Blasphemy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Ego on 03-10-2007

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970
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3.91
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
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Photo of aquatonex
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one because of its name, the ABV, and the brewery, Weyerbacher of course...

Pours rather dark red with a short white head, a bit of lacing. Nose is at first rather strong with alcohols, but what do you expect from a nearly 12% ABV beer? Taste is also a bit strong with some funkiness, semisweet heavy fruits, but overall pretty good. The funk takes over a bit, but isnt' 100% overwhelming. Considering the high octane of the brew, it is rather drinkable and pretty good.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured vigorously with a one inch short lived head carbonation fizzes out pretty quickly after the pour, body is a deep ruby amber tone with a beige fleeting head leaves behind very thin specks of lacing. Aromatics come off with heavy barrel aging overtones vanilla, oak, whiskey edge with deep plum and raisin yeast notes arising from the Quad while fusel alcohol cinges the nose hairs the sweetness is so outwardly sugary, not sure if this is a good thing. Flavors come crashing in with alcohol not hidden at all I'm going to age a bottle of this bruiser to see if it mellows my nose hair is past the tickling point it's definitely burning high alcohol and syurpy sweetness overrides alot of flavor aspects of this beer although it's nice to have a quad aged on oak the charred wood, vanilla, and whiskey notes all come to play but hide the parts of the beer that were once really desireable, man it's so boozy I don't feel like I'm drinking beer anymore this is definitely blasphemy. Mouthfeel is sticky with residual sugars alcohol sizzles on the palate with each sip really begins to become cloying when it warms up a bit carbonation is ample but the barrel aging is definitely evident. Drinkability I'm just such a fan the standard quad and the alright tripel they brew why throw them in oak barrels I don't think it's helps these styles on the other hand I'm in love with both Hersey and Insanity amazing, and this seems much different in color than the standard Quad I remember drinking.

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Photo of number1bum
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, slightly reddish dark amber color with about one finger of head. Head is pretty fizzy and disappears pretty quickly, leaving some bubbles and minimal lacing.

Nose is quite boozy. Smells strongly of oak and bourbon. Actually at first it hits me like spiced rum, but is clearly bourbon as it warms. There is some dark fruit here too but it's masked by the alcohol. Likewise with some sweet malt and candi sugar. It's there, but underneath a lot of booze.

Taste is much better; still quite a bit of bourbon and general booziness but the base beer shines through more than it did in the smell. Some candi sugar and caramel malt sweetness are here, plus a good amount of dark fruit. Raisins and prunes come to mind; maybe some cherry too. The bourbon and oak are pervasive but add some nice complexity rather than overwhelming the beer like they did in the smell. There's a bit of vanilla as it warms, as well. The alcohol is not terribly well hidden, though, as it finishes pretty hot with some alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and relatively smooth, save for the alcohol burn which takes away from it a bit.

This is pretty tasty, but it's a little too hot to trot in the alcohol department. I like bourbon aged beers, but this one is a little too boozy. Flavor is good but it's a bit rough around the edges. Definitely a sipper. I actually prefer the base beer Quad; it's a bit more drinkable and not as boozy.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- 1" tan head on a cloudy amber/brown body.
S- Big alcohols with lots of oak and hot whiskey. Dark fruits are hidden in all the alcohol. I really wouldn't be surprised if this was from the first run off from one of the barrels.
T- Strong alcohol, oak and vanilla comes through a bit with cherries and other dark fruits. The more you drink of it and get used to the alcohol toffee and chocolate come out, fruits get stronger, and some light spice like clove start to show themselves
M- Full body with low smooth carbonation.
D- The alcohol just over powers the beer IMO. Just seems like through a beer together and didn't refine it.

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Photo of LMO1190
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Like like what a Quad should.
Smells like dark cherries and whiskey.
A lot of whiskey taste here. Some Quad. A bit of a medicine taste to it.
Overall, this beer is ok!!!!

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Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into oversized wine glass. Thick foamy head formed and was quickly gone. The beer is a deep ruby color. Smells of malt, plums, and vanilla. Tastes of malt, raisons, and vanilla. The alcohol is warming. Mouthfeel is smooth and light.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit. Then a strong alcohol sting comes in along with breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent sipper but can be a bit over-powering and there are better choices within in the style.

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Photo of chefdejour
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle - no BOD.

A: Amber brown with a 1/2 " thick creamy head that dissipated to nothing. no lacing

S: WOW HOT - tons of alcohol and dried fruit - molasses and scotch - spicy aromatics

T: molasses/whiskey flavored bubble gum meets Belgian quad . . . but it tastes slightly thin, if that's possible. Spicy Belgian yeast character.

