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Beer Man: Weyerbacher Tiny steps up in a big way

Nov. 7, 2012
 

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Weyerbacher Tiny

Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Easton, Pa.
www.weyerbacher.com
11.8 percent ABV

I never quite realized how boring the regular offerings are from most breweries until Weyerbacher started being distributed in my home state of Wisconsin.

The typical craft brewery will offer a tired year-round selection of a gold and amber ale, a wheat beer, an American pale and India pale ale, and maybe a stout or porter. Many of these are quite average, giving me the impression they are made more for consumers who aren’t typically craft beer drinkers.

Weyerbacher’s year-round offerings, however, include Blithering Idiot Barleywine, Old Heathen Imperial Stout, Merry Monks Belgian-Style Golden Ale and Double Simcoe IPA. That’s an impressive lineup, more so because they are all excellent beers. These are also beer styles that most other breweries offer as seasonals or special one-off batches.

Weyerbacher Tiny is now a year-round beer and the brewery pitches it as a Belgian-style imperial stout. The beer lives up that promise, highlighting a malty, strong, roasted stout base with Belgian yeast that adds fruitiness and spices, resulting in a complex, tasty treat.

The ale starts out as a rich, creamy imperial stout with the typical chocolate malt emphasis steering more into cocoa territory. There are also coffee notes, and plum and date dark fruit flavors that the yeast enhances. The Belgian character becomes more pronounced after the first sips and the finish is predominately Belgian, with vanilla-caramel candi sugar being noticeable.

One aspect that is really nice is the minimal bitterness from the roasted malt and hops, allowing for the complex flavors to shine. The high alcohol content is not noticeable in the aroma or flavor; but it sure provides a nice spreading glow after a few minutes into the bottle.

With its 11.8-percent alcohol content, 25.4-ounce bottle and big flavors, this ale is anything but tiny.

Weyerbacher beers are available in 17 states in the East, Midwest and South – the list of states and distributors is online at http://weyerbacher.com/community/wholesalers.

Beer Man sez: Weyerbacher’s Tiny doesn’t live up to its name – and that’s a good thing.

— Todd Haefer of Scandinavia, Wis., gets paid to drink beer and write about it for Weekend. He can be reached at beerman@postcrescent.com. Read past reviews at www.postcrescent.com/beerman.

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