Weyerbacher Tiny: Can a Beer Stop Time?

There was this made for TV movie that fascinated me when I was a kid called The Girl, The Gold Watch & Everything.  It starred Robert Hays, the guy from Airplane!, as a fella who inherits this gold watch from a rich relative and it allows him to stop time. In the process, he wins Pam Dawber’s heart.  It was a cheesy 80’s flick, but I watched it every time it was on, dreaming of having that ability myself.  Oh the mischief I’d make!

I was reminded of this movie the other night when I tried Weyerbacher’s Tiny, an 11.8% ABV imperial stout brewed with Belgian yeast.  I’m pretty much burned out on Belgian beers,  having grown weary of their funky yeast flavor.  I know it’s a classic and important beer style, but I started my craft beer drinking career with Belgians and I’m to the point where I no longer crave them.  Actually, they kind of repel me right now.  This is where the time stopping gold watch comes in.

You see, there’s a fleeting moment in time between when something really alluring becomes a little bit revolting.  Like when you see an amazingly attractive woman and the blood gets flowing a bit until you notice she has an unusually large adam’s apple.  There’s a moment there that you’re very excited by this “lady,” but it’s quickly spoiled by the fact that she’s actually a dude (well for most of us – I can’t speak for Don).  If you could just stop the clock before your mind processed what was really happening, you’d be fine.

Weyerbacher Tiny is a beer that lives in that split second between attractions and revulsion.  It features a wonderful smoky stout flavor that’s enhanced by the earthiness of the Belgian yeast, but just when the flavor is about to move into Belgian funk territory, time stops and this flavor crisis is avoided.  Instead, you are treated to a clean, dry finish that features the delightful flavor of dark dried fruits. 

But let’s start at the start, with the pour. Very typical of a stout (thick, dark, etc.), but the real story here is the head.  It was massive, clingy and very brown, typically a hallmark of a beer I’m going to enjoy. 

The nose was all cocoa, dark dried fruits and just a hint of Belgian esters that reminded me that this might be one I hand off to my wife (she still enjoys Belgians).  But the first sip was a treat, with a bitter cocoa leading the way, sweetened by earthy date flavors and enriched by hints of coffee.  I could definitely taste the Belgian yeast adding to the bouquet, and just when I thought I’d be walloped with that funky finish (the part of the Belgian beer drinking experience I’ve grown weary of), the Belgians retreated and the pleasant flavors of this brew were left to linger on my palate.

Tiny represents what’s fun about brewing beer.  It’s a “what if?” beer, where unorthodox combinations of ingredients can yield uncommonly good results.  In this case, the folks over at Weyerbacher have figured out a way to use Belgian yeast that doesn’t give me the heebie-jeebies, and I commend them for that. 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to explore more YouTube clips of The Girl, The Gold Watch and Everything.  It’s a little sad that when I was younger, I thought about how I’d use the power to stop time to woo ladies, freeze bullets and point them back at the bad guys, and “borrow” Ferrarri’s.  Now I fantasize about stopping the clock long enough to get in a really sweet nap.  Oh how times have changed!

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5 Comments on “Weyerbacher Tiny: Can a Beer Stop Time?”

  1. June 14, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    I had this two weeks ago and was shocked at how much it tasted like the 2009 christmas beer i brewed (a belgian imperial stout).

    • June 14, 2010 at 11:56 am #

      Well, good work then, Nate, because this was a nice beer. I was told that it’s actually a re-release of one of their annual brews (13th Anniversary, I think), back by popular demand. So you might not be the only one having a bit a deja-vu.

  2. Don
    June 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    Jim, I never saw this movie, but believe me when I say I would get into a lot of trouble if I had a watch like this. The ladies would be wary! I never really progressed beyond my 12 year old perverted mindset of being invisible! Anyway, this sounds like a great beer. I too get tired of Belgian funk, so this sounds like the perfect combination of goodness without badness where Belgian yeast is concerned.

  3. June 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Mmmmmmmm. Belgian funk.

    • June 14, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

      Some people love it, but it just creeps me out now. It’s up there with metallic esters for me. Blech!!

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