TINY | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV may vary. "Belgian Imperial Stout".

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Reviews: 383 | Ratings: 1,162
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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 stortore
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +3.8%
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 chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 30 April 2015 and a BB date of 30 April 2017 in a Belgian snifter on 11 Dec. 2016.
Pours, thick, essentially black, opaque, and with minimal signs of carbonation. Virtually no head or lacing. The aroma seems a bit off, even for the Belgian style: it's quite mossy and earthy, with hints of fresh cut wood and black licorice. This characterization only partially carries over to the far more appealing flavor. Some molasses, burnt grain notes and light spicing.

Overall: interesting and drinkable, but disappointing, especially from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice easy dating on the bottle. Bottled September 28th 2016, best by September 28th 2018.

It pours pitch black, small head of tan foam.

I smell cloves, anise, candi sugar, dark fruit, roasted malt, alcohol.

Ditto for the taste. Dark pitted fruit stand out more here than in the smell. Alcohol is manageable. Does it resemble a Belgian style Imperial Stout? You betcha.

To me, full bodied with ample carbonation.

This is quite a treat.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass bottled on 6/29/16. Pours a very attractive slick black, with a solid inch and a half mocha like head. That settles very quick into a very bland rootbeer dark brown, with no lace to speak of and headless!

Smell is clove, banana, bubblegum, biscuit, anise, dark fruit, and a little anise.

Tastes follows, clove, banana, anise bubblegum, vanilla upfront with a large shot of booze in the large finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin a little less medium, little carbonation, pretty dry, and very boozy start to finish and it makes it a sipper.

Overall this is a very different beer that leaves you wonderiking every sip.

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Photo of drtth
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date 23 Dec. 2015 with a best by date of 23 Dec. 2017.

The beer pours out into a snifter glass looking like used motor oil, a dark brown that is almost black. There is a 1/8" layer of dark tan head that soon recedes to a thin film on part of the liquid and a small ring around the glass. Sipping creates a line of foam that quickly turns into little spots of foam before they disappear. All the foam is gone by about midway through the beer.

The aromas are dominated by the yeast with some dark fruits but there is also some noticeable dark chocolate and some dark roasted malt in the background.

The flavors pretty much follow the nose but the individual components of the flavor profile seem to be playing a game of hide and seek, with first this one and then that one showing more of itself. There is also a bit of sweetness here but little or no bitterness or burnt malt flavor. Its hard to tell there's any alcohol in this one until its effects begin to create that feeling of warmth.

The mouth feel is on the full bodied side of medium with a nice smooth creamy feel and with some very light traces of carbonation. The unusually long finish seems actual seems as if it will be quite short at first as some of the various flavors begin sliding away into the background but there is still some of that dark roasted malt and dark chocolate that are present but barely noticeable in the back of the palate for quite a long time as the bitterness actually becomes more noticeable.

Overall, I definitely like this stout as it is well brewed with flavors are well balanced and an interesting combination. At this ABV it’s basically a one a night sipping beer that I’ll be having more of in the future. I’m am not sure why it took me more than 5 years to get around to sampling it. Especially since Weyerbacher has long been one of my preferred sources for big beers and also offered one of the most informative brewery tours I’ve ever been on. It definitely won’t be 5 years before I have the next one.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that was bottled on 06/29/16 with an expiration date two years out from that date. Sampled on October 29, 2016.

Jet black pour with a modest tan head that fades gradually.

The aroma is bold with dark roasted malts, licorice, a little alcohol and a low to no hop profile.

The body is medium.

Even though there is little in the way of hops on the nose there is a definite bitterness racking up at the end. Sweet roasted malts are little overtaken by the booziness of an 11% ABV beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Inky thick black with a stingy tan head. Roasty earthy with hints of caramel on the nose. Flavor follows the aroma but adds a bit of wet cardboard like oxidation. Decent beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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 FriedSlug
4.39/5  rDev +12%
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 drdiesel9483
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark as expected with a good head and slight lacing. Strong boozy slight toasty. Boozy nutty toasty taste, make some dark chocolate. Thin but prett creamy with light carbonation. Pretty good but Belgium.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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 fitzy84
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer has a black appearance with a very thin brown head encircling the glass. Nice aromas of malts, raisins, bread, dark fruits, and coffee. Taste follows the nose with a sharp dark fruit aftertaste, like cherry. Mouthfeel is generally creamy, but there is a crisp carbonation to the beer as well. Overall, I liked the cherry aftertaste and aromas to this beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Bones349
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First belgian-style Imperial Stout. Really good combination of flavors has slightly yeasty flavor the Belgian, a good Imperial stout smoothness factor. Impressed and a little surprised.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
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 q33jeff
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

