Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
THOUGHTS: Wowza! Brilliant! I was holding onto this one for a while before trying it. I just pray I can find some more. It wasnít quite as intense as Weyerbacher 13 was, but thatís a good thing, because a young bottle of 13 was like drinking jet fuel. Even though I had this a little too chilled in the beginning it was just lovely, throughout. I could smell the chocolate from a foot away as I poured it. This might sound crazy, but it reminded me of the Mexican dessert, xango. There was banana from the yeast, much like the fried banana, cheesecake that is the base of the dessert; and there was lots of chocolate like the chocolate syrup that is drizzled all over the dessert and plate. It is especially true of the aroma. I would love to age some of this to get rid of some of the alcohol smell. I could feel the alcohol coming up and hitting my eyes as I drank. It was probably the best new beer Weyerbacher has made in two years. It also went well with dark chocolate.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black in the glass with a small to average, light brown head that fully diminished. The aroma had heavy roasted malt,dark chocolate and chocolate syrup; moderate to heavy fruity, banana yeast; a little spicy yeast; soy sauce, cherry, lots of alcohol and xango. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, bitter and alcoholic with a very long duration. There was chocolate syrup, banana, hints of coconut, chocolate-covered fruit, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cherry, raisin, prune, xango (but less than in the aroma), alcohol, and dark fruit. The full body felt a little lighter at times due to all the carbonation. The body was also rather oily with fizzy carbonation and a slightly astringent and moderate to heavily alcoholic finish.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to exiled. poured black with a beige head. aroma was smoke, chocolate, BBQ, and fudge. flavor was chocolate, fudge, alcohol, and cherry.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog from sour fest. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and roasty. Taste is rich and big, weyerbacher knows impys well.
keepersj12 (2985) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smoky malty aroma from a nearly perfect black pour with a creamy tan head that laced nicely. The flavor was sweet and boozy, maybe a little too much booze. Very nice and warming though as itís about 30 degrees, wet and crappy in southern NJ tonight.
Pailhead (6015) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, banana, bubblegum, and roast. It pours a dark brown with a small tan head. The flavor starts with chocolate and faint banana. The finish has some fruit, roast, and alcohol. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and slightly oily mouthfeel. Really loved the aroma, but flavor didnít quite live up to the aroma expectations.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
What to say, just not my thing. maybe Iím a knuckle dragger. No sense in putting some belgian yeast in an imperial stout. Overcarbonated, dry bitterness, not much else.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep thick black pour with a big rocky dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate, cherry, coffee, roast. Flavor is q bit fruity, raisin on the front with some good chocolate and roast character on the back end. Nice complexity. Nice beer.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Victor at a tasting at Paulís place. Pours a thin clear black with a medium thick tan head. Toast, roast, metal, chocolate and vanilla, coffee. Light booze coming through, chocolate and roast. Char, roast, caramel and chocolate on the finish.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, no date from Amity Wine New Haven. One explosive ass pop when I removed the cork, but thankfully nowhere near a foam over. Black with a 1 1/2 finger mahogany head, good retention. First impression just seemed like a good strong Belgian dark ale. Raisins, prunes, figs and molasses up front with some toasted and lightly ashy roasted malts behind. Moderate Belgian yeast presence. I also pick up on a little alcohol and some doughy notes as it warms. Room temperature, decaying fall leaves. Flavor is much the same, though the stout characteristics come forth more, turning this into a nice roasty strong Belgian dark ale. So far, this is one of the few examples that is actually kinda nice. The roastiness doesnít turn burnt--slightly smoky and ashy in the finish. Full body with moderate prickly carbonation. Very good, I must say--I think it was only like 7 bucks, as well. Beats Blvd Dark Truth and Struise Black Albert first batch for sure.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours thick black with a good two finger brown head of small dense bubbles that slowly fades to a foamy cap that holds all the way down the glass, but doesnít leave much lacing. Aroma is strong and vinous, a lot of dark fruits, grapes, raisins, figs, dark cherries, anise, a good deal of alcohol, some coffee, chocolate, a bit musty and earthy. Flavor is also very fruity and vinous, more chocolate comes through, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, noticeable alcohol, fairly sweet, very robust and strong. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy but is also pretty heavy on the carbonation, making for an odd mix. This is my 2nd bottle of Tiny, great stuff, really took me by surprise the first time as I was expecting a thinner beer due to previous experiences with Belgian-style Imperial Stouts, however Tiny is one of the thickest beers Iíve seen, particularly the 2nd half of the bottle. Strong and powerful, really want to see what this does with some age.