M: tight carbonation, thin viscosity and hot.

D: This is a sipping beer . . . any more than that and you'll be on your arse before you realize it. One tops, it's quite laborious toward the end, but definitely a labor of love.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- beautifully colored murky burnt red-orange that clears up as it warms. it's a striking vermilion when held up to an incandescent light turning to scarlet/garnet as it clears. beige head is dense and consistent, leaving little fingers of lace, but falls pretty quickly leaving a shiny film on top of the beer encompassed by a thick soapy ring. the stream of bubbles rising up the middle creates an opening in the middle of the foam sheen, expanding and contracting like some creepy biological orifice.

S- fruity, woodsy, and alcoholic, teeming with complexity. sofy vanilla underlies tart cherries, old oak barrels, apple cider, red plum, dark berries, apricot, jamaican rum, fumes of alcohol, and some belgian yeast funkiness. overall aroma of fermenting fruit punch works perfectly with the barrel aging and nothing seems overly dominant but the alcohol esters. even so, they are in no way unpleasant and may actually facilitate the other aromas up my nostrils.

T- holy shot of bourbon, this one actually burns goin down. intensely alcoholic with a mild but sharp noble hop bitterness. goes from sweet to tart to bitter in a flash. the oak barrels make a definite impact, as do the whiskey remnants. soft vanilla taste creates a creamy sweetness that balances the somewhat harsh bourbon flavor and nicely compliments the hops. i've been swirling my duvel tulip for a few minutes now trying to release some of these alcohol vapors so i can actually taste other things. bourbon soaked cherries & raspberries, plum skin, banana peel, strawberry candy, burnt orange, grassy noble hops, shiraz wine, cream sherry, red grapes, burnt caramel, and a slight toasted barley flavor. finishes fruity and alcoholically bitter with a lasting esterous solvent flavor. could have a higher score if the alcohol didn't mask everything.

MF- rich and decadent, feels caloric like a desert and the alcohol that has been a bane to the flavor profile may actually keep it from cloying. this one has a definite heat to it and the first few sips were like doing shots. there's filmy and coating qualities, but also an unexpected cleanliness after everything dissolves. carbonation is on the low side of medium and alcohol definitely dries the inner cheeks.

D- despite it's tasty complexity, this is a tough beer to drink due to the alcoholic heat and flavor. it would be much better appreciated in 4 oz servings in a wine glass instead of 16 oz in a tulip. i'm no lightweight, and this brew is an asskicker. my only gripe is the up front nature of the alcohol, having had higher abv beers that hide it better. to my chagrin, it takes away from an otherwise great offering.

***note: if the extreme moonshine characteristics are bothersome (like they are to me) this beer vastly improves if it's let to air out in the glass for a few HOURS. even though it lowers the carbonation significantly, treating it as a red wine softened the overall profile and made it more enjoyable. let it open up, decant it if you will, then park it in the fridge and chill it down to 60 degrees or so. think grapes.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, poured into a white wine glass, this pours shades of gold, copper, and amber. Lighter than I expected for a Quad, with a small head that quickly results in a rim around the top.

Alcohol up front, raisins, wine grapes, some oak and vanilla notes as well as a hint of peppery spice. Oddly enough this nose reminds me of a attributes of a French Pinot Noir.

Hot, no hiding the alcohol here. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet raisins, spice, and very little bitterness. Warm/hot finish.

Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, hot all around.

Overall this could have sat for a while. The 11.8% ABV acts like a watered down liquor on the throat. There are some great aromas but the taste is just very under ripe.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

A: Hazy reddish gold-brown, with a 1/2 finger white head. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Boozy aromas dominate, with dark fruit (figs), and brown sugar.

T: Booze, oak, caramel malts. It gets more sweet in the middle, accompanied by more booze. It does have a bit of a dry finish that persists after swallow.

M: Nice weight to mouthfeel, and more carbonation sensation than expected from appearance. This certainly seems alcohol-forward, even for the ABV.

O: This was a decent beer - a sipper, to be sure. But I wouldn't pick it up all the time. Definitely not overly impressed.

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Photo of tlema1
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: cloudy, dark amber color, tan head
A: faint Belgian yeast, dark fruit, booze
T: follows the nose, has a wine like quality
F: lighter in body than expected
O: decent sipper, but I was hoping for more

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from DIM in Rock, Paper, Scissors LIF Tournament. Thanks! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into Westmalle chalice. Beer was a rusty red color with no head. Soft, slow carbonation and no lacing.

Aroma was vanilla, cherries, wood and peanuts.

Taste was very boozy. Flavors were vanilla, cherries, bourbon, brown sugar, green apples and pepper.

