Weyerbacker Brewing Company Old Heathen Imperial Stout
YES, I have found the best beer thus far in Atlanta. After much sampling of countless "average" beers this one really stands out as something special.
As always I've been poking and sampling, trying out whatever I can find that I haven't had before. There's been a few things here and there worth buying but nothing that's "inspired" me enough to write up a blog entry, until now!
Weyerbacher Brewing Company hails out of Easton, Pennsylvania and has an absolutely HUGE beer library, practically one of everything. Believe me after having the Old Heathen I'm DEFINITELY going to be sampling a bunch of the others!! If you ever find these guys at a beer festival or the like try them out!!
You might have noticed by now that I'm definitely a dark beer fan. Stouts and Porters all the way, especially at this time of year when it's a bit colder outside. So I find myself here today with a Fort Collins Brewery Chocolate Stout, a Rogue Mocha Porter and the Weyerbacher Old Heathen - that's not exactly a lightweight competition to find yourself in. But there is absolutely NO competition here, the Old Heathen wins hands down.
Given that it weighs in at 8.0% this beer naturally has some body to it. Unlike most beers in this class it's really smooth drinking, not harsh at all. Really if there's a single word you could use to describe it really SMOOOOOTH is it. Like a lot of stouts in this class it's got a nice taste of chocolate, although not as much as a true "chocolate stout" like the Fort Collins. But the Fort Collins can't even hold a candle when it comes to flavour!
Really it almost reminds me of a slice of Black Forest Cake. It's too good to put down, but you don't want to eat a whole cake (or 6 pack) to yourself - there's just too much body to it! I'll happily take a slice or two though! Just watch it doesn't knock you on your butt... ;)