matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2003 Somebody slap me, I think Iím dreaming; this Imperial Stout is like going heaven, or something. This amazing Imperial was acquired in trade with a fantastic beer trader, Jeremy, jgb9348.
** Old Heathen pours like motor oil, even the strongest amounts of light are impenetrable, but it has a caramel head and lacing. It smells of malt, espresso, cognac, and a rich Canadian molasses. The flavor follows the aroma but with a few differences, itís a bit smoky, sweet and chocolaty; this is a very toasty stout, at sometimes itís paralleled by biting into a chard oak log, but this is so much better!
Old Heathenís presence is simply impossible to illustrate without writing a novel, yet it is simply terrific!
** Now I feel like a poser! I just read others ratings and they are so similar to mine, it just makes me feel unoriginal, or maybe the similarities show the consistency of a great beer and a even greater group of raters?
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a thick black liquid light can not penetrate with dark caramel colored head that dissipates quickly , but leaves a nice top layer. Aroma is of molasses, caramel, toffee with slight alcohol. Flavor is of a faintly annoying hop (stronger when sipped, but goes away quickly) giving way to an alcohol, molasses, burnt toffee ending. Great looking, but too much hop and alcohol aroma/flavor to be the best. Still a great beer overall. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: The body is dark brown, nearly black with a cocoa head that quickly disappears.
Aroma: The nose is of espresso and some bittersweet chocolate.
Mouthfeel: The first thing that hits you is the carbonation, which I could do without. It's got a slightly hoppy feel. It's smooth, but a bit thin for an Imperial stout.
Flavor: It has a simple and toasty.
madsberg (10140) - SÝborg, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Black/brown coloured. Chocolate head, that dies quickly. Roasty, coffeish and chocolatish aroma. Mild and smooth flavour. Coffee, fruits and a light roastyness. A vague burnt and bitterness in the end. Easy drinkable imperial stout. Thanks Raindog.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - AUG 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fairly dark (almost really dark) with a medium khaki head. Tart roasty aroma, lots of chocolate, toasted malt and prune, with light sour cherry, vanilla, dark fruit. Slight sweet, smooth, small particle. Finishes with sour burnt toast and fruit with a little chocoate and mushroom. Pretty interesting stuff.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Nice sweet chocolate flavor in this one. Good robust beer.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Choclate hit me first - well after the vision of a huge tan head and the aroma. Avery interesting case of "compare and contrast, class" after having consumed a Whistable Oyster Stout just prior. This had the Imperial status, so I had to be impressed by that - just kidding. I am however impressed by this, the third beer I've tried from Weyerbacher. Each one a definite pleasure.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is chocolate, roast malt, but faint. No hops. Pitch black beer, with no light passing through. Head is dark tan, but fades to nothing very quickly. Flavor is huge dark malt, chocolate, roast, with characteristics of raisins, and some sherry notes. Palate is thin for style. Could use more body behind the alcohol level.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
after a young's oatmeal stout, this heathen ramps up the cocoa-coffee malts, pitch, and potency very nicely. the beverage is black as a cosack's boot heel, with a thick oak-colored welcome mat of head on top: one that laces in undulating stalagtyte-toothy caverns. nose is moderate, but amid alcohol notes, sweet-burnt fragrances arise-- like tossing clumps of brown sugar on embers. flavor is big and peaty: what an epicurean earth-worm must experience biting into the sweet blackened loam of a riverbottom. not a huge imperial, okay, but the compact body of evidence is still convincing, the more so as articulate hops deliver the closing remarks-- issues dealing at length with burnt oreos and bitter orange. a veritable kurt vonnegut "old heathen": sophisticated, sweet and mellow, not overbearing, but capable of great sardonic bite...
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2003 Smoked coffee, choclate aroma, most noatably the coffee. The color is a solid black, and little bit foam lingering around the edge of the beer. Flavor is a little thin. It does have the nice trademark imperial stout flavor.