This is a brew that I’ve had sitting in the fridge for awhile. Katie bought me a few of these awhile ago and I just hadn’t gotten to them yet. I went onto the Weyerbacher website to get some information about the beer, and I have to say, the new labels are absolutely awesome. My bottle still has the old label though. Anyways, beer time.
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Rich, velvety and deliciously complex, Old Heathen (8.0% ABV) is a truly distinctive stout. We use seven types of malt and two varieties of hops to bring forth this big brew. Quite robust and roasty on the palate, Old Heathen Imperial Stout has a wonderfully fruity nose and a moderately dry finish. The taste is highly complex – perhaps you’ll even discern notes of espresso or chocolate. Old Heathen Imperial Stout is our interpretation of a beer style that originated in the 18th century. Brewed in England and exported to Germany, Scandinavia and Russia, these beers became fashionable among the members of the Czar’s court. In order to survive long voyages they were brewed with high alcohol content to prevent spoilage. Like most of our beers, Weyerbacher Old Heathen is a perfect accompaniment to foods. Try it with rich stews, oysters, caviar or roasted meats. Old Heathen is also a perfect companion to chocolate desserts”
Random: I wonder how many seasons “The Walking Dead” is going to go for. I know, random thought.
This brew poured with a thick, one finger tan head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black color and because of the color, I couldn’t see any carbonation on it. The nose was big, lots of coffee and roasted malts. I also got some molasses and chocolate. The nose got me excited to take a sip. The taste was even better. I got a lot of roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate and even some dark fruits. There was a lot going on with this beer, but it all works. What made this brew even better was how velvety the mouthfeel is. It was creamy and had low carbonation. The booze didn’t make an appearance on this one, which could make it dangerous. The finish was long with coffee and bitter chocolate. I haven’t had a Russian Imperial Stout in awhile and this one really hit the spot. The flavors were spot on and it was a great beer to sip. I would definitely have this one again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0