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RATINGS: 1153   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.


TheShepherds' rating

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2013
This is probably a good beer...but we don’t like whiskey...soooooo we don’t like this beer. It’s aged in whiskey barrels and I’m pretty sure those barrels were full at the time. Pretty sure the vapors are flammable! Take their Heretic beer (which is great) pour whiskey into it...and you’ve got this.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiveacestx (464) - Texas, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle received in trade - jet black with a mocha head and mocha coffee aroma. Very smooth easy drinking brew. I didn’t really detect anything in the bourbon department.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thebullshornbar (62) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2014
One of the more easy drinking Ba stouts despite a lingering tartness. The palate consists of cocoa, fresh cherries, molasses, ash, and some tanic booziness from the aging. Very nice be but doesn?t really stand out among a wide array of Ba stouts.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kid_piwo (13) - - MAR 31, 2014
Chocolate, coffee, maybe even a hint of cherry in the good nose. Flavor matches but wish it was just a bit thicker body

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotchzombie (286) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Pours shiny dark brown with an uplifting tan head of fine bubbles. The head fades to a fair coating. Aroma is roasted malt and tangy cocoa coffee. Taste brings a nice rich chocolate flavor to the roasted malt. Clear bourbon whiskey flavors that last strongly in the aftertaste. Notes of vanilla and a bit of coffee bitterness as well. Quite outstanding flavor but just a bit boozy. Substantial carbonation and body is a bit thin. I enjoyed this beer very much.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gromis (18) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2014
This pours a very deep brown color. It flows like it's very thick; almost reminds me of a thin strap molasses. Very good taste. It seems like the time in the barrel took a lot of the bitter notes out and replaced it with a hint of smokiness. Very good and enjoyable, and I'm not even a porter fan! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1128) - - MAR 25, 2014
Bottle. Black with a 2 finger mocha head. Aroma is chocolate, marshmallow and oak. Taste is chocolate, cheap bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow and a heaping portion of charred malt in the finish that balances out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style. Relatively strong carbonation and sticky. Tasty, but I wish the body was a little more substantial.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AmericanHobo (21) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Pours a coal dust black and thick with no head like molasses. Need roasted malt aroma. Balanced malt and choclate flavor with hint of chicory on finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strife21 (98) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Pours dark black with brownish head. Smell is chocolate, cherry and bourbon. Taste is sweet cherry, chocolate, smoked malt and subtle bourbon. Medium body, light carbonation.

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 (331) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Guess I’m 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.


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