Delta | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by wheelinshirt on 12-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 33
Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thick black, opague oil like liquid. A nice small tan colored head was present at the start, which hung around for a decent amount of time.

coffee and chocolate tones set the stage here. Hints of french vanilla and sugar swirled around and really gave this a nice robust dessert like feel.very frothy and creamy like a milkshake. Great consistency. Big flavors of roasted dark chocolate and coffee. Big suprise was the huge hop presence here. Very dry hoppy finish, but also in the taste. Hints of pine and orange were definatly present and made this a very intresting brew to say the least. Could not really tell which was more dominant, but both were very welcome.

Awesome, is the only word that comes to mind.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a finger of off-white/tan head.

S: Fairly chocolatey on the nose with plenty of roasted malts and a bit of licorice, mild raisin notes as well. Maybe a hint of peat/smoke. Definitely a spice note to it, perhaps some cinnamon.

T: Things are very much the same on the palate. A touch of smoke, cinnamon, and dark chocolate. Roasted malt and a touch of coffee. There isn't all that much fruit to it like there was on the nose, but there is a bit of leather to it.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a smooth feel on the tongue.

O: Nothing really stood out about this beer. It wasn't bad, but it didn't really have any flavors that I felt were all that great.

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Photo of corby112
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours pitch black and almost completely opaque with only the slightest of mahogany tint when held to a light source. 1.5 finger frothy coffee colored head that has great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves streaks of lacing behind.

Spicy aroma with hints of roasted malt, gingerbread, chocolate, ginger, nut and chocolate.

Lighter end of medium bodied with a very prominent spice flavor that kind of overpowers the rest of the flavors. Slightly roasty with hints of toast, gingerbread, cinnamon and cookie. Think liquid ginger snap.

Unique but slightly watered down and gimmicky. I'm glad I got to try it but I wouldn't purchase it again.

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Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Popkas (you my friend are badass)

A: Pours dark brown with a small khaki colored head. No real retention or lace.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel, and light spice.

T: Ligth spice, roasted malt, and smooth chocolate.

M: Medium in body, tingly carbonation.

D: Good, solid beer.

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Photo of jdskinns
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Nearly black pour with tan, fizzy head that sticks around for a while. Smell is sweet and roasty. Taste is sweet with a little bit of chocolate. Finish is a little more bitter than I would have liked. Body is very smooth, just enough carbonation. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark blackish brown with a thin tan head that reduced to a thin veil and left no lacing.

S-Interesting aroma similar to a fancy spiced coffee concoction. Fresh ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of chocolate and roasted malt.

T-Zingy fresh spices with nice backing roasted malt and a touch of earthy hops. A gingerbread cookie in a glass.

M-Medium bodied and fairly robust without being overly heavy. Good lingering spice and roasted malt flavours.

D-Good stuff and unique. A gingerbread spiced stout...and it works.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost black muddy ruby brown into my glass with a one inch mocha head. The ginger root is most dominant in the nose upfront with the molasses taking a back seat. Not my favorite smell but interesting. The ginger and molasses seem to fight each other a little in the taste, it's not the perfect blend. But again it is interesting, especially for a stout. Medium body with decent mouthfeel/drinkability. Overall I would say this beer isn't really good or bad, just interesting enough to try. May be better with some age on it.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this brew.

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some ginger, cinnamon, chocolate/toffee. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some spices, chocolate/toffee. Medium body, this is a totally different Imperial Stout, I'm not sure what it is. Drinkable, not bad.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one in a trade from ericwo. What a damn good surprise.

This one pours a beautiful black, not as viscous as a stout, but the tan head does resemble one. Looks very inviting.

Smell and taste were very unexpected. I was expecting more spice and phenols but what I smell and tasted was distinct molasses, raisins, and flambee-style fruit scents and tastes. The taste also has a smoky lingering aftertaste.

Coats the tongue a bit and provides a carbonation bite 3/4 of the way through. I wish I had another one of these. It would be great to see this in local beer stores. Recommended.

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Photo of gford217
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle thanks to a couple of generous traders.

Pours dark, dark brown with a small tan head that stays on as a small cap and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma really caught me off guard and I really don't know how to categorize it. It's dominated by the ginger which melds interestingly with the sweetish chocolate malts underneath. Very interesting nose.

The taste actually follows the nose which means to say that there are lots of very different tastes to take it. There is certainly a bit of the underlying dark malts and chocolate but the ginger really throws the taste buds for a loop and the finish is spicy and sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied (light if you actually think this is an impy stout) with good carbonation.

This is certainly an interesting attempt by Weyerbacher and while I'm not sure everything comes together perfectly, I always love to try something this original. Marks for creativity here.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ev, "blitheringidiot" for this one.

