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RATINGS: 1124   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Ale. This is the oak aging beer which makes up the oak aged portion found in our Old Viscosity. This is aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels for 6 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 2009 bottle: Lucious nose dripping with vanilla, bourbon, caramel, malted milk balls, chocolate covered fresh orange peel, authentic black licorice, and straight up booze. Pours dark but flat and completely headless...extremely uninviting. The flavors are big and harsh and there is not a single indication of carbonation whatsoever. The alcohol is hot and peppery at the back the throat...the chocolate is in your face and bitter...in fact, the bitterness, the chocolate, the hot boozy bourbon...it makes me want to fucking puke. I am draining pouring a $15 375ml bottle. I had the 09 on draft a few days earlier...I remember not liking it but then again I was comparing it to bourbon barrel santa’s little helper at the time and everything tastes like shit compared to that beaut...I couldn’t tell how awful this shit is. Now that I drink it alone...I can see what a putrid substance this shit is. I have 3 more bottles, ill probably drink one more when maybe I’m more in the mood for this style of beer. The other two I’m setting on fire and tossing into the lost abbey brewery during a drive-by maltov cocktail party. - 8-2-4-1-8.
What a hater...re-rate on draft at GABF 2009: With carbonation, it was easily one of the very best beers on the floor...smooth, silky, vanilla-induced bourbon bliss...if those bottles were carbonated, I’d leave work right now and buy the rest of the them at wholefoods to add to my 3 i have in my cellar. Unfortunately, they’re all flat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plamadude30k (122) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2009
On tap at 1702 in Tucson. Quite a bit like Old Viscosity, but the oak is definitely present, lending very smooth hints of vanilla to the already present espresso beans, toffee, caramel, copious amounts of chocolate, burbon, roasted malt, and perhaps a few hints of darker fruits, such as plum. It pours BLACK with a nice amount of brown head. How much more black could it be, you ask? None. None more black. The aroma is alluringly of licorice, chocolate, and malts, and the texture is extremely thick and rather smooth. Definitely gets better as it approaches room temperature, and is probably best just below room temperature. This beer was unbelievable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2009
2008 Vintage 375ml Bottle. Inky black pour with an inch of micro bubbled, deep tan froth. I got bits of espresso, wood, toasted malt, bitter chocolate and a tiny bourbon note in the nose. Taste is of heavily roasted malt, toffee, licorice, overly ripe fruit and creme brulee. Could detect a little oak and vanilla as the beer warmed up. Mouthfeel wasn’t as thick as I thought it might be, but definitely solid and not at all thin. The bourbon hit me in the finish with a huge dry sour mash character. This brewery just keeps rolling out some ridiculous beers. Exceptional!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Bottle from IrishBoy. Deep brown, nice espresso, tan head. Aroma is toffee, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol. Taste is toffee, roasty, alcohol, chocolate. Nice stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Incredibly smooth, especially compared to its counterpart "old" viscosity. Deep black pour with small tan head. Bourbon is definitly present, and at times a little to over-agressive. Big time dark malts with a nice vanilla touch. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12955) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2011 2011 re-rate. Black with a small tan head. Lots of licorice in the aroma, with chocolate, toffee, soy sauce and a touch of coconut and bourbon. Sweetish licorice and bourbon dominated flavour

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle thanks to decaturstevo. 2008 Bottle. Dark dark brown-black with a thick dark tan head. Thick lacing. Aroma of bourbon, charred oak, toasted malts, toasted wood. Taste is bourbon soaked oak, chocolate, nice alcohol warmth. Not overly complex but delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2009
bottle. Average thich light brown head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Black color. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, alcohol, liquorish, dried fruit like. Full bodied, soft carbonation, thich oily texture. Heavy sweet flavor with some counter bittrtness. Lingering and warming alcoholic malry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2009
bottle from CaryTheDude for my 1000th rating! Thanks man! Bottle opens with a nice pop. Pours very dark almost black with slight tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, bourbon, wood. Flavor of bourbon, coffee, vinous, dark fruits. A bit of chocolate cream. The barrel really comes out in this one. Thinner mouthfeel than i expected, but complemented by a nice, soft carbonation with a slightly boozy finish. Absolutely stunning awesome brew. I owe TheDude for this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2009
2007 Bottle samples June 2009. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Imediately the aroma is just huge. Maybe I liked this one extra because I had it following a bunch of sours and it was a great change. I think it would be great anytime. Malty goodness, mellow, some wood, some bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Still a bit hot after two years. Crazy good.

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