Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Old Heathen Imperial Stout (review)

Beer Review #60

Having enjoyed both their 20th Anniversary Belgian Style Dark Ale  and Blithering Idiot Barleywine I was keen (did I seriously just use the word keen?) to try some other beers from Easton Pennsylvania's Weyerbacher Brewing Company. With a name like "Old Heathen," this Imperial Stout was beyond my capacity to pass up. As it so happens, Old Heathen now belongs to history, and resides on the brewers Retired Beers list - which is a damn shame as it is quite tasty. If you can't find any left over Old Heathen in stock, an oak whiskey barrel aged version of the recipe is now in production under the name Heresy.

If Old Heathen is any indication, Heresy must be exquisite. Old Heathen is opaque black, with low carbonation and a quickly fading head - but both smells and tastes delicious. The aroma is surprisingly fruity for a stout (raisin, prune, licorice) with a mildly tart flavor to follow (that I haven't encountered since Cayuga Cruiser) that is decidedly less dark and malty than many beers in this class. Honestly, I'm having a hard time describing this stout, with its many nuances and a flavor profile quite different than other stouts I've yet experienced. The chocolate, coffee and roasted notes are balanced and subdued

Whatever the case is, I'm digging it. Taste it for yourself, while you still can.

8.0% ABV

Musical Pairing: Ragnarok by Heathen Foray

Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
River Barge Brewing (Wyalusing)

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