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RATINGS: 1039   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2007
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2007
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2009 357ml bottle, Batch 1. sampled next to Old Viscosity first batch and 2007 vintage w/ portion aged in bourbon barrel. pours black with no head. nose is very bourbony, oaky, coconut, and lots of alcohol (really reminds me of GI BCS). flavor is pretty hot bourbon, coconut, chocolate, but then the finish comes on strong with bourbon flavor. just too much and hot. I bet this in 2-4 years would be awesome. really reminded me of GI BCS but not nearly as good. 3.5.

4/25/08, Batch 2. aged 6 months. wow this is like night and day compared to batch 1. this is softer much more balanced and wonderful. really smooth and well blended. awesome brew. 4.1.

Early August ’09, sampled a bottle of 2007 bottle, pours black with creamy tan head. looks good and with nice level of carbonation. this really become quite fruity, i mean lots of dark fruit in the nose and flavor where the bourbon, oak, and alcohol have really faded out. tasty but lost something special.

8/28/09, 2009 batch, pours black with a slim off white head around the rim. the aroma is a smokey nutty bourbon with chocolate undertones. flavor has some sharp dark fruit and bourbon notes, smokey, the chocolate is there but underplayed and soy sauce and licorice rounds the whole thing out while charred malt/oak and alcohol sits on the palate. the barrel aging as really thinned this beer out but it really never started as some motor oil impy. in the end this is a tasty beer and best consumed within 6months of release. this vintage is almost flat and would improve with slightly more carbonation. anywhere near worth the asking price? hell no. 3.9. 10/29/09, ’09 batch on draft at maproom. wow lots of bourbon in this compared to the bottled stuff. strong strong bourbon in a tobacco charred wood way, at times a bit rough going down. still enjoyed. 3.9.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2007
4/9/07 375 ml. 2007 vintage. Black, no head. No carbonation pop on uncorking. A light aroma of Bourbon and Worcestershire. A surprisingly light body . Taste of salt, worcestershire and bourbon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011
Date: December 01, 2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: black, headless
Aroma: light sweet malt aroma
Flavor: huge bourbon flavor, lots of sweet vanilla, too much bourbon

Date: February 13, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2006
Aroma: rich sweet alcoholic aroma
Body: thin body
Overall: sweet bourbon and vanilla, still lots of bourbon but some roasted and chocolate is finding its way through

Date: April 28, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2006
still too hot and thin

Date: June 24, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: RBSG tasting
Vintage: 2006
still hot but some ripe fruit is starting to work its way through the bourbon

Date: January 12, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2006
Words: vertical
Aroma: 06 is more bourbon and dark chocolate aroma where the 07 brings in more oak and a vanilla sweetness
Flavor: the 06 flavor is still very boozy compared to the the 07 which has more sweetness and dark malts to balance with the bourbon
Overall: a blend gives the perfect amount of bourbon and chocolate

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

Date: December 01, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Pizza Port Bottle Shop
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drops of lace
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate and bourbon candy aroma with a touch of dark fruits, a bit of the alcohol comes through
Body: thick chewy body
Flavor: incredible rich dark chocolate flavor, lots of bourbon for added depth, lots of vanilla brings in the sweetness, roasted malt follows the sweet vanilla to balance it back out, the ripe fruits show up for the second act
Overall: all of the flavors are in perfect harmony and even fresh out of the gate is much better than the 2006, this should be an excellent vintage for years to come

Date: August 30, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate aroma, light bourbon, touch of fruity tartness
Flavor: rich dry dark chocolate flavor, picking up more of a roasted character that is bringing in an extra bitterness and drying out a lot of the bourbon and vanilla sweetness, eventually the bourbon sweetness comes out but not like when it was fresh

Date: December 07, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: sweet roasted vanilla and chocolate aroma
Flavor: roasted flavor is still strong but lots of bourbon character and vanilla sweetness keeps it in check, fleeting touch of cherry tartness, light oaky bitterness

Date: April 05, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: same sweet roasted and dark chocolate aroma enhanced by the vanilla
Flavor: still the rich roasted flavor, bourbon and vanilla is fading, lots of bitter dark chocolate

Date: December 25, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: sweet bourbon and dark chocolate aroma, vinous sherry, sweet licorice
Flavor: sweet chocolate and bourbon flavor, dark chocolate, balancing roasted, rich chocolate, just a hint of the former vanilla, long bitter roasted finish

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

Date: May 16, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Cellar Stock
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: black, fine brown head, sticky streaks of lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma, light sweet bourbon, dark chocolate
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor, touch of bourbon is the initial source of sweetness until a bit of vanilla shows up to assist, light bitterness from the dark chocolate character

Date: November 22, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar tasting
Vintage: 2008
picking up more of the roasted character to balance out the sweetness,

Date: December 25, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: still pours black and oily, big tan head
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma with a touch of bourbon
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, lots of roasted coming through, just a touch of caramel and vanilla sweetness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Date: August 23, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: opens with a soft pfft, pours thick and solid black, wispy head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet winey and fruity aroma, sweet dark chocolate with a bit of caramel, touch of roasted
Flavor: sweet chocolate and bourbon flavor, touch of hot alcohol, light roasted with a touch of bitterness, lingering warm bourbon finish

Date: December 25, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2009
Aroma: rich sweet chocolate and licorice aroma, sweet caramel and vanilla from the bourbon
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate and roasted flavor, caramel sweetness, touch of vanilla, bourbon still coming through nice

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: March 31, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2011
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, caranel and vanilla sweetness, light roast
Flavor: huge chocolate and bourbon flavor, dark roast, caramel sweetness, touch of vanilla, light oak

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

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