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Blasphemy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Ego on 03-10-2007

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty aroma firstly, and also yeasty. Oak-barrel vanilla, which added to the nose. Tasty, like a barley wine, also sweet and woody. Bittery mouthfeel. This brewery does not outstand, yet is quite competent.
Had again three years later, aged. Noticed more bourbon taste. Hid the booze, but its very high.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours as a brownish copper color with not much head on it. The alcohol must kill it off right away. The appearance isn't too bad but it's not great either. The aromas are boozey and doesn't have a whole lot more to be said other than some malts in there and a little wood from the barrel aging. The taste is strong with alcohol and hasn't got much of the elements of a good Quad, It's missing complexity on this level, not really sure why. The mouthfeel is a little light too, this should be much thicker I think and should be a little more complex with some dark fruits in there and what not.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a copper-amber color with no head
S: The nose has a strong, intense aroma of bourbon mixed with hints of other flavors
T: There are lots of malty sweet flavors.
M: There's a smooth body with a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: I could definitely have more than one of these in a single sitting

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Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 bottling; tasted 9/6/09

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with the vaguest of heads and no lacing

Smell: Still boozy, with fusel alcohol jumping out in the aroma; bourbon and vanilla notes are underneath but it is hard to reach the Belgian quad elements

Taste: Opens with a fruity character, with dried raisins, figs and stone fruit elements; by mid-palate, the Bourbon aspect becomes well-pronounced and overwhelms the fruit flavors; after the flavor, brown sugar joins the Bourbon, providing a sweet finish; oaky undertones persist underneath, as well

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: After a couple of years of aging, this beer has probably settled down, but it hasn't come together particularly well; the quad elements are missing and the alcohol is heavy handed

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear copper color ale with a big foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of unrefined sugar with some light bourbon notes. Taste is extremely sweet, probably too sweet for my taste buds with some light vanilla and bourbon notes. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Nice application of the barrel but the base beer is just too sweet for me – interesting experiment.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good brew to sip on on Halloween night,poured into an oversized wine glass a deep rich amber it looked very nice in the light a thinner head atop.Deep dark fruit aromas with passing oak/vanilla tones a sweet alcohol prevails as well,somewhat sweet on the palate liked alcohol infused raisins and or prunes along with brown sugar and vanilla oaky tones.Its a sipper not something you would wanna drink early in the day but it fit the moment well.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About 2 years old.

Pours a slight fizzy head, hazy darker peach maroon brown color, murky and a bit milky.

Nose explodes with bourbon, whiskey and oak, a bit if booze still, plenty of sweet malts reddish and brown, crystal malts, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, a slight nougat, candy, hints of dark fruits like brandy soaked raisins, all surrounded by the nice bourbon and oak.

Taste starts again with sweet malts, a nice aged soft malt, crystal, caramel, molasses, candy, a light nougat and toffee, a bit of booze cuts through, following closely is the bourbon, a nice juicy sweet bourbon, another whisky flavor as well, a bit if a toasty oak flavor with that, buttery and light vanilla oak. Again a light fruit kick. Finishes a bit sweet with lingering malts, brown sugar, candy, hint of bitterness, little sticky, done bourbon, a bit of booze left behind.

Mouth is heavier bodied, fairly rich and complex, some booze and lower but decent carb.

Overall great beer, nice bourbon and whisky flavors, nice oak rounding, great malts and sweet syrups, and hint of fruit and bitterness, a nice aged taste too. The aging did this very well as the booze quieted down, the malts aged nicely, and the bourbon stayed a nice flavor but not too hot.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/9/2013. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon, molasses, light vanilla, herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, caramel, toffee, toasted oak, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, light vanilla, herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark/light fruits, caramel, molasses, toffee, toasted oak, clove, pepper, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast and bourbon/oak spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged Quadrupel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With a lot less Bourbon than might be expected, the Blasphemy version of Weyerbacher Quad might be the most drinkable of the Bourbon barrel series yet.

