Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to goryshkewych for this one.
Bottle poured into my snifter produced a small amount of tan head that went to a ring of lace around the glass. The body was a pitch black color, and you canít see any light thru this one.
Aromasí of roasted malts, bourbon, Hints of vanilla and wood this has a great nose. There is a nice sweetness in the aromas that really help this brew along.
This is a real warmer, when you start sipping this big I mean Big bourbon flavor comes at you . You get the wood and vanilla and the alcohol warmth that just permeate your whole mouth. There is also a nice sweetness from the malts that follow at the end of your sip. The mouthfeel is heavy and almost no carbonation in it at all.
A good sipper the bottle size was good for me. It was good to the last drop. I was glad I tried it but donít think I will search it out again because of the price. I will say this RIS is the best of the barrel aged I have tried; you really get the barrel taste to stand out
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of bourbon, wood, alcohol, chocolate. Flavor is lightly sweet with a bit of a bite at the end. Nice mouthfeel. Too much alcohol comes through.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 vintage poured (finally) into a Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance is super dense black-brown hue, nice layer of brown creamy head dissipates to a thin layer of spotty bubbles, thick lacing on the glass.
Smell is initially characterized by absolutely delicious chocolate malts accentuated by stiff bourbon, woody oak, vanilla extract, and molasses, also present are tones of coffee and roast malts, dark fruits, and toffee, absolutely amazing!
Initial taste follows the nose and is comprised of cocoa-sweet malts, bourbon-whiskey wood, and a tinge of dark fruits, espresso-like malts enter midway along with vanilla, cherries, caramel, toffee and brown sugar, finishes with an emphasis on the dark fruits and bourbon.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied, silky velvet-like texture takes and edge of the omnipresent bourbon edge, mild-moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is high despite the 12%abv, an amazing profile of malts leads the charge here and is balanced out by the dark fruit and bourbon/wood accents, I can see this beauty only improving over time as the hotness will likely subside, no surprise here, I have drank the Kool-Aid and readily admit that Older Viz lives up to its billing, get some if you can!
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very WOW sweet aroma of coffee, vanilla, oak with hints of bourbon waifs from my glass of this very dark, thick and faintly carbonated beverage. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, sweet friuit and vanilla are present, but not alone. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy but this one is suprisingly smooth and sipable, not cloying, alcohol is well hidden. Certainly one of the best brews Iíve enjoyed thus far this year.
Nik925 (786) - USA - FEB 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good times when you have your pick of 2010 or 2011 older on tap...Beer Revolution in Oakland. Went with the 2010. This was fantastic. As thick as expected with great fully burnt to a crisp malt taste. The barrel stays in the back and adds to the wonderful flavors...maybe there is just so much flavor in the malt that it can compete. The malt has a very unique flavor, who knows what step/ingredient it came from, but it is awesome. This sticks and coats to your mouth but the malt flavor is so good, that gets it a perfect score for palate. Impressive stuff.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown-black pour....love the aroma as much as the younger variety. Big wood, vanilla, bourbon...all the good stuff. Flavor is terrific...slightly sweet, dark fruits, more bourbon wood..light licorice. Not as full bodied as Iíd expected but that doesnít detract from the enjoyment. Wish I couldíve gotten this in a bomber----or bigger! Iíll always be on the lookout for this gem.
hohops (779) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2014 Appearance= oil. Pitch black, nothing escaping at all. Not much head, just a mocha coloured rim around the edge. Alcohol legs definitely detectable. Aroma- vanilla, leather hints, a bit of coffee but more chocolatey , burnt sugar, toasted coconut, bitter chocolate, bourbon, boozy, cocoa hints, fudge. Smells lovely. Taste- intense, and big flavours hit you. Lots of chocolate, burnt treacle, the bourbon then comes through with vanilla hints, plenty of bitterness, chocolate fudge cake, sticky and slightly oily mouthfeel, with some alcohol warmth- you can tell itís a big beer. The finish lingers for ages and clings to the mouth. Some espresso characteristics towards the end. Very viscous (unsurprisingly). The carbonation is quite soft, and maybe a bit more would help things along, but this is pretty much the only criticism. This is a superb brew.
MikeJslc (778) - USA - APR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, tan head. Big thick viscous mouthfeel with deep malt character of dark bread, licorice, roast, caraway seeds, nutty notes, big bourbon barrel character. Huge and complex and aptly named.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours thick viscous black with thick chocolate head. Aroma chocolate and bourbon. Taste dark fruits, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla with some hops/ Finish of alcohol with slight hops. Very powerful. Palate thick and almost syrupy with slight carbonation. Alcohol very evident.
Very nice beer but not sure itís worth the cost as thereís stuff I like as much or more for much less.
Valgreen (768) - DENMARK - DEC 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Very dark brown, small tan head that settles nicely, good lacing. Aroma, malty, milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, quite boozy, toffee, . Taste, malty, roasted notes, chocolate, vanilla, wood, tobacco, bourbon, leather, dark fruits. Warming boozy end. Great aftertaste of bourbon and malt.