thedm (5136) - 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 díAlene, 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, Iíve had the aged Old Heathen and the raspberry Old Heathen, and enjoyed them both, but didnít find either exceptinoal for the style. Iíd 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 donít know what their Imp tastes like but I hope itís got an edge on this.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - APR 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 Nice one. With usual impy stout characteristics the oak aging helped make this smoother and brought in some vanilla flavoring. Almost a milky mouthfeel.
Norton (329) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Opaque black. Decent tan head, somewhat crispy; diminishes a little right off the bat but lingers for duration. Smells like... Jim Beam and toast. Mild carbonation balances well. Tastes like a lighter version of Mackeson XXX Stout to me. I can definitely detect the woodiness in this stuff, though.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, with a small white head. Vinous nose, sweet, with notes of cherry cordials, oak, roasted coffee. Sweet flavor, port-like, vinous, with coffee, chocolate, and faint oak notes--a good use of the oak barrel: this beer can stand up to it. Intense, thick and rich, with cherries and chocolate mousse undertones, a good dessert beer.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A tightly bubbled tan head over an opaque, black brew. Smooth at the first taste but strong bodied. Is that the oak in the aftertaste? Different, but good. I was searching for an adjective to describe it. Earthy came to mind, perhaps woody is better. The coffee and chocolate flavors were subdued, for an imperial, but emerged slowly into the aftertaste. A good experience.