TChrome (1439) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Beer pour completely opaque. Aromas include coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is likewise coffee and a bit of milk chocolate. Bit thin mouthfeel. Tasty! Thanks Bu11zeye!!!
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Totally dark color, with dark brown head. Very wine like aroma, with red grapes, dark fruits, burbon, and a slight sourness. Flavor is malty, slightly bitter, dry, with oak, vanilla, coffee, figs, and raisens. An interesting, unusual stout.
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle. Aroma is big on butter and bourbon, abrasive and harsh at times, but pretty much covering the real meat of the stout. Texture is thinner than expected, a little oily. Flavors of buttery scotch and wood, finish has noticable alcohol with a dryness and just a small amount of chocolate. Almost undrinkable at times because of the butter flavors.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It feels like forever since Iíve had an imperial stout, but Iíve been wanting this one for a while. Aroma is intense, theres tons of malt right up front, and behind it there is a nice wooden, vanilla, grape smell. Of all the oak aged stouts Iíve had (which isnt many) I think this one benefits the most from the process. From what I remember, Old Heathen was a bit rough around the edges, but now, this is very smooth, very drinkable. The flavor now has a strong chocolate, vanilla and smooth oak with it. Wonderful mellowing of an already fine beer.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Something interesting happened here. My idiot roommates turned the fridge up too high and ice started to form in this beer. I poured it into glasses and removed the ice, so now this is an Imperial Stout Eisbock. Nice. Somehow this did not F-up the beer. It was Excellent! Very dark black with this brown head. Aroma of vanilla and licorice in oak. Flavor was full and strong. Very oaky with chocolate and vanilla. Damn good beer. Iíll have to try it sometime without removing some of the water.
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 (1876) - 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.