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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3970) - 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 itís not overdone, and even more thankfully, itís 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 Iíd 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 (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
A great strong stout. Chocolate and coffee flavour. Roasted and a little smoked as well. Extremely pleasant stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10597) - SÝborg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled: Pitch black coloured. Huge chocobrown head. Vanilla, chcolate, some roast and alcahol in the nose. Flavour is hoppy, spiced and has loads of alcahol. Ends with a medium bitterness and some alcahol burnt.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Amazingly dark, very smooth stout. No bitter aftertaste. A little weak on the head, doesnít stay very long. Easily one of the best microbrew stouts around.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Fantastic imperial stout with a bourbon flavor. Extremely smooth and powerful. Dark black mouthful of liquid sensation. Strong alcholic brew with a slight whisky rum flavor as well.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2004
Black color. A malty beer bouth in aroma and taste. To much alcohol comming through.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Pours dark and rich. Aroma and flavor is dominated by bourbon. Unfortunately Iím not a fan of bourbon at all, and could not get past it with this one. I respect their craft, but I have to rate it based on my personal experience. Maybe there should be another category for this type, as Iíve really enjoyed all of the other imperial stouts Iíve tasted.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3845) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2004
Bottled, Stockholm Beer Festival. Black in colour. Cocoa and resin nose. Flavour is from lumumba, chocolate bar and is nutty. Smooth palate feel, medium bodied. ABV shines through, not that it would matter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12102) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 (Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small light brown, quickly diminishing, head. Aroma of chocolate chip cookies, coffee, roasted malt, and oak. Flavor of sweet chocolate and a hint of oak barrel. Excellent Imperial Stout!


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