barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml corked bottled courtesy of WeeHeavySD and shared with illini08. pours a very porter-ish looking dark brown with a short-lived head and very little lacing. aroma is strong bourbon with some other barrel notes of vanilla and oak. flavor is all about the bourbon, but had wonderful background flavors of chocolate, earthy dark fruits and a hint of smoke. while I’m not a huge fan of a lot of carbonation, this was almost flat. if there had been just a bit more carbonation, I would have easily scored it two to three tenths higher. strong ale and bourbon lovers should be seeking this one out while it is available!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from the Stone brewpub. Pours pitch black, very oily, not much head. Big bourbon smell right away, followed by some banana, caramel, and graham, crackers. The taste is very rich, huge bourbon and caramel. A little bit sweet and kind of nutty. Fairly smooth for a 12% brew. The aftertaste is big bourbon and stays with you well after you take a sip. Glad I got to try this one. Just killer.
skoisirius (1716) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2012 OG Rating3/20/2007 : Bottle tasted at the Hard Liver Tasting, poured into a Snifter glass. Pours quite black. Aroma huge in vanilla and dark chocolate. Flavor consists of a big taste in the bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and smokey flavors. Alcohol detectable near the finish. Seriously intense and full flavored!!
8/6/12 : Cracked an ’09 last night. Wow. Totally blown away with the incredible aging this went through. Retains all the flavors of the fresh OV while blending them smoothly and gently into a velvety sipper. French roast, dark cocoa, and lovely bourbon tannins all over the palate! Thorough enjoyed. Wish I had stocked a few more of these to cellar!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 Thanks again to my man Naven. Bottle. Excellent. Alcohol burn from start to finish. Coconut, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and chocolate. Creamy, full mouthfeel. One of my top 10 all time brews.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to batkins for this brew. Pour black, red around the edges, with a tan head. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and brandy dominate. Heavy on the palate with a smoked finish. Rather nice woody finish with a sweet buttery bourbon flavor that pairs nicely against the burnt chocolate and subtle smoked finish.
JorisPPattyn (7910) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Right. My motor oil has to be renewed: it has LOST its viscosity; I can even pour a rim of greige bubbled head on it. Strong, vinous, Bourbon tinted coffee, black chocolate and some kind of brandy-based treacle. Gorgeous smell. Sweeter than an Imperial Stout, coffeer than a Barley wine, heavier than Strong ale. And a bit of all of them: vinous, woody, coffee, brandy, grapes. Some ET-hops (spurting dark bubbly fruit, bursting with hopjuice, rather than cones). A bit tarry, smoked and "some" malts. Oh, and the balance’s just great. MF: well - said it all, didn’t I? A spoon would stand in this. Got it, I’m drinking Irish Coffee for the beergeek. Oh God, Tomme. Another chef d’śuvre I forgot who bestowed this on me during ZBF, but eternal blessings be upon him and his oir. THE best for my 500th American beer rating!
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 Tap at Boston EBF 2007 & 2009. Black body with a small tan head. Bourbon on the nose. That American Strong Ale is rather imperial-stout-ish. Plenty of dark malts, lots of roastiness, coffee beans and quite a bit of vanilla. Alcohol is very much present although I would have guessed a little less than the actual abv, 10% maybe. Strong barrel character in the taste but less than in the nose. I’m usually not found of extra high abv beer but this one went down pretty well. Excellent beer but I prefer the regular Old Viscosity. So this is the 10% Old Viscosity that was aged and turned into a 12% Older Viscosity. How did getting older make it stronger? I’d really like to know cause that sure isn’t what’s happening to me.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.