Weyerbacher Heresy Russian Imperial Stout

Tasting: July 2, 2012
Style: Russian Imperial Stout (bourbon barrel aged)
ABV: 8%

Weyerbacher Heresy

Weyerbacher Heresy

When you hear the word heresy, you might think of the church’s definition of unspeakable acts of evil that lead to eternal damnation. Websters offers a less ominous definition  meaning dissent or deviation from a dominant theory, opinion or practice. I’ll assume that this stout is either sinful or not typical of a stout or maybe both.

Weyerbacher Heresy is simply their Old Heathen Russian imperial stout further aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. I gave Old Heathen 79 points last year. I noted that it was fizzy, thin and wasn’t opaque.  But I also noted that there was a decent stout lurking behind these shortcomings. This one has all those same negative qualities which does detract. I certainly can’t criticize the flavor.  Weyerbacher Heresy does take Old Heathen up a couple of notches. It’s coffee, chocolate, raisins and the bourbon barrel flavor is present with oak and vanilla flavors tucked subtly in the background. I wouldn’t call Weyerbacher Heresy sinful or unique but I’ll still put this one at a respectable 85 points.

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