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RATINGS: 1176   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 (747) - 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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (2001) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2014
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and whiskey. Taste is whiskey, malts, and coffee.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bigda83 (168) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Is this really an imperial stout? I got barleywine in the tast. Pours dark brown with foamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, sugar, and tons of sweet malts. Taste of booze and overly sweet. Def more like a barleywine for me than a stout. Was really let down.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2079) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2014
From a bottle. Pours very dark brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Smells like alcohol, vanilla, some cinnamon and coffee beans. Tastes like booze, vanilla, chocolate, some cinnamon, and coffee bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3495) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, light chocolate, whiskey, oak, faint spice, faint plums, and faint floral notes. Flavor is rich roast and chocolate malt profile, some dark fruit sweetness, light booze, oak, and faint vanilla; dry finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (603) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Pours a dark brown with light brown head fading to a ring leaving decent lacing. Aroma is sweet and rich with bourbon. Taste as it warms is a bit too bitter with coffee. Not the best bourbon barrel stout Iíve had at all.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmcgavin12 (486) - Madison, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Dark brown color with a large frothy brown head. Aroma is complex with notes of chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon. The taste is medium to heavy sweetness with a bitter finish. Oily and long lasting finish. Delicious beer!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerdedDave (291) - - JUL 13, 2014
black with a roasted malt and alcohol aroma; a thick, dark beer with roasted malt flavor and notes of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon; warm alcohol finish; a bit of a medicinal flavor that detracted from it a bit

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paincane (152) - Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Dark brown body w/ thick khaki head. Coffee, dark chocolate & bourbon aromas. Molasses, whiskey, oak & roasted malt flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinfull (815) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Deep black color , big beige head. Aroma of roasted caramel , vanilla , chocolate , hint of vine. Taste of chocolate , roasted caramel and bourbon. Warming aftertaste with notes of bourbon and coffee. Great beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (3578) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle: Pours balck with a thick tan head. Vanilla, licorice, sour mash aroma. Taste is tart, chocolate and oaky...vaniila and bourbon. Nice beer...with a slightly odd cherry/medicinal scent in flavour... Different, but good.


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