It pours a clear copper body that reveals streams of tiny bubbles rising steadily towards the surface. The creamy off-white head starts with an impressive girth, maintains it, and then steadily drops to a thin covering - all the while leaving behind a solid wall of creamy lace.

It expresses Bourbon in the nose with some vanilla and wood, and alcohol and spice along with it, but also some very nice dark-skinned fruit.

The flavor is very much the same, and very supple, with a rich malty blanket of dark-fruit woven with caramel-accented fruit and a dark fruit edge. It's very appleish, and malty with a caramelish edge and a slap of alcohol.

Nicely done with just an edge of Bourbon. Worth trying.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."

--George Bernard Shaw

Rose-tinted kumquat with a massive amount of suspended yeast. The golden ecru colored crown is the appearance's only misstep. The light and airy foam is fizzy and unsticky, which leads to a rapid disappearance and a clean snifter.

The aroma isn't knocking my socks off either. It lacks power and personality, smelling more like oak barrels than a quadrupel. There's a little caramel and a smattering of fruit, but an above average score is as much as it deserves.

For the unaware, this beer is Weyerbacher Quad aged in oak barrels. Just like the base beer, Blasphemy tastes much better than it looks or smells. While I'd need to drink them side-by-side to pick a favorite, I'm really enjoying the caramelized sugar and vanilla notes of this one.

The brewery doesn't say, but I wonder if those barrels previously held bourbon. Then again, the oak is probably enough to accent the beer with the exact same flavor notes with which it accents whiskey. Specifics include well-toasted bread, caramel, ripe figs, cherries, bitter orange and plenty of oak. There's a little too much unmasked alcohol for the next highest score to be a consideration.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a letdown. It starts out thin and fizzy (just like the head). The good news is that it firms up over time and is eventually lightly sticky-slick and gently bubbled.

If the rumors are true, it's too bad that Weyerbacher has decided to give Blasphemy the axe. I'd like to see them continue to tinker (with both Quad and this beer) in an effort to create something truly special. It wouldn't take much. Besides, the craft beer world can always use a good oak-aged quadrupel.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark copper body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Oaky, alcohol-drenched aroma. Lesser notes of raisins, vanilla, toasted coconut, and malts, but you can easily foresee the punishment coming up in the flavor.

Taste: Strongly oaken and boozey all wrapped up with a harshness. No surprises there. Unfortunately, it squashes the delicate vanilla, coconut, and malt flavors. Mild spiciness. Hint of nut shells. Golden raisins marinated in ethanol. Boozey, astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Maybe a few years in the cellar would help Blasphemy come together better, but as it stands, I'd rather just stick with the QUAD. Even the dude on the label is struggling to keep it down.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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 mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that I got to catch the end of with Ding down at the Brick Store

A - Poured a very nice and reddish tinted brown with a smallish tan head of lace peaking over the top and giving away quietly to a thin layer of stickiness across the top. Nice color on this as the red tone was easily visible.

S - The aroma was full of a bourbon barrel like smell. Lots of wood in here with a bit of a whiskey like hotness. A touch of something else running around in there too, maybe cherries. A touch of yeast up front but nothing too drastic.

T - The flavor was very big. This is a big beer at over 11% abv and it was obvious. The flavor was full of barrel aged goodness. A really great job aging this one here. Notes of bourbon and a touch of cherry were very noiceable on top of the nice full yeast flavor. The alcohol was very present and still a touch hot, but still a very nice treat.

M - Very smooth, it was a bit thicker then I thought it would have been and most of the carbonation long ago died giving it a somewhat syrup like feel, although significantly lighter.

D - Very nice sipper, though more then a glass is gonna hurt you in the end. This was a monster and there was no mistaking it.

