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RATINGS: 1244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3007) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Lots of barrel aged flavor with port-like qualities. This dark beauty is a sipping beer for next to the fireplace. Thanks to whomever brought it to the Obriens gathering last nite when cb, tar & crosling were in town

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2005
(Thanks to willblake for this lightning covered bottle!) Nice looking beer, dark brown with a firm dark tan colored head. Aromas of chocolate, wood and BOOZE...and a lot of it. The flavors are about the same, too. Pretty full bodied, with chocolate and crisp piney hops, but just a lot of boozy flavors. Like someone squeezed an eye dropper full of Jim Beam into my Old Heathen. Too intense with the whisky flavors for me.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Cobra (1100) - - JAN 2, 2005
Im slamming this beer. This stuff tasted like shit. Nothing but licorice. I hate licorice. About time Weyerbacher tries something other than being hung up on a damned stout, dont you think? I mean, just how many ways can you package the same beer, and try to sell it? I for one am fed up with Weyerbacher selling the same old crap & putting a different label on it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 1, 2005
Dark as night with mocha colored head. Vanilla, cherry chocolate with a bitter burnt toast aroma. Heaey with a softness and sweet quality that is well balanced. Chcolate, cherry, vanilla, wood, richness and the alcohol is well hidden. WOW!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (9672) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2005
I confess to like Weyerbachers namegivings... Sorry, the colour of the head can only be described as sh*tbrown, and it even doesnt look uninviting. Dont get any ideas. Thick, creamy and persistent, it crowns a beer itself black as sin. Sweet-vanilla & moccha nose, enriched by brandy & vinous aromas - what a world of difference with the Insanity (yes, rather an heretic than a nutcase) - rhum, or rhum-filled chocolate sweets (rumbonen). Moccha, coffee, a tad of burnt bread or cake, and then it deepens out to unsuspected complexity. The vanilla-oakwood is there, but it figures as the polished decoration of the cabin, rather than as the raw bulk of the hull. Starting dry, bitter and severe, it mellows out, reaching just-not-sweetness - and a tad salty. Dry, well bodied, but all the same thinner as expected. Sharpish end, but not anywhere disturbing. Im still marvelling at the difference with the Insanity, which I nearly disliked. This is a classic, with a nose to die for. Thankee veree muchee, Mr. Knies!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Dark and rich in color with a small head, creamy taste with chocolate and coffee upon first drinking with an oaky finish.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Part of 7 beer imperial stout/porter tasting. 22 oz bottle. Black color, reallly dark even with the flashlight it is black, with a bit of red around the edges, light tan head. HUGE nose. Aromas seem to be oak driven. Vanilla and oak aromas. The flavor was vanilla, sweet/sour, and oak. I enjoyed the oak, but I felt like it was all oak. I couldnt really taste the typical imperial stout flavors, it was just oak, oak, oak. The two others that tasted this beer loved it, they really liked the flavor. I would like to taste the Old heathen and Heresy side by side to see what the oak adds and covers.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Opaque. Light tan head. Huge oak influence in the aroma giving hints of bourbon, vanilla, cream, cocoa, chocolate and roasted malt. Very complex flavor. Layers upon layers of flavor. Notes of bourbon soaked malts, vanilla, oak, roasted malt and chocolate. Im starting to enjoy these bourbon barrel aged beers. A lovely beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Nice head. Almost completely opaque, but hints of red show through. Big vanilla bourbon aroma. Cocoa in the taste, matched with vanilla, bourbon and oak. Alc. present but balanced. Mouthfeel is creamy. Great finish and aftertaste filled with vanilla. Bourboun flavors are not overpowering.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Mostly opaque black body with a burgundy hue and a large, persistent, velvety tan head. Rich chocolatey nose plus bourbon and port notes. Aroma is also of cherries, alcohol, and a cardboard-like note from the oak. Fairly sweet and dessert-like flavor of chocolate and espresso with a plummy, malty middle and finish. Nice roastiness. Bourbon notes are present but subdued in the flavor. Creamy, smooth palate. Great beer.


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