beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of alcohol and soy. Sweet flavor with soy and roasted malt. Medium body, soft carbonation. Itís weird but I seem to prefer the regular version, Old Heathen, than the Oak aged one.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Malignant bourbon-barrel aroma and flavors spread venemously onto the creamy malt sweetness...Alcohol bursts through and is joined by some soy sauce...Grapefruity hops are perceived underneath but that cancerigenous bourbon-barrel smothers them immediately...The perfect example of a poor barrel-aging job, imho...
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oily black color in the glass but lets a bit of light through in the pour. Thick and frothy head that lasts almost the entire glass. Decent lacing as well. The aroma smells strongly of Merlot or Shiraz, with coffee and malt too. Rich bodied and kind of sharp on the tongue. Malt, sherry, fruit and coffee are the predominant flavors. The finish is roasty and vinous. I like Old Heathen pretty well but honestly this barrel-aged iteration doesnít really seem to add too much.
freekyp (1449) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Another crowning achievement from Weyerbacher. Their Old Heathen is a flavorful stout as it is, but this brew takes everything that makes OH good, and makes it excellent. Vanilla and whiskey mingles freely with espresso in the nose. The aging has made this brew smoother and silkier on the palate. Strong and warming, but the alcohol is blended well in the grand scheme of things. Pours black as midnight and sports a healthy tan collar of foam with excellent retention. Pillowy mouthfeel. Aromas of deep raisin, whiskey and bakerís chocolate. Long burnt finish. Heresy is a fantastic night ender.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitchblack. Little hazelnut brown head, fast diminishing. Chocolate, moccha nose, licorice and salty, what works great together. Medium long lasting finish. Very interesting version, I like it quite a bit.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very mellow and well balanced imperial stout. This is definitely one I could drink alot of...but beware of the alcohol.
kujo9 (1090) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thick, black & oily; short lived chocolate brown head. Diacetyl/butterscotch aroma immediately smacks the nose. Some light solventy alcohol and subtle bourbon aromas. Very little roasty or chocolate, and only hints of currants. Well balanced w/ a sweet caramel malty flavor, most of which comes from the diacetyl. Fruity alcohol is lightly raisiny w/a bourbon flavored aftertaste, which also includes...you guessed it...diacetyl. Aftertaste is bitter, but only slightly. So far Iím not impressed. Very little roasty flavor for a stout, and even less chocolate. Fuller body, smooth, lower carbonation, more than warming alcohol. Not a very impressive R.I.S. IMHO, especially since itís barrel aged and should pick up more complexities that add to the beer.
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. black is black is the hue of this brew. aroma is woody, coffee, bourbon... hits your nose strrrong... nice smooth moutful is not as overpowering as the aroma... like black coffee with brown sugar... nice ... very nice
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2005 22 oz bottle: It smells and looks so good. Woody and black as night. It falls apart from there with a weak body, sharp taste and alcohol burn. Ends with a bourbon burn.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Incredibly intriguing" is a damn good way to describe it. Dark brown color with a chocolately brown head. Strong aroma that is reminiscent of roasted sherry. Slightly thin on the tongue, but filled with complex oakey, stouty, Jim Beamy flavors. Itís really good, but not something Iíd want to drink more than once every couple of years.