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A few years ago, I tried Weyerbacher’s Sunday Morning Stout and was impressed by it. When I heard they put out a version with hot peppers, I had to have it.

sundaymorningstout

ABV: 11.3%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “As the name suggests, this 11.3% ABV American Imperial Stout is the foundation of everyone’s favorite, Sunday Morning Stout, with a twist (and without the barrel aging)… This brew captures everything you’d expect from a traditional molé – coffee, chocolate, heat and smokiness. Foremost is coffee, which is followed by layers of chocolate courtesy of the chocolate malt, cocoa powder and cacao nibs. Finally, a subtle lingering heat and smokiness from our blend of ancho, pasilla, mulato and chipotle peppers, as well as cinnamon, which is gone by the time you’re ready for your next sip.”

Random: Now I’m craving mole.

The beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black color with no visible carbonation. The nose was strong and filled with dark chocolate, cocoa powder and hot pepper. It had a slight alcohol note as well. The taste had dark chocolate, espresso, hot peppers, and cocoa powder. The booze wasn’t noticeable at all. It also had some cinnamon as well. The body was thick and oily with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with cocoa powder. The bottle was $4, which came to $.33 per ounce. This was an expensive beer, but worth every penny, especially if you like hot peppers.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Val picked this beer up for me. I’ve had the original Last Chance IPA a few years back, so I was curious to see what it would be like with the addition of apricots.

lastchanceapricot

ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’ve decided to take our Last Chance IPA and add a little twist…We started with our 5.9% ABV Last Chance IPA, a full-flavored IPA with pleasant citrus flavors of tangerine and grapefruit. To that delightful brew, we’ve added apricots. Not just a few, but over 15 pounds of them per barrel! While the apricot is subtle on your first sip, is is certainly more noticeable after several sips. Due to the high pectins of the apricot, this beer pours cloudy.”

Random: I still don’t love Weyerbacher’s label, but they’re better than the old ones.

This beer poured with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left some lacing on the glass along with a crown. The body was a murky, dark orange with no visible carbonation because of how hazy the beer was. The nose was filled with old grapefruit flesh and crushed pine needles. There wasn’t any malt to it. The taste was really…interesting. It had apricot and a weird, astringent tartness. There was really bitter grapefruit flesh as well and a touch of cracker at the end. The body was overly thick for the style with carbonation that was too light. The finish was lengthy with the same tartness. A bottle of this was $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). I wasn’t a big fan of this. The tartness didn’t fit with the beer at all.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

When Val and I went to Weyerbacher, they had this beer on draft and I didn’t get a chance to try it. Val brought me back a single bottle a few weeks ago and I was very excited to try it.

weyerbacherdoubleipa

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our first release, Double IPA #1, is full of Cascade, Simcoe and Mosaic hops. Weighing in at 9% ABV, this brew has a piney and herbal aroma. Tropical fruit and berry mesh with citrus notes to create a well-rounded profile that is both complex and refreshing. Available in 12 oz. bottles and on draught throughout our distribution area beginning in October.”

Random: I like that Weyerbacher rebranded, but this label is a bit creepy.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace, but left very little lacing on the glass. There was a crown left on top of the body, which itself was very hazy and orange with a lot of floaties. The nose had pine needles, menthol and fresh herbs. The taste started with pine, but it wasn’t as intense as some other beers of the style that I’ve had. It also had some citrus to it, specifically sweet oranges. The herbal notes that I found in the nose wasn’t in the taste. I did pick up hints of pineapple and mango as well. As it warmed, bitter orange pith was quite prominent. There wasn’t much malt to the beer. The alcohol was present at the end of the sip and warmed the back of my throat. It had a lengthy finish with the pine needles and mango. A bottle of this was $3.00, which came to $.25 per ounce. This was a really nice beer, and one of the better ones that I’ve had from Weyerbacher. If you like this style, this one is worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This was the last beer that I tried at Weyerbacher. Since most of the selection they had on tap were high ABV, I thought it was quite smart to offer the option for a 4 ounce pour. It gives people the opportunity to sample more beers without being drunk to the point they can’t drive home. Even though I wasn’t driving, I chose this option. This was the last beer I had there.

tiny

ABV: 11.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “TINY is a Belgian inspired Imperial Stout weighing in at 11.8% ABV. You’ll find big chocolate and roasted notes, balanced with the Belgian flavors from the Abbey yeast strain. This beer is very smooth and lacks the astringency you sometimes find in these Imperial Stouts.”

Random: Val pointed out that this is one of the few breweries we’ve been to that has keg prices on their tasting menu.

