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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,908
Ranked #6,574
3.99 | pDev: 11.28%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: ABV may vary. "Belgian Imperial Stout".
Reviews: 416 | Ratings: 1,253 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by rhhjr:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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Photo of dacrza1
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: March 1, 2016... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: Super Tuesday ground zero...Trump and Clinton?... APPEARANCE: black as pitch body pours out with a brown simmering head that forms a halo and an atoll atop the body... AROMA: heavy vinous/bourbon elements are drawn thick chocolate... prune, grapefruit, licorice, roasted caramel pile into the profile... a dangerous level of alcohol... what really wins is the breath of bread that suggests a balanced insinuation... PALATE:the word velvet is indeed a truthful labeling from the brewer, with the thick and creamy, full-bodied stout coating the mouth from start to finish; the opening invites some bubble and the end warms without intrusion... at 11.8% ABV, unbelievably smooth and sweet... TASTE: a luscious red on a collision course with a velvety chocolate stout and a caramel-rich, toasted bock--enough flavor to have highlights of citrus, grapefruit, grape and raisin, slight honey thrown in... warming alcohol is palpable, which takes the overall taste profile down a notch--but still shows the respect for a misnomer of a beer if there ever was one... OVERALL: Weyerbacher used to only go big--which made many of its beers blend together in the sameness of over-the-top alcoholic potency... Tiny is a culmination of sorts, in that it rights the past wrongs and blesses us that demands a stand-alone experience to partner with a cold, windy night....or a night when the country's balance hangs....

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Photo of jondeelee
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tiny, which pours so black that even a thin layer of it is almost entirely opaque, opens with a nose that most Imperial Stouts can only dream of: huge layers of port, fig, caramelized brown sugars, vanillas, charcoal, cognac, and raisin abound, along with a smoky sweetness that is absolutely enticing and alluring. Judging by the smell alone, this is the kind of beer that would not only make a good offering to the deity of your choice, but would actually result in that deity praising you in return. Rarely have I encountered such a delicious aroma.

On the tongue, the beer blessedly lives up to the promise of the nose, bringing ripe dark fruit flavors such as fig, black cherry, and raisin, as well as vanilla and anise spices, all atop a surprisingly subtle layer of ash, coffee, and chocolate/black malt. Admittedly, as the sugars die off late in the mouthful these latter, more charred flavors come through, but even then they're still subtle and nuanced. The beer in many respects tastes more like fine aged port, or good cognac, with touches of bourbon. Subsequent mouthfuls reveal a deeper layer of alcoholic sugars, adding to the sensation that this is more liquor than beer (the 11.8% ABV handily adding to this presentation). The aftertaste is a cognac-and-bourbon-like charcoal and alcohol breeze, tempered by brown sugars and fig & raisin juice, and lingers for quite some time. Mouthfeel is medium (surprisingly light, given the potency of the flavors), and carbonation is medium-light, giving the beer a silky feel.

Overall, this is excellent Imperial Stout, and certainly worth a try for lovers of the style. The beer is not without imperfections, as the sugars do somewhat overwhelm the coffee-and-ash flavors, and the high ABV does leave an alcoholic vapor on the tongue, but even those details are relatively easy to deal with. I suspect this would age beautifully.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Black as night with a small brown head that fades and leaves only a speck or two behind on the glass.
S: Sweet dark chocolate, prunes and to me it has a hint of apple.
T: Chocolate, apple, Belgian yeast, dark fruits and booze
F: Thick and full-bodies with a good level of carbonation that stings the tongue a bit.
O: This is a quite tasty beer that brings the good things from a quad together with the good things from a stout. Great beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely velvety chocolate black with a head of beige, 1 finger. It fades fast due to the alcohol content.

Smells like a chocolate covered banana with some Rum Liqeur nearby. Mouth-watering.

The Weyerbacher "nail polish" element is there but kept in check very well; I emphasize on this because that's always the main thing I worry about with their stouts. Flavors include torched bananas, caramel, chocolate, toffee, torched figs, and some light coffee ground to balance things out.

Feel is burning, all the way down. Light a match down my throat baby! Some light-handed carbonation that lends prickly stabs here and there but mostly contributes to a velvety feel overall.

Tiny is a great Belgian Stout you should pick up if you can. Rich, dark fruits meet bright fruits and toffee-coffee richness.

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Photo of Act25
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love Imperial Stout. Love this Brewer's stouts. So I'm biased.
A: Misses the 4 because it fades fast and doesnt lace as much as the best.
S: Liquor soaked dark fruit, dark chocolate box, truffles, and earth tones.
T: follows the smell but better! Yeasty, woody, boozy and chocolaty, followed by dark chocolate wrapped dark fruit; then the chocolate flavors blossom more, as in melting in your mouth, and finally the woody, yeast, alcohol manage the long finish.

