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RATINGS: 1245   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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4.2
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Beautiful pour. Aromas of chocolate, butter, toffee - kind of like malted milk. The faintest hint of alcohol. Taste is fairly dry. Lots of chocolate. I was longing for a little more spice but very happy for lack of too much sweetness. Texture was smooth and rich. I wasnt getting lots of bourbon but I really enjoyed this Imperial sent to me by my Secret Santa - Kinz.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Black as black can be with brownish head. Very smooth and delicious. Coffee and oak flavors with alcohol in the background. A good, easy to drink stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (6235) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Ill be the first to admit it - Im a sucker for the aroma of a bourbon barrel aged brew. This one smells wonderful - notes of vanilla, oak, and whiskey. The flavor is a nice blend of imperial stout and bourbon - all of the coffee and chocolate you would expect, plus prune and rasin, mixed with a subtle but unmistakeable flavor of bourbon. Very tasty - Thanks, Secret Santa!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
pours black with a small tan head. aroma is toffee-ish and boozy with vanilla, chocolate and fig. dried fruit flavours meld nicely with the roastedbitterness and woody dryness. my first barrel aged imperial stout. not bad, but doesnt seem better or worse than heathen

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Bottle from wohlfs, Dark brown, thin brown head, aroma of fruit, tastes sweet with a bit of bourbon, fairly thin.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Excelent black pour with a large foamy dark tan head. Big deep malt aroma and strong bitterness both present in teh aroma along with vanilla, chocolate, and some alcohol. Chalky chocolate feel is burried beneath a sweet chocolate taste. Neither overpowers, leaving room for vanilla, coffee, and roasted malts along with some mild bitterness. Very nice alcohol taste appears as the beer warms and pairs nicely with the oak dryness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Plums and raisin sweetness w/ roasty textures on the nose. Rich roast and coffee w/ plums and vanilla in the mouth. Opaque and deep w/ red/ purple hues, decent head and light amber lacing. Creamy and full bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2004
For starters this is scary how much it smells like bourbon. I noticed the hints of vanilla, but not so much the oak because it blended in nicely with the whiskey scent. Pours straight black with brown head that fades as fast as it pours. Strong oak, coffee, chocolate taste. The bourbon and vanilla flavors are much more subtle. Has a nice body and is quite smooth. It warmed me up a little like a nice scotch to. Very nice example for this style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Bottle. Deep black color. Nice brown head that fades and lingers as a ring around the edge. Roasted malt aroma with little bits of coffee and chocolate. Oak and bourbon are there in aroma but not overpowering. Woody flavors with malt in taste. Subtle hop finish. Smooth mouthfeel, full bodied. Fairly decent Imperial.


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