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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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head really on a jet black body that looks thick. Nice vanilla and roasted malt and Belgian yeast in the aroma. This one isn't cold which makes it different. This one is spicy and peppery up front moving to roasted malts, light espresso, bourbon and earthy hops.thick body and moderate carbonation. This one is very good and probably better cool. This is a very complete stout.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of smaisch.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, slight fruit, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is the same with an alcohol finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but the Belgian yeast used makes for some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think it's safe to say this probably my favorite Weyerbacher release as of yet. The first time I went to get some it was already sold out and sure enough they released it again and I made sure I got a bottle that time around. The beer is a big stout, I love the look of the pour, the carbonation give this beer a similar look to a really thick Guinness or something. This brew is so dark, it looks so good in a chalice or goblet. The head is a rich looking brown color and very thick and smooth. The aroma is of some Belgian yeasts that are kind of hidden by the bigger aromas of chocolate and roasted malts. This stout taste like something out of a dream to me. The richness of the dark chocolate with some serious dry hops in the aftertaste. It's got some sweetness and then some bitterness, it got different levels going on in it. Overall I would buy this again anytime. I think any stout fan would enjoy this brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a dark tan head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and dark fruits are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate and roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the chocolate and roasted malt flavors are a little stronger. Little, if any alcohol or bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting stout that seems to exhibit properties of a stout and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The masking of the alcohol makes this very drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the taste of "stout" and "Belgium" collide, the mind doesn't think of things dainty, or finesse, or small- But Tiny is like having a chihuahua and naming him Killer.

The massive ale kicks off with a viscous and creamy appearance. Its dark weight looks like motor oil until it builds a tightly knit meringue on top. Its dark body is ominous with black opaqueness. Its head retains the session with intermittent lace throughout.

Bold aromas of fresh-brewed espresso and chocolate waft about the nose, but does so with an aura of wine-like complexity. Bunt toffee, molasses and charred toast fold in on scents of port wine, grape, and sherry wine. Its sweet and savory overtones are nearly mouthwatering heading into the first sip.

To taste, the expected flavors of espresso, bitter chocolate and hearty black-strap molasses align on the palate with full lush and savory effects. But the tart fruitiness of under-ripened berries, grape, figs, dates, prunes and raisins all take on an earthy stone-fruit flavor that heightens a sense of meatiness. Its light peppery qualities are spicy and bleed into the alcohol flavor for a mix of fresh-cracked peppercorn and brandy.

Its viscous mouthfeel is creamy and verbose with the ample carbonation and residual sweetness- kind of like a marshmallow peep for stout lovers. The beer's slow and even fade to semi-dry and spicy warmth textures extends well into the next sip.

The beer's super-bold flavor, feel, and complexity does a great job to deliver new tastes with each sip as the beer warms to reveal its secrets and the palate becomes accustomed to its charm. But one thing's for sure- Tiny is anything but small.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: After a promising start, the big mocha head atop the black liquid fades quickly; the head scatters some patchy lace, however

Smell: Plenty of boozy soaked dark fruit, sweetened chocolate and earthy tones

Taste: Yeasty, slightly boozy and chocolaty, up front, with a dose of sweet dark fruit; by mid-palate, the chocolate flavors get stronger and, after the swallow, the yeast lends an earthy Belgian complexity; long, slightly vinous finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Weyerbacher has refined this brew over time; drinking a 2014 shows the impact versus my original review in 2010; they really have captured the essence of a Belgian Imperial Stout

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a huge dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of anis seed notes with light roasted character and some lactose notes. Taste is a very nice mix between some anis seed, lactose and light roasted malt with a nice dry creamy finish with some black chocolate. Body is full with great creamy texture with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very nicely brewed with great mix between the different elements – drinking way too nicely for amount of alcohol in this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a cola brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin, sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - plum and raisin and a strong roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee. There was a mild booziness with bourbon-like notes.

M - It was soft and smooth. Almost a little creamy. A medium to full bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good Imperial Stout. The Belgian style twist is a little unusual, though.

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Photo of mothman
1.76/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours over 2 fingers of thick tan head. Color is black. Very good retention.

Aroma: Roasted malt, dark milk chocolate, dried cherries. Fairly muted. Smells like perfume.

Taste: Roasted malts, milk chocolate, and a sour cherry flavor. I don't know if this is infected or not. Some raisin and fig flavors.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and sour. Kind of creamy. Thinner bodied with tons of carbonation. Very fizzy. Ends very dry.