This beer pours a dark cola color with a slight cherry creeping through. The head is a film of pale tan with a raised collar.

Smells of ginger and coriander stacked around a campfire and marshmallow smokey, milk chocolate stout.

Starts with an obnoxious sting of some odd herb that derails this ride from the word "go." Behind this strange cake frosting, burnt coffee, ginger is a light coffee and toasty malt backed by a firm barley sweetness.

Feels quite thick and intrusive with a loose carbonation.

An unique attempt that I should be more generous with. Perhaps age will reveal something different, but as it stands, it's just a little to eclectic and busy for my liking.

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Photo of philbe311
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Large and lively caramel colored head... Good head retention... Very dark brown color, teetering on black... Completely opaque... Burgundy highlights were noted during the pour...

S - Roasted malt... Chocolate... Coffee... The ginger is noticeable, but is neither overpowering or off putting... Other spicy notes, possibly nutmeg or cinnamon were also detected... The interplay between the sweet and spicy make for a complex and enjoyable aroma...

T - Quite the unique taste experience... Starts out as your traditional stout... Roasted Malt... Dark Chocolate... Faint hint of coffee... Then the ginger and cinnamon rises to the forefront confuses the taste buds... I'm impressed with the creativity, but not sure it necessarily equates to impressive taste...

M - Textbook stout mouthfeel... Medium to full bodied... Chewy... Sleek and smooth... Cinnamon aftertaste lingers...

D - I love creativity in brewing and this is an excellent example... I'm just not sure that the introduction of ginger adds anything other than novelty to this beer... It looks great, smells good, and feels good, but the taste of the ginger ditracts from both the taste and overall experience... I would urge Weyerbacher to continue with the "Brewer's Select Series" because I love the originality of the brews, this one just wasn't a my cup of tea (beer)...

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Photo of Risser09
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: A vigorous pour gives a pitch black beer with a 4" light brown head. It shows great retention. Spidery lace is spread all over the glass.

Smell: Toasted coconut, barley and well...toast. Almond and brown sugar. Not very sweet at all.

Taste: Pinchy burst of snickers, leather and coffee fire away at my tastebuds. Spicy with cinnamon, and now, after being in the bottle for a couple months, the ginger snaps pretty nicely. Not very sweet, as a lot of Weyerbacher beers can be.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate spice, not much sugar and a little bit of booze in the finish. Not too bad.

Drinkability: This is a solid beer. The spice combination is kind of awkward, but original. I could, and have had a few in one sitting. Worth trying.

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Photo of maximum12
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerisheaven & sholland119, two of BAs finest, for each shipping me a bottle of Delta. Any day I can sip a Weyerbacher is a good day; any day I can try a new one is fantastic.

This baby is black. End of story. It's also one of the rare beers that I can smell immediately after the cap comes off, as the odor comes surging out of the bottle & into my nose hairs. Spices dominate.

This is a tough beer to pin down. Points are awarded for complexity & originality, but I keep getting different tastes with each sip. Chocolate? Coffee? OK, spices, definitely, but which ones? There's a lot going on in here. As it warms it seems to morph almost by the minute. The spices recede into the background.

Just a touch thin for a double, but that's picking nits amongst the chaos. Definitely not a drinker, this Delta, what with its spicy qualities.

I can't wax as ecstatic over Delta as most of the Weyerbacher offerings, but still a very good beer.

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Photo of BigIrishman
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into Weyerbacher Cuvee

Appearance: Dark black with brownish head which dissipates quickly.

Smell: Molasses and malt mostly. A bit of the cinnamon/ginger that the label claims, but not much.

Taste: A ton of sweetness hits first, clearly the molasses. Finishes with the ginger/cinnamon combo strongly.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy

Drinkability: Pretty tough to throw back more than a couple of these, definitely wears on you pretty quickly.

Notes: These Brewer's Select beers from Weyerbacher tend to really explode with flavor, sometimes over doing it. This will at least show you what a brewer can do to a beer.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a completely dark brownish black with a slight tan head that quickly disappeared.

S - coffee and dark roasted malt aromas

T - roasted malts and coffee with ginger

M/D - full bodied and a bit bitter. The finish keeps me from wanting to grab another.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Small bubbly brown head that quickly dissipates. Almost no lacing at all. Extremely dark brown beer almost no light can penetrate.

S- Lots of spice and sweet characters play off the nose. Cinnamon, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, wood and earthy notes. Smells almost like a coca-cola. There is a lot going on with the aroma of this beer its hard to capture everything.

