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 (2010) - 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.
Gorbalev (2950) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, Jerc, Mds, and Mabel, MDS’s bottle. Thanks to Mike for sharing a real treat, and a rare one at that. Tasted side by side with Old Viscosity. Looks the same, pitch black, no head. Sweet dark chocolate, dark fruit aroma. Taste featured lots of alcohol, but too much oak, dominated the subtle roast flavours. Too strong. Oily mouthfeel. Another oak aged disappointment for me, I think the only oak aged version of a beer I have liked better than the original is Yeti. Great to have a crack at this one though, thanks again Mike.
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of MDS. Black headless body. Boozy aroma and flavour, with a ton of boozy alcohol burn in the flavour, and an excess of woody character. Lovely flavours are dominated by alcohol barrel notes. Could be fantastic but alcohol makes it tough to drink. Average to medium palate (3+). The Old Viscosity was substantially better without the barrel.
<P>"It’s like 200%!" - MDS
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 2006 bottle sampled on 1/12/07: Seems to have mellowed and aged quite well and is very smooth with a good bourbon balance and oak vanilla flavor. A very nice bourbon-barrel aged beer.
2007 bottle sampled on 1/12/07: Pours an oily nearly opaque with a thin, wispy-lacing tan head. Aroma of earthy dark chocolate and bourbon oak. Starts fairly full and dark caramely malty sweet with good bourbon and vanilla balance. A nice barrel-aged beer.
On tap at the 10th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival: Pours a viscous oily black with only a thin ring of dark tan head. Sweet complex dark caramel and chocolate malty aroma has a good dose of complex dark fruits and brown sugar. Starts sweet, thick and malty with some raisin and plum notes toward a warming, sticky finish with lingering coffee and dark chocolate. A pretty nice beer, but I prefer the non-barrel-aged version.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Naven, This was a fantastic strong ale that was very similar to a big stout. Pitch black in color with no head what so ever. Smelled strong of oak and bourbon with some sweet malt coming through as well. The palate was very thick and slick with no carbonation present. The barrel blended really well with the old viscosity and made one heck of an exceptional beer. Thanks for the bottle Dave!
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark cocoa, vanilla, oak, white pepper, borbon, toffee, anise, black cherry and mocha in the nose. Huge yet ever so delicate mouthfeel and no astringency. Hugely complex brew that would be great with some 80%cacoa or better dark chocolate.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
sampled at lost abbey/port brewing - jet black, no head. definite improvement over the old viscocity. slight roast left over but with the added vanilla, oak, and bourbon flavor dominating...which was a very good thing. cant wait til the next batch comes out.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Jet black color with very little head at all. Light malty aroma and taste. Alcohol is not real noticable. Nice brew