Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Stout
4.07 | pDev: 11.06%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 228 | Ratings: 360 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by 2dogbrew:
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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Photo of Beejay
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A:Very dark black. Looks like syrup coming out of the bottle. Not a lot of head on it, though what is there is a nice coffee bean color.

S: Sweet, sticky malt. Good bit of booze in there as well. Nice cherry wood type of smoke in there as well. Good chocolate/smoked bacon thing going on.

T: Huge smoke flavor. Nice bit of roastiness and bitterness in the middle. Ends slightly sweeter with a little tart bite. Not a lot of booze in the flavor.

M: Smooth and creamy, both in body and texture. The carbonation seems appropriate.

D: Quite driankable. Tasty, but not amazing. Don't get me wrong, it is a good beer overall, but I do not think it beats the high standard set for this variety of stout.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pitch black with a coffee hued head that i wish was around for longer. some lacing and some legs.

S: starts with a pretty classic imp. stout aroma, heavy on the chocolate, a light roast. campfire smoke is very similar to a burning hickory (really reminds me of the smell when walking into a DF alehouse here in VA).

T: a roasted chocolate flavor. raisins. smoke definitely comes through, but not nearly as potent as it was in the nose. more of an accent to the roast. alcohol is evident at the very tail-end, but not overpowering at all. i even bought some to put aside for a while but that might not even be necessary.

M: silky and smooth on a full body. exactly what i expect from the style.

D: great smoke flavor adds depth to this already complex style. love the smoke on the nose, wish there was a little more in the palate but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Fifteen coming out of a bottle into a tall snifter.

Appearance: A beautiful, intense brown-to-black color. This truly is motor oil in a glass! Small head that dies quickly. Barely any lacing.

Smell: Dairy, roasted malts. A well-done smoke aroma, but not a whole lot going on.

Taste: As in the nose, smokiness is subtle but definitely present. Balanced bitterness in the back. Coffee throughout.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, viscous, thick... but airy at the some time. It is a strong, savory beer, but it could use more body.

Drinkability: Call me crazy, but I could chug this (and maybe regret it later). It goes down smooth and nice. Would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 06/04/10. Poured into a brandy snifter glass after being taken out of the fridge and being allowed to warm for about 30 minutes.

Nice hiss off the bottle top when cracked. A towering two-plus fingers of head set from an elevated and slow pour. I thought I noticed a clump of yeast glug into the glass from the bottleneck, but I could be wrong. Looks absolutely pitch black and there's a toasted marshmallow color to the head that's quite appealing. Practically light brown, to reiterate the point. The foam is retaining very well for a two-year and almost 11% imperial stout.

Rich malty aromas spew from the glass and an undeniable smoked malt aroma that comes and goes before and after swirling the glass. It appears to be stronger when the beer is left to rest a bit; when agitated, the stout has charred fruit notes and some lingering cocoa dust. There's a rich alcohol treatment that seeps through as well. I notice strength, but it's also contributing to the malt sweetness. As expected, no hops discernible.

Rich smoky malts in the forefront, and I like 'em plenty. Peaty flavors with some charred meat notes, dark chocolate, black licorice, and a hint of stone fruits. Not sure if it's the result of the aging process, but there's an aerosol can gas kind of flavor whipped in. Well-hidden alcohol throughout the opening and middle finishes with a slight cognac sting and warm burn. Great drinking right now, even though this is my first taste.

Thick mousse-y feel with that good carbonation that was still left in the bottle and hasn't spit out of the beer from the pour or it resting in the glass. Great creaminess all over. Can't say for sure, but it doesn't seem thinned-out in the lightest. Pretty solid feel.

Very enjoyable beer with a kick that's slowly creeping in. My first smoked imperial stout, and it's a damn good one, at that. Still bottles on the shelves here in Pittsburgh for $4.99 a pop.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very dark brown, definitely not black. Looks nice and thick. The head, also looking rather thick (that's what she said), reminds me of the color of chocolate milk, and eventually settles at about half a finger. Not much lacing.

S: Cured pork is the strongest scent I get, though there is also some campfire in there as well. A bit of sweet and sour like you sometimes get from rye, and faintly in the background are some faint, chocolately stout notes.

T: Smokiness is more subdued. Starts off with some sweeter chocolate notes, then some bacon smokiness comes in towards the middle. This last through the end, but tapers off as some roasty stout notes come out. A subdued, pleasant smoky aftertaste lasts for a decent while. There is a bit of alcohol towards the middle and the end, but it isn't too strong and isn't unpleasant, just imparting a gentle burn that I don't notice much.

M: Excellent. Pretty thick and coating, but I don't feel like it's overly heavy, perhaps because there is some carbonation that lasts through to the latter half of each sip.

D: This is really drinkable for a big ol' stout. If it was any more drinkable, I feel like it would have to be thinner or less flavorful, and that'd be no good.

A well-balanced brew that's not nearly as hot as the past two anniversary offerings were when fresh. I would've liked some more of that smokiness from the nose to come into play in the taste, but it's still quite a tasty beer, and definitely worth getting a four-pack of.