F: Great mouth feel, medium bodied, good for meditation or dessert. Last beer.

I'd taste this off RIS and BIS like BORIS, Stone, Russian River, Founders.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 05/29/15 (exact provenance unknown - it was a trade) into pint glass. Pours an inky black with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Initial impression is dark chocolate and cocoa, with a hint of burnt malts, followed by sweet molasses finish. Slight bitterness lingers. There is a lot of stuff going on throughout. Alcohol, even after a year in the bottle, is evident but certainly not objectionable. Creamy-smooth thick mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Boy, is this stout good!

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Photo of jwhancher
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a jet black with tan head that leaves very little retention. Smells of molasses and some dark malts. Tastes thick with hit alcohol notes that burn the throat, and some caramelized raisins and perhaps some dark fruit. Full bodied beer with an ample amount of bitterness. Definitely a booze bomb. If you're into this kind of beer then leave it for desert or your sole beer if the night. I think it could be improved by dialing down the alcohol and diversifying the malt bill.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into small chalice: color is black, solid, head is darker tan with fine bubbles, no lacing.

Smell is roasted malt, touch of ester/booze, transitioning to sweeter base with a belgian yeast twist and fruity complexity. Notes of chocolate and espresso and pepper.

Taste is similar with a roasted malt flavor, moderate ester, then sweeter malts and fruitiness - fig, raisin like, chocolate, espresso and pepper are also noticeable. I let this warm quite a bit and it did not expand the flavor but it was consistent and fairly drinkable.

Mouthfeel has moderate presence with fine carbonation and strong ester drying.

Overall a good beer, booziness is noticeable but still doesnt seem like a 12% brew. Flavors are mixed with not one presenting prominently.

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Photo of Acidik_Inc
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Weyerbacher's Belgian-Style Imperial Stout appropriately and ironically entitled Tiny. Weighing in at an incredible 11.8% ABV. This is no sissy chugging beer. You will demand for your taste buds to sip all the complex layers of port, fig, brown sugars, vanillas, charcoal, cognac. It's smokey sweetness and jet black flavor are only fantasy to most other Imperial Stout companies. I can not wait to break into another bottle.

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Photo of predikit
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black, settles in the glass like ink, leaves a one inch brown head that has good retention. Leaves a low amount of lacing behind.

The smell is dominated by the alcohol, notes of oats and molasses, fig like fruity notes.

Taste hits you with the alcohol, malty start, takes on a mellow roasted tone, for the finish, hints of coffee or bitter chocolate. Leaves a noticeable burn from the alcohol behind.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth, the alcohol is mellow, it is detectable but does not cause any real harsh reactions. The throat burn lasts for a good time after a pull, only real negative here.

Not a bad stout, but would prefer more emphasis on flavor and less on ABV.

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Photo of BB1313
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 5/8/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a small mocha head that leaves solid retention and lacing. The aromas are full of milk chocolate. Cocoa malts are there. Some dark fruits in the mix. Smells very nice. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of rich chocolate along with some banana. The Belgian characteristics are pretty subtle. Slightly spicy. Subtle warmth in the finish, but it's not boozy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Becomes even more enjoyable as it warms. Great stout.

Besides Sunday Morning Stout, this is definitely their best stout, in my opinion. Well crafted and very enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. The pour is very black with a typical viscosity for a beer of this magnitude. It sports a rather disappointingly thin head that demonstrates poor retention. The nose is very pleasant. Lots of dark chocolate, a hint of fruit, moderate roastiness, and very light on the char. It doesn't smell at all like a Russian Imperial Stout.

Full body with a very creamy, silky smooth feel that complements the rich flavor perfectly. Like the nose, this beer has lots of roast as well as a hefty dose of malty toffee-treacle sweetness, but it does not have any char or burnt flavors one finds in RISs. The creamy character and sweetness make this drink like an imperial milk stout. I get milk chocolate and cappuccino up front, then some vanilla, sweet cream, and a little dark fruit. I tend to find heavy dark fruit notes in stouts to be undesirable if they are too strong, as the tart notes clash with the roasty notes. Here, the fruit notes do not lend excessive tartness or off-balancing flavors (at least, they don't seem to for me), just a little more variety to the profile. A nice warming boozy slap hits you on the finish. It adds richness to the flavor without making the beer taste like kerosene.

If ever I have encountered a dessert beer, this is it. An ideal night cap on a chilly evening.

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Photo of stortore
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 1/2/15, had 9/19/16.

