csbosox (1225) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Part of 7 beer imperial stout/porter tasting. 22 oz bottle. Black color, reallly dark even with the flashlight it is black, with a bit of red around the edges, light tan head. HUGE nose. Aromas seem to be oak driven. Vanilla and oak aromas. The flavor was vanilla, sweet/sour, and oak. I enjoyed the oak, but I felt like it was all oak. I couldn’t really taste the typical imperial stout flavors, it was just oak, oak, oak. The two others that tasted this beer loved it, they really liked the flavor. I would like to taste the Old heathen and Heresy side by side to see what the oak adds and covers.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque. Light tan head. Huge oak influence in the aroma giving hints of bourbon, vanilla, cream, cocoa, chocolate and roasted malt. Very complex flavor. Layers upon layers of flavor. Notes of bourbon soaked malts, vanilla, oak, roasted malt and chocolate. I’m starting to enjoy these bourbon barrel aged beers. A lovely beer.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice head. Almost completely opaque, but hints of red show through. Big vanilla bourbon aroma. Cocoa in the taste, matched with vanilla, bourbon and oak. Alc. present but balanced. Mouthfeel is creamy. Great finish and aftertaste filled with vanilla. Bourboun flavors are not overpowering.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mostly opaque black body with a burgundy hue and a large, persistent, velvety tan head. Rich chocolatey nose plus bourbon and port notes. Aroma is also of cherries, alcohol, and a cardboard-like note from the oak. Fairly sweet and dessert-like flavor of chocolate and espresso with a plummy, malty middle and finish. Nice roastiness. Bourbon notes are present but subdued in the flavor. Creamy, smooth palate. Great beer.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful pour. Aromas of chocolate, butter, toffee - kind of like malted milk. The faintest hint of alcohol. Taste is fairly dry. Lots of chocolate. I was longing for a little more spice but very happy for lack of too much sweetness. Texture was smooth and rich. I wasn’t getting lots of bourbon but I really enjoyed this Imperial sent to me by my Secret Santa - Kinz.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as black can be with brownish head. Very smooth and delicious. Coffee and oak flavors with alcohol in the background. A good, easy to drink stout.
Suttree (5317) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ll be the first to admit it - I’m a sucker for the aroma of a bourbon barrel aged brew. This one smells wonderful - notes of vanilla, oak, and whiskey. The flavor is a nice blend of imperial stout and bourbon - all of the coffee and chocolate you would expect, plus prune and rasin, mixed with a subtle but unmistakeable flavor of bourbon. Very tasty - Thanks, Secret Santa!
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with a small tan head. aroma is toffee-ish and boozy with vanilla, chocolate and fig. dried fruit flavours meld nicely with the roastedbitterness and woody dryness. my first barrel aged imperial stout. not bad, but doesn’t seem better or worse than heathen
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from wohlfs, Dark brown, thin brown head, aroma of fruit, tastes sweet with a bit of bourbon, fairly thin.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excelent black pour with a large foamy dark tan head. Big deep malt aroma and strong bitterness both present in teh aroma along with vanilla, chocolate, and some alcohol. Chalky chocolate feel is burried beneath a sweet chocolate taste. Neither overpowers, leaving room for vanilla, coffee, and roasted malts along with some mild bitterness. Very nice alcohol taste appears as the beer warms and pairs nicely with the oak dryness.