JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a slight red/rust/orange hue. Thick foamy tan head. Interesting beer. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, fruit, alcohol, lactose. Flavor is a lot of the same... slightly strong in terms of alcohol, roasty chocolate, anise, mixed berries, blueberry, lactose with malted milk. Very interesting. Nice drink that I think will mess you up fast if you arenít careful. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with some alcohol burn.
GarrettB (1146) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2015 March 15th, 2013 - Darker. Very dark brown. DARK. Rich aroma of roasted coffee. Amazing taste, like an exquisite milk stout. Jerky spices, but lovely chocolate-coffee blend. Quite enjoyable, but I also think I already reviewed this one. (Confirmed, I did, and Iím raising the score.)
6/8/2007 - Itís easy to joke about Californiaís chronic social problems. Pollution, political radicalism, celebrity scandals Ė itís a state rife with publishable ailments, but its contribution to the development of American cuisine is undeniable. Ancillary to that is the brewing scene. It may not get lavished with the same media praise and book deals as the gourmet side of things (indeed, it lacks the charismatic faces of such celebrity chefs as Alice Waters and Wolfgang Puck) but it is still undeniably a cultural force on the American brewing scene. A few breweries stand out above the others. In this case, behind the fecund flavored Old Viscosity is the eminent Lost Abbey brewery. Old Viscosity is an example of a beer that is very good without being very pretentious. The nose is straightforwardly coffee with fine touches of soy, teriyaki and cream. The taste is equally direct, educing licorice, raisin and a black currant finish. With the two tiered aroma-taste profile the Old Viscosity is something of a double experience. The flavors and scents really never change, either with the slow crawl to room temperature or the time on the tongue. Instead it is a straight delivery of tasty entertainment, both sophisticated enough for the snootiest parvenuís palate and consistent enough for the casual drinker. My only reservation is in the mouth feel which, despite the array of heavy hitting tastes remains thin, akin to melted candy in the mouth. Still, this beer, its head like foamed chocolate milk, is very much in the Californian spirit. It does its job with flare, but not with arrogance. Call it festive, call it extroverted, but above all, call it candid. Old Viscosity is deep, dark and rich without the fuss over meddling details. If thatís the sort of beer you need for your needs, then by all means find yourself a bottle. Did I expect something more ornate? Certainly. But I wasnít sad to find a beer with enough confidence to burst with flavor without a registered and professional beer taster in the vicinity. (3.5)
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opague black body with a good sized brown merangue-like head. The aroma is black cherries, raisins, and roasted malts. Flavor starts a bit sweet with cherries and raisins with some smoked peat present, followed with a huge shot of chocolate expresso. Very mild bourbon and oak in the finish. Thicker bodied than a lot of Imperial Stouts.
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown, almost black with very short, almost non-existent head. Smells fruity and roasty. There is definitely a chocolate syrup and whiskey element here and an alcoholic, sweetened-coffee aftertaste.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Molasses thick black pour. Tan head thins quickly. Carpet, wooly, roasted malt in aroma. Even body. Jim-Beam finish to end flavoring. Distinctive and odd. Not sure I like it as much as I appreciate what they are trying to do.
BrewDad (5090) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a deep dark brown brew with a thin head. The beer had aroma coming out of the bottle. This had fruty aromas, chcolate and coffee. The beer was one for the ages this was one of the best brews I have ever had. Great stuff. I will buy this all the time. AWESOME!!!!
kramer (5254) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, via Dickinsonbeer. Pours an unexpectedly dark brown, almost black colored body under a smallish brown head that left some spotty lacing. Aroma is a mix of dark fruits, roast, slight coffee, a little alcohol, raisins, and a little chocolate. The flavor is pretty eclectic. Roast, chocolate, dark berries, moderate alcohol, some caramel, a little coffee, and a fair amount of hoppiness. The finish shows the alcohol a little more the closer it got to room temperature. Mouthfeel was indeed quite viscous and full bodied with a slight stickiness. The carbonation was maybe a bit too much for this one, but it wasnít overly distracting. Overall, a pretty darn good beer. Surprisingly drinkable given the heftiness of it.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Naven for the bottle. . Pours near black with a medium head. Spare lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee with some hop bitterness. Bourbon really comes through in the flavor, along with dark fruit and liquorice. More bitter that sweet. A bit hot. Bitter hops at the finish.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like used 10w-40. Sweet malty aroma,íí a strange burnt coffee aroma lingers also. Nice mellow somewhat engaging creamy flavor. Strikingly like a bold porter with a hop kick. Leaves a nice ipa aftertaste. leaving me with nice sediment on the bottom of the glass i bid this nice beer adios.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. Pours black with a small, firm brown head. Aroma is dark fruits and some chocolate. Smells an awful lot like an imperial stout, leaning towards the dark fruit opposed to roastiness and coffee. Taste is very full bodied, smooth, with dark fruits and chocolate. I liked this a lot.