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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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by Nutleybeer:
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, like chilled coffee. A brown tinged foamy head remains sitting atop the glass. Deep and murky in color.

Described as flavored with molasses, with hints of ginger and cinnamon. A definite semi-sweetness to the taste. The molasses flavor comes thru, but not too strongly where it overpowers. Perhaps a very mild roastiness, yet far less than you might imagine by the appearance. Fine lacing remains on the glass after each sip.

Drinks smooth. A nice sipping beer. I actually bought a few bottles while visiting the brewery, I don't know if this is available in least not in NJ near me.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, Weyerbacher has impressed me!

Delta pours an opaque black body beneath a creamy dark tan head that holds well and leaves some rings and walls of speckled lace behind.

The nose expresses fruit, delicate spice, and dark caramel and cocoa, sometimes almost individually, and other times in pairs or in unison. Complex and welcoming. Very interesting. As it warms it changes. Sometimes the cinnamon comes to the front and it's almost like a holiday beer; other times the ginger is more apparent and it seems quite exotic.

The flavor shows more dark malt character than the nose suggests, and the molasses is actually quite clear. I wouldn't have known what its flavor was if it wasn't listed on the bottle, but knowing it's in there I can definitely detect it. It's also darkly caramelish, and a touch cocoa-like. I might even say chocolatey, but it's really more like cocoa... it just has a suggestion of chocolate. It's not really roasty at all, but there is an almost burnt sugar edge. The combination of molasses and spice sometimes gives it a cola-like flavor. The spice lingers in the finish, helping to dry it. I get mostly ginger in the end. Nicely balanced. It's certainly spicy, but it's not overdone. And it doesn't seem strong, but it is rich. Perhaps the spice covers over whatever alcohol is there.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp. That probably helps to bring out the spiciness. It's got just the right amount of body to give it girth but keep it from leaving too much malt behind in the finish.

Overall I found it to be quite interesting in the way that the flavors evolve and then combine. Beyond that, I found it pretty tasty and enjoyable as well. Given that it doesn't seem to build on the palate all that much, I could easily see having more than one of these, which goes towards drinkability. I'd have two!

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 BigIrishman
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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 philbe311
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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 mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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 weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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 DarkerTheBetter
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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 marcpal
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to make the stop at Weyerbacher today in travels and I'm glad I did given that they were putting out more of the Delta. Picked up a case of that in addition to an ever better find, what they had left of the Imperial Pumpkin. But on to the review.

12oz bottle poured into imperial pint.
Bottle graphics: 3/10.

A: As dark a brown as you are going to get. You will see a theme in this review- not stoutlike by good. Frothy creamy head.

S: Cinnamon and gingerbread cookie spices. The roasted stout character that comes in the swallow is not in the aroma and this smells like a true winter warmer.

T: Winter warmer spices- it says ginger but that is the last one that comes unfurled. The cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar do most of the heavy lifting. I guess the roasted flavors represent the stout but even that is stretching it- this just ain't a stout. That being said, it is tasty whatever it is.

M: Pretty heavily carbonated but the mouthfeel of a stout, probably the most "stouty" characteristic of this beer. The spices are comforting.

D: In line with a few of their other offerings, not really a beer that fits directly into a style. The alcohol I am sure would catch up but hardly detectable. I would be quicker to label it a spiced winter warmer and a good one.

Not a style per se but flavorful. I was glad to learn that this and others from the series are going to be more largely produced.

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Photo of hopdog
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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 womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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 Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 br3wmeister
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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 ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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 RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of raoulduke37
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 -9%
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 sholland119
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJs Everyday.

A-Pours a very deep, dark opaque brown. Thin tan head and no lacing.

S-Fresh ginger, cinnamon and other baking spices. Smells like graham crackers with a bit of roasted coffee in the background.

T-Similar to the nose. Lots of fresh spices, but well balanced with the roasted malt and hops in the finish.

M-Nicely rich and a bit viscous. For the style and ABV, this is well above average for me.

D-We happily got a growler to go. Almost insanely drinkable for a spiced beer (usually one and done for me).

My favorite of this seriers so far.


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Photo of mikereaser
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 corby112
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
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%
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 yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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