crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, tan head. Aroma is bourbon, coconut, vanilla. Flavor is tons of bourbon. Lots of chocolate, roastiness. Vanilla, oak, more sweet bourbon. Some more coconut, raisens, anice, and caramel sweetness. Really this is just old viscosity with bourbon, go figure.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 21, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours brownish black from the bottle with thin tan head. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon. Taste has nice thick, creamy mouthfeel. Flavor has huge notes of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Excellent beer that is not overpowering with the bourbon flavor. At 12%, this beer is scary it is so drinkable.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown from the bottle, looks black in the glass with a thin but creamy tan head. Really boozy on the nose. Aside from that, there’s a bit of baker’s chocolate or cocoa powder, cedar, sambuca, and a bit of a vanilla (but not sweet, like vanilla ice cream). Gentle cocoa flavor at first, followed by heavy dark chocolate, bourbon, wood, lighter licorice, and more vanilla than the aroma. Oh yeah, plenty of bourbon flavor too which needs a lot of warming to become better-integrated into the flavor. Finishes with an unbelievable coffee flavor. Similar to a beer like Pannepot, where the finish has as much flavor as the initial sip, and tastes very different. Lots of chocolate covered nuts, superbly nutty coffee, dark chocolate, and a very dirty earthy mellow hop flavor. Too much hot bourbon in all areas of the beer for me. Otherwise the beer is well carbonated, creamy, viscous enough without feeling heavy or sticky. I’ll have to revisit the regular Old Viscosity soon. I love some of the flavors of this beer, but I wish I could drink more now rather than have to sit on the bottle for a year or two.
SDalkoholic (2168) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7 oz bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. Immediately after opening the bottle, I could tell I was in for a real big treat. Matter of fact I feel lucky to even have had a chance to taste this offering from the port. The nose is a robust and peculiar aroma of different elements such as vanilla, chocolate, dark roast malt, raisin and a notice of coffee. The flavor is strong with a well masked alcohol content but boasts a oak wood flavor combined with a dark malt and chocolate raisins. Interesting once it has been aged and shows minor resemblance to the original.
aracauna (3126) - Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer is topped off with a creamy brown head. The body is nearly black. The aroma is caramel and bourbon, but not overpowering. The wood actually comes out as strong or stronger than the whiskey in the flavor. It’s a little dry. There’s a little smokiness in the finish. A little overcarbonated.
egajdzis (5380) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2014 Poured a dark black color with a ring of tan bubbles that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma of roast, ash, chocolate, dried fruits, vanilla, bourbon, caramel malts, and alcohol. Taste of dark fruit, some tropical, sticky molasses, roasted malts, vanilla, and bourbon - alcohol.
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 year old bottle, batch 1. Lets just call this rating 1200. I had planned on it being so but then I drank too much and hit it with my backlog.
...and while on the subject of being a drunk, this beer definitely makes me feel like a boozehound. Because holy hell is this boozy. Someone pass the vodka.
Really, it’s not that bad -- but a cold, cruel bourbon dominates the aroma like gin in a martini. A thick, suitably viscous palate carries a sludgy, plummy chocolate syrup home. Pouring a droopy black with no head, this beer looks as punishing as it tastes.
I reserve 3.9 for beers that are just short of great, and this beer is just that. Though a delight to drink, the booze is just too hot to rank amongst the top.
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle acquired in trade with awaisanen (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a very small sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, brown sugar, dark fruits, and chocolate. Bourbon is definitely there (good thing I used to drink and like bourbon). Medium alcohol in the finish.
anders37 (17173) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very black color with a small tan head. Roasted malty oak aroma with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Sweet malty oaky vanilla flavor with hints of chocolate, dark fruit and licorice. Long malty licorice finish with hints of bourbon in the aftertaste.
TomDecapolis (4518) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle from awaisanen, thanks!. Pours a deep black with a smaller bubbly/creamy deep tan head that left some spotty lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, caramel, chocolate and some tobacco. Flavor of...you got it, bourbon, vanilla, nice caramel/chocolate malt mix, licorice and some brown sugar. The bourbon in this one is there for sure, but just adds to the complexity and smoothness of this already solid brew. For 12% ABV, it’s not really there, even with all the bourbon notes.