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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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
weissblau (17) - - MAR 14, 2014
Beautiful brown Lacey head. Smells of brown sugar and molasses with an alcoholic bite. Flavor is surprisingly smooth with caramel, vanilla, plenty of malty sweetness and just a touch of hops. A truly world-class beer overall.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MercyDevice (345) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Guess Im in the minority because I did not like this even though I love Imperial Stouts. It had a nasty aftertaste and tasted medicinal. Some coffee and licorice notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chinchill (1756) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2014
12 oz bottle appears to have a 2012 date stamp. Pours near inky black but has red-brown edges under light. Thin weak head quickly reduces to a durable thin ring, and leaves spotty lacing. I find barrel aged beers sometimes have too much of a good thing, leaving them overly woody or dominated by the aromas and flavors of whatever preceded them in the barrel. This one smells like it may fall into this group, but the flavor is excellent, with a nearly perfect melding of oak barrel effect and what I gather is an already super RIS. This is not to say that the aroma is unattractive, it certaininly is not, just that it reflect a substantial contribution from the oak-whisky barrel. Alowed to warm in the bottle, then improved with further warming in the glass.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atlrizzob (156) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Poors black brown with tan head. Aroma of oak, chocolate, and bourbon. A lot of bourbon in the flavor with chocolate, wood, coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VIBhunter (24) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Appearance- Pours dark brown. Very little to no head with some lacing on top of glass. Aroma- Oak, whiskey, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Taste- Wood, whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, with some sweet and tart. Palate- Full bodied with complex flavors of oak, dried fruit, chocolate with a clean dry finish. Its a well blended beer. Overall- Whiskey balanced well with the malt which made the alcohol not overpowering.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ESPh (67) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Nice oak aroma and dark black color. Good head. Slight taste of vanilla and whiskey and oak. Almost a little alcohol flavor. Very complex. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
njnut (225) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Poured in tulip. Black in color small off white head. Aroma is oak, basement, and light whiskey. Taste is coffee, whiskey. Increasing bitter in the finish. Smooth, alcohol is not overbearing at all but there. Warming. A fantastic after dinner beer in place of coffee.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheWkndr (2) - CARPENTERSVILLE, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2014 does not count
On tap @ World of Beer - The Villages. Fabulous. The menu description didnt mention the bourbon barrels, so it was a very pleasant surprise when it arrived. Amazing dark color.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jflopsu (524) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Pours a dark black with light brown head. Has a rich chocolate, malt and hard alcohol aroma. Taste starts very malty with some light bourbon, and finishes like a stout with some coffee and chocolate. Very smooth, which is surprising with the aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1706) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 22, 2014
Not my favorite barrel aged stout. Black with tan head. Aromas are mostly a pleasant whisky.. But thats about it. Same flavor-wise. Whisky. And bitter malts at the end. Good... Not great.


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