Overall, not good. Seems infected. Not drinkable. Flavors don't blend well. Drain pour.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/21/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, plum, coffee, light char, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, plum, dark bread, coffee, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Light yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, raisin, prune, light coffee, dark bread, toast, light pepper, clove, and roasted/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great Belgian Imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass pitch black,oil slick black with a two finger fluffy mocha colored head that settled very slowly.A great mix of dark fruit,molasses,and bitter chocolate in the nose,even a hint of roasted nut shows thru,decedent and lush.A little prickly in the mouth with the carbonation being higher,flavors are a bit hot with big dark fruit flavors,bitter chocolate,and licorice dominating.A good beer, its hot but not over the top sweet,the alcohol does hit hard after awhile though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An impressive head of brown froth rises steadily as you pour "Tiny" into your glass. It forms an inch and a half or more of pillowy foam that lasts for quite some time above the black body beneath. It leaves walls of solid lace about the glass; and once the head has fallen it appears almost orange as it forms a ring along the sides of the glass.

The aroma is sugary and cocoa-ish with notes of dark fruit, backed by yeasty spice and roastiness. It's interesting, but it doesn't convey the complexity that's to be found in the flavor.

In the mouth the carbonation is released as the beer warms, foaming up and becoming pillowy before settling down to a smoother, almost velvety feel. It's a little bit much at first, but as you work your way through the glass and a bit of that carbonation is released it becomes much softer and smoother.

The flavor is complex, and certainly rich. It starts with candy (sugar and vanilla) and dark fruit (raisin, plum) with a bit of spice, then displays a lot of chocolate and cocoa across the middle, and ends with more candy-ish and spicy Belgian character. There are also some leafy hop flavors across the middle and throughout the finish, adding another component; and a contrast to the candy notes. It's sweet, but it's also dry, no doubt due in part to the yeasty spiciness and the drying alcohol.

But the alcohol is never really apparent (in your first glass) besides adding to the spiciness, which is fairly surprising for a brew of 11.8% abv, and lends greatly to its drinkability. The Belgian character also gives it more complexity and depth of character than might be expected, and there's certainly enough going on to keep it interesting.

Worth trying!

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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 mactrail
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hit to the head black ale.

Impenetrably dark with a reasonable head. Odd carbonation dissipates in the mouth with big bubbles like mediocre homebrew. Nothing velvety about this stout. Alcohol is like a raw wound. Odor of rubbing alcohol. Strangely thin bodied with a sharp taste, like lots of black patent malt. Orange juice and cider flavors. Must be some hops but they are hard to find in the jarring flavors.

I like a strong malty stout or barley wine, but this one is a real wallop. A touch of sweetness and more malty body would be welcome with this much raw strength.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a jet black body with a modestly-sized, very faintly beige-hinted head.

Smell: A variety of roasted malts, hunks of dark chocolate, and kitchen counter spices, though it's easily cut right down the middle by sharp wafts of lacquery alcohol, licorice, and plum juice.

Taste: Dark, roasted maltiness topped with chopped plums, mashed-up bananas, chewing gum, cracked cloves, black licorice, and coated with bittersweet chocolate. It's plenty sweet. Noticed vein of alcohol. Roasty, earthen bitterness tucked inside. Sustained spiciness throughout. Semi-dry, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Soft, smooth body.

Drinkability: Hmm, maybe it's me, but I've got a slight feeling of Déjà vu. It's not exactly tiny, but, maybe it is a bit thirteen-y.

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Photo of billab914
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I believe this is a 2010 vintage. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, fizzy head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma mixes a chocolaty, slightly roasty imperial stout characteristic with some estery, fruity, very slightly spicy Belgian yeast flavors. I get some notes of apple or grape mixing in with the chocolate.

The taste shows a lot of crisp fruits to it. The chocolaty, imperial stout flavors try to come out in the finish but they seem overshadowed by the crisp fruits and belgian yeast spice. Not nearly enough stout flavors came through for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being high. Overall I didn't really care for it. The crisp fruits and estery yeast spices dominated and didn't really compliment very well. The high carbonation in it didn't really work for me either. This one was just not for me.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NC, at Gail's in Hickory NC

Pours jet black a pinky of mocha head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, juicy fruit, faint boozeyness, Green bananas & more boozeyness once warm

T: Dark fruit, slight dirt flavors, banana, booze warmth up front, some cocoa notes. Boozeyness stays with this as this warms, some carob notes, then green banana. Finishes dry, with dark fruit & carob & a bit more green banana

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, some silkyness

Good Belgian slanted Imp Stout that shows huge potential for cellaring. This is one to be approach with respect despite the name... Irony perhaps :P

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starts with a large beige head--quickly settling to a centimeter thick head. Leaves some slippery, spotty lace. The broth is near black where no light shines through even on the edge of the glass.

Initial smell impression is of a milk stout, even though I know it is a Belgian Dark Ale. No yeast bite, but there's plenty of darker malt aromas--some black patent, some dark crystal. Brown sugar sweetness and there's a whiff of alcohol to the nose as well.

