I may have said this before, but one of the things I enjoy most about craft beer is spectrum of flavors. Beer is anything the brewer imagines it to be. I consider myself a “Beerventurer”. Not a real word, but it should be! I enjoy getting a beer and trying to pick it apart and trying to pull out all it has to offer! Some beers are more complex than others but that does not mean they are better exactly, just means they are equally good in a completely different way. The other day I had a beer that was very layered in flavors and aromas, it was more than a beer. It was an experience or a Beerventure! Weyerbacher’s “Heresy” Imperial Stout Aged In Oak Barrels. I picked a 12oz bottle for a couple bucks and included it in a six-pack I mixed. I have had the pleasure of trying most of Weyerbacher’s brew and have yet to be disappointed by any of them.
This Imperial Stout poured black, and produced a small brown head that dwindles to a thin film after about a minute. There were a lot of big aromas being emitted from this dark brew. There were smells of oak, fresh vanilla scraped from the bean, chocolate syrup, roasted malt, and alcohol. The first thing I tasted was chocolate, like chalky bitter sweet baking chocolate.The after taste is of a bitter sweet espresso. After giving my palate a minute to warm up I was able to grab some more flavors, roasted malt and oak. Then a whiskey flavor started to come out as the beer got closer to room temperature. Between the vanilla, oak and 8.2% abv. this stout started to remind me of a nice smooth whiskey. As per Weyerbachers website: “This incredibly intriguing ale is made by aging our Old Heathen Imperial Stout in oak barrels that were used for making fine Kentucky Bourbon!” All the layers in the aromas and flavors come together and make this a wonderfully complex beer. This is a sipping Beerventure. A pint of this could easily be had over the course of an hour with a quality cigar and good conversation with a buddy! Here’s to Good Beers!