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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 1, 2005
Dark as night with mocha colored head. Vanilla, cherry chocolate with a bitter burnt toast aroma. Heaey with a softness and sweet quality that is well balanced. Chcolate, cherry, vanilla, wood, richness and the alcohol is well hidden. WOW!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2005
I confess to like Weyerbacherís namegivings... Sorry, the colour of the head can only be described as sh*tbrown, and it even doesnít look uninviting. Donít get any ideas. Thick, creamy and persistent, it crowns a beer itself black as sin. Sweet-vanilla & moccha nose, enriched by brandy & vinous aromas - what a world of difference with the Insanity (yes, rather an heretic than a nutcase) - rhum, or rhum-filled chocolate sweets (rumbonen). Moccha, coffee, a tad of burnt bread or cake, and then it deepens out to unsuspected complexity. The vanilla-oakwood is there, but it figures as the polished decoration of the cabin, rather than as the raw bulk of the hull. Starting dry, bitter and severe, it mellows out, reaching just-not-sweetness - and a tad salty. Dry, well bodied, but all the same thinner as expected. Sharpish end, but not anywhere disturbing. Iím still marvelling at the difference with the Insanity, which I nearly disliked. This is a classic, with a nose to die for. Thankee veree muchee, Mr. Knies!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Dark and rich in color with a small head, creamy taste with chocolate and coffee upon first drinking with an oaky finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2004
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 couldnít 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2004
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. Iím starting to enjoy these bourbon barrel aged beers. A lovely beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2004
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 wasnít getting lots of bourbon but I really enjoyed this Imperial sent to me by my Secret Santa - Kinz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2004
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Iíll be the first to admit it - Iím 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!

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