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Photo of Tomdee74
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

was lucky to grab a single of this as i had it once on tap and was impressed... this is pretty flavorful! much better than the heresey!

A - Pours a pretty black/dark brown thick color.. only had a small head head that dissipated pretty fast, but it leaves behind nice cob web lacing.. a slight swoosh of the glass will bring a nice head back up...

S - it's so funny that you can smell the bacon in this thing.. i'm pickin up a tremendous amount of that in this.. it dominates the smell and hey... who doesn't love the smell of bacon?? so i can't knock them at all here...

T - Pretty damn flavorful! this is a meal in a glass.. the hoppiness comes out and there is this weird bacon flavor or something that grabs me.. it really is like i'm eating a good bacon cheeseburger or something.. hats off to weyerbacher here because i think this is a unique taste..

M - This is pretty thick.. i don't get the alcohol at all so good job there.. just a thick very good taste.. i really enjoy just letting this sit in my mouth for a second as there is such a great flavor to this i think..

D - I would only really want one of these in a sitting as this is not a session brew.. it's to enjoy. i'm glad i got this and if i get around to it would be happy to get another.. this is worthy... actually a little more than worthy. i'd grab this if you come across it..

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Photo of jlenik
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: big plume of eye candy coffee cream colored head. nice retention and laced all up and down the glass. head goes down to nothing but lacing still kills it by the middle of the glass

S: lots of roasted bitterness and chocolate coffee with a small herbal hop hint. a little smokey vanilla type is coming through as well

S: lots of those roasty malts and charred flavors itching to explode but they feel like they're being held back a little. It seems there is a big hoppy bitterness that just slams the sweetness away. im breathing some hot roasted smoke bitterness after every sip

M: carbonation is maybe a little to much. all these flavors are ripping my tongue apart and the explosion of bubbles only helping it more

D:well its a little hot but really not bad for 10.8. the beer isnt cloying sweet and has a punch of the dry tongue bitterness. drinkability wise its a pretty balanced beer. big flavors but still held back a little somehow

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of THORN
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into oversized wine glass. Served around 50 F.
A: Dark enough that it can't be seen through when held to light. Retains quarter inch of very light brown foamy head. Leaves splotchy lace around glass.
S: Bacon, chocolate, and dark fruit.
T: Smoked malts are meaty and full of cocoa. Less sweet than smell, more acidic. Alcohol is noticeable and kind of has a sweet Canadian whiskey flavor.
M: Medium on tongue. Effervescence is high.
D: Big beer. Full of flavor and alcohol flavor is welcome with high abv.

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Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Als of Hampden served in a nonic. This brew appears black in color with a dark tan cap that leaves fingers of lacework and a webbing pattern on the glass. A thin film maintains across the top of the brew.

The smell of this offering is that of dark grains with some smoke character that is lightly pete'd. Under the smoked aspect, more of the dark maltiness comes through smell like chocolate ad coffee with a bit of a sweetness about it. A light amount of fruity alcohol is present in the very back.

The taste of the brew is a little more dark and fruity than I was expecting. Plenty of alcohol is evident with smoked grain, chocolate and coffee notes. There is a very pleasant taste emerging with each sip that tastes strikingly similar to toasted marshmallows, where did that come from? Who cares, it's quite pleasant. The aftertaste is lightly musty with more hints towards the fruity alcohol inclusion coupled with hops.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It includes a vibrant amount of fruity alcohol character that I could do without but this regardless is a very enjoyable, easy drinking brew.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours dark black with a 1 finger tan head. Small blotches of lacing remains on the glass.

S- nice smokiness, some bitter chocolate, and a bit of pine.

T- bitter chocolate, roasted malts, smoke and some pine bitterness at the finish.

M- full body, medium carbonation. Very rich with some creaminess.

O- very tasty beer. The smoke and bitter chocolate play well together. Would love a BA variant of this beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dank black with a creamy dark mocha head of a finger, with decent spotty laces.

S - When I popped the top, I got a rush of campfire aromas. Initially too smoky, but it was more tame than it lead on about. Still smoky, it was roasty, rather chocolaty, sweet.

T - Noticeable coffee, initial hints of hops, smoke and smoke with a bitter finish.

M - Creamy, fairly thick and full in body.

D - Pretty good drinkability, though the smoke may be off putting after another couple.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blind courtesy of sholland119:

Pours straight black with only a slight amount of espresso filtered light let in at the edges if you squint really hard. A short tan head makes a token appearance before settling down almost instantly to just a few bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass.

Predictably, you get a lot of smoke and wood on the nose along with some cherry and coffee in the background. Not a lot of the more complex impy stout smells here, just a pleasant, restrained bacon aroma.

Mouthfeel is full with an appropriately light level of carbonation.

The smoke and wood flavors take the lead here, but they are not overwhelming. Instead, they form a nice layer of flavor superimposed on the classic flavors of a good imperial stout. Beneath the bacon, there's some baker's chocolate and dark bready malt. The finish is too light for me as some of the other flavors seem to quit halfway through.

