masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to pepsican for giving me a chance to try this. Poured black, with a little bit of light coming through. No head. Smell was big bourbon, licorice and dark fruit. Taste was fig, dark fruits, raisins, bourbon, with a nice full finish that lasted on the tongue. Wish I had a bottle of old viscocity to compare it with.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark brown in color. Smell is absolutely heavenly and among the best I’ve smelt in a stout. Reminds me of the nose on the Bells BA Expo/Double Cream blend! The taste is pretty damn close as well. This is truly a very incredible beer. Could use just a smidgen more thickness in the mouthfeel. The barrel aging is done to perfection. A very good vanilla and oak smell. This was easiily the best beer of the night.
stangger (603) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap at the Iron abbey. Black as night and thick as molasses. Rich, deep, oily, like drinking a glass of velvet mud. Chocolate and oak are predominant, but the complexity is overwhelming. A real treat.
RickTheRick (602) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
En retirant le bouchon de liège de la Older Viscosity, de puissantes effluves alcoolisés ont explosé de la bouteille. En respirant le dessous dudit bouchon... oh boy. Ça promet.
De fines bulles en parcimonie sur la surface d’un liquide d’un noir impénétrable font office de mousse.
La magie commence à opérer dès les premières inspirations. Du gros bois imbibé de bourbon, du cacao et de la réglisse noire. Pas de finesse ici, juste une lourdeur olfactive me pressant d’y tremper mes lèvres.
En bouche, une vague de chaleur alcoolisée et sucrée rafle tout, ramassant au passage des saveurs vanillées et chocolatées. Pour couper tout ça, des tannins féroces gracieuseté du bois des barriques percent le tout et s’étalent langoureusement en finale.
Je suis subjugué par la décadence hautement satisfaisante de cette bière conçue par les Californiens de Port Brewing / The Lost abbey.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 25, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 Rating = ’07 batch. Poured like motor oil, silky and syrup like. Incredible aroma!!! - bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt - outstanding. This is easily one of my favorite brews! The straightforward beer in old viscosity seems to be a perfect barrel aging base. This doesn’t get sticky bourbon sweet - but maintains a rounded character of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, oak, chocolate, and burnt malts. This is smooth, elegant, and warming while boasting the perfect carbonation. The finish delivers in style - long and wild. I’m in love. After trying the Fall ’07 batch, all I could do was laugh (a bit more vanilla sweetness to balance out the hot booze of the ’06). I’ve probably had this a dozen times and it never lets me down. This is very underrated in my book....
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
big thanks to ddad for this epic birthday dinner at monks which included this monster brew.
bottle at monks in philadelphia, pa
nose is oxidized, coco, butter, raisins, almond, coffee, rum, reminiscent of sam adams triple bock, some vanilla is definitely apparent. so thick. raisin, coco, rum, almonds, chocolate, bitter sweet whisky alcohol. wow. some butterscotchyness also there. wow. this is an epicly gorgeous beer.
scoth (599) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap (Sept 26th). Pours dark brown with a medium tan head, some lacing. Strong sweet bourbon aroma and molasses. Full body, rich, hot and velvety. Bourbon, chocolate, and coffee flavors, almost cloyingly sweet, with a mild earthy dry finish.
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2011 16oz goblet draft from "The Tap Room" in San Diego. Poured a jet black color with very little head. Aromas are alcohol, plums, oak, bourbon, and dark chocolate. The taste is immediately alcohol, it burns your throat on the way down. I’ve had plenty of 10%+ alcohol beers and this one hid it much less well than others at 20%. It’s like drinking a fine port wine. This is definitely a sipper and should be enjoyed one at a time. There is some oak in the taste along with whiskey!, black cherries, roasted malts, and vanilla. It’s really good but potent. It grew on my the more I drank. I’m really happy I found this and would recommend it to anyone that’s looking for a dessert beer or something to have on a cold night.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2010 Bottle.
A - Dark black with dark brown hues on the edges. Thick, oily appearance. Tiny, almost non-existent, foamy, tan head that disappears fast. Thin ring of lace around the edge of the glass.
S - A lot of dark molasses and burnt brown sugar. This is paired with a lot of bourbon and vanilla along with an oaky/woody aroma. Also has a fair amount of dark chocolate and fudge aroma, and just a faint hint of coffee. Really pretty complex, with molasses, bourbon, and chocolate aromas intermingling.
T – Similar to the aroma. Strong chocolaty fudge and roasted dark malt to start with hints of coffee. Then a good kick of bourbon, vanilla, and oak comes out. This works well with the chocolate, fudge taste. Some burnt sugar, brown sugar type of sweetness comes out toward the middle of the sip. This is quickly cut by the bourbon, boozy taste that lingers after the sip.
M - Medium to full body. Thick, although not quite as viscous as I expected, and chewy. On the lower side of carbonation, but it works alright with the beer.
D - Definitely has a boozy aspect and alcohol is present, but it is still pretty drinkable as those flavors don’t go unchecked. Body isn’t quite what I expected but still full and filling.
Notes: Vintage 2009. Really enjoyable beer. Has a lot of the bourbon flavor, so if you like bourbon you have a good possibility of liking this. Well done barrel aged stout.
kopher (593) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
no pop when uncorked, this pours completely flat. it’s brown-black and fairly thick.
aroma is of charcoal, bourbon, malt, chocolate milk, coffee, figs, roasted nuts, and smoke.
flavor is sweeter, more chocolate milk, with a harsh alcohol front, biting middle and long bittersweet chocolate liquor finish.
the harsh coal elements persist throughout (should have aged it?), and this isn’t really beer, but it’s interesting.
not sure how to rate something that looks, smells, and tastes like liquid charcoal.
also, body was disappointingly thin given the description of "sludge", but had a rich velvety smoothness.