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RATINGS: 1239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2005
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’?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pubscout (30) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2005
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2005
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4146) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4864) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2005
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2005
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.

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