BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color, TONS of head and lacing, explosive carbonation. The aroma is molasses like with tar and oak varnish. The flavor is salty and tart with the oak tannins and bourbon notes. Rich smokey carbon and vanilla notes. Tasty imperial stout.
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This seems to be a completeely different beer than the Old Heathen from whence it came. The vanilla from the barrel aging is the predominant characteristic of the aroma, masking a hint of fruit. The flavor takes on a cocoa-butter side that sits atop a moderate malt base. Strangely, this beer finishes with little alochol burn. A positive experiment.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice blackish opaque with a thick light brown head and some mild lacing. Aroma has lots of bourbon oak and some toasty caramel notes with a hint of dark chocolate. Starts semi-sweet with a touch of oaky acidity turning slightly drier toward a mildly sticky, but not very sweet finish. Has some lingering roasted malty notes and hides its alcohol quite well. My only complain is with the body that just doesnít seem to have enough malt in it to give it that thick silky smooth feel. Itís just too thin for an imperial with these great bourbon qualities. Still very drinkable though and a nice imperial. Thanks to willblake for this brew!
biznizness (1070) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 Oh yes. Smells like whiskey and tastes like whiskey. If you like stouts and you like whiskey, then this is a good beer for you. Havenít tasted anything like this before. This is a must-try if you ever run across it. Old Heathen is an awesome stout too, so itís not like this is some kind of gimmick.
BBB63 (5937) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; Very deep brown, nearly opaque hue with small but lasting tan foamy ring and good lacing. The aroma has noticeable hints of the barrel aging: vanilla, bourbon, oakwood on top the traditional heavy caramelized malts, mocha, very ripened fruit (raisin, dried apricot and blackberry), light smoke, floral hops, and a dusty yeast ester. The taste starts very rich of malt and vanilla/chocolate flavors. The midsection display both sweet fruits and some lactic sourness. The finish has a nice hop snap, smoky and tobacco undertones, and lingering bittersweet mocha. The feel while not heavy as some, is still quite lush and smooth, oily yet there is some activity underneath. Alcohol is very well hidden despite the bourbon character. Well, I love Old Heathen and this doesnít disappoint. Still I would rather have the original non-barrel aged. Very much worth a try for any ratebeerian and a must-try for all stouties. Thanks Jeff for hooking me up with some bottles.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 pours black with thin moving atmospheric sheets of tiny bubbled froth. The aroma started intense, detectable from yards away...it filled the air with velvety fudge and vanilla fumes surrounded by a blanket of oaky vinious waves of doughy vapers...the mouthfeel is undescribable, but i will try by saying that it was like raw silk...like cashmere..the carbination was just right...the flavors took on many forms, including thick fudge, vanilla, chocolate ice cream, raisonettes, tobacco and snickerdoodle cookies...The bourbon accent rounds things out..making the beer quite chewable. Its not as thick as you might expect, but the complexity is there and thatís all one can really ask for..
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 Almost black with garnet edges,. Thin brown head. The oak bourbon barrels had a strong influence on the aroma, oaky, whisky like, peaty. With nice roastiness and other imperial aromas. Medium bodied, smooth, very nice integration with the oak. Somewhat sweet, slight roast, nice bourbon , oaky flavors, lots of vanilla. Very nice, the oak/bourbon is a complement to the brew and not overwehelming. I would gladly have again. I think this guy was a bout a year old and is much better now then when fresh IMO.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very low level on the bite, not with the kind of jump hoppy beers produce at all. But of course, thatís not the point. Tastes of rich gourmet chocolate and coffee. Lovely taste thatís paradoxically chunky and smooth at the same time. Incredible black color fidelity, without looking dirty around the froth.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super crazy sinful heretical awesome. The aroma explodes with coffee smells. The taste is chocolately and delicious. Very thick. I love this.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color,medium sized tan head that had a nice long hangtime then faded to a nice lace.Nice roasty malty aroma with hints of whiskey and chocolate.Nice flavor of malt and nicely roasty with a strong wincing flavor of Bourbon coming through very well.later you get hints of dark chocolate and possibly some hops with a nice bitterness in the after taste.Not a bad brew but itís not exactly my cup of tea,so to speak.Itís worth a try atleast once.