Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. - Old Heathen

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a mug

The Old Heathen Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher follows up the IPA from yesterday with a completely different palate. The beer pours an extremely deep brown. The beer is very dark with a massive creamy brown head with great retention on the foam and broad swathes of lacing on the glass. The nose is potent with coffee and a smokey essence, accented by mild hops that piece the imperious malt char character.

The body is creamy smooth with considerable sweetness from the dark roasted malts. The beer is moderately smokey, but the effusion seems to encapsulate the entire beer. Mild chocolate notes surface on the mid-palate, but they're overtaken by the power of the espresso-like coffee. The beer is heavy and satisfying and develops a chest-warming heat on the finish. A lasting smoke persists long after the sip.

Final Verdict: B+

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