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Weyerbacher Bourbon Barrel Aged Blasphemy Ale Review and Walpurgis
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!
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.
Medium mouthfeel. Complex like a good scotch. Malty Fruit. Apple, cherry and vanilla are what hits my taste buds with a slightly tart finish.
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!
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