robertjm (839) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 Vintage. Pours tight light tan head, about 1cm thick. Serious sludge in bottom of bottle. Guess that’s from sitting in my beer fridge for a long time. Aroma has a wonderful bourbon quality to it unlike the "standard" Old Viscosity which has mostly aromas of malt. Flavor is also loaded with all sorts of bourbon goodness.Pronounced vanilla character. Perhaps a slight bubblegum character too? Very smooth tasting. Nice warm feeling after a few minutes.
badgerben (4777) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 Vintage. Thanks BDR! Black color with a large head. Large, rich grain aroma, like the grains are still mashing in my glass. Light oak as well. Dry chocolate taste up front. Oak, vanilla, barley, grain and dark fruits all fill out the rest of it. Finishes dry and a little dusty. Bourbon is not overwhelming at all. Delicious.
jake65 (3244) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a large, thick and creamy brown head. Rich and silky aroma of bourbon and chocolate. Malty and light roast. Delectable! Flavor is a deep, rich maltiness with a hefty amount of roast and coffee. Plenty of chocolate coming through and the bourbon barrel plays a nice complimentary role. Very thick and rich. Simply an amazing and excellent brew.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle. Cork popped out easily - no lack of carbonation here. Poured back with a big tan head. Lots of lace. Aroma of oak, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol. Taste is also heavy bourbon, with plenty of roasted malt, some fruit. Light alcohol burn in the finish. Very nice beer. Full mouth with plenty of carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable brew.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 mL bottle, 2008 version, sampled March 2009: black with rusted-gold highlights at the edges...large brown, tight bubbled foam. Cherry & oak aromatics cover some lactic sweetness and earthy undertones. Extremely mild bourbon barrel aging...only a subtle hint of alcohol sweetness...strong roasted malts cover the whiskey flavours that all too often over power beer aged is spent casks. Completely understated alcohol. Match-stick bitterness and dusty chocolate are welcomed flavours that linger. The palate is slightly thin, though creamy. A wonderful beer to sit with on what I hope is one of the last cold days of the winter.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml purchased from the brewery. What else can you say about Tomme Aurthur and Port/ Lost Abbey...... Pours a midnight black with a big chocolaty head. Nose was a perfect blend of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and a touch of coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruits. Smooth vanilla on the palate with bourbon and oak on the finish. I.....need.......more......of....this!!
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to rustychiles for sharing at the bockyhorsey fiasco. Pours jet black with no head. Aroma is of heavy bourbon, coconut, and some light oak and roast. At this point I was sort of dreading the taste, being somewhat of a hater of bourbon beers. Taste is quite buttery (diacetyl or possibly from oxidation during extended barrel aging I would guess), smooth bourbon, smooth alcohol, and some nice coconut hints. As thick as a beer could possibly come. Comes off as somewhat one-dimensional, but not necessarily in a bad way. It showcases what it has really well. This was quite a surprise and would be quite enjoyable on a really cold night to share with friends.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of vanilla and bourbon and oak and roastiness and chocolate, and overall goodness. :)
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2009 Wow, is this a finely conditioned beer, with a spectacular body! Incredible grayish brown colored head atop a solid body, very dark, nearly black. The aroma is incredible, with coffee, raisin, bourbon, milk. The body is thicker than most beers, it seems, and I don’t usually call a beer’s body thick. Bourbon is well-melded with an outrageously huge sweet candied flavor, with a touch of milky mocha. Tomme does sweet well, to my taste - complex. Lovely.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 bottle cracked at the bockyhorseys by rustychiles...
pours very dark brown nearly black with porter-like ruby brown at the edges and no head whatsoever.
lots of bourbon-y sweetness in the nose along with molasses, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla/oak and something menthol/minty/sinus numbing near the end of the sniff... perhaps hops? probably alcohol? either way it is odd.
the palate, as i feared, is far too sweet... flavors of molasses, bourbon and it’s spice, brown sugar, malt powder, roasted coffee, chocolate and vanilla with a dry, bitter and nearly ashy finish.
full bodied from the sheer volume of residual sugar. thick syrupy and rather brutish mouth feel. there’s a perfectly fine beer hiding in there under that sweetened blanket...8/5/5/3/15/3.6
i had a chance to try this on tap at papago... creamier across the palate and much more balanced. the sharp boozy notes fade in to coffee and roast... the bourbon still dominates but it is softer and much more pleasant. 8/5/7/4/15/3.9