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This is an incredibly intriguing ale is made by aging our Old Heathen Imperial Stout in oak barrels that were used for making fine Kentucky bourbon! The result is an extraordinary, dark, and mysterious stout whose very essence has been enhanced. The aroma is filled with vanilla, cocoa, and roasted coffee beans. This silky-smooth brew has notes of oak, whiskey, roasted barley and vanilla that meld together on the tongue to create an incredible sensation. Heresy is released in February.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2005
bottle . Damn this smells stong,like whiskey,and wood, some.appearence is oil black with aCreamy brown head.Flavas of whiskey chocolate,coffee and roastyness,slick plate. pretty over the top mabey a lil too much

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Very dark body, dense tan head, chocolate, vanilla and some alcohol in the nose. Complex body, strong burnt notes, a touch of bitter chocolate, banana sweetness, just the right amount of alcohol presence, lingering bitter finish. Definitely some bourbon character as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2005
OK, I have to admit that I was prepared to give this a drain pour but that was before I tasted it because I was disturbed that this brewey keeps repackaging the same stout (a very good one - but still). Anyway, upon opening the 22oz bottle, I found the following: Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head and very good lacing. Nutty aroma with toffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, alcohol (cognac) and roasted malt. Smooth and silky mouthfeel with well balanced flavors of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, a hint of dark fruit and even a little smoke. Finish was long, bittersweet and clean. Very little alcohol in the flavor or finish. I was wrong. This is a very good stout which benefitted from the oak aging which added a depth and complexity not present in their Old Heathen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1029) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
Red brown with some sediment, little creamy brown head. Spicey chocolate aroma. Loads of vanilla, cinnamon and whisky notes from the barrels. Very round and chocolately. Floral and spicey. Licorice and tart. Very sweet and sour lemon butterscotch candy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Many thanks to my RB comrades that sent me the Heresy bottles!

Pours a gloomy black body and a ring of tan head. The aroma is thick with kilned chocolate malts and vanilla, bourbon, cask flavors. The oak plays out amazingly in this brew! It may be a bit overbearing on flavor and aroma, but it is a terrific addition. I mean, yes, the oak does take away from the roasty stout flavors of the fine stout beneath; but guess what, I Like It! I like it A-Lot- (in the Lloyd Christmas voice!) The palate is medium, it could be heaver, but this is certainly a fine brew, IMO!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Bottled. Pours a pitch black with strong nose of vanilla and firewood, with added hints of chocolate. The taste is rich with chocolate, roasty malts, coffee and vanilla with some fruity hints tool. The finish is dry with vanilla notes in the end. Alcohol is well masked by the massive malt flavors. I liked it! Thanks Cornboy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3329) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 27, 2005
22oz bomber-thanks to slob for sending this as a secret santa gift. pours black with a small tean head that was somewhat fizzy. buttery oak, bourbon, cherries carmel, grape, butterscotch and coca in the aroma. Flavros are big on the butterscotch-slightly vineous fruit flavor. palate is a bit thin for my liking-compared to the onsalught of think/oily palates presented from the dark horse beers. This is good, but the wiskey flavors dominate too much. however, the oak aging did add some thickness to the body, which i tought was missing from the old heathen. Slight oxidization note of the malts underneath the oak flavors. The flavor here kinda mimics a drink i like to get here at school-the carmel javalanche.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Bottle. When I first poured this one, I immediately got a sniff of bourbon and thought "oh no, here we go with another crappy Weyerbacher experiment gone awry like Insanity", but as it warms the nose is more like the Imperial Stout that I was hoping for... aromas of coffee, toffee, and just a touch of whiskey. It’s as black as a cloudy night on a new moon and the head that was barely there at all leaves quite quickly. Let’s begin.... The first surprise is the carbonation, as it is very prevalant. I like the flavor, since its slight sweet malt is quickly overpowered with an espresso and cocoa taste. The palate is lighter than I expected, but the flavor is very good! Just slight touches of the oak and bourbon flavors. Although not as "big" as I expected and lacking in great development as it is consumed, I enjoyed this offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2005
bomber. Coal black with a tan frothy head. Nice head retention. Bourbon, vanilla and wood (hum, just like advertised) and some kind of smooth. I’m a sucker for bourbon barrel aged beers and this is one of the best I’ve ever had. Not as much body as some of the other top rated barrell aged imperal stouts but a great beer. One you dont have to sip to enjoy. Thanks weyerbacher!!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
Black with big tan head, major whiskey aroma, which I didn’t find inviting for a beer. The taste was, however, great. Whiskey, oak, coffee...silky texture. Alcohol was present but pleasant. A must try for stout lovers.

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