If you're just getting started on smoked beers, this might be a good launching pad before you get into the four-alarm rauch biers or smoke-soaked porters. Well worth a try.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours completely black with no light shining through. A nice one finger espresso color head forms and then fades to a slight lacing of the same color

S - Roasted malts and some great smoke notes as well. Some slight coffee aromas are there, but the smoke takes the main stage here.

T - Super rich and smokey roasted malts. Almost a bacon like quality to the smoke aspect. Underneath the smoke are some great chocolate and coffee flavors as well. Tastes like a nice base RIS with some solid smokey/bacon flavors added.

M - Thick mouthfeel and a heavy body. Not too much carbonation, but just enough for the style.

D - Not too bad in terms of the ABV. The only thing that slowed the drinking on this one was the smokeyness. As it warmed, it became a bit too liquid smoke like for me. Overall a good beer though.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A small, dark tan head rises up slowly and leaves quickly. The beer doesnt look insanely thick, light passes through and shines a burnt mahogany. The beer is still thick enough to slide down the side of the glass. The beer exactly matches the color used on the label.

S- Very vinous and charred. Some port wine, black currants, and molasses. Lots of roast and smoke as well. Oak and cedar chips, charcoal and a healthy dose of alcohol.

T- Lots of the dark fruits and vinous character with loads of char, ash and smoke. A touch of bitter coffee and chocolate on the finish. Hops come around on the finish and linger with a bitter pine and citrus taste along with the big roast and char.

M- Carbonation is fairly strong. The body isnt super heavy. I think this could be thicker and a little bit smoother.

D- Not a stout for dark beer beginners. This is a very very roasty and vinous stout.

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Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I'm glad I was able to find and snag a bottle o' this before I escaped from NoVa. It pours a blisteredly opaque black-brown topped by a mild fraction of a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises thoroughly roasted malts, molasses, dark smoke, maple syrup, and brown sugar, all the things that usually make for goodness (especially considering the smoke ain't exactly overwhelming). The taste takes the smoke and lightly smatters it across the other aspects above, thus spreading it out thinner than an unsuspecting front line against Frederick the Great's oblique order (look it up). It's still pretty tasty, but things could have been cleaned up a bit, I think. The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice smoked stout, though I think I had my expectations set a bit too high as this thing fell just a hair short thereof.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I enjoyed this beer. It's nice blackness and fullness of body. Very nice to look at. Smokiness is a little overdone for me. The smoke does give way to heavily roasted/charred malts, caramelized sugar and maybe some cream/vanilla in there. Tastes really smoky and not as boozy as I was expecting although I still think a year or two (or more) will not hurt this brew. Thick and chewy, hits your stomach with a thud. I would drink a pair of these over the course of a night but that would be satisfying. This was a nice flavor experience but not the IS that I would reach for on most occasions.

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Photo of beergod1
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DFH snifter, the beer pours dark syrupy black with a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There is a light amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is smoke, roasted/burnt malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some hops and dark fruit noticeable. However, this beer is mostly about the smoke and roasted/burnt malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and smooth with light carbonation. Drink ability is good, I thought it was smooth and enjoyable to drink. A good overall brew, I'll have to age a couple bottles.

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Photo of wampahoofus
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown. Almost black. Pours with a 1/2 inch of dark brown head that lingers. Nice lacing

S: Lots of malty goodness to the nose. A bit of vanilla somewhere in the background. Maybe a bit of the smoke.

T: Starts a pleasant taste of the smoke which gives away to alcohol and then ends with chocolate and nutty malt. Nothing delicate or subtle here. The flavors are intense and linger on the palate.

M: Mouth feel is smooth. Not as creamy as a stout could (or should) be. More like a porter.

D: Lots of flavor in this beer! This would be great with a strong sharp cheese. It will be a good sipper on a cold, dark, winter night by the fire.

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Photo of bbeane
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... a tiny bit of brown head appears and disappears quickly. Beer is black in color

S- Has a light smokiness, but when swirled in the snifter the smokiness is lost in the smell of sweet malts, plum, dark fruits

T- Has a lingering smokiness from start to finish. Beer starts with some toasty notes, coffee, chocolate... finish has a light hop presence and touch of boozy heat

M- Light carbonation and nice full chewy body

O- Was a gift from someone so I can't factor price in, but all in all I enjoyed it. Where it somewhat lacked in smokiness it had good complex taste. I'm finding Weyerbacher is producing some quality brews

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was at House of 1000 beers and noticed this on the self. Since I never had it I gladly paid the 4 dollars for the 12oz bottle.

A - Wow for a year old it has a nice 1/2 inch of deep mocha colored head atop of some viscous looking black beer. If it had more carbonation I would have gave it a 5.

S - It smells like a very balanced smoke beer with complex sub levels of coffee roasts and chocolate. Smells great.

T - Wow did this beer hold up nice! Maybe a touch less roast or even smoked flavors but this made way to some pretty nice mocha flavors. Still very good.

M - Medium to heavy in body the ABV is pretty balanced yet could use more flavors.

Overall I could see in it's prime being a very great imperial stout with smoked malt flavors. Still was worth picking up even to experience the shell of what this beer used to be. Buy it if you find it!

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