there would be subtle differences based on his recommendation. Anyways, I liked both of them but old heathen is definitely more my style. This thing was like a sour stout. It was super carbonated. I started noticing the barrel taste more and more as it warmed up. Interesting beer for sure, good, not my favorite but I did enjoy it.

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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,253 ratings.
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