84. Weyerbacher Old Heathen Imperial Stout

It’s hard moving to a town where you don’t know anyone. As a result, when I’m not working, I’m well, drinking. But in a good way! Not in a, bottle of wine in the bathtub with the Avett Brothers playing and mascara running down my face, sort of way. I now actually have time to explore the local beer scene and focus on my homebrewing.

potentially catastrophic super virus a la The Stand

You won’t find any giant craft beer mega outlets in my town. All of the great beers that I have found have been from hole-in-the-wall places I’ve discovered while on an errand to buy plant food or something. The bottles are usually a little dusty and tucked in the corner behind the margarita mixers, but they’re there. And as an added suck-it to Cape Cod, I can buy beer in grocery stores!

Eventually, yes I would love to be working in a brewery or for a distributor, but in the meantime, I am fine with filling my house with the smell of malt and screaming at my boyfriend to “tell me what you think of this”, as I pass him a pint glass.

Even maneki-neko is having fun

Here’s one of the first beers I had upon moving into my new place. Weyerbacher’s Old Heathen Imperial Stout pours jet black with a thin, coffee-colored head. The aroma is dark and fruity; full of raisins, roasted grains, and chocolate. A very similar taste: espresso, dark chocolate, very earthy and with a fantastic ripe fruit quality. There are some soft, slightly char aspects and some light grassy hops in sweet and roasty finish.

The 8% alc/vol is very masked. It has a silky smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation, but is a little too light-bodied for the Imperial style.

I would really like to follow Weyerbacher’s suggestion and drink this alongside a rich stew, oysters, roasted meats, and a chocolate dessert, but will have to make do with a can of chili followed by a Cadbury creme egg. Mmmm decadence.

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