Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,979
Ranked #6,926
3.99 | pDev: 11.28%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: ABV may vary. "Belgian Imperial Stout".
Reviews: 416 | Ratings: 1,256 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of eugene17pluto
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I see no flaws with this beer and I think the rating 89 is much lower than its real value

I think it should be in the 90-95 area. This is better than Bell's and Stone's dark beers.

I drink mostly Belgian style ales and dark stouts: bourbon aged, imperial, coffee and chocolate etc

So when I saw a beer that combines both style, I knew it would be interesting.

The ABV score of 12% is sorta high and I try to have one when I feel the need to get drunk and not just a mild buzz.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Black liquid, slight ruby around the edges.

Khaki head, which quickly dissipates. Almost no lacing.

Smells of chocolate covered plums. More chocolate than plum.

Thick mouthfeel.

The Belgian yeast is prominent in the flavor up front; followed by dark chocolate and dark fruit. Roasted coffee shows up deep in the aftertaste after a few quaffs. Not overly boozy for the a.b.v., but after just a few sips I feel light-headed. Since this is a bomber, I'm glad I'm not driving tonight!

Solid 'Belgian' American stout. A winter night would serve this well.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from 2010.

Pours nearly opaque black with a minimal head or retention. Kahlua and cola in the nose. On the fuller side of medium bodied with light carbonation. Boozy and chocolaty on the palate. Finishes boozy with lingering Kahlua.

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Photo of Samlover55
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Tulip
Pours dark black with dark brown head
Aromas of dark fruit dominate the nose along with big roasty notes as well
Taste follows
Nice thick feel
Overall a solid imperial stout

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Photo of jkblr
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz undated (that I can find) bottle poured into a teku glass at fridge temp 11.8% ABV. The beer pours dense dark brown with medium brown, cola like head that fizzled out within 90 seconds. No residual head or lacing. The aroma is semisweet baker's chocolate with a hint of Belgian yeast and slight booze. The flavor is more rich semisweet baker's chocolate, heavy clovey yeast and powerful ethanol. Medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is full to medium bodied with average carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, good. This is pretty boozy.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Feb-2-2018

It pours thick and pitch black with finger of rusty head.  Little retention;  no lacing. (3.25)

Phenolic and roasty. (3.5)

Astringent roast flavor, molasses, strong black tea with some spicy phenols. (3.5)

Astringent, thin, fizzy, boozy warmth, phenolic. (3.25)

An interesting beer but one that doesn't really do it for me.
It doesn't look up to snuff from the get-go, but not the end of the world for a beer this "tiny." It is roasty smelling but the nose is mainly dominated by spicy zip from the yeast. Flavor is similar. Dry and nigh acrid for a spilt second in every sip it is peppery, chatty and molassesy. Together these are a little intense when paired with the ABV, but I get it, that is kinda their schtick and what they were going for here. Anyway, not bad, but a little muddled and harsh in my eyes. (3.25)

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: black, thin tan head, not much lacing
S: Belgian yeast, stone fruit
T: the initial taste is delicious, but the finish is off putting
F: the finish is a little burnt and soy sauce like
O: not as great as I remember

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep jet black with about 3 fingers of extremely dark, almost bluish brown head, that loudly sizzles down in moments. The liquid lies black and still after this.

The nose on this is very interesting. It actually smells like a heavily spiced Belgian dark quad. More than the lightly toasted malt that shows up on the back end, is the serious Belgian yeast phenols, and added spice. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and yeast esters make up the majority of the nose. Lots of green banana. Burned sugar. Vanilla. Some toffee. Quite interesting, and not at all stout-like.

Palate: Thankfully, the flavor does not match the nose at all. On the palate, this is very much an imperial stout. Heavily roasted malt brings dominant flavors of dark chcoclate, anf a little bit of char. Beneath that, I get vanilla, a hint of dried dark fruit, and then those Belgian notes that dominated the nose. Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove, etc.., some of that green banana, and just vague, typical Belgian yeast notes. It definitely has aspects of a big, bold, spicy quad, but it's a stout, through and through. The beer itself makes zero effort in hiding its near 12% ABV. Boozy on the nose, palate, and especially the finish. You taste all the 11.8 % ethanol. Quite apparent, but there's enough going on to hold it.

Mouthfeel: The body on this is absolutely luscious. It's incredibly thick, viscous, and syrupy. Like drinking olive oil. Practically flat, save for the slight fuzz of C02. Very heavy.

