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RATINGS: 1181   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
pours black with a small tan head. aroma is toffee-ish and boozy with vanilla, chocolate and fig. dried fruit flavours meld nicely with the roastedbitterness and woody dryness. my first barrel aged imperial stout. not bad, but doesnít seem better or worse than heathen

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Bottle from wohlfs, Dark brown, thin brown head, aroma of fruit, tastes sweet with a bit of bourbon, fairly thin.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Excelent black pour with a large foamy dark tan head. Big deep malt aroma and strong bitterness both present in teh aroma along with vanilla, chocolate, and some alcohol. Chalky chocolate feel is burried beneath a sweet chocolate taste. Neither overpowers, leaving room for vanilla, coffee, and roasted malts along with some mild bitterness. Very nice alcohol taste appears as the beer warms and pairs nicely with the oak dryness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Plums and raisin sweetness w/ roasty textures on the nose. Rich roast and coffee w/ plums and vanilla in the mouth. Opaque and deep w/ red/ purple hues, decent head and light amber lacing. Creamy and full bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2004
For starters this is scary how much it smells like bourbon. I noticed the hints of vanilla, but not so much the oak because it blended in nicely with the whiskey scent. Pours straight black with brown head that fades as fast as it pours. Strong oak, coffee, chocolate taste. The bourbon and vanilla flavors are much more subtle. Has a nice body and is quite smooth. It warmed me up a little like a nice scotch to. Very nice example for this style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Bottle. Deep black color. Nice brown head that fades and lingers as a ring around the edge. Roasted malt aroma with little bits of coffee and chocolate. Oak and bourbon are there in aroma but not overpowering. Woody flavors with malt in taste. Subtle hop finish. Smooth mouthfeel, full bodied. Fairly decent Imperial.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Thanks to Slob for this one. I think of the Pantera song of the same name as I am drinking this. A strong, driving beat throttled by almost gutteral screams rounded out by screeching yells that pierce the senses. A very complex brew that should not be had by anyone who doesnít appreciate a strong, powerful stout. If you donít like the style, this one will not change your opinion. However, if you DO like the style this one is a MUST for sampling. Cheers!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
This impy stout pours with a black body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet yet very oaky and woody with a nice alcohol note. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and oaky with slight toasted marshmellow notes and lots of vanilla. Full bodied, smooth yet dry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Deep dark color. I smell something oak or wine like. Strong alcohol rushed in first but mellowed to the creamy stout undertones. As my words tell, full mouth feel.Kept trying for the vanilla , but I could not located it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
garrison (789) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2004
From a bottle - This one poured a very dark liquid with a spicey, complex malt aroma and lasting tan head. Tastewise, itís inherent "wine-yness" was a bit off-putting, but I do recognize that itís a complex, full-bodied brew thatís worthy of accolades.


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