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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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours an opaque black color. The head is a one finger tan shade that retains surprisingly well for a barrel-aged RIS (though perhaps not given its ABV). A good ring of lacing is left on the glass. S: Theres a bourbon character here - and its a wholly decent one at that. Notes of vanilla, charred oak, and coconut complement the chocolaty, roasty base. T: Wow, Im surprised how heavily the barrel character comes through. The opening chocolate sweetness is quickly supplanted by vanilla and coconut in the middle. It finishes with strong charred oak and a returning hint of powdered chocolate. This one lacks complexity - great chocolate character, though. M: Tannic with a capital T. The lighter body and dry finish means this comes out more strongly than, say, BCBS. However, theres still a lingering sweetness on the aftertaste. If I have a (big) problem, its that the texture seems almost inadequately thin and angular on the palate given the sweetness level. The good drinkability cant compensate, either. O: This is a poor mans BCBS in every sense of the word. Its not as decadent, not as big, not as flavorful, not as hard to find, and not as expensive. The mouthfeel is underwhelming, but I can really see this as a great introduction to barrel-aged imperial stouts. Hell, Id gladly pick it up again myself.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (4231) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Pour is a complete black with a small tan head. Aroma is a nice roasted/chared malt with a barely there barrel. The barrel becomes more apparent as this warms. Flavor is is a decent roasted malt, plenty of vanilla and a minor oak. Much like the aroma the oak shows itself more as this gets up to room temperature. This was a solid offering.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG111 (1594) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, some esters, dark fruit, fig, plum, toffee, vanilla.Flavor is drinking fruit, astringency, dark fruit, esters. Wow, poorly executed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1891) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Pours a very dark with nearly no head. Dark roast , dark chocolate and coconut nose. Dark malt, dark chocolate , marshmallow, coffee, and coconut.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJBarstool (28) - Rockaway, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2016
The aroma has a boozy whiskey front note. I dont smell chocolate or coffee so much, but the vanilla is there. The appearance is very black, like flat root beer. You have to shake this thing up to get any head out of it. Ive had other imperial barrel aged stouts before, ones that have far higher abvs. This one tastes like a stronger beer than 8.2%. Perhaps its the stronger bourbon aroma playing a trick on the brain, but Ive had stouts 4-5 percentage points higher abv that go down a lot smoother. It has a mouth feel similar to red wine, and a warming sensation similar to a Pinot Noir. Overall a very good beer, and similar to Weyerbachers bold style. I personally prefer Dragons Milk, but its a solid beer in the category.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
odinstyr (768) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Pours a velvety black with minimal brown head. Smells of cocoa and vanilla. Taste is sweet and bitter - coffee and cocoa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (6760) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Vtg blackberry backlog. Bottle, Pours black with brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, toasty coffee, vanilla, and plum. Very warming stout with a fair bit of balance. I like it for the most part.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hman43 (1355) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2016
It pours black with a dark brown head. It has coffee aromas with roast and a bit of smoke. There are flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, roast, smoke and a bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (4170) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2016
Black color, short lasting brown foam head. Coffee in aroma, smooth drinking w/ coffee and vanilla taste, oak and smooth whiskey tones. Nice. (Velp 201605)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsporrer (882) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours a dark brown to black with a thin tan ring. Medium carbonation with plenty of lacing. Strong aroma of whiskey. A little thin for a stout. Fairly smooth with some roasted malts. Alcohol is not too overpowering. Very enjoyable. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (2361) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2016
Aromas of caramel, toffee, vanilla, milk chocolate. Black with a mostly lasting, small neige head. Initially sweet, some roasty nuances, like a creamy mocha latte, some whiskey booziness. Full bodied, very smooth, very drinkable especially considering the double-digit ABV.


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