Overall, I have to give this points for being interesting. I havent had a stout with this much clasdic Belgian influence before. Its certainly unique. However, I feel like it,just isnt what it's capable of being. It seems rushed, and almost lazy, as if better effort anf closer attention to detail, and some added patience could have seriously improved this. Nevertheless, it's not a bad stout, and it's a great display of Belgian-style tradition paried with a big Russian-style beer. Worth a try. Pick up a single first.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black in color with no light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim. The aroma is of raisins, plums, and sweet, fruity Belgian yeast. I'm tasting plum, fig, dark roasted barley, and it finishes sweet again with the fruity Belgian yeast. After the finish I get a bit of booziness and more raisin and plum. The mouth is thick and chewy and there's a boozy warmth.

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Photo of Oktoberfest
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a 10 oz glass. Dark, alcoholy. Yes, that's totally a word. Chocolate. Very strong taste of Burgandy. Weyerbacher does big beers well and this is no exception.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 3/2/18

A- pours deep black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that disappears almost immediately

S- Belgian candied sugars on the nose up front, along with banana, dark cherry, molasses, chocolate, even a bit of concord grape juice

T- bitter chocolate and black strap molasses up front, followed by a variety of dark fruit notes; black cherry, dark grapes, figs and raisins. The finish gives a peppery note with port-like qualities. Lingers of roasted barley

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a light alcohol warmth on the linger

O- a complex stout that seems to open up more as I drink it, very good

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Photo of bbtkd
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Tiny Imperial Stout, 11.8% ABV. Pours black with a one finger brown head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing. Nose is roast malt, slight banana, bread/toast. Taste is toast, some banana, a bit boozy, coffee, and a slight bitter close. Develops a moderate bitter aftertaste. Has a bit of carbonation burn, so only very good mouthfeel. Overall excellent to near outstanding.

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Photo of messersc
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm a fan. Pours with a nice-looking head. I love the smell, which is heavy for me on banana bread, although the taste I would describe more as actual banana, with coffee. Not a really strong roasted flavor. Sweeter on the nose than on the palate. A little bit of a slick mouthfeel for me - I'm wondering whether that's the beer or it was just an oddity of the bottle (but I didn't get any off flavors). An interesting tingly sort of thing going on at the finish - I liked that. I liked it and I would buy it if you're looking for a quality beer, but I'm not sure I would totally agree with its labeling as a "Belgian-style Stout." No clear Belgian yeast characteristics are coming across for me, and it's pretty damn viscous for anything Belgian.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Belgian imperial stout, hmmm.....what is that anyways? I am not sure how to approach that title because I don't know much about it. I have had darker Belgium beers, but not really a Belgian stout. The darker Belgian beers tend to taste like sweeter, maltier, carbonated beers. Not sure if that is what they are going for, but this seemed to taste like an average type of strong, imperial stout. It was a good drink, but I wasn't blown away by it.

Look: pitch black, tan head
Smell: dark malty, coffee, bready
Taste: smooth and malty, little bit of coffee, warming sensation
Feel: heavier, smooth, silky
Overal: It is a good strong stout that is well balanced and goes down nice and easy. it's good for when you want a regular well balanced imperial stout that.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip....

The look is "imperial stout" in spades. Thick, viscous, opaque, oily, and low head but surprising lacing.

The nose delivers on the Belgian/Stout promise. Belgian yeast, dark fruit chocolate, and toasted malt all show up for the party, although there is a fairly solid solvent booze note on the nose as well.

The flavor follows the nose faithfully, both good and troubling. Excellent complexity, with the toasted malts coming to the fore, but the booze comes home too and maybe a bit strong overall.

The feel is pretty darn good. Well carbonated with plenty of booze to prevent stickiness, but then again, the booze is a little strong at the finish.

I was well braced for a boozy offering, but this one is not for the faint of heart. A good imperial that I would recommend, but be ready for the ABV.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours India ink black with a rich, deep mocha head which rapidly dissipates leaving little behind in the form of surface cap or lace. The aroma is a rich, fruity stout full of roast, chocolate and Belgian yeast hints. Taste is toasted biscuits, Belgian yeast, toffee, chocolate and sweet coffee swimming in a blend of dark fruitiness. A hint of booze prevades. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with low-moderate carbonation, viscous, creamy, chewy and tongue crawling prickly in the finish.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hot damn, this was a great offering from a brewer I simply love...(I have to make a pilgrimage to their tap house some day!)

