Goodgrief (1762) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 Original rating 2008 - Thanks to eaglefan538 for this wonderful brew! The pour was a beautiful dark brown with just a little head and some mild lacing clinging to the glass on a swirl. The aroma was out of this world incredible with bourbon, vanilla, cocoa screaming at you and some maple...probably the best smelling beer I’ve ever encountered. The flavor followed suit, incredibly complex, rich and creamy, perfectly complemented by the bourbon, better than any bourbon aged beer yet. The mouthfeel was perfect as well...the carbonation level was perfect and this baby just coated your mouth and stayed there. Excellent. I might have enjoyed the Cuvee de Tomme just a LITTLE bit more, but other than that, I’d be hard pressed to name a better beer. RERATE 2011 - Lansdale Brew Fest. This thing lacked the character from the first time around. Lots of bourbon in this one to the detriment of everything else which could be described as subtle. Some chocolate notes and a lot more "stouty" than I remember. Bumping this one down from the original 4.8 review.
BrockLanders (771) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown-black pour....love the aroma as much as the younger variety. Big wood, vanilla, bourbon...all the good stuff. Flavor is terrific...slightly sweet, dark fruits, more bourbon wood..light licorice. Not as full bodied as I’d expected but that doesn’t detract from the enjoyment. Wish I could’ve gotten this in a bomber----or bigger! I’ll always be on the lookout for this gem.
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #100.....finally an excuse to open this one.
Bottle via mailorder from Joey at South Bay Drugs And Liquor.
Pours like motor oil 10,000 miles past when it should have been changed with a small yet bubbly light brown head.
Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, roasted coffee beans, toasted barley, malt, and some hints of fruits.
Wow, this rich bourbony beast has a nice decadent chocolate, roasty coffee, bourbon all in wonder flavor going on. The mouthfeel is very full and amazing and the flavors all come together into a blissful co-existance. Notes of fruits linger at the finish but don’t overpower the other desirable flavors of this beast.
I’m very glad that I chose this as #100, it did not let me down in any way. This simply put is an amazing brew in a class of it’s own. Simply an amazing world class brew!!!
eaglefan538 (2843) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from JohnC. Pour was pitch black-brown, even a little choco colored thin head on the top that fizzled quickly but left behind a nice ring, regenerable with a swirl, active carbonation in the mouthfeel later. The aroma was oaky wood, chocolate, maple, bourbon. The flavor was all of that, some molasses and licorice under there, just a wonderful BA brew, the best one I’ve had in a while, beer was actually there. Mouthfeel had a nice tingle from the carbonation and alcohol, yet this thing was a beer. Man, that finish was outstanding, perfect highlight to the whole experience. Great stuff, and thanks to John for this one! Top 50, no doubt.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle, from Lost Abbey with an assist by Darkelf. Pours black, opaque and thick with a smallish tan head. The aroma is roasty, with dark fruits, licorice, molasses, woody bourbon notes, vanilla, chocolate and alcohol noticible. Flavor also shows dark fruits and roasty malts, fig, fudge chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, oak, light spice and herbs - it seems a little hot still. Full body, little to no carbonation. Quite good, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this one is in a year or so.
emacgee (3954) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to durhambeer for allowing this to be tasted next to my Old Viscosity. Pours a black brew that allows some light. Not as thick or cloudy as Old Vis. Coaxed a brown film of a head. The nose is very strong bourbon and oak, alcohol, sweet. The flavor was dominated by bourbon and oak, some vanilla, alcohol, sweet. I definitely enjoyed this but man it is bourbon aged and thats that. Nice warming palate.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beyond beer... Tasted side-by-side with Old Viscosity. This is dark as hell but not nearly as murky as the Old Viscosity was and had no yeast on the bottom. Smells strongly of bourbon. Nice and sour aroma. Strong flavors of bourbon, molasses, musty oak, chocolate and vanilla. Overpowering. I split a 33oz bottle three ways and my share was almost more than I can drink. A novelty, but a good one. THANKS, rallison, for the trade!
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good...Lord... It’s not even beer anymore. This is a strange low alcohol liquor. Almost no carbonation, bourbon taste, and the extra viscous old viscosity... This is certainly a sipper...
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: red wine tannins, oak barrels, some vanilla, strong alcohol notes, citrus and cherry, bourbon, butterscotch candies, maple syrup
Appearance: dark brown-->black, tan head, lacing
Flavor: coco, strong alcohol, bourbon, butterscotch, vanilla bean, dark chocolates, oak barrels, minerals, earthiness, mustiness, coffee truffle (filled candies)
Palate: very savory, nice coco/coffee truffle aftertaste. Complicatedly lovely!
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 375ml bottle. Pours dark brown with nearly no carbonation released, so it looks oily, vinuous, flat, etc, but after a few seconds a firm but short brown head forms and we’re back where we should be. Hugely inviting nose that balances some of the fruity malt qualities (plum, oranges, cherry tobacco) with the wood and bourbon (on the sweeter side, but not overly sweet). Flavor is the same: sweet, nearly-peppery bourbon and oak wood, with some sweet, fruity plum, brandy, lemon, orange, leafy greens (arugula?), finishing with a prickly, sweet, musky, rich, tannic and dry bourbon barrel/wood note, lasting for minutes it seems. A really, really good beer, but sweeter than it needs to be at times, and I think if were drier it would be the bee’s knees.