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RATINGS: 1235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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 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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
garrison (792) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2004
Small white-brown head, dark brown opaque body with small particules. Soya sauce, alcoholic, solvant, sweet bourbon aroma. In my mouth, alcoholic flavor and caramel with some kind of sweetness toward the end. Mouthfull , alcoholic finish. Sampled at MartinTís place with other RateBeerians for the "Montrealís Voyager Par Les Papillesí first tasting session".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2004
Whisky barrel is strong in the aroma with notes of soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and very apparent alcohol. Opaque brown-black with thin rings of tan head. Strong bourbon flavour with plenty of roasted malts underneath. Medium-full body but somewhat hot. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, Lubiere, MartinT, Rastacouere and SimonB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2004
Aroma of alcohol and soy. Sweet flavor with soy and roasted malt. Medium body, soft carbonation. Itís weird but I seem to prefer the regular version, Old Heathen, than the Oak aged one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
Malignant bourbon-barrel aroma and flavors spread venemously onto the creamy malt sweetness...Alcohol bursts through and is joined by some soy sauce...Grapefruity hops are perceived underneath but that cancerigenous bourbon-barrel smothers them immediately...The perfect example of a poor barrel-aging job, imho...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10416) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Oily black color in the glass but lets a bit of light through in the pour. Thick and frothy head that lasts almost the entire glass. Decent lacing as well. The aroma smells strongly of Merlot or Shiraz, with coffee and malt too. Rich bodied and kind of sharp on the tongue. Malt, sherry, fruit and coffee are the predominant flavors. The finish is roasty and vinous. I like Old Heathen pretty well but honestly this barrel-aged iteration doesnít really seem to add too much.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
freekyp (1776) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Another crowning achievement from Weyerbacher. Their Old Heathen is a flavorful stout as it is, but this brew takes everything that makes OH good, and makes it excellent. Vanilla and whiskey mingles freely with espresso in the nose. The aging has made this brew smoother and silkier on the palate. Strong and warming, but the alcohol is blended well in the grand scheme of things. Pours black as midnight and sports a healthy tan collar of foam with excellent retention. Pillowy mouthfeel. Aromas of deep raisin, whiskey and bakerís chocolate. Long burnt finish. Heresy is a fantastic night ender.

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