Weyerbacher – Old Heathen

Tasting: October 20, 2011
Style: Stout (Imperial)

You can’t use the word “heathen” without conjuring up the memory of legendary sit-com character — Aunt Esther. Sanford and Son was a big favorite of mine back in the 1970’s and was definitely “must see TV” on Friday night. Redd Foxx was a terrific on the show – and they had some great characters. I learned via Aunt Esther that a heathen was a person that was anti-God. See – who says TV doesn’t teach you anything? Well, that’s a piece of the definition – there’s also the part that means being uncivilized. I guess since Fred ran a junk yard, sipped on Ripple and had regular visits from the police – Aunt Esther had him pegged with all the variations of the definition.

Aunt Esther 2

This Old Heathen is from Easton, PA brewer – Weyerbacher. Very dark — not as opaque as you’d expect an imperial stout as looks reddish brown when the light hits it. It is 8% ABV. Mouthfeel is initially a little thin. Here again, I get some initial fizz that momentarily blocks the flavor. When it does come through, I get some of the roasted malts with some dark chocolate and raisin qualities. Really, it’s a little light in the flavor and not much of any lingering flavor. Alcohol warming is there, but burn is concealed nicely. There’s a decent stout hiding in here — but I can’t be bothered when there are better choices, 79 points.

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