** 02/26/16
Bottle (marked 5/28/15) to tulip glass.
Appearance: dark black, medium tan head.
Aroma: brown sugar, blackberry, smoke, touch of yeast.
Taste: orange peel, berries, toasted malt, yeast, sour fruit. Toffee, cough syrup. 11.8 Alcohol is not blatant, but you cannot ignore it.
Feel: low carbonation, silky,

Not bad, belgian wang still hurts it for me. Some of the sour fruity flavors it produces are aromatic and somewhat tasty, but 12 oz of it numbs the palate.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
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 ajm5108
2.22/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours deep black but very little head & almost zero retention. Aroma features a lot of dark berry, but also unfortunately features a lot of fusel alchohol. definitely has that nail polish vibe going which, frankly, is par for the course from Weyerbacher. All of their beer is astringent. There is certainly some dark malt and a little spicey phenol / clove from the Belgian yeast, but there is that lurking fusel taste right below the surface. It's comestible, but a brute and unrefined beer.

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Photo of AlexKTiethof
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In my mind, calling this a Belgian Style Imperial Stout is like calling curly fries Polish Style French Fries. The first thing that I always think of with regards to Belgian beers is the earthy flavor that comes from the yeast. I was wondering how that would get past the strong flavor of the imperial stout. The first couple of sips was like getting punched in the face with black strap molasses. Right off the bat I didn't particularly care for it. After some smaller sips I started to appreciate the complexity, the warmth and sweetness. Halfway through the beer I started to enjoy it. Partly because my taste buds were starting to adjust, partly due to the ABV. I honestly am a bit confused if I really like this beer or not but I am impressed with it and I am looking forward to cracking another bottle when I get home.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours your usual stout impenetrable black color.

Overall: Has an aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, and heavy with sweetness. Flavor is initially dominated by raisins, dates and booze. Calms down a little and the coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal come through. A real dessert of a beer - dismiss any reviews suggesting the bitterness is too high with this one; they are taking nonsense.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tiny my ass, this thing is HUGE! Midnight black and motor oil thick, dark tan head that disappears quickly leaving a faint lacing on its way down.

Roasty chocolate smell that can't quite hid the booze; it's coming...

Black licorice with lots of sweetness. Its a little out of balance with minimal bitterness, but I'm not upset about it. This is a very unique stout, and as it warms up the Belgian yeast starts to burst through. Now things are getting serious

Thick, thick body and medium to light carbonation. Imperial stout fans won't have any problem taking down this behemoth, but if this is outside your wheelhouse you're probably going to crawl though this one. Nothing wrong with that, its got great complexity that hangs out and really develops as you're sipping.

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Photo of Ncackalacky
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance Poured into a tulip glass. Pours solid black and a short quarter inch dark tan almond colored head that disappears quickly. A slight collar remains throughout the drink with some lacing that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell I found pleasant with a rich chocolate and roasted smell.

Taste Almost coffee like with a roasted barley up front and a sweetness that seems to be cancelled with a richer finish of almost a hotter cocoa finish.

Mouthfeel Really enjoyed the thick smoothness a lot. Enjoyed every sip which seemed to get longer with each sip.

Overall I would highly recommend this to a friend and will look forward to enjoying another 4 pack. With the 11.8% ABV, it was warming and I didn’t notice a alcohol taste. A really nice imperial stout.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown brew, with a thin espresso-like head that disappears quite quickly. Smells of dark cherries, almonds, cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and alcohol. Tastes like dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cherry brandy, coffee and vanilla. The alcohol is a bit overwhelming after the drink gets too warm, but before that happens, it is quite alright. Smooth mouthfeel, hot and bitter aftertaste.

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TINY from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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