Weyerbacher Dallas Sucks

Tonight’s beer is one that I wanted to try since I am a diehard Eagles fan. Let’s jump right in.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team based in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Cowboys compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) East division. The team is headquartered in Frisco, Texas, and plays its home games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which opened for the 2009 season. The stadium took its current name prior to the 2013 season. The Cowboys joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960. The team’s national following might best be represented by its NFL record of consecutive sell-outs. The Cowboys’ streak of 190 consecutive sold-out regular and post-season games (home and away) began in 2002. The franchise has made it to the Super Bowl eight times, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos for second most Super Bowl appearances in history, just behind the New England Patriots record ten Super Bowl appearances. This has also corresponded to eight NFC championships, most in the NFC. The Cowboys have won five of those Super Bowl appearances, tying them with their NFC rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, and the AFC’s Patriots; all three are second to Pittsburgh’s record six Super Bowl championships. The Cowboys are the only NFL team to record 20 straight winning seasons (1966–85), in which they missed the playoffs only twice (1974 and 1984), an NFL record that remains unchallenged.”

Random: Unfortunately, Dallas does not suck this season.

This beer poured with a one finger, off white head that dissipated quickly. The body was a relatively clear gold color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some honey and malt to it and a touch of citrus, but not much else. The taste had malt notes up front with some caramel, but transitioned into a slightly bitter, peppery green note like arugula. The body was on the lighter side with only slight carbonation. It had a quick and unremarkable finish. A can of this was $2.00, which came to $.17 per ounce. This beer just didn’t do it for me. It didn’t have a huge amount of flavor and needed a lot more carbonation. This is a pass.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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Weyerbacher Cinnsanity Barleywine Ale

Tonight’s beer is one that I was really looking forward to. I feel like Weyerbacher has really been trying to update their image with new takes on their classic beers. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 13.3%

Style: English Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’ve taken Insanity and aged it in whiskey barrels with cinnamon. The result? It’s CINNSANITY! The addition brings a complementary note of cinnamon to the already present notes of bourbon, cherry and vanilla. This smooth 13.3% ABV brew is warming and balanced with a subtle sweetness and hint of spiciness thanks to the addition of cinnamon.”

Random: This came out in March of 2017.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass, but left a small crown on top of the body. The body itself was murky and medium brown in color with no visible carbonation. The nose was incredibly fragrant. It was filled with cinnamon, bourbon and apple whiskey. The taste was unfortunately, overwhelming and one note of cinnamon. I let it warm for awhile, hoping some of the nuanced notes came through more, but it was still a lot of cinnamon. I was able to pick up some alcohol, bourbon, oak and vanilla. It had some figs at the end as well. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with cinnamon and nutmeg. A bottle of this was not cheap at $3.75 ($.31 per ounce). I see what they were trying to do with this beer, it just desperately needed balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Weyerbacher Sunday Mole Stout

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

Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA With Apricots

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

Weyerbacher Double IPA #1

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

Weyerbacher TINY

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 Althea

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