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RATINGS: 998   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3132) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Thanks to BBB63 for sharing this during one of several Dark Lord Weekend room tastings. Pours virtually flat, black and opaque. Complex aroma of tobacco, leather, and bourbon. Dark fruits dominate the flavor, but the alcohol is there too. This might be fantastic in time if properly aged..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Black with no head. Dark molasses, some vanilla in the nose. Sweet dark molasses and roasty malt flavors, light vanilla and tobacco. I didn’t get much bourbon, but my palate was nearly shot by this point. Still, very good! Re-rate, C&C 375 at monk’s in Philly. Jet black, oily, ringed brown head. Luscious! Well integrated bourbon and wood, vanilla, toffee, sweet molasses, just WOW! Rate reflects this sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Bottle shared by Ryan (frumpty) with Bob and Liz in their warehouse apt in jerz. Bottle popped out with absolutely no carbonation. I think this has been oxidized a bit which is too bad, cause you could easily tell this beer is something great. Nose was strong bourbon and barleywineish. Lots of roasted malts, light cocoa, bourbon--but all a bit subdued. Flavor is similar. I now see why people think this and Old Viscosity tastes like an imperial stout. Definitely share a lot of traits and characteristics. Mouthfeel was thinner than expected but this could be do to oxidation. Not sure if that effects the body. Alcohol noted, but I could easily drink one of these to my head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 11, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2965) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2007
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...

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