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RATINGS: 1235   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 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 (3866) - 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 (4682) - 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 (5133) - 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 (6825) - 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 (2646) - 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...

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