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RATINGS: 1231   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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4.1
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Big thanks goes out to sickboy282 (?) for bringing this beer to the welcome visitors gathering at Obriens. This beer pours a dark brown color with a mildly thick mahogany head and a nice degree of lacing. It was a bit cold to really get into it, but damn those cold so cal nights. The aroma is coffee, cocoa and smokiness with a hint of wood and twig and almost a lactic quality. The flavor is chocolate with a hint of chocolate grain in the finish. Very prominent vanilla flavors..more so than any other stout I think I’ve tried, with a hint of oak, licorice and brown sugar. A hint of hoppy balance, but pretty much all vanilla and brown sugar. Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel, a good beer to sit next to the fire with.

4
Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Poursa deep brown hue with an off-white head. Aromaos of dark chcoclate, coffee, and a little oak. Flavors of the same but with a pronounced vanilla flavors. Light bodied with esspresso and caramel taking over the palate. The caramel macchiatto of the beer world.

3.8
JohnC (3008) - 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 O’brien’s gathering last nite when cb, tar & crosling were in town

2.8
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
Cobra (1100) - - JAN 2, 2005
I’m 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, don’t 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
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
JorisPPattyn (10113) - BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2005
I confess to like Weyerbacher’s namegivings... Sorry, the colour of the head can only be described as sh*tbrown, and it even doesn’t look uninviting. Don’t 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. I’m 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
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
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 couldn’t 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
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. I’m starting to enjoy these bourbon barrel aged beers. A lovely beer.


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