LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Naven, This was a fantastic strong ale that was very similar to a big stout. Pitch black in color with no head what so ever. Smelled strong of oak and bourbon with some sweet malt coming through as well. The palate was very thick and slick with no carbonation present. The barrel blended really well with the old viscosity and made one heck of an exceptional beer. Thanks for the bottle Dave!
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark cocoa, vanilla, oak, white pepper, borbon, toffee, anise, black cherry and mocha in the nose. Huge yet ever so delicate mouthfeel and no astringency. Hugely complex brew that would be great with some 80%cacoa or better dark chocolate.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
sampled at lost abbey/port brewing - jet black, no head. definite improvement over the old viscocity. slight roast left over but with the added vanilla, oak, and bourbon flavor dominating...which was a very good thing. cant wait til the next batch comes out.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Jet black color with very little head at all. Light malty aroma and taste. Alcohol is not real noticable. Nice brew
HogTownHarry (5655) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (375ml). Shared with blankboy, jerc, mabel, mds and tupalev - mds’ bottle - DarkElf+ Fest ’07!!. Deep ruby-brown, small head. Dry, musty cedar aroma, mild roast, plenty of alcohol. Dry, oily, vanilla, roast nut oils, quite boozy. Slick, oily mouthfeel, acidic and alcoholic - impressive, but boozy.
Illini08 (541) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Duane shared a bottle of this with me, thanks dad! Very dark pour. Vanilla, oak, bourbon and a hint of booze in the aroma. Chocolate, bourbon, and sun-dried fruits all in the flavor. Nice warming finish. I don’t think I’ve ever had an oak aged strong ale before, but this was good!
boto (1661) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml corked bottle: Thanks to Vac for sending me this gem. This one pours an almost syrupy dark brown color. No light seems to get through. There is about zero head on this one. There is definitely bourbon to the nose of this one. Some oak and vanilla notes also. Maybe even some cherries also. Very silky texture on the tongue. The taste has notes of coffee and chocolate up front, but a whole lot more is going on here. The bourbon is only slightly evident, and the alcohol is all but hidden. Some fruits and toffee also try and come through, but this one definitely has a complex and exquisite taste. This is superb!!!
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very WOW sweet aroma of coffee, vanilla, oak with hints of bourbon waifs from my glass of this very dark, thick and faintly carbonated beverage. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, sweet friuit and vanilla are present, but not alone. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy but this one is suprisingly smooth and sipable, not cloying, alcohol is well hidden. Certainly one of the best brews I’ve enjoyed thus far this year.
BBB63 (5411) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle corked and bought at Lost Abbey: Pours a completely opaque oily heavyweight sludge. No head of course but what wonderful oily tears on my tulip.
The aroma has a complex tone of barrel aging vanilla and wood, chocolate and smoked malts, insane amount of tropical and over ripened fruity esters and a complete smack down of aromatic pipe tobacco. BITCHIN’
The taste follow up with pure effectiveness of rich malting, fruity overtones, some oxidation and a light amount of spicy hops and finishes off with a jaw dropping amount of bourbon character which is neither an afterthought nor an overpowering addition...PERFECT WITH THE FLAVOR PROFILE!
The mouth feel is fully lush and oily yet aggressive and sharp around the side of palate. A moderate warming that will creep up on you in due time. This rocks even more than the basic brutally great beer. I could drink a bottle of this once a week for the rest of my life and die a very happy man indeed.
kramer (3880) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml bottle, via BA Marvz. Pours a very dark brown colored body, close to black, with a smallish brown head that ran quickly to the sides of the snifter and remained as a thin ring. The aroma is just intense and decadent, with lots of bourbon, vanilla, huge dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, heavy maltiness, and a little smoke. The flavor was just as intense as the aroma. Huge heavy malt lies at the base covered in bourbon soaked woody notes. Lots of vanilla, some coffee, raisins, caramel, toffee, and a mysterious lingering smokey finish. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy but not as cloying and super sweet as one might expect. Nice soft low level of carbonation. Very mouthcoating and finishes with a nice warming sensation. Overall, this was a very excellent beer. Heads above the regular Old Viscosity.