Pours an opaque, dark brown, thick looking, with a one inch foamy head, some foamy lacing. Kinda looks like it means business. The smell brings roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, raisins, Belgian yeast, light smoke, a little fig. The taste also leads with the roasted malts, then chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses, smoke, licorice, some prunes and coffee, light Belgian yeast. Good amount of bitterness up front. Smooth, creamy, well carbonated- but a little fizzy and it does detract a bit, full bodied, the taste lingers.

Very good flavor- lots of layers, very good aroma, fairly complex. This needs a lot more love in the ratings department, a terrific and highly enjoyable beer. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of Roguer
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautifully black brew; thin mocha head with ok retention.

Nose offers complexity and depth: roast and char; chocolate and licorice; banana; molasses; raisins; brown sugar; sweet red grapes.

Flavor follows: it's big and bold and sweet immediately up front. Waves of chocolate and molasses, mingling with dark fruit and brown sugar. Back half features a nice roasty char along with a pleasant boozy burn.

Thick and chewy feel. The alcohol is noticeable but not at all unpleasant.

This is a fantastic sweet stout! This ranks up there with the best of Evil Twin's big bold dessert stouts.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a tulip glass. Deep dark chocolate and deep purple accent this high malt very high abv beer. The alcohol is front and center but mellos on the 2nd and 3rd taste by the deep earthy richness and bitter burnt backend.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Hill Farmstead glass. Bottled 18 June 2015. Best before 18 June 2017. 11.8%
A: Glugs viscously out. Dark red-brown head. Opaque body.
S: It smells distinctly like Belgian yeast. Impressive. But then also cherry cough syrup.
T: Oh yum. This is more of a straightforward imperial stout for the majority of the incredibly long taste. The usual suspects...chocolate, roasted barley, licorice...It's this last element, the licorice, that really takes over and bends into all sorts of strange configurations -- toffee, violet flowers, anise root, blackstrap molasses, maraschino (marasca cherries). Hint of cherry cordials. Points for sheer complexity and identifiability of flavor.
M: Sticky and sweet.
O: An impressive imperial stout that is broadened, not cheapened, by it's Belgian fusion. Highly recommended.

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Photo of zac16125
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip
(have actually never seen two different dates printed on a beer)

A: Opaque black, 1 fingers width of mocha colored head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a pretty good amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Interestingly the first aromas I get are fruity Belgian yeast esters, which are quite prominent in the aroma. I also get a fair amount of roasty notes, and very subtle semi-sweet cocoa. There are some spicy characters that are interesting. Perhaps a style blend of IS and BSDA, definitely more along the lines of a BSDA though IMO. 4.25

T: More stout-ish than the aroma implied, with big roasty characters and herbaceous, grainy malts. A little spice, but its subdued, as are the fruity esters. Spicy characters grow more prominent throughout the drink. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the heavier end, ABV is very well masked, drinkability is average. 3.75

O: Overall, I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Its unique, and not something I would frequent often, but is a very good beer if you are in the mood for something different. 4

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.79/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled back on 1/29/16. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

Brew pours a very deep mahogany/pitch-black in color with a good 1-finger creamy/foamy dark beige head. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass when sipped. Aroma is of dark fruits, caramel and a hint of cocoa. Pretty much can be said for the taste with dark roasted malts with a hint of black licorice also. Not 'boozy' as you might think with the high alcohol content unlike some others. Goes down easy. This is a 'sipping brew' like of brew of course. Enjoy the taste. Full-bodied with just the perfect carbonation which is right on the money. Overall a fantastic brew!

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Photo of andthevolcano
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JMforman
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Motor oil with hardly any head and hardly any lacing.

S- Cherries, alcohol, chocolate, ham

T- Bananas, espresso, chocolate, alcohol (upfront). Its pretty crazy tasting. Imagine an american imperial stout with a crazy belgian yeast in it.

M- Thick, creamy, and heavy

D- Yeah...

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Photo of cheefdaddy1
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of lochef81
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Purplish-black with diminishing tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Musty and earthy, with coffee, plum and clove.

Taste: Even more earthy and musty than the aroma with strong coffee-accented roasted notes. Some plum- and cherry-like characteristics as well, with a nice spicy clove kick toward the finish.

Feel: Full body but still has that Belgian sugar accented body that is not as full as the abv would suggest. Moderately low carbonation but still seems somewhat effervescent. I know this seems a little contradictory, but I get that from Belgian yeast sometimes. Fairly dry earthy finish that is very warming.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to kill off the 750ml despite the almost 12% abv. It seems a lot of people think this is too much like an Imperial Stout with just a touch of Belgian yeast. I disagree completely; I think this is a great BSDA with a more roasted character. And this is just miles better than Weyerbacher's overly sweet Quad.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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