RATINGS: 1245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
bottle. pitch black body, mocha head. slight roasted malt aroma, along with some milk chocolate, and alcohol. very sweet roasty malt flavour. low carbonation and the alcohol sneaks its way in. I wasnt very impressed with this imperial, Ill have to try it again at some point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2005 Re-Rate July 2005. Bottle. Black oily body, thin brown head. Aroma is muted acidic roast. Flavour is quite sour and acidic, with mild roast and chocolate. Thinner than appropriate. Disappointing. 6/3/5/2/11<P>Radekfest 05 Bottle. Black as night, small mocha coloured head. Roasty alcoholic aroma. Far too thin for a stout for my liking, barrel aged or not. Touch of acidity throughout, flavour has a moderate roast but is dominated mostly by alcohol. The barrel aging phenomenon continues to underwhelm me. 7/4/6/3/12<P>Radekfest 05 according to Unattributed
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2005
Black Coloring. No Head. Bourbony Aroma Alongside Rich Malt. This is Probably one of the Better Barrell Aged Stouts Ive Had in a While. Well Balanced Flavors of Chocolate, Vanilla, Malt and Whisky...Hats Tipped to Weyerbacher!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2005
Bottle. Near black in colour. Aroma was of vanilla, some chocolate, bourbon, caramel malts and a small roast. The flavour was very sweet, lots of vanilla, small roast. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes heavy with a medium bitterness. I have another bottle so I will give this one another try but so far this has not done much for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7593) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2006 Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), with notes of bourbon/whisky/alcohol, wood, vanilla. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Pleasant aroma, but quite tart in the mouth...not really in an off way, just too acidic for the style for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerlover82 (240) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Dark opaque with thick tan head which sticks to the glass pretty well. Aroma is of cocoa, vanilla and bourbon whiskey. Medium-bodied with flavors of chocolate, oak and a milkshake feel. This was aged in oak whiskey barrels(not a bad idea) and comes out as a tasty, thick and interesting brew. A bit pricey for 8% ABV, but maybe thats because of the barrel aging. I will try this again later on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Not too surprisingly this is black with a frothy chocolate milk head. Nose is a chocolate/espresso milkshake with a bit of whiskey. The hops arent too strong but like Prego, theyre in tere. Whiskey (Burbon I guess) at first then a hoppy, woody, chocolate milkshake. Some plum/raspberry. Vanilla and alcohol in the silky cocoa finish. Did I mention milkshake?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pubscout (30) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Pours like Bosco Syrup (from my youth), the oak and vanilla tones are very noticeable and much appreciated. This is a classic; I prefer it to Insanity, and at about five bucks a bottle, Im getting a super value. Best stout Ive had with chocolate chip cookies...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
This is a black beer with a beautiful chocolate tan head. An oak barrel aged imperial stout this is Weyerbachers big version of their Old Heathen Stout. The malt and oak barrels blend to a beautiful inviting aroma and taste. This beer is full and meaty with a rich taste. Bottles are limited and going fast so find yours quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Nearly pitch-black body. Aromas of coffee, alcohol oak, vanilla and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel in a slightly sweet slightly uncommon (I guess thats the bourbon and whisky from the barrels now that I read the description) flavoured basic Imperial. I didnt easily and clearly identify the bourbon but perhaps that was the dominant nose that lead to the alcohol oak and the vanilla. OK, but I recall liking other Weyerbacher stouts better I think.

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