DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is a bitter, almost burnt coffee, black as coal, small cappuccino head. Strong, bitter taste, reminds me more of an entire butt porter. Bitter, almost sour, thin. Unique in that it doesn’t even try to fit the style?
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pitch black body, mocha head. slight roasted malt aroma, along with some milk chocolate, and alcohol. very sweet roasty malt flavour. low carbonation and the alcohol sneaks it’s way in. I wasn’t very impressed with this imperial, I’ll have to try it again at some point.
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2005 Re-Rate July 2005. Bottle. Black oily body, thin brown head. Aroma is muted acidic roast. Flavour is quite sour and acidic, with mild roast and chocolate. Thinner than appropriate. Disappointing. 6/3/5/2/11<P>Radekfest 05 Bottle. Black as night, small mocha coloured head. Roasty alcoholic aroma. Far too thin for a stout for my liking, barrel aged or not. Touch of acidity throughout, flavour has a moderate roast but is dominated mostly by alcohol. The barrel aging phenomenon continues to underwhelm me. 7/4/6/3/12<P>Radekfest 05 according to Unattributed
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robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black Coloring. No Head. Bourbony Aroma Alongside Rich Malt. This is Probably one of the Better Barrell Aged Stouts I’ve Had in a While. Well Balanced Flavors of Chocolate, Vanilla, Malt and Whisky...Hat’s Tipped to Weyerbacher!
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Near black in colour. Aroma was of vanilla, some chocolate, bourbon, caramel malts and a small roast. The flavour was very sweet, lots of vanilla, small roast. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes heavy with a medium bitterness. I have another bottle so I will give this one another try but so far this has not done much for me.
Ernest (7128) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2006 Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), with notes of bourbon/whisky/alcohol, wood, vanilla. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Pleasant aroma, but quite tart in the mouth...not really in an off way, just too acidic for the style for me.
beerlover82 (229) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark opaque with thick tan head which sticks to the glass pretty well. Aroma is of cocoa, vanilla and bourbon whiskey. Medium-bodied with flavors of chocolate, oak and a milkshake feel. This was aged in oak whiskey barrels(not a bad idea) and comes out as a tasty, thick and interesting brew. A bit pricey for 8% ABV, but maybe that’s because of the barrel aging. I will try this again later on.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not too surprisingly this is black with a frothy chocolate milk head. Nose is a chocolate/espresso milkshake with a bit of whiskey. The hops aren’t too strong but like Prego, they’re in tere. Whiskey (Burbon I guess) at first then a hoppy, woody, chocolate milkshake. Some plum/raspberry. Vanilla and alcohol in the silky cocoa finish. Did I mention ’milkshake’?
pubscout (28) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours like Bosco Syrup (from my youth), the oak and vanilla tones are very noticeable and much appreciated. This is a classic; I prefer it to Insanity, and at about five bucks a bottle, I’m getting a super value. Best stout I’ve had with chocolate chip cookies...
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a black beer with a beautiful chocolate tan head. An oak barrel aged imperial stout this is Weyerbacher’s big version of their Old Heathen Stout. The malt and oak barrels blend to a beautiful inviting aroma and taste. This beer is full and meaty with a rich taste. Bottles are limited and going fast so find yours quickly.