Overall Weyerbacher usually does a fantastic job with the barrel aging and this was proof of that. A very big Quad that beared its teeth and took a bite, but wasnt as big as it could have been. Very nice flavors and very robust I would love to try this one again some day. Very nice.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured into my Stoudt's Y2K Ipa Tulip glass. Fleecy but massive head that evolves into a moderate 2 finger head that allows a decent skirt of lace. Brilliant deep garnet with a copious amount of bubbles that rise and settle into a band of pin sized globular bodies. A smooth tan head adorns the liquid resembling frosting.

Aroma - Subdued at first, the smell over overripe bananas and caramelized sugar is evident. Boozy, slightly woody sweetness pervades.

Taste - Estery, creamy and spicy roundness in the first sips leads to a relaxed smooth maltiness. Creamy and syrupy as oak seeps from the nose of this fine ale while it begins to warm. Slightly sour cherry acidity, and somewhat tannic qualities with hints of light brown sugar. A tinge of saltiness is felt along with alcoholic warmth in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Chewy, round, warming booziness. Mellow spiciness with a subtle creamy quality. The alcohol is evident coating the mouth with a sugary dryness. Incredible feel with above average carbonation to match the strength.

Drinkability - A blend of sweetness and booziness dominate this fruity and slightly spicy quad. A subtle woody effect and pleasant mouthfeel allow this strong ale to unleash the vigor and suppleness in equal measure. A very drinkable beer that lets you know it is a contender up front.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to melbatoast 93 for this'un; thanks Hart!

Pours an effervescent caramel with a pinky of tan head. Zero head retention & a smidge of lacing, nice oily appearance

S: Nice vanilla & rum

T: Nice toffee notes, warming booze, vanilla, &rum soaked raisins up front. Some tangerine & pineapple, plus candi sugar to go along with nice vanilla & oakyness, toffee & nice booze warmth as this warms up. Finishes dry, fruitty & sweet. More malt sweetness or some complexity would've pushed this towards a 5.0

MF: Sticky/syruppy with low carbonation

Drinks great, you do feel the heft, but a damn fine quad!

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Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a slight cloudiness. Impressive head that leaves good ring lace.

Sweet aromatic sugary malts. Really no balance to the smell.

Strong alcohol warmth in each sip, which would be expected at 11.8%. No noticeable hop counterpoint except well after the swallow. Extremely rich, almost oily; the carbonation is present but not strong enough to counter-punch the body.

This is a one-sided beer. If you like that side, you'll love this beer. It's contrary to my preferences and thus, the relatively light review. If you like mega-malty, powerfully alcoholic beers, this may be perfect for you.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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 woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, it was Heresy, now it's Blasphemy! As a practicing Beer Monk (Brother Woody with the Order of Disorder), I find myself taking exception to the naming of some of these beers. Of course, once I begin to sample them, my earlier concerns melt away like the polar ice caps.

It started with a nice, foamy finger of medium-tan head but the retention was so marginal that when I looked back, it had dissipated into wisps. The color had a slight haze, but it was definitely a deep-amber with reddish highlights. The nose was very oak-y, with lots of vanilla, caramel and coconut evident. The mouthfeel, besides being medium-to-full, was really HOT! This beer seems to cry out to be aged. This is what I have deemed a "Now 'n' Later beer" after the children's candy that advised "Have some now, and save some for later." I might have to see about procuring another bottle for cellaring purposes. After the initial heat died down, I tasted a lot of dried fruit - raisins, prunes, even banana along with the sweet caramel and vanilla that I noted on the nose. The finish was still really sweet and coupled with its high ABV, one was plenty on this go-'round. If I can score another, it will go in the basement to await its time.

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Photo of stakem
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml corked and caged bottle which I believe is from a fresh release. The brew appears a clouded mahogany color with lighter orange clarity seen around the edges. A tan khaki head rests atop with decent retention.

