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RATINGS: 991   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9042) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle... RBSG 07... Murky, pitch black ale with no head. Notes of cocoa, espresso, bourbon, tobacco and charcoal in the aroma. The flavor provides good balance. Chocolate malt sweetness with alcohol and hop bitterness. Light sourmash. Full-bodied and lightly oily with spotty carbonation. Burnt, bourbon-hot finish. Thanks to Walt for sharing his bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2007
Nose is ancient smoked wood, bourbon,liquorice and alcohol, burgundy, red at the sides, zero head, oily on the glass. Very strong alcohol taste, sour, malty, extremely woody(go figure) Full bodied, quite bitter, unbalanced. I think this will mellow with time. Terrific treat!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1808) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2013 Tap at Brouwers Bigwood fest ’07. Pure black with a full head and a lovely rich aroma of chocolate nougat infused with vanilla bourbon. Flavors are alcoholic, heavy raisin, chocolate toffee, a hint of cherry cough syrup. A bit sweet. Thick palate, notable alcohol.

Have I lowballed this one? Perhaps, but it really doesn’t hold up to some of the other exceptional beers I sampled at the fest. 8/4/7/4/15=3.8

2008 Bottle sampled Oct 2013. Pours dark and thick with an tan head into a Duvel tulip. I wanted something big and boozy tonight, and this fits the bill. Burnt cinnamon toast, chocolate, and heavy bourbon vanilla. Flavor is a bit more sour than one expects and perhaps a touch less sweet. Cocoa nibs late as the bitter-sour sweeps through. As before, the aroma offers more than the flavor can deliver. I wonder if it’s already starting to thin out with 5 years in the cellar. The original rating seems to be in the right ballpark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2144) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
12.7 oz bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. Immediately after opening the bottle, I could tell I was in for a real big treat. Matter of fact I feel lucky to even have had a chance to taste this offering from the port. The nose is a robust and peculiar aroma of different elements such as vanilla, chocolate, dark roast malt, raisin and a notice of coffee. The flavor is strong with a well masked alcohol content but boasts a oak wood flavor combined with a dark malt and chocolate raisins. Interesting once it has been aged and shows minor resemblance to the original.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Black pour, tan head. Aroma is bourbon, coconut, vanilla. Flavor is tons of bourbon. Lots of chocolate, roastiness. Vanilla, oak, more sweet bourbon. Some more coconut, raisens, anice, and caramel sweetness. Really this is just old viscosity with bourbon, go figure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Black with thin and brown head, oil surface when that dissipated. Aroma is of earth and rye bread. Flavor is rye bread, earth, smoke, slight roast and coffee. Very rich in flavor to an extent I haven’t had in a very long time. Bourbon barrel flavor actually melded well with beer flavors so that oak, vanilla, and bourbon were noticeably not part of the description. Very good, but a slow sipper, even for a big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrelbelly (633) - BELGIUM - APR 1, 2011
Pours dark brown/black with almost no. No carbonation. Aroma wood and smoked. Taste is roasted oaky prunes and vanilla

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2011
Bottle thanks to Owen. Pours a very dark brown with only the smallest of dark tan coloured head. Super sweet aromas of drak sugar, stone fruits, vanilla and a little light chocolate. Some oak seems to come through as it warms. Flavours are liewise super sweet. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Probably a little too sweet for my liking and I would struggle to drink the whole bottle but great stuff all the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2011
Draught at Beer Revolution. Black; flat. Aroma of oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, berries, cafe au lait. Flavor is cola, vanilla, whiskey, chocolate. Rich and flavorful, and very sweet. Rather clean, fruity, tangy finish. Old Visc. is better. Flavor is too dominated by the bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReggieDunlap (3047) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Pours pitch black with a medium mocha head that disappears quickly. Awesome bourbon/vanilla aroma...also a bit of sweet nuttiness...like candied pecans. Flavor follows suit and adds some dark fruit....fig...mildly winey and warming. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy and the finish is roasty and boozy.

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