Odeed (1779) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 (on tap @ the ba bistro fest.)black body with a nice brown head that leaves lacing.light bourbon,chocolate,cocoa,and belgian yeast.alot like the old viscosity but a bit smoother.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled with Mad_Indian. Pours dark with no head at all. The aroma is dark fruit, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and dark chocolate. The flavor is sweet, oak, bourbon, vanilla, figs, raisins, dark chocolate, with a bitter alcohol finish. Excellent brew.
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, thanks Sprinkle) Pours dark brown to black. Fat and complex aroma with heavy tones of bourbon, Stilton cheese, brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla and dark dried fruits like raisins, figs and prunes. Undertones of rum, espresso, liquorice, dark honey, tar and subtle tones of candid fruits. Heavy salty and bourbon tones in the flavour alongside liquorice, dark chocolate, tar and espresso. Also notes of brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, rum, dark fruits and maybe a just a touch of smoke. A bit sweet. Round, fat, oily and a bit fiery mouthfeel. Bourbon, chocolate, liquorice and brown sugar lingering in the aftertaste. Near full bodied. Hot and extreme but fantastic.
Ibrew2or3 (6995) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at Lost Abbey’s 1st Annual Barrel Tasting. Pours a clear dark brown. The initial aroma was big full of sweet caramel and sweet roasted malts. The next whiff was a dryer oak to red wine combination. Then I get more tasty caramel aromas again along with toffee and is that chocolate too. The taste starts with a brief burst of sweetness. Then red wine dryness and tartness hit and move into more tartness toward the finish. The caramel and toffee noted in the nose are faint and somewhat hidden in the back. I get some oak in there too but it is subtle and residing in the background sort of throughout the taste experience. Not at all what I was expecting based on the aroma and what Old Viscosity tastes like. The barrel aging has had a big influence.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I most recently sampled this on tap at the patron saints party, side by sid with older vis. Both looked the same thick almost black and the older smelled less alcoholy and more coffee. The flavor was much smoother than the old v. lots of coffee, hints of vanilla molasess and bourbon, perfect palate. remind me to pick up a case next time is avaiable.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at port. Dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of coffee, bourbon, and chocolate with roasty notes. Fine silky palate. Nice spicy chocolate, nutty, bourbon and vanilla taste with a slightly alcoholic finish.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a thick black with no head in the beginning. A bunch of small tan bubbles rose as it sat. Looks like motor oil. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, and some chocolate. Chocolate, bourbon, and roasted coffee flavors present. This was a great way to start the night.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2009 Thanks to drewbeerme for this sample of Batch 1. We did a vertical with a fresh Old Vis, a bottle aged 1 year, and this the older Vis. All three were surprisingly different for better or worse. Pours a dark black with a thing ring of a head. The first note I pick up in the nose is soy .. but this fades into the rich dark chocolate and oak and of course surrounded in notes of bourbon. Sweet and very creamy. Chocolate, molasses, mocha, and oak barely peek out from under that overbearing bourbon. The bourbon starts at slightly harsh and turns into pure bourbon on the rocks. Whew. I’m sure the complexities will come out and this will improve after a few years but right now its too much. I actually pour a little of the fresh old viscosity in this glass to mellow out that heat. 8/3/6/3/14 = 3.4
Thanks to andrew again for this sample. Pours black with a brown tall head. Bourbon and some dark fruits in the nose, some blueberry and roasted malts. Roasted malts dark fruits, complex with alcohol, oak, and bourbon. Solid. 8/4/8/4/16 = 4.0
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lucid, chocolaty brown in color sitting stilly in the glass. The faintest hairline tan wrung lines the edges. Aroma delves deep into fudgie chocolate cubes, dripping with sticky goop at the corners. Dark chocolate truffles laced with liquid mocha liquor. Singed hazelnuts and cocoa nibs droll dutifully wonderful in the distance with a hint of mellow oak. Flavor bellows rich abundance. Dark chocolate fudge engulfs the tongue with sweet bourbon and black rye combination, all blended into a creamy supplement and laid over oak. Warming mouthfeel captures a vibrant mocha cocoa grist amidst a nearly minty frangelico liquor cream character. Burnt hazelnuts get captured in dark chocolate for a blissfully darkened, nutty embellishment. Full bodied, woodsy cocoa and mocha bean fulfillment. Charming cocoa nib signature fades into dust and melting dark chocolate fudge as it sees itself out. Huge thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Bottle from JohnC and weeheavySD, thanks again guys for the brews. Pours heavy and dark like a bottle Expedition Stout. Ohhh, this is so nice. The Varrel Aging isn’t over done and the complexity of the Old Visosity come sout very well. Loads of black strap molasses, some bitter chocolate but the vanilla oak notes are clearly present.Re-rate 12/30/07 this bottle had some age on it and it was very tasty.