Weyerbacher Heresy Stout

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. – Easton, PA

Heresy – 8% ABV, 12 oz., Purchased at the Blue Dog, Lansdale, $2.99

“Imperial Stout aged in oak barrels.”


Last night, I had the pleasure of meeting Bill from Weyerbacher at a non-beer related event.  I was able to taste their Merry Monks Ale and Verboten Belgian.  (even though it was a non-beer related event.)  I happened to have this bottle in my tasting cue and thought it would be appropriate.

So, using my trusty tulip glass, I poured this dark, thick stout.  The color here is black.  I held it up to a pretty bright light and there was only a thin rim of dark brown around the edge.  The espresso colored head came up about 1 ½ inches, and then faded to a then coating of foam after about 5 minutes.

“Thick” is the first adjective I think of for the aroma.  Normally not an aroma adjective, but this stout smells like it’s going to be a heavyweight stout.  Chocolate, coffee and molasses are the first things that jump out right away.  There is a mild smokiness, as well as some roasted malt.

For the flavor, Heresy leans more to the coffee side of things.  Malt and molasses also have a strong character here.  The oak is definitely present along with a nice helping of vanilla bite, presumable a combination of the high ABV and the vanilla notes from the oak.  This is a good stout and I’m definitely enjoying it.  It’s nicely balanced.  The only negative I have is a faint alcohol taste that reminds me of something like rubbing alcohol, possibly from the high ABV.  Luckily, it’s really faint and doesn’t affect the flavor much.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a perfect level of carbonation.  Drinkability is nice, but I would only have a 12 oz. serving per sitting.  The solution is to enjoy it on numerous sittings.  I’ll definitely have this on hand in the future to enjoy and let others taste.  A really nice stout enhanced by the oak aging.  Also, it’s a great purchase at $2.99.

Overall – B+

Published in: on March 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. – Easton, PA  25.4 oz.

Double Simcoe IPA – 9% ABV


“IPA brewed using Simcoe hops.  Bottle conditioned.”

Purchased today at Super Food Town in Lansdale.  It had just arrived on 12/17, so it’s pretty fresh.  It’s also selling fast!

The pour on this unfiltered beer is darker than I expected from an IPA.  It’s a deep orange with hints of red.  Difficult to see through.  The Head is tan and has great retention, starting off as 2 inches and fading slowly to ½ inch, which lingered.  The head lasted the better part of the glass.

The aroma is a bit yeasty, surprising for an IPA.  The hop aromas are nice.  A different hop aroma than I’m used to.  Lots of fruit in the aroma.  There isn’t much pine in the aroma, but also not much citrus.  It smells a bit woodsy.

It’s not quite the “hop bomb” I expected, but there’s a bitterness that’s not surprising.  The flavor is balanced with the hop flavors of the Simcoe hops, a great malt profile and some high ABV.  There is a tangy funkiness that underlies.  The malt backbone is the most prominent aspect of Double Simcoe.  The Simcoe hops have a bitterness that balances out the malt.

The alcohol provides a kick here, with a 9% ABV.  You can definitely taste the heat from the alcohol.  It’s not bad, but anyone tasting needs to be aware of it’s presence.  You can taste it.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation is medium to aggressive.  The drinkability would be higher  if the ABV wasn’t so high.

Double Simcoe is a nice IPA.  Not available all the time, but can be purchased now.  Hop lovers would do themselves well to check it out.

Overall: B+

Published in: on December 20, 2010 at 10:48 pm  Comments (1)  

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. – Easton, PA

Imperial Pumpkin Ale – 8.0% ABV

“brewed with pumpkin and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves)”


 Nice pour into tulip glass.  1/2 inch head faded within a few minutes and left a thin foamy coating on top.  Medium brown hue, leaning far toward red.  Almost looks red with a slight tinge of brown.  I normally view the aroma after sitting down, but it was so strong, I could smell the spices even when pouring it into the glass.  I didn’t even need to lift it toward my nose.

 All the flavors listed are present in the aroma.  Pumpkin isn’t in the forefront of the aroma.  Mostly cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.

 Flavor does come in with pumpkin first with nice balance of mild spices, far milder than how it smelled.  Finishes with pumpkin again.  Also has a pleasant warming flavor, definitely from the 8%.  There is a slight hoppy tang, but I wouldn’t call it bitter.  This is more of a malty fall-style beer.  This has a prominent malt backbone.  Sweet beer, and the sweetness isn’t cut by the spices present.  It’s just a sweet beer.

 Medium to full body has a nice texture, not too watery, like there’s some substance there.  The only possible negatives are the spices end up being a bit overwhelming.  I haven’t decided if that’s a good or bad thing, yet.  There’s also a slight metallic flavor toward the end. 

 It’s a nice pumpkin beer.  I’d put it around the upper middle of the pack for seasonal pumpkin beers.

Overall:  B+

Published in: on October 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm  Comments (1)  
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