Heretic Brewing Company: Incubus (2014)

From Heretic Brewing Company, this is bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout called the Incubus that comes in at an ABV of 12%. At first we had assumed this to be the 2015 batch, but after speaking with the bartender, found out this is actually the 2014 batch that he had held in the cellar. For those who don’t know, an Incubus is a demon that appears in both mythology and in the bible.

This is a superb beer, and something that we truly and comfortably describe as ‘amazing’.

It’s a nice stout. There’s a hint of espresso. This is the Bill Clinton of Russian Imperial Stouts: it’s ridiculously smooth, it’s consistent, it’s strong. But I don’t mind it being strong.

– Chris

It’s very nice. It’s ridiculously smooth for 12% … Like that is amazing. I really like that. It doesn’t blow your head off.

– Jeff

Given that it’s this smooth now, [when aged] it would be like silk. You can taste that it’s a 12% beer, but it doesn’t punch you in the face, it’s just a really good beer.

– Paul

Incubus by Heretic Brewing Company was featured in Season Two, Episode Two.

Chris is an editor, writer, and occasional novelist who in a former life published online magazines for a living while working out of obscure coffee shops. He has travelled extensively and has eaten and enjoyed exotic delights ranging from instant ‘just add water’ potatoes while on a Russian train to snails and Brie from a tiny Montreal kitchen. Chris is a great lover of the experiences around and associated with food and believes the culture of a venue, as quirky or strange as it might be, is just as important as the food it sells. He is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast dedicated to the lighter side of craft beer.


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