T- Yum, Mild smokiness, some roasted malts, and dark chocolate hit the palate first. Some spiciness from the ginger and hops great balance. Hints of peppermint and some caramel notes toward the end. The flavor become almost charcoal towards the end and dry out nicely leaving a bitter tingle in your mouth.

M- Though this beer has a lot going on in the flavors and aroma it feel pretty light to the tongue. Silky and smooth with good carbonation and some spice that gives it a little bite.

Overall- This is an interesting beer it has a lot going on, I wish I had better words to describe this beer. If you get a change try it, truly some thing different.

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Photo of meatyard
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Is a very dark brown with a 1 finger brown head that soon falls to a cover.

S-Is dark malts, coffee and spices, a lot of spices though not overpoweringly so.

T-Is all of the spices up front except for ginger in the finish with some burnt coffee in the middle.

M-Is medium/thin with some light carbonation.

D-The ABV for a supposed Imperial stout seems low which helps the drinkability. It's fairly tasty and a bit unusual.

It seems less an Imp. Stout than something else. It tastes good but has few of the stout qualities I would expect.

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Photo of craytonic
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A dark brown liquid with a bit of head and lacing.

Smell: Caramel, fruit, spice, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, sweet potatoes with pecans, hint of maple syrup

Taste: Tastes like a modified version of their imperial pumpkin ale. They must have one base for all of these. Molasses, cinnamon, ginger, sweet potatoes w/ pecan, malt. Reminds me a tad of Dr. Pepper.

Mouthfeel: Full

Drinkability: Not nearly as good as the imperial pumpkin ale. I maintain they have some base beer they just add various flavors and spices too, this being one of them.

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Craft Ale House...
Apears a dark, opaque black with a dark tan head that slowly fades into a mild, 1 finger cap that doesn't go away. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cinnamon, juniper, ginger, roasted grains, and some cocoa, raisins, brown sugar, and molasses. The spices are a bit overkill, IMO.
Taste is of the aromas. Spices blasting the palate with that ginger being a bit too much. More of a winter warmer than an Imperial Stout. Good idea but the roasted grain and ginger are just clashing a bit much.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, spicy, sugary, with a bitterness that is a tad abrassive.
Not my favorite from Weyerbacher. People seem to really enjoy this, or not. I was aware of the spicing up front, so I wasn't surprised by them. I was just taken a bit off guard by how "in my face" the ginger was.
Perhaps I should've had this paired with Chinese food, instead of drinking it without a food pair.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a used engine oil black with slight russet tones around the edges. A cocoa powder brown head rises a solid two fingers and recedes to form a thin layer over top.

Heavy doses of roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and burnt caramel. The coffee dominates here, not a bad thing, but not what I was expecting.

Sweet dark fruit makes an initial rush over the tongue, lending way to roasted coffee beans and molasses. The finish is where the ginger and cinnamon hit. I like it. An interesting blend of ingredients that really works with a stout.

Full bodied and creamy, a tad too carbonated to be in the velvety category.

This is a pretty big stout with a flavor profile that is meant to be enjoyed in sips. With that in mind, no problems putting this guy down. Excellent capper to a good day.

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

Weyerbacher- Delta

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn (PA)

A- Deep sofy black with a moderate size, light lacing, head.
S- Deep dried fruits, dates & raisins, brown sugar, and cocoa.
T- Thick sweet molasses, brown sugar, and bitter dark chocolate.
M- Thick and hot. Thick sugary malt with a dry cocoa body and a slight chocolately bitter finish. Warming alc. present.

Overall- A nice thick warming stout. Good bittering chocolate and warming alc. make this a nice 1 on a blustery Jan. afternoon.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark chocolate syrup brown color with 2 fingers of burnt tan head. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, cinnamon, gingerbread, nutmeg, and caramel. Tastes of cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, roasted malt, cocoa powder, a touch of burnt coffee, and earthy hops. Medium full in body and low in carbonation but with a nice pop. Smooth and hearty with a nice spiced edge and warmth. Very enjoyable, more so as a winter warmer than a stout, but great this time of year.

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Photo of hopdog
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared courtesy of egadzis.

Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of ginger, cinnamon, chocolate, roasty, molasses, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, the same spices, molassess, lighter roast, caramel, and lighter coffee.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice brownish/tan head. Nose is a well fragranced malty/coffee mixture. Flavor is thick with malts and a fair amount of molasses. Slight tang edge. Seems like it has something to do with the molasses tones. Feel is thicker and smooth on liquid and the carbonation is slightly lower. Quite easy to drink. A robust stout with smooth tones. Definitely worth trying, if you can get your hands on it .

Thanks to corby112 for this nice hookup.

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