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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1529) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Distinct oak/woody aroma with hints of vanilla, whiskey and coffee. Good lacing from an average head over a nearly black, red rimmed appearance. Full-bodied flavor with chocolate in the taste. Fairly sweet and malty. Smooth, moderately carbonated. Modest hoppiness with a long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Penetrable obsidian with a bronze edge. Completely dwindling tan fizz. Fragrant whiskey aromatics teamed with dark chocolate, medicine, and caramel. Melted plastic, toasted wood, coconut, and sharp alcohol suggestions. Fizzy pricks of carbonation. Watery and dull body. Lifeless gritty malt presence couples with grain alcohol flavors and a flash of dried plum acidity. Timid notes of espresso and black malt lie buried beneath the alcohol. Lack of bready/caramel malt lushness fails to quell the sharp tannic zip. Somewhat astringent, to boot, with a clashing mix of black malts and firm wood. Ends with seared sugars from the bourbon remnants, along with black chocolate and toasted oak, which tries to dry it out. Falls apart at room temperature, unleashing a fury of vaporous alcohol, which suppresses the burnt caramel and cottony roast. Phew…as if the non-oaked He athen wasn’t lame enough, along comes its ill-mannered brother. Other than possessing some [run-of-the-mill] Imperial flavors (vinous, dark chocolate, black malt, etc.), this is nothing but a jumbled alcoholic mess, showing very little finesse or restraint, especially considering its low abv for the style. Throwing a beer in a bourbon cask doesn’t automatically yield magic, though most here would argue. Does have a respectable aroma, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Yes sir! The oaken barrel is certainly present. Quercus maximus with a bourbon kick. The beer itself is dark, deep and very robust yet mellow smooth with chocolate milk ease and sweetness. Bourbon less dominating than others of this persuasion. Nice burnt brown head, thick liquid with deep dark "Special Dark" chocolate notes. Very vanilla. Deep and dark like a rich forest of flavor and intrique. Drink deep and embibe in the sinful nectar that is this beverage.

   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 (3145) - Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2004
I have to admit that I’m a complete sucker for bourbon or whiskey aged Imperial stouts. It’s 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. There’s 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 don’t 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 doesn’t 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 isn’t 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 (3179) - 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.

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