Very heavy and full flavored beer. One is definitely enough. A slow sipper.

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is not to be f#$%ed around with, to put it blasphemously. Pours a dark amber with a prune-ish tint, and a couple fingers of head that settle in a ring around the rim of my snifter. There's a sharp blast of booze in the nostrils comprised of bourbon, vanilla extract, banana and some raisin, though not as much as the Quad, it's close cousin.

Even more bourbon in the flavor, and while it's hard to cut through the booziness, some of the raisin and fruity esters present themselves on the sides of the tongue. Although only .6% higher in abv than the Quad, this is a whole different ballgame due to the sharpness of the alcohol. Make sure you're not going anywhere for a while; this is one of few beers I would recommend sharing your bomber with a friend. Acidic on the throat and heavy in the stomach, it's not something you'll probably need or want seconds of. That said, I'm always a fan of extremes, and this one certainly fits the bill.

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Photo of dar482
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a copper, ruby color without much of ahead.

The aroma has some booze in the back with some brown sugar, molasses, spiciness, and a bit of dark fruit.

The flavor is different. Booze follows with some woodiness, brown sugar, toffee, and some toasty malt. There's some cherries, vanilla, spice, rum soaked raisin. Not much of a deep sweet fruit flavor from quads.

It's a boozy beer with a bit of caramel. It's not deep in its flavor with low carbonation. It almost tastes like a barrel aged doppelbock if anything. Definitely a sipper and lacks sweetness.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby/brown color. One inch white head settles into a thin slip. Not surprising, given the strength of the beer and the fact that it's barrel aged. Lacing forms delicate rings on the glass.

S: Scents of bourbon, vanilla, and oak are cut by fruity and spicy Belgian yeast. Figs, apples and cinnamon. A touch peppery too. Malt aromas of bread and cake. Not a very complex nose, especially given the style, but it isn't bad.

T: Fruity at the outset, with tastes of tart cherry, raspberry, dates, and figs. Spicy flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper next. Spike of spicy alcohol (separate from the barrel's bourbon contribution). Malt tastes of brown bread, crust, and cake. The barrel kicks in mid palate with a drying toasted oak presence, vanilla, and warming bourbon. Slight hints of cocoa and smoke. Dry finish of toasted oak and crusty bread.

M: Moderately thick in body with a slightly viscous and chewy texture. Moderate carbonation helps to lift it and make it just a bit more well-rounded in the mouth. Alcohol is very warming. Not a bad mouthfeel, but it feels as though it needs just a bit more dimension.

O: It probably won't win any awards. It won't generate hype or have beer geeks sweeping it off the shelves. In fact, at the end of the day, it's a pretty average bourbon barrel aged quad. Not very complex, and a little rough around the edges. A touch hot, but not quite enough to be offensive. But at $8 for a 750ml bottle, I feel as though I got my money's worth. Maybe I'm just in a 'glass half full' kind of mood today.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a chalice...

Pours a copper-ish amber hue, translucent with no visible carbonation (a testament to the high ABV). A light tan head, thick at first, vanishes quickly to a patch of bubbles.

The acidic oaken notes hit the nose immediately, followed by a big, pungent alcohol aroma, vanilla, cranberry, and shoe polish.

Whoa! This is a big beer. Astringent alcohol flavor pair with (again) acid-rich oak, sour apple & cherry. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, dry, and bitter all the way. It's a bit like swallowing nail polish, wood stainer, or some other dangerous substance. It's quite difficult to put this one away, which is strange, because I've not had trouble with other high ABV beers (Dark Lord, Bell's Batch 7000, Rochefort 10). This one just has too much acidity and bite behind it's oaken "bark". It would be interesting to see how this brew matures, as it might mellow out some of the more pungent aromatics and flavors.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with excellent clarity. Medium head, minimal lacing. Nose- sweet candi sugar, booze, grapes. Taste- medicinal hotness to it, dark fruits (plum, raisin), some earthy wood and of course bourbon. Finishes dry and hot. Cabonation is moderate, body not all that thick.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass chalice:

Pours reddish copper with a thin head that immediately becomes a thin swirl with active carbonation in the center. Some vanishing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of caramel, a general fruitiness, alcohol and some oak. The oak part doesn't come out quite as clearly as in the other two of this series I've had (Heresy and Insanity). Still, it is a pleasant, more subtle, aroma.

The taste is of caramel, sweet general fruitiness (banana/strawberry?) Woody oak with some whiskey notes. Oddish finish - sometimes drier, sometimes sweeter, always boozy, and a bit raw.

Soft carbonation with a body that is just about medium. A bit tongue-numbing, with lingering heat.

