blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RFD Pizza Port/Port/Lost Abbey tastin 6/20 - More mellow then the Old Viscosity. While still an insanly good beer, probably lost a bit of it’s edge.
Sammy (8024) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This bottle listed at 13.75% ABV. Despite tasting like a bourbon-aged RIS, it bourbon-aged Old Viscosity. And that difference dollar-wise: $60 bottle, tax, and tip at Beerbistro. And a 375 ml at that. Very dark, some creamy head, with aromas of wine and bourbon, coffee and roasted barley. Smooth, the bourbon had worked in to the taste profile and this reminded me of the 28-year old Kourage RIS I had last year, except less boozy in the nose.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with glowing brown edges and a small light brown head, little retention, oily. The aroma is very whisky tilted. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, licorice, raisins, some oak, light vinous bursts, sweet chocolate, deeply roasted malt, coffee, lots of alcohol. This has a refinement the base version does not but remains bold and weighty. The flavor is much the same, focus lying on the vinous, chococoffee and roast notes that underlie the crushing bourbon barrel foundation. Medium bitterness, light to medium acidity, heavy sweetness(not too heavy; in fact, the power here is derived from intense drying alcohol and bitter roastiness). Licorice and dark fruits fade away as the grip of whisky tightens its stranglehold on a tongue that can submit or give up tasting altogether...this is ruinous, defined, and what a lovely kind of palate tortuire it is. Very full bodied even if it’s decimated to a degree by lengthy barrel aging, viscous(it better be), oily and mildly sticky. Carbonation is low and sometimes not noticeable at all. Alcohol remains a force and drys the mouth further with each sip....this is quite the slow sipper. Finishes salty, oaky, dry and bitter. This is very good, though in the case of comparison, I preferred the rougher around the edges recipe that wasn’t barrel aged.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at RBSG ’07 Grand Tasting room. From corked bottle pours a clear dark brown brew with a thin light tan head. Thin head is still thick as it leaves behind a nice lacing. Aroma of caramel, bourbon and a a touch of molasses. Taste is medium to full bodied, not much carbonation but plenty of alcohol to warm the entire room. Woo Hoo! Flavors detected were dark berries, vanillia and more bourbon. Finish is soft and sticky with a whiskey finish. Thanks to walt for sharing this awesome brew.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at pre-RBSG tasting
The credit for this one goes to MrFacto. I believe there was also a bottle of the Old Viscosity opened which I should have tried side by side. Looking at my ratings now I find it hard to believe this is truly a full half point better than the other version. If you’d like to help me with a rerate I would not object to a bottle of each.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body lives up to its name. This is not the darkest beer I’ve ever seen but it certainly competes quite well with almost everything out there. No carbonation is visible; I suspect even if you could see into the glass there would be none. Lacing clung to the sides like film, coating my glass in layers of sediment. The nose was sweet with hints of anise and cocoa playing against the pineapple, coffee and blackberries. It smells very porterish with a dash of smoke for good measure.
Flavor / Palate - Straight black coffee, peat and smoke coat the palate from the first sip. If you pay attention a pie like aftertaste is next, accompanied by charcoal, blueberries and anise. I have to knock off a few points for the strong alcoholic presence or otherwise this would be close to a new Top 10 entry. I don’t know how Port Brewing/Lost Abbey does it but I have yet to come across a beer I would turn down.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 (Bottle, courtesy of Walt) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of oak barrel, strong bourbon, dark fruit, and a hint of vanilla. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, molasses, and oak.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RSSG 2007 Overnight Tasting - Dense brown, creamy tan head. Nose was loaded with whiskey, oak, graham cracker, and vanilla molasses. Strong oak flavor dominates with underlying vanilla and bourbon tones. Medium bodied and oily, soft carbonation, boozy warm finish. Good, but the un-barrel aged version from long ago kicks this one to the curb. Thanks for sharing Walt...
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2008 From bottle at Lost Abbey before RBSG on 08/02/2008. Dark black body with a medium creamy brown head. Big malty aroma with some yeast. Big caramela nd malt flavor, some bread. Full body with moderately low carbonation. 8/5/9/3/17-4.2
Bottle 07/01/2007. RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Clear ruby body with a small off-white head. Sweet caramel and molassas aroma with some rum soaked fruit. Sweet molassas and rum soaked fruit flavor. 8/4/8/3/16-3.9
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. In my notes as Barrel Aged Viscosity. No head on this dark brown almost black pour. Chocolate and bourbon on the nose. Sweet body with similar flavors and thick mouthfeel.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... RBSG 07... Murky, pitch black ale with no head. Notes of cocoa, espresso, bourbon, tobacco and charcoal in the aroma. The flavor provides good balance. Chocolate malt sweetness with alcohol and hop bitterness. Light sourmash. Full-bodied and lightly oily with spotty carbonation. Burnt, bourbon-hot finish. Thanks to Walt for sharing his bottle!