brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wow probably one of the darkest poors i have ever experienced, very syrupy, excellent roasted aroma, packed with flavors that hide the 12% ABV very well, only downsides to the beer very little head, basically no carbonation, hard to come by and expensive.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 25, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 Rating = ’07 batch. Poured like motor oil, silky and syrup like. Incredible aroma!!! - bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt - outstanding. This is easily one of my favorite brews! The straightforward beer in old viscosity seems to be a perfect barrel aging base. This doesn’t get sticky bourbon sweet - but maintains a rounded character of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, oak, chocolate, and burnt malts. This is smooth, elegant, and warming while boasting the perfect carbonation. The finish delivers in style - long and wild. I’m in love. After trying the Fall ’07 batch, all I could do was laugh (a bit more vanilla sweetness to balance out the hot booze of the ’06). I’ve probably had this a dozen times and it never lets me down. This is very underrated in my book....
hapjydeuce (932) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 Bottles both from O’Brien’s Pub cellar and from the brewery in San Marcos. Incredible aroma of stained oak wood, bourbon whiskey and thick roasted malt. Good appearance, absolutely pitch f***in’ black, even on the edges, pouring like true crude oil from the fields of the Middle East, hell, you might even be able to put this stuff in your car. Taste is dominated by the oak and bourbon, with notes of dark cherries, bits of sugar and finishing damn smooooooth with hints of molasses and warming alcohol from the high ABV of 12%. WOW. This has lower ratings than I expected, but being a big fan of aged/vintage Imperial stouts and very strong ales, this one was right up my alley!
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! I let this age several months which might have affected the experience. Dark pour like motor oil with a small tan head. Aroma of oak, chocolate, malt, bourbon. Flavor was magnificent with oak, bourbon, chocolate, malt, honey. The finish was smooth yet tingly from the alcohol.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Very dark pour with no head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Strong taste of oak and bourbon, as well as the coffee and sweet amlt.
blankboy (6029) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, jerc, mabel, mds & tupalev -- courtesy of mds. Having this right after the The Old Viscosity. Pours a very dark brown with a spare diminishing off-white head. Aroma: Lightly roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate and plenty of alcohol. Flavour: Whoa, that’s boozy! It’s quite fruity along with some roast but it’s totally overpowered by the oak and the finish burns. Medium bodied. Sorry, this could be fantastic but the alcohol burn makes it’s tough to drink. Between the two I’d definitely pick the The Old Viscosity.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this was a thick son of a bitch. strong oak and bourbon flavors, carmel and mocha with some darker fruit and apricot with a lot of vanilla and cherry menthol flavors. nice butterscotch and creamy mouthfeel.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. I have to apologize up front, but I guess that I don’t prefer bourbon barrel aged ales. Some thing about the flavor repels me a bit. Pours tar, tan head. Aroma is oak, pine, caramel bourbon. Flavor is oak, bourbon, caramel, pine; heavy body, like cough syrup.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to fordest for sharing. Bottle from O’Briens. Very dark pour, no head, strong taste of oak and whiskey. Good warm burn in the aftertaste. Nicely done. And what a great night at O’briens.
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle. Dark Dark Pour with no head at all. Aromas were anise and heavy oak. Some dark fruit and alcohol too. Flavors were overridden by oak flavor. Anise was present again along with some vanilla and more alcohol burn. Pretty tasty even if it was really strong in the wood and alcohol flavors.