Pailhead (5822) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Lots of vanilla in the aroma with bourbon and some light chocolate and very light roasted coffee that struggels to get by the vanilla. Pours a dark brown, virtually black with a small tan ring for a head. Just like the aroma, flavor has a lot of vanilla and some bourbon. Light chocolate and light roastiness. Not a whole lot of coffee. A touch of sourness in the finish. Does not come across like an Imperial.
Damion (11) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
You are beautiful, makes me feel good inside. Sensing a small ammount of apple, oak, holds onto the glass well. Weak flavor, expected more strength. Good taste, chocolate, coffee.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle: dark shale with bronzed edges. Moderate light tan and tight bubbled foam quickly dies into the edges. Smoky carbon aromatics mix with subtle vanilla, toasted caramel creams and dusty dark chocolate. Strong whiskied-alcohol notes come close at times to burning my nose hairs, but there is sweetness (raspberries) buried in the aroma that ends up rounding it out…sharp oak flavours assail the tongue and a lack of carbonation doesn’t help. The body is thin, strangely syrupy and does deliver some decent chocolate truffle and oak laden strawberry flavours, but overall I am not too impressed – I guess I should have assumed this was that fairly mediocre Old Heathen settled in Whiskey oak for a while, but hey – I had great company tonight, so this was a-okay!
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large tan head that’s lasting on the edge. Nose of vanilla, anise, roasty chocolate. The chocolate coffee body fills the palate. Finishes on the bitter side.
thedm (5207) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew poured a beautiful large sized foamy head of mostly lasting finely sized dark brown colored bubbles that left behind an opaque black body with no visible carbonation and a poor lacing. The aroma contained notes of sweet sugary dark chocolate malts and raisins. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish with a dark malt hop coffee chocolate flavor. It was very good and drinkable, but would be enhanced with a few more flavors.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 22 oz. Black with a slight brown tint. Good small bubble brown head that held well, some lace. Aroma is rich dk roast malt w dark semi sweet chocolate. Flavor is rich semi sweet drk roast malt w dark bitter chocolate. Alcohol is noticable. Bitterness all the way through and especially on the finish. A trace of oak is noticable. Into full bodied.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, I’ve had the aged Old Heathen and the raspberry Old Heathen, and enjoyed them both, but didn’t find either exceptinoal for the style. I’d really like to see how they compare to the original. Quite a bit of vanilla in this brew -- too much for my taste.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of a bottle straight off the brewery floor eminations of caramel, chocolate,combine this roasty, vanilla brew. It pours black with a minimal head, brown foam. At first taste light sweetness then lightly bitter allowing you to enjoy its full creamy complexities. Overall I liked it will drink it again to check the subtleties from barrel to barrel.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Pours a jet black small light brown head. Aroma is similar to insanity (kind of a house flavor/aroma with the insanity). Aroma of oak, vanilla and roasted coffee. Flavor is dominated by the barrel. Lots of wood and vanilla flavors, some dark chocolate also. Thanks to WillBlake for this one!
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I believe this is 2004. Pours an opaque dark walnut color. Medium, very creamy, brown head. The aroma has malt, caramel, and marshmallow. Very thick and buttery. The flavor is semi-sweet citrus and pear (strange) with and acidic twinge. There is also some wood and charcoal bourbon hints. Perhaps there is an inkling of coco and/or hazelnut like rogues brown ale. The mouth feel starts towards astringent then moves to watery with a bit of oil. Moderate carbonation. Overall a strange combo.. I don’t know what their Imp tastes like but I hope it’s got an edge on this.