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RATINGS: 1172   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2012
UPDATED: APR 22, 2013 Aroma is very vanilla, mild alcohol & slight chocolatey roast. Appearance is deep dark with a off brown head. Taste starts out mildly chocolatey with a nice easy feel almost no alcohol burn at all! Palate is thick and viscous with a great feel, it does have almost too much carbonation though. Overall, great beer can’t wait to age a few bottles! Re-visited this after a 8 month aging! Great depth! Lots of the flavors feel the same but with more deepness.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (572) - 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 I’ve had at all.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmcgavin12 (482) - 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 (265) - - 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 (136) - 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 (796) - 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 (3483) - Cox’s 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1233) - Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle from the local ABC. Nose is sweet bourbon and a hint of chocolate. That’s about it. Nice though. Flavor is aspartame sweetness, cheap bourbon, a touch of roast, some light milk chocolate flavors, and vanilla. Pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrinkinWell (249) - - JUN 7, 2014
Pours jet black with frothy beige head. Deep aromatics--bourbon, vanilla, oak, hints of licorice. Creamy mouthfeel; decent carbonation. Sweet taste on the front of the tongue--roasted coffee beans, chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, malts--ending on a nice slightly bitter note. A joy to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Erzengel (2399) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2014
The beer is deep black. Thick chocolate nose, very intensive. The beer is smooth, roasted chocolate, the oak-wood fits in great and deep. Smooth and intense. The aftertaste is deep chocolate, wood, hints of roast. Great!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (560) - - MAY 25, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-3-12 - Served in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance –Served a black brew with a small brown head. The head had a moderate level of retention and once faded gave way to a good level of lacing. Smell – The aroma of milk chocolate is heavy and delicious and is mixed with an ever so light aroma of bourbon. Taste – The taste is of a sweeter chocolate up front. There are hints of vanilla and caramel sweetness mixed in with the chocolate. While a bit sweeter at first, it bitters up a bit more toward the middle as coffee flavors begin to pull from the sweeter flavors. Toward the end, the little bit of bourbon in the smell becomes present in the taste as well. Overall the taste transitions from sweet to more bitter to more boozy are really quite smooth and well done. Its quite nice. Mouthfeel – A good creamy body with a lower level of carbonation. The smoothness and low carbonation allow the brew to sit on the tongue and allow for all the taste transition flavors to really permeate the tongue. Overall – Very nice. The beer is pretty good for those that both like more bitter or more semi-sweet stouts as it spends time as both. Not the best of either, but if you can’t decide this is one I would suggest.


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