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 (30) - 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.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Nearly pitch-black body. Aromas of coffee, alcohol oak, vanilla and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel in a slightly sweet slightly uncommon (I guess that’s the bourbon and whisky from the barrels now that I read the description) flavoured basic Imperial. I didn’t easily and clearly identify the bourbon but perhaps that was the dominant nose that lead to the alcohol oak and the vanilla. OK, but I recall liking other Weyerbacher stouts better I think.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark black almost opaque color with a medium tan head. The bourbon aroma hits you first followed by roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor pretty much corresponds with the aroma. Bourbon part is the dominator in this beer but still under the went overboard zone. Medium bodied.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours very dark with off white head. smells of cherries, wet dog, and chocolate. a distinct alcohol presence with flavors of chocolate, burnt wood, roasted malts, vanilla and a faint nuttiness. a decent imperial but not amazing.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 05/04/2009. Dark black body wtih a medium creamy light brown head that persists. Bourbon, vanilla, roast, and chocolate aroma. Bourbon, vanilla, roast, chocolate, light molassas, and rum soaked fruit flavor with a hint of heat from the oak aging. Medium full body with moderate carbonation and a somewhat alcoholic finish. 8/5/8/3/16 - 4.0
06/07/2006: Rerate on cask: Dark black color with a large frothy brown head. Aroma of sweet caramel and molassas. Sweet caramel flavor with some light oak and vanilla in the end. 7/5/8/4/16 - 4.0
03/22/2005: Chocolate overtone, with coffee aftertaste. Has a clear taste of alcohol, but is not overbearing. 7/3/5/3/15
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark beer with a thin, brown head. Nose of bourbon barrel and chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel lead by the buttery barrel woodiness. Lots of vanilla, oak, chocolate and some ash in the finish. Very nice use of barrel.
badgerben (4826) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with no head. Very nice vanilla and whisky aroma. Awesome flavors of oak, whisky, vanilla, malt, and some slight chocolate. It is really a wonderful blend of tastes that can tend to be out of balance in a barrel aged impy. Well done!
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Side-by-side tasting vs. Old Heathen
Poured black with a light tan head. Chocolate aroma laced with whiskey and alcohol. Tastes of chocolate and coffee, oppressed by a strong oak and whiskey taste.
In comparison, I liked Old Heathen better, though admittedly not by much. Old Heathen has straight-up sweet stout flavors, while Heresy’s flavor and aroma is partially masked by an alcoholic whiskey character. I can see why people might like one or the other for different reasons, though.