Right out of the bottle it pours what I think is the blackest of all liquids - ever. What makes it unique is the reddish tinge across the top and though there was little to no foam and no lacing to even mention it was still something to behold. The smell was absolutely a wonderful thing to experience - chocolaty, notes of coffee, and just the hints of the booze - all mixed expertly in my opinion. Mouthfeel was carbonated but creamy (with a heat after-effect due to the high ABV) and the taste was booze forward with hints of the flavors I noted on my nose. This was truly a special experience. I will definitely be looking for another one to age for at least a year.

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Photo of Impetuous
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black body with a small, burnt caramel coloured head.

Flavors are fruit, biscuit malts, sweet malts, and some light chocolate. The fruit remains constant throughout and is very pleasant. There is very, very little unpleasantness from Carbonation is light and that’s appreciated.

I think it’s wonderful, don’t get the low score.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Seemed like a solid black but tilted I could see it had a dark cherry wood like brown. Deep mocha head as well but only a slight layer with lacing. Still it was impressive.

S - On the nose it mostly smelled of Belgium candied sugars including dark chocolate, mild roast, and some playful fruits.

T - This beer was very different from your standard Imperial Stouts. On the first pour the ABV was kind of cloying but as I sipped it became more balanced with the flavors of bakers chocolate, banana, and light roast. Slight raisin and plum joined in as it warmed. The kicker was the second pour which had the yeast at the bottom which I didn't expect. The yeast gave it a well concealed bitterness which masked the ABV extremely well. In fact this may have been the first beer that I should have poured harshly to mix sediment since it provided a nice dimension.

M - Mouth feel felt full despite the appearance of what looked to be a thin pour. Very drinkable despite the ABV.

Overall this beer really impressed me. Hearing most light beer drinkers here give this beer a heavy ABV burn made me think this beer would be better with age but it drank well. I could see myself picking up another bomber to have sometime over the summer but maybe to save for cold winters. Man, I've never been big on Belgiums but. I think I love Belgiums especially when done right!

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Looks black,with 1/2 " of khaki colored head which recedes in 1 minute. Smells of stone fruits,banana, fireplace ash, mild chocolate. Tastes is somewhat sweet. Banana split comes to mind.Taste is smooth and refined. (No head sort of bothers me) looks flat ,but it isn't. Feels boozy and way too thin. Nice bubbles and finishes almost dry. Which in a stout is the opposite of what I want to have. This has more of a chardonnay vinous feel. Overall this "Belgian Stout" is a disappointment) Weyerbacher stouts all seem to have this incredibly thin body to them which I find offensive. Will not purchase again. BA advocate lists this as a American double stout The bottle says Belgian style which makes me believe they used Belgian yeast. That explains the banana flavor.I believe aging a year helped significantly. I am not sure adjusting score is correct. It tastes much better aged.

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Photo of bobv
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch tan head over a near black body with scant lacing. Nose of dark roasted malt, dark fruit (Twizzlers!), and some chocolate. Taste of dark fruit, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and Ovaltine. Good feel and overall, a pretty decent Belgian Stout, sweeter than most, but tasty indeed with the 11.8% abv pretty well hidden. Cheers!

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Photo of quadmad
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Nov 16, 2016; 16 months old. 8 deg celsius. Pours a dark dark brown, no head very little carbonation.very powerful smell. Strong alcohol presence. You know this is 11.8 % alcohol. Nice brew on a cool evening

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Photo of barnzy78
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 11.8% ABV, date stamped:
Pitch black ale with a thinner tan head. Sweet with an artificial-ish fruity aroma: chocolate covered cherry, grape cough medicine, roasted barley; but it is somewhat intriguing. Big and very boozy; dark chocolate flavors coat the palate along with notes of cherry, caramel, more of that grapey cough syrup, roasted barley, and char. Full body; thick & syrupy, but very hot and boozy, making it harsher and harder to drink; definitely a sipper. Overall, I wanted to like this more, especially with the nice dark chocolate flavors, but it comes across more like grandpa's old cough medicine.

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Photo of Boozer69
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let this beer sit in your cellar for a year or so. The first time i had it i thought it was pretty nasty. Decided to pull one out of my stash tonight and thought it was awesome. Solid black appearance with a one inch tan head that disappears completely after a minute. 11.8% abv that drinks real smooth (after a year). Love it

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick deep black color with very little to no head. Can only see the carbonation at the top rim of the glass. Smell is sweet with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Initial taste is black coffee then a very boozed finish. Overall an awesome brew

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1256 ratings