Since the last review, I've tried plenty of great craft brews from all over the country, so I thought I would dive into something a little closer to home for this one. Actually, very close to home. I've written about Weyerbacher before and the brewery tour at their Easton location so I figured it was about time to write a review on one of their offerings. Today, we are checking out this year's batch of Heresy, weighing in at 8%, and is their Old Heathen Imperial Stout aged in Whiskey barrels. I'll be interested to see how the Old Heathen holds up against the barrel treatment.
Heresy was poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. The body was jet black with a tan, one finger head, that lasted only a couple of minutes before leaving a frothy ring around the edge of the glass in its place.
The aroma consisted of huge whiskey and vanilla notes up front with the oak coming through on the back end. There is also a faint hint of roasted malts coming through as it starts to warm up a bit.
As the aroma suggested, the whiskey is very present at the moment, with vanilla and oak following up on the palate. As of this tasting, the bottle is relatively fresh, and the booze is still very noticeable. Heresy would benefit from sitting for a another few months. As it warmed up, I noticed some dark fruits and grape coming through along with some roasted malt.
The mouthfeel of Heresy was of medium carbonation and a slightly thin body for the style. Because of the thinness, the alcohol comes through a little too much and leaves a slight warm feeling as it goes down. As it sits right now, this beer is good but not great. If you have a couple of bottles sitting around, I would recommend saving one for the summer, and one for fall to see if the alcohol starts to take more of a backseat to the other flavors in the brew.