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RATINGS: 1205   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours an opaque black color. The head is a one finger tan shade that retains surprisingly well for a barrel-aged RIS (though perhaps not given its ABV). A good ring of lacing is left on the glass. S: Thereís a bourbon character here - and itís a wholly decent one at that. Notes of vanilla, charred oak, and coconut complement the chocolaty, roasty base. T: Wow, Iím surprised how heavily the barrel character comes through. The opening chocolate sweetness is quickly supplanted by vanilla and coconut in the middle. It finishes with strong charred oak and a returning hint of powdered chocolate. This one lacks complexity - great chocolate character, though. M: Tannic with a capital T. The lighter body and dry finish means this comes out more strongly than, say, BCBS. However, thereís still a lingering sweetness on the aftertaste. If I have a (big) problem, itís that the texture seems almost inadequately thin and angular on the palate given the sweetness level. The good drinkability canít compensate, either. O: This is a poor manís BCBS in every sense of the word. Itís not as decadent, not as big, not as flavorful, not as hard to find, and not as expensive. The mouthfeel is underwhelming, but I can really see this as a great introduction to barrel-aged imperial stouts. Hell, Iíd gladly pick it up again myself.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2507) - Crestview, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2015
Black pour. Small tan head. Little lacing. Chocolate and coffee nose. Taste is chocolate coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (1082) - Troy, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2015
Bottle. The pour is black with little head. The aroma is nice, lots of chocolate and vanilla, not getting much from the barrel. The taste is full bodied, but a little thin for what I was expecting. Solid flavor profile, and some smokiness in the end which I attribute to the barrel.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ColovianTrader (395) - - APR 16, 2015
Sweet oak and cocoa aroma. Nice barrel presence, with flavors of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, cocoa, toast and raisins. Hints of cherries and berries. The flavors were by no means mild, but also not as strong as expected. Body felt a bit thin for the style but still good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (938) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2015
Aroma of coffee and chocolate but subdued. Creamy feel full bodied with a taste of chocolate and cocoa. Mild palate of cocoa.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (82) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2015
Aroma: chocolate, caramel, Appearance: black, clear, tan foam, Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate: full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (1018) - Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle into snifter glass, opaque deep dark brown color with thin dark tan head. Aroma notes of heavy roasted malt, smoke, whiskey, vanilla, cocoa, light coffee and some wood. Taste adds caramel, more wood, bourbon, dark fruits, char, some vinous notes, dark coffee and light licorice. Heavy-medium body, low carbonation, slick, oily with boozy roast finish. Nice solid barrel aged RIS, the price is quite nice too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bconch (308) - - APR 4, 2015
Jet black pour. Nose of chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Taste follows in a nicely blended flavor. Mild booze from bourbon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1748) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2015
Pours black like oil with similar viscosity and a nice amount of khaki colored head. Whiskey and cocoa on the nose, a little roasted malt too; follows onto the palate. Finishes with vanilla and cocoa, with a whiskey backbone.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierMeHoos (269) - Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Poured from the bottle very dark, almost black, opaque. Aroma has touches of chocolate, vanilla and just a hint coffee and alcohol. Flavor was lots of dark roast malt, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Palate was thin. Overall, a good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
samsmith33 (509) - - MAR 29, 2015
UPDATED: APR 4, 2015 On tap at blend.Aroma is whiskey and lots of coffee, chocolate.Taste is coffee and whiskey.Dark black color. Medium head.Tasty.


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