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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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This very special beer was brewed as a Double Strength Imperial Stout. Imperial Stouts being very big beers to begin with, that puts this at the strength of a barleywine. The Original Gravity is 27.5 P/1118, then the hopping level is very hard to define, though there are enough hops to achieve 100 IBUs in a smaller beer, this beer still has a distinct sweetness due to a high percentage of unfermentable sugars. After fermentation, this beer was aged in old whiskey barrels from the McCormack’s bottling plant in Weston, MO, hence the name Owd Mac’s (owd being a British regional colloquialism for old).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2005
2000: Hand bottle from a growler - Pours black with a thin layer of bubbles. Aroma is roast malt, some syrupy sweetness, some chocolate, and biscuit, slight some slight oxidized caramel/cardboard notes. Flavor is chocolate, biscuit, very slight alcoholic warmth, very subtle smoke. Very nice balance. 2005: Pours black with a thin layer of bubbles. Aroma load of citric hops, chocolate, roast malts. Flavor is fairly bitter citrus hops, chocolate, slight ash, roast malts. Nice and interesting but I think I prefer the aged version. The huge hops in this one are very good but drowned out the exquisite malt profile that the 2000 showed. Still a top notch beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Growler sent from a friend in KC. Extremely sweet imperial stout. Almost too much so. Alcohol is well hidden, but the residual sugars mask the complexity too much. It’s hard to get into or drink much of, but still a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2005
sweet, roasted aroma. Lots of roasted malt and sweetness throughout. Almost like drinking chocolate cake. A good sipper on a cool night, but almost too sweet for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
5-year-old 2000 vintage, bottled by csbosox, shared by beerbuzzmontreal. Mega thanks to both!!

The Lure:
The everhugging and deep sweetness of caramel and molasses balances out the proud whisky barrel cohorts. A wooden decoration is given out for its efforts.

The Festivities:
Towering vanilla overshadows the candied caramel, yet still performs a suave, lip-smacking sweetness. Lots of barrel aging might become unpleasant after a while, but I’m nowhere near complaining for now.

Sagacity and boldness can be off-putting for many, but so enthralling for those willing to experience the world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
Vintage 2000. Couleur brune pleinement opaque. La forte présence d’alcool et des caractéristiques de whisky amenées par le vieillissement en barils de bois semble bien dissimuler l’énorme quantité de houblon présent. Les houblons floraux réussissent malgré tout à bien s’exprimer, invoquant l’image des abeilles hâtives de s’emparer de tous le pollen offert par les champs de fleurs voisins. Corps plein logeant une texture très résineuse, même huileuse allante presque vers le goudron. Très sucrées en bouche, semblant peu atténué, les caractéristiques terreuses et organiques et presque fumées du malt en demeurent très plaisantes. Peut-être un peu trop dominé par le bois sans toutefois n’être moins que remarquable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
Vintage 2000: Whisky, alcohol, wood, vanilla, marzipan in the extremely over-the-top but nevertheless appealing aroma. Opaque braown body is covered by a slight, fine-bubbled, tan head that leaves some light lace. Woody, sweet, sugary, vinous, vanilla notes to the malt centred flavour with some strong alcohol in evidence. Almost tastes like a cross between an Imperial Stout and a Barley Wine. Full body with low carbonation is silky smooth in the mouth with a rich, velvety texture. Bottle (from a growler) enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
2000 vintage. Pours a very dark brown color with no head. Amazing aroma of wood, whiskey, chocolate and subtle alcohol. Amazing flavor of wood, whiskey, chocolate, alcohol with a subtle roastyness and a bitter finish. Light to medium body, syrupy texture, very soft carbonation. Whoa, excellent, well aged too. Huge thanks to csbosox !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2005
2000 vintage. Thanks Denis! Very dark brown hue. Light brown head. Well balanced aroma (very close to a 9 that one) hinting at whiskey and bold impy typical components with intensity when needed and restraint otherwise. Tar and soy flavours are quickly joined by banana and sweeter vanilla beans to muster enough sweetness to balance the strong anise reminiscent and peaty whiskey aspects. Complex nuances of chocolate, grapes, vegetal undertones… Strong and hoppy taste with more citrus than I’d expected. Vaporous alcohol is harder than the nose led to believe as well. This is ultimately an odd and pleasant mix of salty woodiness and fruity (peach) yet roasted and earthy malts. Oily texture, mildly carbonated, which leads to a slick mouthfeel. Impressively well aged.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2005
my brother dale got me a growler of this fresh from the brewery as a "back to kansas" homecoming gift. i cracked the jug and took up pen and began sniffing to give it a critical rating. however, i soon got caught up in extraneous family stuff, dinner and conversation, and--over the course of the evening, though i earnestly sipped about three pints, my most legible notes said only: "huge bourbon, licorice and chocolate...", then "tongue-gouging bitterness", and finally, in faltering script "holy -hic- fuck!" that last comment i think maybe was in reference to mac’s strength and potency, because by late evening my eyes were-- like a lizard’s-- operating independently of one another and i seemed to be speaking some dialect of southern slovenia that i wasn’t previously aware that i even knew. i then sealed the bottle and later tasted it more circumspectly over several nights. the already limited carbonation naturally waned even more, but that mattered little- the beer is almost a liqueur. as black as a beagle’s nose, it’s edges do permit a coffee bean brown color to defy the darkness. at it’s best, the carbonation withered like lettuce in death valley because of the roiling and insalubriously flammable surface. richly aromatic, the surging fragrances catapult upward in a way that could give nosebleeds to sensitive persons. it’s bound to have this effect with it’s malts broiled till they resemble fossil fuels, with it’s fruity hops shoved into the brew in quantities requiring earth moving equipment, and enough alcohol to enable one to drop a wick into the bottle and let it burn for a week. fig-pruney aromas dominate, with melted licorice, and all manner of blackened delicacies, particularly cherries and pecans, cocoa syrup and smoky oak. flavor bites hard and pounds the tongue like a meat tenderizing hammer until the mac becomes a lusciously smooth chocolate aperatif with balanced sweetness and bitterness-- like a barleywine stout cross over. though it beat me up when i got in it’s way on our first encounter, we later became close friends. good owd mac.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 21, 2005
GABF ’04, black opaque in color with thin dark tan lacing. Aroma is of wood and rich malts, roasted and chocolate. Sweet chocolate and roasted flavors.

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