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
JohnnyJ (5330) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Lost Abbey. Pours a dark chestnut brown/black with brown head. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted malt, smoke, and hints of dark fruit. Thick mouth feel. Not surprisingly, very nicely done.
daknole (10828) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from ygtbsm94. Man what a beer. Holy shit. black pour wtih a small brown head. Aroma is so luscious...bourbon, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, oak and heaven. Flavor is full and bad ass. bourbon notes hit but do not overpower. Chocoolate, molasses, vanilla and oak follow. Damn this is just a near perfect beer.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taster, on tap at Lost Abbey. Pours black with a mocha head. The aroma screams of barrel aged goodness, buttery vanilla, oak, bourbon, and roasty chocolate. Flavor is more of the same, and pretty sweet but not cloying. It’s just thick and buttery and rich and pretty much just how I like my big barrel aged beers. The only issue is that it doesn’t seem to finish as strong as it starts, seems like the flavors kind of fall off. Better than the OLD Viscosity.
can8ianben (1458) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like a mouthful of charred wood. Aroma of smoke and alcohol. Appearance is black as night with a tan head at pour which disappears quickly. Flavor is rich, smoky, and charred. Lots of wood, chocolate and coffee. Coating mouthfeel.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taster at Lost Abbey. Super, pitch black pour, very thick with a chocolate head. Dark fruit aroma, slightly woody and it had alot going on. Flavor was much the same, bourbon, oak dark fruits, very well done and tasty.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Lost Abbey. Black pour with thick creamy tan head. Smooth vanilla, chocolate and bourbon tastes. Very creamy mouthfeel. Wonderful
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ EBF ’09. Pours almost jet black with barely any head. Aroma is overwhelmed by the bourbon but I also detected vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate. Taste is chocolate up front dissolving into that vanilla oak characteristic you usually get with a bourbon-aged stout. Yet another fantastic offering from this great brewery.
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge thanks to hopsleeroy for sharing a bottle of this! Pours a dark black color with very little head. Smell is rich bourbon, chocolate, coconut, and vanilla. Awesome nose. Taste is chocolate, coconut, a touch of vanilla and oakiness too. Medium to slightly full bodied and somewhat soft carbonation. Really fucking fantastic overall. Reminded me a bit of BA Speedway, but I liked this better.
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with Gabe @ Monks. Poured like oil with black color with small tan head. Aroma of sugar, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste was very well balanced and sweet. Not overdone with the bourbon and very smooth and easy to sip. Just wish I had more...