doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted as part of the Great Madison St. Stout Off...from a bomber into a snifter glass. My first barrel aged stout and I love that aroma, like someone wet the edge of the glass with drops of Makerís Mark...nice. This looks great, like many stouts do, and has a thinner less chewy mouthfeel than some of the other Imp. Stouts Ive had. The taste is chocolate and whiskey with an "e". Thanks Jon.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
obtained via trade with DocLock. wonderful bourbon aroma hits you first. then the flavors of roasted malt, oak, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. thereís a lot going on here and its all good. if not for a finish that was a bit thin this one would rate even higher. still a top notch brew.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I tried this beer right after their Old Heathen. Pretty comparable except for the flavors imparted in the Heresy by aging in oak casks. Very dark black pour with a small brown head. Both aroma and flavor of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Iím not much of a fan for the oak aging, as the bourbon flavor to me mixes with the malts in the beer to give almost a sherry, terayaki, or soy sauce taste. I will say that I like it better than other oak-aged Imperials.
Arayaga2 (1871) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 Itís black like an oil change, and silky smooth from a snifter. Heresy delivers an exquisite combination of vanilla and bourbon, with a *genuine* creaminess (Iíve seen the term misapplied a bunch). I must also note that this review reflects Heresy directly from a cask. My opinion of the bottled product is somewhat lower .
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to mr footbalm for this impy stout.i dumped some of this into my snifter glass and got a black body with a thin brown head.i loved the aroma.it contained coffe,whiskey,oak,and roasted malts.i must say it was a little thin but it did give off wonderful flavors.coffe,lots of whiskey,vanilla,oak,and coffe were all present.if ya like a heavy oak whisky flavor in your stout.this is for you.
sfontain (832) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 2007-01-03: 22 oz bomber. Deep black, but not so thick as to let no light through at all; initially has a huge, dark brown, rocky head that, quite unfortunately, becomes a really tiny ring of froth carbonation; virtually no lacing. Upon first opening the bottle I got a good whiff of alcohol; once the beer warms up sufficiently, the aroma is predominantly sour with dark fruits and caramel; noticeable but not overwhelming bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is less interesting than I recalled, but still very good; bourbon is lighter than I remember; chocolate, vanilla; almost no roast and very little hops, which I find spectacular. Mouth feel is thick and silky and just great; if I had one complaint, itís that I wish it were just the tiniest bit thicker. This beer suffers terribly at anything lower than room temperature; chilled, itís average at best, with mostly just chocolate characteristics; but there is a magical temperature at which is quickly and suddenly opens up and exudes a whole new character. 8/4/8/5/16 = 4.1
2005-01-14: Small sample from bomber at From the Vine beer tasting in Lewis Center, Ohio. Opaque black; big head. Aroma HEAVY vanilla and bourbon. Flavor HEAVY vanilla, along with chocolate and whiskey; like a bigger Anchor Porter with whiskey. Thick and sticky. Nice. 9/4/8/4/16 = 4.1
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a foamy tan head. Big bourbon aroma. Watery, in terms of a stout, texture. Big Jack Daniels taste overpowering normal Ipmy flavors. Interesting.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I got a nice shade of tan head on the initial pour. Definate bourbon notes in the nose, woody. Deep murky black/brown. Oily body, interwoven notes of wood, vanilla, bourbon, coconut?, coffee, whiskey and more oak. Dark chocolate, sweet alcoholic burn. Its hard for me to decide on how I feel about this one. Nice and drinkable, but sort of lacking in depth...Mostly just a sweet alcohol and woody bourbon burn. Hmmm...Ill have to come back to this one again. And/or perhaps beside the Old Heathen and Raspberry Imperial.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This came out looking like some used motor oil with an excellent tall brown head of rocky foam sitting atop. A very appetizing looking imperial stout to say the least. There was scattered lace left around the glass as this was consumed. Scents of chocolate, Coffee, roasted malt and a light alcohol rose from the snifter. A bit of oak in the nose to add to the mix makes this an all around good smelling brew. Taste has most of the same elements as the nose with dark chocolate and a roasted malt flavor being dominant. The alcohol was only detected after this had warmed up a bit. Mouthfeel was good and creamy with a full body. Pretty good drinkability as well with this being a tasty brew and no characteristics that would keep me from revisiting this. This just might be my favorite new beer from Weyerbacher, too bad it isnít available locally.
Hotspur2001 (44) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hate to give this a "bad" review, but the taste of bourbon was so overpowering I could barely finish it (Iím not a liquor drinker). Most people will enjoy this a lot more than I did. I appreciate the quality of it, and if it wasnít for the overpowering bourbon taste this would be rated much higher probably.