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RATINGS: 976   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
12.7oz bottle-pours a retaining thin brown head with good retention for alcohol and black color. Aroma is dark malt-licorice/some chocolate, sharp-acidic, wood-bourbon, tar, some dark fruit. Smells awesome but occasional for my preference. Taste is first carbonation on the tongue with a hops bite, then dark malt-licorice/some chocolate/coffee, sharp-acidic, wood-bourbon, tar, some dark fruit. Occasional, but nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11021) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2011 2011 re-rate. Black with a small tan head. Lots of licorice in the aroma, with chocolate, toffee, soy sauce and a touch of coconut and bourbon. Sweetish licorice and bourbon dominated flavour

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - 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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chrisv10 (10755) - DENMARK - APR 30, 2011
Bottle. Black with medium brown head. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, vinous, bitter, coffee, vanilla and bourbon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10696) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 10, 2008
12.7 oz / 375 ml bottle; a solitaire at Monument in Concord. Very dark brown color with ruby notes in the depths. A vigorous tan head that didn’t last long. Anise, dark roasted malt, bourbon/vinous, plums, and arguably a lot more. A little heat is noticeable. It is a bit tarry, has wood, near burnt malt, espresso, cooked plums. Oak seems to develop with time. A tad rough, but quite a taste treat.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pinball (10686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2009
pitch black, very large brown thick head. aroma of licorice, barley wine’ish, very faint sort of sourish, kinda nice, i’d like some roasted coffe added. flavor is super well balanced, licorice, vanilala, wooden aged, dry, very near perfect flavor. overall a must-try beer - this is real good stuff indeed.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2011
Almost black with a small dark brown head. Aroma is very sweet malty, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 251011

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10547) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
A: The bottle opened with a slight pop and the pour was lowly carbonated, but did feature some bubbles. The beer itself is viscous and black with a minimal tan colored head. S: The nose is very nice with notes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Perhaps a little bit of alcohol heat, but nothing overwhelming. T: The great nose did not quite translate to the flavor. The flavor is very heavy on the bourbon, with the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors coming through more as the beer warms up. Unfortunately, so does the alcohol. M: The body is full, and the carbonation is sufficient for the style, but could use some more bubbles. D: This beer can be one of my absolute favorites, but this iteration of it is a bit disappointing. The alcohol comes through just a bit too much, unfortunately, but I would still recommend this beer and drink it any time.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10422) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle at 4:20. Brown, clearish pour with a slight, tan head. Heavy sweet, malty aroma, soy sauce, cocoa, dark fruits. Flavor isn’t as sweet as I had expected, but still sweet, dark malts, some cocoa, caramel, burnt sugar. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Warm, almost hot finish, dark fruits, dry chocolate, some peat and hoisin. Great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10408) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottle shared by Ben aka ShareANeveda. Poured dark brown with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, woody with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bourbon woody and malt sweet flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.


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