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RATINGS: 1027   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Ale. This is the oak aging beer which makes up the oak aged portion found in our Old Viscosity. This is aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels for 6 months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8338) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2008
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Bottle. Pours with a nice fluffy brown head and pitch black color. Wonderful bourbon aromas with malts in the background. Flavors are great with drak fruit, cacao and of course the bourbon that is quite strong in this one. Great smoothness, nice bitter finish offset by some of the bourbon hotness. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sephiroth (66) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2008
I forget who sent me this beer, it was a while ago...thanks. From notes: Pours completely still, and of course is completely black. It is not, however, as black as some other big stouts out there. Smells chocolatey, with vanilla and bourbon coming through loud and clear. Alcohol is noticeable. This beer tastes as good as any BA stout. The bourbon barrel flavor would be too much in another beer, but this one has a vast richness of other flavors as well. Lots of chocolate. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and coating. Truly one of the GOAT.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Pours a deep black color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, bourbon, caramel, molasses, and some alcohol. Flavor is malt, bourbon, roasted malts, molasses, sweet caramel, and an alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Nov. 2007 Release, 375ml bottle. Pours a sludgy black with brown highlights around the edges. Very little brown head, just around the edges. Huge vanilla and oak smells up front, a little bourbon hidden in the back. Taste, lots of vanilla and bourbon. Beautiful. A little bit of oak and quite a bit of hot alcohol towards the finish. Full and thick, just enough carbonation. Beautiful mouthfeel. I could sip this all night, but I’d wake up with a headache for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 indeed everything old viscosity is yet more smooth. where there was sharp alcohol is replaced with cherry cordial. dark intense rich heavy and consistent oak with bourbon. Charcoal, licorice and rum raisin. Spectacular beer, I want to hug it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2008
375, corked and baled, thanks to skoisirius? Pours a translucent dark brown with a lacy, light tan head. Plenty of bourbon barrel plus some caramel in the nose. Medium body and light carbonation. Oaky vanilla in the taste, along with roasted nuts and cookie dough. Dry, oaky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Thanks to KP for this one. Black bodied. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, and whiskey. Boozy mouth, vanilla and whiskey flavors. Quite alcoholic. A little too much booze.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (153) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2008
This marvelous creation is like the perfect bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout/Rochefort 10-like hybrid...huge in every aspect, and absolutely savory, with a lot of bourbony esters, and yet never overwhelmingly bourbony, maintaining a beautiful balance of roastiness, dark fruits, tobacco, and bitter chocolate all the way to the voluptuous finish. WOW!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
375 ml bottle - Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 finger thick tan head. Very light lacing. Aroma is oak/bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and some dark esters. Flavor is the same with the addition of a touch of coffee. This beer smells and taste great! Medium to full body. The esters and bourbon linger on the palate. Slight alcohol warming. An excellent sippin’ beer.

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