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RATINGS: 992   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 25, 2007
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....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (932) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6029) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
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.

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