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Weyerbacher Bourbon Barrel Aged Blasphemy Ale Review and Walpurgis

Updated on February 11, 2015
Weyerbacher Blasphemy Ale
Weyerbacher Blasphemy Ale | Source

In 2007 Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Pennsylvania decided to age a batch of Quad Ale in some used bourbon barrels, from this marriage "Blasphemy Ale" was born. Why the name Blasphemy? When it was first suggested to Dan Weyerbacher that his award winning quadrupel style Quad Ale be aged in bourbon barrels he declared "That's Blasphemy"! This beer is seasonal and should be available around the May timeframe from here on out. Weyerbacher beers are available in 18 states, including most Atlantic coast states, and Ohio, Nebraska and Wisconsin. In this case a little blasphemy is a good thing!

Blasphemy
Blasphemy | Source

Research

Quad Style Ale 1 Pint 9.4 Fl oz Cork and Cage Bottle 11.8% ABV

Time to pop the cork! Pours a beautiful amber with a creamy light brown two finger head with fair mostly diminishing lacing. The aroma is complex and fruity with cherry, apple and vanilla notes.

amber brew
amber brew | Source

Tasting

Medium mouthfeel. Complex like a good scotch. Malty Fruit. Apple, cherry and vanilla are what hits my taste buds with a slightly tart finish.

Summary

A very complex beer that gets better with age. Overall a good beer. Here in Ohio it goes for $7.99 a bottle. Buy two and drink one now and put one on the shelf for a year! You will be surprised at the difference in taste! Also keep in mind this is 11.8% so it will warm you up!

Blasphemy & Black Sabbath
Blasphemy & Black Sabbath | Source

Musical Pairing

What better music to enjoy a snifter of Blasphemy too than a little Black Sabbath "War Pigs"! The Godfathers of heavy metal! I know you're thinking, "where did this come from? I thought Ozzy was just a good Christian TV Dad!" Before Ozzy was a reality show star, he rocked pretty hard! At times maybe a little too hard! And before "War Pigs" was a track on their second studio album "Paranoid" in 1970, it was known as "Walpurgis". The Oz always like singing about the occult and horror and Sabbath produced some pretty dark tunes. This one probably helped cement their "evil" reputation! What is Walpurgis you ask? It's actually a European holiday that dates back to pagans celebrating the coming of spring. It involved costumes, carnivals, drinking and warding off evil spirits by making loud noises. Maybe Black Sabbath was actually trying to chase away evil spirits with with Mr. Iommi's tuned down overdriven guitar thunder!

Walpurgis Verse 1

Witches gather at black masses

Bodies Burning in red ashes

On the hill the church in ruin

Is the scene of evil doings

It's a place for all bad sinners

Watch them eating dead rats' innards

I guess it's the same where ever you may go

Oh Lord yeah


War Pigs Verse 1

Generals gathered in their masses

Just like witches at black masses

Evil minds that plot destruction

Sorcerers of death's construction

In the fields the bodies burning

As the war machine keeps turning

Death and hatred to mankind

Poisoning their brainwashed minds

Oh Lord yeah



Blasphemy Ale
Blasphemy Ale | Source

War Pigs originally titled Walpurgis

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