Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Beer Review, Weyerbacher Old Heathen Imperial Stout

Last night, after accepting a forfeit at softball (due to nearly the entirety of the other team going back to college) and going to Hooters (and expressing my displeasure with the managers about their new pint glasses ... see picture), went home and had a beer while watching the Olympics (more on the Olympics later).

If you look at the pints, the one on the left has a thicker bottom, almost twice as thick as the one on the right. The glass itself is also slightly thicker than the glass on the right. (For more on the Honest Pint Project, check out Jeff Alworth's Beervana)

The beer was Weyerbacher Old Heathen Imperial Stout (as you've probably guessed by the title of this posting). It poured a dark black, with very little head. There was a little bit of seafoam in the middle of the glass, but nothing of note. It smelled of coffee, smoke, chocolate malt, syrup and molasses. As it warmed, I think I had a distinct smell at one point of tootsie roll. It felt thin, but also thick... if that's possible.

The taste was all the smells, and also alcohol. As it warmed, a nice toffee note came out. I once had a sip that completely reminded me of an overly creamed coffee.

This beer was really good. It wasn't the best RIS I've had, but it was an outstanding stout. It's just another great Weyerbacher beer. As I finished the glass off, I thought Weyerbacher might just be my favorite brewery. I can't think of anything from them that I haven't liked. But then, all their beers are strong. Old Heathen clocks in at 8.2% ABV.

As for the Olympics, I was watching He Kexin of China beat (somehow) Nastia Liukin on the uneven bars. There's been controversy about the age of some of the Chinese gymnasts, apparently they have to be 16 to compete in the Olympics. China says they are 16, they even gave them passports. Others say that He Kexin is only 13.

Here's the test. China's age of consent is (apparently) 14. Would you think it legal to have sex with this girl? By providing her a passport, China says it's ok. (U.S. law says that if you travel to a country that has a lower age of consent, that when you come back, you can be charged if you traveled to a country for the express reason of having sex with younger people. U.S. age consent is state based instead of federal, most states are 16 so sex with He Kexin would not be illegal in either country... unless she's only 13)

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