Posts Tagged ‘weyerbacher brewing company’

Weyerbacher Brewing Company Old Heathen (365 Day 260)

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Weyerbacher Old Heathen

Today created the triple play for Weyerbacher Brewing Company beers: I had my third in a row. I have to say that I have been very happy with all three American craft beers, including today’s: Old Heathen.

Old Heathen is another Russian Imperial Stout, the same as Heresy. My thought is that Heresy is the bourbon aged version of Old Heathen. Heresy was so well balanced that it was easy to make out the underlying stout, Old Heathen seems to represent that stout.

Roasted, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and more excite the senses: both the nose and mouth. Medium body with no carbonation to sit on this beer dries the palate quickly and completely. The body probably isn’t big enough for some people that will tell you a RIS should be drank as dinner. I think it is a breath of fresh air that a complex beer can be made within a style without trying to set new first for size. Well done. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 10 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 8.7

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Weyerbacher Brewing Company Heresy (365 Day 259)

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Weyerbacher Heresy

I guess you could say that I am a mini Weyerbacher Brewing Company binge. I have had a few beers from Weyerbacher down in the cellar for the past sixteen or more months. Now, for no apparent reason, seems to be perfect for tasting and reviewing.

Heresy, a Russian Imperial Stout, is also aged in bourbon barrels. The aroma is made up of bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, cocoa, and a touch of coffee. The taste follows with more of the same, balanced well with each other just as is the nose. A body that is creamy and silky, making for a big body.

The alcohol doesn’t come through which makes for a very drinkable RIS. I think I have another bottle, so it will sit for another year hopefully bringing out more complexities. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 10 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 9.0

Useless Fact: Only 16 percent of the able-bodied males in the American colonies participated in the Revolutionary War.

Weyerbacher Brewing Company Blithering Idiot (365 Day 258)

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot

As I slowly hit up my stash of American craft beer in the basement, usually referred to as my cellar (but it is just a basement), I am uncovering liquid gold. How so? Glad you asked. I transacted for these beers a good 16 months or more ago and, in some cases, have no recollection of receiving the beer. I do keep track of all my transactions but, like most people, I don’t really go back and look at the list. It is more of a formality.

The gem regurgitated by the basement for beer number 258 is Blithering Idiot by Weyerbacher Brewing Company an English Barleywine. Blithering Idiot is a nice offering. There are some dark fruit, Belgian like candy sweetness, and some alcohol. Surprisingly there is still a fine bubbled carbonation the spritzes the tongue and lips.

An above average offering, not bad considering it is year round, but I would take a hit of Insanity as I like that beer by Weyerbacher a bit better. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 7 (25%), Look: 8 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 7.8

Useless Fact: The Maya Indians filed their front teeth to points and drilled holes in them so that they could be embellished with precious gems. They filled cavities in their teeth with pieces of jade.

Weyerbacher Brewing Company Hotel (365 Day 239)

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Weyerbacher Hotel

American craft beer can’t escape: the fact that internet is a wealth of knowledge that cannot be completely trusted. While trying to find out information about by Weyerbacher Brewing Company, American craft beer number 239, I found conflicting material on the beer. One web site had the beer as no longer being made while Weyerbacher’s site had it under their “Brewer Selected Beers.” From past research I am not too fond of jumping on the breweries web site and belling what I see as some do a horrible job of keeping that information up to date. To be honest, after all that, I am not sure what is going on with this beer. I do know the bottle I reviewed had been in my cellar for 15 months.

Hotel poured a deep brown that could be penetrated by a bright light. Flavor and aroma where similar: chocolate, sweet, and roasted malts creating a well manicured American porter. At times I thought I even could sense coffee and smoke. Quite easy to drink hitting the spot on a hot, humid day.

If the beer is still made I would definitely have it again as I would like to find out the hop profile from a fresh pour. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.4

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Merry Monks’ by Weyerbacher

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

I have been busy so these daily beer write ups have gone to the way side. Don’t feel sorry for me because the beer reviewing has been going forward, I just haven’t had the time for the write ups to the blog.

Yesterday I fired up Merry Monks’ by Weyerbacher Brewing Company. It has been sitting in the cellar for a good four months and I had been drinking a lot of American styled beers, so I thought it would be a good change for the evening.

The Monks poured a bit cloudy with a ton of little floaties while being topped with some merangue, white foam. Nice on the eyes. Aroma and taste are very similar, following the style very closely. As the beer warmed up closer to room temperature, it seemed to take on an even sweeter fruity taste and aroma. Almost cloying in nature. I thought the beer was above average but once it warmed up, that sweetness was too much, taking it down a couple of notches. Drinking this at right around serving temperature seems to be the best bet. I would have it again but since my knowledge of the style is slim, I would rather have others to compare and get a better understanding of the style.

I am not going to promise ot get an American craft beer review up here every day for a while, it is too nice outside to be stuck inside writing blogs. I will try to get them out more regularly. Enjoy!

Beer From Travelers

Monday, October 12th, 2009

In the past few days I have have been fortunate enough to receive two big grouping of beer: one from cousin, Russ, in California and from a co-worker, Jay, who took a trip out to the Baltimore, Maryland area.

I received beer from Russ on Friday (my birthday) and he sent me a huge haul totalling 13 beers:

  • Mortality Stout by Reaper Ale
  • Deathly Pale Ale by Reaper Ale
  • Sleighor Double Pale Ale by Reaper Ale
  • Anvil by AleSmith
  • Grand Cru by AleSmith
  • Decadence by AleSmith
  • Wee Heavy by AleSmith
  • Vertical Epic by Stone
  • Sea Monster Stout by Ballast Point
  • Calico Amber Ale by Ballast Point
  • Red Tide Amber Ale by Hollywood Beach
  • Damnation by Russian River
  • DBA by Firestone

All of these beers I have never had, so 13 bombers of fun await.

Jay brought me back seven bombers from Maryland that I gave to him off of a huge list of potential beers that I can’t get in Illinois:

  • Rastafa Rye Ale by Blue Point
  • Java Head by Tröegs
  • The Mad Elf Ale by Tröegs
  • Heavy Seas – The Great Pumpkin by Clipper City
  • Heavy Seas – Prosit! by Clipper City
  • Heavy Seas – the Big DIPA by Clipper City
  • Insanity by Weyerbacher

I can’t complain about 20 bombers over a weekend. Now I have to find time to drink them. Yeah, like that will be a problem. Enjoy!