joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black w/ brown foam. Roasty, chocolaty aroma w/ notes of espresso, oak, vanilla, & bourbon. Thick, Chewy feel. Rich, roasty, moderately complex flavour of dark chocolate, espresso, oak & vanilla w/ a mild sour edge & some fruity notes.
tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I thought this was a great imperial stout! maybe itís the oak aging, but I thought I got hints of sweetness, maybe honey. On the other hand, my brother said "itís not thick, itís not chewy, itís just not imperial". hmm.
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to....hopscotch was it? anyway, pours a light black color with a beige head that survives as a ring around the edge of the glass. vanilla and oak dominate the aroma, with some liquor which i took to be bourbon but apparently is just plain old whiskey. tons of vanilla in the flavor, which is strange considering the roasty bitterness that it finishes with. intriguing beer, especially considering that it only weighs in at 8.2%.
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 doesnít 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 itís way in. I wasnít very impressed with this imperial, Iíll have to try it again at some point.
jercraigs (9872) - 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 Iíve Had in a While. Well Balanced Flavors of Chocolate, Vanilla, Malt and Whisky...Hatís 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 (7373) - 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 (235) - 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 thatís because of the barrel aging. I will try this again later on.