The aroma comes across very sweet like candy or beet sugar moreso than malt. As I smell the beer more, I pick up a little hint of caramel, toffee and vanilla with fruity alcohol. Some herbal and cheesy aspect evolves as it opens up.

The taste is sweet like candy then notes of toffee, caramel and vanilla come out from the barrel aging along with a little herbal note mixing with whiskey. There is a raw woody aspect and mild oxidation noticed as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy yet some of that is hidden by the excessive amount of residual sugar. After drinking some of this I could not tell if I was drunk or on a sugar high...

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. 2011 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep burnt orange. Not much head and no retention. Light in color for the style.

Smell - Bourbon, cherries, and booze. Caramel malts and Belgian candi sugar. Maybe some yeastiness.

Taste - More quad on the taste than the smell. The bourbon is less intense. Cherry and dark fruits. Sweet caramel malts. I'm such a sucker for this sort of beer.

Mouthfeel - Thick for a quad. Syrupy, but nice. Boozy and low carbonation.

Overall - These are my guilty pleasure. Giant, boozy, sugar bomb quads. I know it's not what a great quad should taste like (I love those, too), but it's still like drinking candy.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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 johnnnniee
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can't find a vintage on the bottle.
Pours a clear deep orange/amber with a bubbly white head the dissipates, but never really goes away. Smell is sugary sweet with lots of dark fruits cherries and plums predominantly a bit of vanilla and rubbing alcohol. The alcohol stings the nose if I take a deep breath after swirling the glass a bit. Taste is sweet with cherries prunes and plums, some oaky vanilla and a whole lot of hot alcohol. Harsh alcohol burn! Mouthfeel is sticky, body is thick, carbonation is medium. I don't know how to feel about this one. It is hot as hell, there is no hiding of the alcohol here. I think its tasty but the burn is a bit to much to allow me to enjoy this one, maybe with some age?

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking at it, and getting a whiff of it, though, it's clear that it's a barley-wine, barrel-aged. Fiercely carbonated, rich plummy crimson coloring, small, but lasting off-white head.

Aroma: Deep and vinous. Myriad wine-like flavors play out, intense berries, grapes etc. like a port or a wine, mixed with brandy or cognac.

Taste: Even more intense, and deep, and rich. Now I'm getting it…bourbon-barrel barley-wine. Blithering Idiot mixed with whiskey barrels. The fierceness is now mellowing, it's getting rather cool on the tongue, but the alcohol is taking it's place and rising up, ringing in the brain, quietly now, but getting louder. Rich, complex fruitiness melds with the brash bourbon qualities, making a grand, majestic mix.

This may be more than I can take in one session, but I'm strapped in for the long haul. Or am I? Let's see, and find out how sober I am in the other end.

Flavor continues strong, but doesn't completely overwhelm. It's rich, and complex, and very manageable. The only burden is the ever-increasing alcohol presence.

But, beyond that, this blasphemer is damnably delicious. I'd be best off with a smaller sample maybe, or share with friends, but I had to take this one down by myself. I've got probably eight ounces to go, and it's getting louder in here, boom-boompbbom-boom.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tier Ale Hse in NYC a few weeks ago and reviewed from notes. Pours cloudy darkish, smoky almond, minor light tan head and leaving a tiny bubble film and fine light lacing. The nose here is boldly of crisp spicing and alcohol. One sip and its obvious that this a strong, heady and complex brew. Notes of currents, rum, brandy, burnt grains, alot going on here, not for the faint of heart/palate, not for quaffing, and not for fans of pissy yellow beer. Fine night capper/late night sipper.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single in a mixed case form the brewery.

Whoa, put this one back, it ain't ready yet. I'm not saying it's a bad beer, but it feels like it needs some time. The nose has some great vanilla and oak notes, but they're overwhelmed by alcohol there and in the flavor. There's a background sweetness in the taste, but again the booze prevails. I recommend this beer because it seems like there's some great stuff going on, but let it sit for at least 6 months before consuming.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 948 ratings.
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