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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2004
The bourbon barrel aging definitely comes through in the aroma. Flavors of roasted malt with just the slightest int of vanilla throughout. Finishes slightly to the dry side. A very good beer for a cold winter night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2004
I have to admit that Iím a complete sucker for bourbon or whiskey aged Imperial stouts. Itís perhaps the greatest combination of flavors in the alcoholic world, but this one is a bit different. Instead of smelling of the liquor and having that interesting vanilla flavor/aroma as a sideproduct, this bad boy tastes like it was aged in an oak cask once used to make vanilla extract with the whiskey being a side note. Thereís also a LOT of oak involved in the flavor. This is much better than the plain Old Heathen. Chocolate dominates the malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2004
22 oz bottle, snifter. Caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt (H); date, maderia, cask wood, butterscotch, brow sugar and bourbon aromas. Large, creamy/frothy, light brown head. Dark, black body. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter finish. Full body, oily/creamy texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: fantastic! I donít know how this changed so much from the Old Heathen (or where my rating of that beer went), but it was all for the better! Thanks Em!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Pours a murky black with a thin tan head that doesnít last. Notes of chocolate, charcoal, and oak on the nose. Slick and smooth mouthfeel. Chocolate, roasted coffee, wood, and tiny hint of bourbon. Long dry finish, with a lingering aftertaste. A great imperial stout.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Beer pours in Westmalle glass an oily black liquid with a small amount of dark caramel colored head that dissipates quickly to near nothing. Aroma is of bourbon/whiskey overpowering a faint chocolate-mocha character. Flavor is of bourbon/whiskey combined with the chocolate-mocha stout. The taste is much better than the smell. Anyone waiting for the release of this seasonal brew, take Old Heathen and drop a shot of bourbon in it. Overall, bourbon isnít what I want to taste in a beer. Not my kind of thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Dark chestnut brown/black body, medium, dissipating tan head. Heavy vanilla and oak aroma followed by strong bourbon flavors (including said vanilla and oak) that complement the chocolate and roast backdrop. The tannin bitterness and roast almost cover up hints of licorice. Rich, oily body. A very good stout but the limitations of barrel-aging are becoming apparent as I try more and more examples of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Diminishing medium-tan head. Very dark black. Thick on the tongue. Smell like rich butterfat, vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, alcohol, rich chocolate, coffee roast (subdued). Taste smooth, butterscotch and hops, loads of figs and chocolate. Palate slick. Unrecognizable from the Old Heathen, which I thought was very mediocre. This stuff was headier, richer, sweeter, overall much better. Me like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2004
(bottle, sampled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Pitch black with a brown cookie like head. Strong and a bit alcoholc aroma of black coffee, wood, coconut, salt and oak. Nice! Loads of dark coffe in flavour with a big warming body. Hints of coconut, marzipan and nuts. Oaky thick warming finish with touches of mocha and unsweetened dark chocolate. Nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighlanderOne (1009) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Theyíve done something fine here. This in an extremely enjoyable Imperial Stout Aroma is malty and heady, and the vanilla seems to meld the malt, oak and alcohol together nicely. I only noticed the alcohol in the aftertaste, and it complemented the beer without being overpowering. Flavor improved as it warmed, and led me to a fantastic finish. Gotta go back & get me some more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Black. Big, big head of tan. No lace really. Roast and chocolate malts. Some of that oak comes out. Some fruit and bitter hops. Flavor has big oak and bourbon. Most is covered up by this. Some notes of roast, but muted by the alcohol. Cloying palate and a thick body leads to a finish of oaky alcohol.

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