A boozy sipper here. The bourbon didn't really make that great of an impression on me, relatively speaking. The "quad" aspect was fine, though didn't really nail the style. A bit of an awkward combo here. Not as impressed with this one as with the other two of the series I've had. Still, in all, it's a fair enough attempt, and certainly worth trying.

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle.

Poured a deper orangish color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of oak and bourbon with some fruitiness, and vanilla. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, woody, and caramel. Alcohol burn in the finish.

Notes from: Jul 12, 2008

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Photo of Jayli
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy reddish orange color with a one finger head that lasts several minutes. Mild lacing on the glass throughout. Nose is very spicey, slightly yeasty with some sweetness. Alcohol is definitely detected in the nose. Taste is very sweet - very fruity, some slight notes of chocolate in the taste, and a bit of yeast. The alcohol is definitely present in the taste as well. Combo of the alcohol and sweetness makes this one a sipper for me - the more it warms, the easier it goes down. Definitely a more heavier bodied beer. Overall, a decent beer - not my particular style - and if you're going with this one, it's a sipper!

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Photo of dbatch
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twenty two poured into my Duinen goblet...

A: Pours a reddish brown with a very thin amount of head, and a little bit of lacing.

S: Very sweet nose, with a strong alcohol aroma there as well. Vanilla, with a fig/raisin and cherry smell. Works well together.

T: Sweet up front, the oak has a pretty strong role here too, gives it an almost cognac like flavor - it coats the mouth with the oak aged flavor. Very fruity, with cherry and raisin dominating the palate.

M: If you've had a fine cognac, this is what it feels like. Leaves an almost smoky feel to the mouth. Its very thin as well.

D: Not the easiest to drink, a slow sipper for sure, and the alcohol definitely lets you know its there.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have tried the Quad from Weyerbacher so it is only natural to try the barrel aged version.

Served from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy and murky orang/rust color. Good lacing present and accounted for.

Aroma was certainly boozy and whiskey like. As the beer warms, the aromas really start to open up. However, I was looking for a little more of the bourbon barreled aspect from this one. The other BA's I have had were strongly flavored and strong aromas as well so while this wasnt bad, it was different and less than expected.

Pretty good balance between the bourbon and Belgian qualities. Pretty spicy up front with a decent hop flavor. The bourbon lingers around for quite a while.

Very warming and alcoholic and somewhat boozy. This was a huge and extreme beer. I enjoyed it but as far as BA's go, I expected more. This is certainly one that should be shared; I shared this one with my dad and he liked it as well. I would probably have this on again in the future.

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Photo of Ego
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

beer math for today:
Quad + Oak barrels = Blasphemy

eyes...
sizzle is audible on this belgian fajita, off white head rises to one full finger in my trusty duvel tulip, good steady flow of carbonation takes it's time wandering up from the depths, light chestnut in hue with hints of burnt orange. pretty nice...

nose...
first hint is alcohol, there is also a fruity character in there, something like pears or a mild apple scent, in the mix is a bit of a doughy character, even deeper is just traces of some sourness (like a lambic actually). this smells really nice, nothing is totally dominant and after sniffing it now for some minutes the alcohol punch I originally sensed has faded, this belies the alcohol content, if you can try hard enough you can pick up a pinch of the oak.

taste etc...
very sweet on the first try, and the alcohol makes itself known down the gullet, hell, this is already warming my entire digestive tract, woah boy! the carbonation is pretty prickly here, almost distracting for the style, because as soon as the prickle exits mouth left you are barraged with the sweetness, this is pretty thick, actually thicker than you think it is while you are sipping it, it leaves behind syrup on your tongue, I find the flavor perhaps a bit too aggressive, this one needs to mellow out, right now it drinks like a tidal wave, sure, you like water but not 30 feet of it.

verdict?
the oak is there so it adds a nice touch but this is a tough one to handle right now. I'd pick up another bottle and sit it down for another year.

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Photo of ClassicBrad
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle indicates reason for name of beer is due to the idea being proclaimed as blasphemy. But more importantly, 11.8% ABV. This shall do as a nightcap.

This is Weyerbacher's take on their Quad but with a nice oak aging.

Appearance is a dark brown bottle hue with a simmering head that shows no promise or intent to lace.

You can grasp a good amount of alcohol heat and oak suggestions from the nose; very tingly.

A very crisp quad with influence from the barrel and a slight hint of chocolate in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel was awkward and it felt like I had a plastic bag surrounding my mouth for lack of a better description.

This is a nightcapper. This put me right in the mood to toss on a game and hit the sack... Maybe that's why this review is a little shorter... gnite.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 970 ratings.
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