This brew poured with a one finger, light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark black color with no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose had a lot of dark chocolate with roasted malts and ash. It also had a licorice note that came through after a few sniffs. The taste was intense. The first thing that I noticed was that the booze was really abrasive and manifested as rubbing alcohol. The other flavors that I picked up after that were bitter, dark chocolate and roasted malts. The licorice was lighter in the taste than the nose. Belgian yeast was at the end of the sip, but that was all I picked up in terms of Belgian influences. There was also a sweetness that came through at the end of the sip that had a red fruit character. To me, it tasted like cherry, but I saw no indication that there was cherry in the beer. The body was thin and almost watery (which was very odd for the style). It had light carbonation. The finish was quick with dark chocolate, roast and smoke. I was really excited to try this beer, but the alcohol was too apparent and made it almost undrinkable for me. I won’t be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Weyerbacher’s tap-room was relatively large, but with little to no ambiance. It was dark and the bar was nice enough, but it just didn’t thrill me. They had 12 different beers available for sampling and a shelf with some merchandise on it. We didn’t take the tour, but they do offer them. The crowd was also not what I expected. It was a lot of families with older kids. They also had very few offerings available under 7%, so you had people draining large glasses of imperial strength beers at lightning fast speed. I don’t know what I was expecting, but given the age of the brewery, I thought there would be more. We found our way to a high-top table while I sampled. This was one that Val picked out.

althea

ABV: 7.7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Althea is a Belgian-style Dubbel brewed with plums, bottle conditioned in a 750 ml/25.4 oz. cork and cage bottle, which weighs in at a substantial 7.7% ABV. It’s a beautiful, dark and fruity ale. Every year, hundreds of women in Weyerbacher’s home, Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, are diagnosed with breast cancer. For many of these women, this means countless doctor visits, months of treatments and more. All too often this means lost wages and insurmountable bills during what is possibly the most trying time in that woman’s life. For every bottle of Althea sold, Weyerbacher will donate $1 to The Pink Ribbon Fund to help these women – our mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and their families – cover costs like travel, child care, prostheses and more.”

Random: Our table was right next to the bottling line, which was smaller than I expected.

This beer poured with one finger of ecru-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color that was cloudy with moderate carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose had a lot of spice (specifically clove), then went into dark fruits with dates and plums. The taste started with generous sweetness from candi sugar and molasses, but quickly went into dark fruit. First, I picked up plums, but then dates and figs came through with currants. The booze was present and warmed the back of my throat, but wasn’t overwhelming. It had a medium thick body with light carbonation. The finish was sweet and fruity with plums. I enjoyed this beer and it was a well-done American interpretation of a dubbel and proceeds go to a good cause. Grab one when you see it on a shelf.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One weekend, the other half and I headed to Stockton Market. Val had found out they had a really good doughnut place there, so we grabbed some of those after we had a lunch at a barbecue place. We drove up to Frenchtown, New Jersey, which I had heard was a really cute town. It was, although we saw all of it within 20 minutes. Since we were that far north, we went to Weyerbacher, which was on my list of breweries to visit since I started the blog. This was the first beer I had there.

jesterschoice

ABV: 6.2%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Jester’s Choice #3, 6.2% ABV, is a traditional Oktoberfest lager featuring Munich, Vienna and Pilsner malts along with traditional German hops. This medium-bodied beer has a malty and bready flavor with a herbal and floral aroma from the noble hop varieties used.”

Random: I hadn’t heard of the Jester’s Choice line prior to going to the brewery. It’s their experimental beers that are only available at or around the brewery, draft only.

This beer poured with less than one finger of head that was off white in color. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with light carbonation. The nose was a straight forward Oktoberfest beer. It had the expected nuttiness along with generous caramel malt sweetness. The taste was also sweet with caramel and toffee. There was some honey as well. It had a toasted bread note along with light nuttiness. There was no perceptible alcohol to this. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet with honey and caramel malt. This was a nice beer that was traditional and straight-forward. It went down with no problem. If you find yourself up at the brewery, give this one a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

At this point in my vacation, I’m hoping that I’ve had some lobster. I love lobster and it’s one of the things that Maine is known for. I think the last time I had it was when we made lobster rolls on rainy day. Anyways, let’s check out this year’s anniversary beer from Weyerbacher.

Weyerbacher

ABV: 11%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Weyerbacher is turning 20 this year! How do we celebrate 20 years of bold and innovative beers? With the release of our 20th Anniversary ale! Our 20th Anniversary brew is a Belgian-Style Dark Ale weighing in at 11% ABV. It’s malty with notes of caramel, raisins and berries, as well as subtle hints of coriander and star anise.”

Random: I’m hoping that it’s a bit cooler in Maine. I’m sick of this humidity.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left limited lacing on the glass with a crown. The body was a dark mahogany color with high carbonation. The nose had raisin, fig, candi sugar and booze. A touch of anise was there as well. The taste was quite sweet with a lot of candi sugar. Raisins and figs came through with some bread. There was anise at the back end. The booze provided some warming as well. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was long with candi sugar and booze warming. This was $3.69 for the bottle, which broke down to $.30 per ounce. I always enjoy trying the anniversary beers from Weyerbacher and this wasn’t the best one that I’ve had, but this was solid.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0