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RATINGS: 1231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4608) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Pours black with a thick brown head. Aroma is whiskey, vanilla, oak, which gives this beer an aroma reminiscent of Bailey’s Irish Cream (yeah, it surprised me too). This brew is definitely different. If you like whiskey, you’re likely to like this. It has a nice sour tang as well, which serves, oddly enough, to mellow and blend the finish. Not as hoppy or heavily bodied as most Imperial Stouts, but a very good and unique brew nonetheless. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Very dark brown to black in color. Decent tan head with a coating of lace. For a brew less than 10% this even has some leg showing. THis really reminds me of Central Water BRBBS in aroma. Dark chocolate, roasted fruit, and a oaked vanilla bourbon. Light and airy on the palate; almost too light. Brown ale flavors seem to dominate the front with some mild nuttiness and only a touch of sweetness. The strong bourbon flavors then kick in mid quaff and take over. Very much like slugging the last bit of whiskey and soda in the glass. Needed a bit more malt to back up the fact that its been in the barrel. The barrel aging of this brew seems to have added to the aroma but taken away from the body and changed the complexity of the taste only slightly. Thanks Rich.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6681) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 14, 2005
Long lasting thick head, dark brown, low carbonation. Milky, creamy, light sweet, touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, soft but falls short at end. Shallow imp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2631) - GERMANY - MAR 13, 2005
Smells like buttered popcorn. Very attractive beer - dark black with a tall tan head. Sweet chocolate taste with whiskey undertones. Heady body - think like oil. Couldn’t get over the buttered popcorn smells and tastes, so not rating so high...

   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 (1032) - 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.

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