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RATINGS: 1214   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2004
A very mellow and well balanced imperial stout. This is definitely one I could drink alot of...but beware of the alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Thick, black & oily; short lived chocolate brown head. Diacetyl/butterscotch aroma immediately smacks the nose. Some light solventy alcohol and subtle bourbon aromas. Very little roasty or chocolate, and only hints of currants. Well balanced w/ a sweet caramel malty flavor, most of which comes from the diacetyl. Fruity alcohol is lightly raisiny w/a bourbon flavored aftertaste, which also includes...you guessed it...diacetyl. Aftertaste is bitter, but only slightly. So far Iím not impressed. Very little roasty flavor for a stout, and even less chocolate. Fuller body, smooth, lower carbonation, more than warming alcohol. Not a very impressive R.I.S. IMHO, especially since itís barrel aged and should pick up more complexities that add to the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2004
bottle. black is black is the hue of this brew. aroma is woody, coffee, bourbon... hits your nose strrrong... nice smooth moutful is not as overpowering as the aroma... like black coffee with brown sugar... nice ... very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2005 22 oz bottle: It smells and looks so good. Woody and black as night. It falls apart from there with a weak body, sharp taste and alcohol burn. Ends with a bourbon burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2004
"Incredibly intriguing" is a damn good way to describe it. Dark brown color with a chocolately brown head. Strong aroma that is reminiscent of roasted sherry. Slightly thin on the tongue, but filled with complex oakey, stouty, Jim Beamy flavors. Itís really good, but not something Iíd want to drink more than once every couple of years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2004
12oz Bottle. Black and opaque with a purple tint around the edges. Head leaves a thin layer after settling. Bourbon is upfront in the aroma with vanilla blending in nicely. Oak not as present. Body is thick and smooth, sticking to the mouth a bit and lingering after the finish. Flavor has alot of the bourbon in it. Some roasted malts and vanilla there too. Alcohol slightly noticable and warming. Overall a nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 Black opaque beer with a brown head. Aroma is full of coffee, bourbon and vanilla. Nice mouthfeel and an oily texture. Roasted flavor, coffee, molasses, chocolate and vanilla, with a smokey tate showing up towards the finish. Strangely enough bourbon is not that present in the taste. Cocoa beans and dark chocolate in the finish, with a nice tannins-like taste brought by the oak aging. Smooth and well-balanced beer between sweetness and bitterness, alcohol kicks bask in the aftertaste. A really good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Panzuriel (1384) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010 Dark Black Brown Liquid with a nice mocha head that persists a long time. Nose is somewhat sweet and wine-like. Taste is refreshing mix of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Body is thin and fluid. Nice sweet aftertaste. An awesome beer. One of my new favorites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11958) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Medium tan head atop black body. Aroma is sweet, bourbon vanilla, light oak. Taste is medium sweet, vanilla, anise, some coffee, chocolate, hint of hops, finishing with the bourbon. Watery medium-full body. I very much like the Old Heathen, but the bourbonification performed here overwhelms the quality beer beneath.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1433) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2004
22 oz. bottle. Another great beer from probably my favorite brewery. Pours dark black with thick dark head. Smells of vanilla. Mild chocolatey, vanilla extract and coffee aftertaste. Very roasty. The high ABV is only slightly noticeable.

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