Heresy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,256 Ratings
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
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
Photo of DocWaters
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sweffin
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nightmare1972
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 61/case ($ 0.21/oz) at Franklin Beer Co, Franklin, PA
Bottled 1/20/15, BB 9/20/15, at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma of roasted malt and whiskey
Head small (< one cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing fair – complete narrow rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – somewhat of a bourbony flavor but not quite as sweet, the roasted malt is subdued; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of q33jeff
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
04/04/2015
On tap at blend.Aroma is whiskey and lots of coffee, chocolate. Taste is coffee and whiskey. Dark black color. Medium head.Tasty.
**
11/17/16
Bottle to snifter.
In bottles again. Glad to try again and maybe age 1 or 2 although abv is a little low for that.

No change in rating, but I'll add a few notes. I detect a rye character. Not sure if that is from the malt, or from the whiskey barrel. The whiskey taste seems to be something other than bourbon, maybe rye, or I think a taste a charcoal like Jack Daniels taste. Also, there are some grassy, earthy notes. Great to try this again, much different than SMS.

**

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Photo of rspauldi
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Chico1985
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Woah man. This is not only exactly one year old, but also four months past the best by date, both I was unaware of until this moment. Maybe some things are just meant to be. Thanks Mom for giving me this expired beer for Christmas.

A - 12oz pour to a trusty Fantome tulip reveals a black beer believe it or not, with just about a finger of brown head. Quickly falls to a cap, which eventually turns to a thin ring. Some decent lace-dot formations left behind.

S - Definitely a big whiskey and oak barrel presence, milk chocolate, coffee tones, brown sugar. Maybe a touch heavy with the alcohol and a bit faint but nice.

T - Still a big raw whiskey presence, lots of booze-soaked oak, but it's a nice unhinged liquor kind of feel that also blends better with the stout, more flavor prominence in general here. More like a chocolate dark fruit cordial, with notes of caramel and vanilla floating in there.

M - Oily and viscous feel that's just a touch on the thin side, decent carbonation that is on the lower side of the spectrum. On the boozy side for 8% as well.

O - The taste pulls through when it comes down to it, a bit flimsy-feeling overall but for an 8% stout with very unabashed whiskey barrel I feel like that's kind of expected. Not the most standout in the style certainly but nice.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottled 2/3/15
Drank 2/4/16

smell: oats, rye, whiskey
taste:follows nose, roasty, nutty
good body, barely sweet, barely dry
pretty awesome beer.

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Photo of jams1220
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jodybrutal
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Leiermann
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Angerhaus
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of baliwog
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bfer1
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of stingray
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Notes: 12 oz bottle served at cellar temperature in a chalice. Two dates on the bottle, "02/11/15" and "10/11/15", I assume are bottled-on and drink-by dates. Consumed on Nov. 18, 2015. This was my last bottle of a 4-pack and was left sitting in my basement; I gave one away and drank two early on. I was just getting over a cold and wanted a beer. I wasn't impressed before so I figured I wouldn't waste a beer I really liked while my nose was still a bit stuffy.

L: Not quite pitch black, very dark brown with a brown head. Plenty of foam, depending on how you pour it. Very slight residual lacing.

S: Definitely got the whiskey immediately after the pour but it toned down as I drank. Also a burnt smell. I still had some congestion in my sinuses so the smell was inhibited so I'd prefer to abstain from ranking the smell.

T: Whiskey is mellow, rising to the front occasionally which is a dramatic departure from the other bottles. A molasses sweetness, I even got banana here and there. Burnt taste to match the smell, somewhat like coffee grounds. Reminded me a lot of Postum, if you've ever had it.

F: Much thicker than the other (younger) bottles, but not oily at all. Biggest negative of the beer was that it left a bit of a burning sensation, not due to carbonation. I remember this with the other bottles as well.

O: Is this the same beer I had before? 6+ months in the basement has served it well. When I drank this before, the whiskey didn't blend well at all and was quite harsh. Now it's much smoother and very pleasant. Thicker mouthfeel and more of a burnt flavor. I bought Old Heathen at the same time and strongly preferred the OH before. Now I'm not so sure. At 8% and with an "expiration" date I didn't expect it to improve with age but I much prefer it now than when fresh. I may have to experiment with that.

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

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