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RATINGS: 991   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Draught at EBF 2/10/07
Oily, dark chocolate brownish-black colored body is fairly viscous and yields a dark tan head that rather quickly disperses, leaving some film but no real lace behind. Clarity is medium-low to low.
The aroma comes on slowly, not as I expected. It dosent just blow you away with bourbon and malt right out of the gate, but gives a very dry, cocoa powder and char note at the start which gains light vanilla-cream sweetness, very crusty/crunchy roast notes and eventually draws from a large portion of bourbon and moderate oak character. Oily, vinous, very dark and thick, it is only brightened by the spicy, dry alcohol and bourbon notes, with a touch of oily oak fruitiness. Mostly a ton of rich dark chocolate and crunchy roast that sits heavily on the nose. Medium-high to high strength of aroma with thick, but soft alcohol vapors being released with warming.
Dark chocolate immediately starts things out dry, but sweet creamy, milk-chocolatey malts surge forth, and with some dry barrel notes mixing in to add a salty toffee flavor, it quickly becomes powerful. Bourbon is very strong on the finish, with oaky vinousness and lots of semi-sweet vanilla. Char lingers on in the aftertaste, as well as alcohol and dark fruits. Texture is almost creamy, but the slick black malts and barrel aging produce some oiliness and dry-tannic feel to the texture as well. Medium-full body, quite sweet, though not overbearingly so. What I did find disappointing was a crusty, almost stale breadiness that had notes of old coffee grinds, cardboard and slight butteriness. It hits about half way through and does yield to the bourbon, eventually, but does seem very dull/stale. I think goldtwins sees it as well with his descriptor of "aged malts", though he notes it in the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
EBF 2007: Black with a dark tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and wood. Flavor, boubon and oak, some coffee, dark fruits, and a little bit of heat. Nice medium to full body. Pretty good I thought.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1714) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Dark brown, with almost no head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, dark fruit, vanilla, and alcohol. Flavor is bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, smoke, chocolate, alcohol and roasted malt. Very nicely done. Aging one of these a few years would be interesting. Thanks to footbalm for this bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4824) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2007
EBF 2007 - one of the less graceful barrel-aged beers of the fest - after a bad experience with the old v, I was hoping for redemption - this was a little better, but not by much - viscous, you bet, coating the mouth with heavy, bourbon sweetness - alcohol burns the tongue and throat, but because of the heavy bourbon character, this is almost not a problem - a bit boozy - notes of port and oak come through to add a bit more complexity - this beer was a real smack to the palate, but not in an entirely good way - too brash and overbearing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Aroma was distinctly more portish or sherryish then it was bourbon,as a fruitness came through big time,woody oak comes on, flavor is the same,also with vanilla, alcohol and fruity tartness coming through,dry finish,body could be just a touch bigger. Long lingering great aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
10th Annual SD Strong Ale Fest: Poured black with a thin beige head and big legs. Sweety roasty malt aroma with some aged malt notes. Light roasty flavor with notes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and a touch of pepper (alcohol). The mouthfeel was smooth and almost silky. Very warming. Yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Pretty damn spiffy, if I do say so myself. Delicious. Pours as dark as the week is long. Definitely reminds me of Angel’s Share. Glad I bought 6 of these! Another winner from Port.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
375 ml bottle bought from the brewery. Shared with Barzilla. Thanks Bart. This is how Barrel aging should be done. The last reviwer said there was too much barrel aging. Ummm.......yeah, its a barrel aged beer. Anyway, the texture of this beer is outrageously good, it’s almost velvety. This is far beyond good, and it’s amazing what Thomme can do with this style. Im gong to go out on a limb and say this is the best barrel aged beer I have had. Close to the angels share, but I actually think I like this better. A world class beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
RR Temptation type bottle from Sick_Boy282. Dark brown almost black. Thick with no head or carbonation. Aroma of wine, wood, chocolate, and of course bourbon. The taste was the same but with a dry finish. After it warmed it took on a strong bourbon barrel taste that became overwhelming. I actually became alittle nauseated. I like Old Viscosity better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Big thanks to Vac for this brew, I owe you one! Nice bourbon aroma--which doesn’t overpower you. Black with a brown head and a nicely carbonated, full palate. The taste is a good bourbon flavor with tastes of coffee, vanilla, and some warmth from that 12%. Good flavor--well balanced.

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