Tastes like an Imperial Stout with a touch of sweetness. Light hop, but the bitterness mostly comes from the very dark malt. Strong alcohol warmth in the swallow and the aftertaste, which is surprisingly short-lived. The body is relatively thin with a deceptively high level of carbonation.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this one, served it with cake for everyone I really think it went off quite well. Poured into several snifters, this one was consumed on 05/16/2010.

Really nice pour here, really just perfectly done with a pitch black yield and a huge, towering, billowing head of chocolate colored foam on top that would not go anywhere, settled down slowly but never completely it left a huge sticky, gooey mess along the sides of the glass.

The aroma was vanilla, molasses, coffee, brown sugar, hints of some hoppiness coming through now as it warms up, very intriquing and quite different then what I was expecting to be honest, but again very nicely done i have to admit. Each sip again brought forth a great mix of flavors and tastes. Rich belgian yeast is balanced against a wonderful chocolate and coffee base. Diving further into it really brings out vanilla and hoppy tones, especially in the finish which just screams of light citrus and dryness while balancing a nearly superb roasted malt. All of the ABV is hidden so damn well, I could have sworn this thing was around 6 percent. I mean where the hell was the alcohol here?

Overall just a superb new one from weyerbacher. Would have no issues at all with trying this one again any day. Just fantastic.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Wegman's, enjoyed chilled from the corked & caged 750ml in a snifter.

The color is an opaque deep black with thin cap of medium tan with fine bead and streamers of lace cling. The smell is very sweet with some mild fruity yeast esters and light alcohol aroma. The feel is dense with malt yet not cloying, moderate carbonation and light spice with semi-dry warming finish.

I enjoyed this at first with the dark currant flavor and slight toffee-like character but it seems sweeter as it warms with some alcohol flavors becoming more apparent and light toasted flavor with some chewy malt creaminess and slight molasses element with subtle bitterness in the finish Overall a decent stout, it has some belgian yeast fruitiness but it is a big beer to drink alone, I would recommend getting a couple beer fans to share this with -very viscous and practically a meal in a glass.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown with 1 inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of dark fruits, sugar, sweet fruits, and coffee maybe?

t - Taste of sweet dark fruits, sugar, and coffee

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent ale. I thought it was too sweet in both the smell and taste. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I'm treating this as a Belgian stout, rather than a BSDA (na na na na boo boo, stick yer head in doo-doo!). Deal with it. I know I will. This guy pours a straight obsidian capped by over a finger of rich soil-colored foam. Off the top o' my head, I'd say it's the third darkest head I've yet seen (behind Zhukov and some unknown brew). The nose comprises raisins, figs, a heft of rum, and some coffee simpering in the other room. It's like one of those snot-nosed kids that have to make noise while there's company over. Just ignore them; they crave attention, positive or negative. Brats. Anyway, the taste holds notes of bitter cocoa, raisins, figs, black cherries, red apples, and a bready yeast in the back (more aggressive than the coffee smell, but not by much). The body is medium, with an active carbonation (a lot higher than expected) and a chewy, but in no way very sticky or mouth-coating, feel. Not bad, overall, but nothing all that special.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Tower of foamy chocolate head. Ok lace and retention. Near pure black body with a light cola halo.

S - Molasses, pumpernickel bread, tart dark chocolate, and a touch of concentrated balsamic vinegar.

T - Chocolate, bitter wood, coconut, black cherry, slightly waxy sour, and prickly booze.

M - Thick, full body with a surprisingly brightness.

O - Tangy and boozy counterbalanced with a thick, dark flavor profile.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged offering into a pub glass. The brew pours a color of black as it rests in the glass but when held to the light, a fine ring of dark brown clarity is seen around the edges. A finger of dark brown head sits atop the brew and recedes to a thin layering across the top.

The smell is dark and roasted with a solid presence of anise and enough roast to impart some dark unsweetened cocoa character blended with some fresh coffee notes that have a minor hint of citrus. As the brew warms up, a hint of dark vinous notes come forward that are minorly tart with a hint of cherry quality.

Taking a sip, the first thing noticed is that double-digit alcohol. It is quite forward with a bit of fusel character that blends into a bitterness of dark roasty malt. Some unsweetened cacao notes are present that blend into a dark fruity quality that is mildly tangy. The dark fruit almost cherry aspect lingers inside the mouth with a flavor of raisins. The aftertaste has a hint of anise.

This is a medium to full bodied brew that is quite bold and warming with the alcohol. I approached this brew with an open mind and curiosity and found it to be enjoyable. I think I actually would have enjoyed this more if the alcohol was tamed down a bit and let more of the roast and yeast character shine instead of just alcohol esters. Regardless not a bad brew, worth checking out if you haven't before.

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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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