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RATINGS: 1153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mribm (450) - Hurley, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2004
22 oz. Bottle. Several of the latest comments referred to this beer as having bourbon qualities. I found it to be like a very fine, complex wine. Absolutely an EXCELLENT beer that I couldn’t find a fault with. It was so complex in flavor, with the oak, vanilla, coffee and chocolate notes, that I cannot give this beer anything less then a perfect score, beause it IS the perfect Imperial Stout, in my opinion. This is the best thing to come from Easton, Pa. since boxing champ Larry Holmes! TERRIFIC BREW!

4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2004
An amazing imperial stout. Black as night with a slight bourbon nose. The flavor/taste was absolutely amazing. Strong tones of bourbon (but not overpowering). A touch of vanilla mellowed it out and made it a perfect sipping stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Deep brownish black, with a rapidly diminishing dark tan head. Aroma of bourbon. Flavor evocative of some kind of dessert involving coffee, chocolate, and bourbon, with some interesting shifts in the balance as it warms. Some vinous (sour mash?) notes on the finish. Full-bodied. The oakiness is nice; this is definitely something I like a lot.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Very dark brown color with a small beige head. Strong bourbon aroma, with some oak and grape that diminished very quicklly. Roasted coffee, bourbon, oak, and vanilla flavors. Medium thick feel with a fairly dry finish. Very good, but the bourbon is almost too much.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Deep, dark brown color with a small, quickly diminishing beige head. The aroma right out of the botle had some imitation grape flavor character to it (?). In the glass the aroma was dominated by the bourbon...some roasted coffee, vanilla, and wood also. The flavor was dominated by bourbon...nothing sweet here...just roasted, dry bourbon. The aftertaste makes you swear you just took a shot of Jack Daniels! The feel was not too thick...soft carbonation...dry finish. Thanks Willblake.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2004
Pitch black with a small brown head. Rather full and sweet aroma with dark roasted and coffee tones. Some alcohol in there also. Milk chocolate and vanilla dominates the flavor with a roasted subtone. Quite odd and a little too sweet and cloying in the long run. Sparkling. Thanks a lot Mike (Eyedrinkale) for trading me this one!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
A pitch black beer with a disappearing brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of alcohol and chocolate. The flavor is dominated by chocolate, but also some roasted notes, leading to a smooth but dry finish. The alcohol is very well hidden in the flavor, but gives it a nice body. A nice Imperial Stout.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 2004 bottle. Pours a dark oily black/brown with violet and dark chestnut tinges. Good tan head. Not opaque, though it seems there is some sediment on the bottom. Aroma of butterscotch, vanilla, coconut, bourbon and plenty of roast. Flavor is filled with a relaxed bourbon flavor that lets in the vanilla, chocolate and a touch of dry roast. Very dry liquor taste with hints of coffee as well. The finish is my favorite part, with a light chocolate and vanilla mix, hint of wood and plenty of bourbon. Thankfully it’s not overdone, and even more thankfully, it’s not full of cocoa powder as I thought the Heathen was. Good stuff, medium body, long finish and a dry oak cask flavor. A bit thin and quite vinous without as much malt as I’d like. Bourbon does end up drying it out and taking over a bit too much.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Stron raosty nose, brandy, buttery. Jet black body, dark tan head. Falvors of vanilla, chocolate, ends with some coffee bitterness. Very nice imp stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
A great strong stout. Chocolate and coffee flavour. Roasted and a little smoked as well. Extremely pleasant stout.


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