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RATINGS: 1002   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2007
thanks cmubeerman for this monster. my original rating was lost so this is just from memory. tons of bourbon in aroma and flavor. closest to an imperial stout in every respect, but mostly bourbon dominated. beautiful black with nice brown lasting head. very sweet and lots of vanilla, but ultimately overpowered by bourbon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2007
Bottle (375ml). Shared with blankboy, jerc, mabel, mds and tupalev - mds’ bottle - DarkElf+ Fest ’07!!. Deep ruby-brown, small head. Dry, musty cedar aroma, mild roast, plenty of alcohol. Dry, oily, vanilla, roast nut oils, quite boozy. Slick, oily mouthfeel, acidic and alcoholic - impressive, but boozy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9238) - 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 (1870) - 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 (2156) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Port smelling, no head, chocolate, slightly alcohol. Charred flavor. Tons of oak and bourbon, slightly dry finish. Chocolatey, goodness. Finishes smooth and slightly alcoholic. Good, but not amazing. 747416

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
Bottle at Oldsmar Tap House. The flavor is loaded with sweetness and bitter hops, as well as a mild oakiness. The high alcohol content is not very noticeable. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2008
bottle courtesy of SoLan: pours a dark dark brown witha very small to no head the is tan. aroam is very bourbon with plenty of alcohol, lots of dark fruits, raisins mostly, some deeper caramel malts. flavour is plenty of bourbon alcohol, decent roast and a touch of bitter chocolate, good malts but not as amzing as a expected, tons of bourbon seems to overpower the rest.

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