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RATINGS: 1066   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Thanks to batkins for this brew. Pour black, red around the edges, with a tan head. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and brandy dominate. Heavy on the palate with a smoked finish. Rather nice woody finish with a sweet buttery bourbon flavor that pairs nicely against the burnt chocolate and subtle smoked finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2007
375ml corked bottled courtesy of WeeHeavySD and shared with illini08. pours a very porter-ish looking dark brown with a short-lived head and very little lacing. aroma is strong bourbon with some other barrel notes of vanilla and oak. flavor is all about the bourbon, but had wonderful background flavors of chocolate, earthy dark fruits and a hint of smoke. while Iím not a huge fan of a lot of carbonation, this was almost flat. if there had been just a bit more carbonation, I would have easily scored it two to three tenths higher. strong ale and bourbon lovers should be seeking this one out while it is available!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2007
this was a thick son of a bitch. strong oak and bourbon flavors, carmel and mocha with some darker fruit and apricot with a lot of vanilla and cherry menthol flavors. nice butterscotch and creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2634) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Bottle from capones. Thanks STEGOSAURUS. This is what itís all about. Dark full body, good sweet roast malt flavor with alot of charecteristic. A real gem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3908) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2009 357ml bottle, Batch 1. sampled next to Old Viscosity first batch and 2007 vintage w/ portion aged in bourbon barrel. pours black with no head. nose is very bourbony, oaky, coconut, and lots of alcohol (really reminds me of GI BCS). flavor is pretty hot bourbon, coconut, chocolate, but then the finish comes on strong with bourbon flavor. just too much and hot. I bet this in 2-4 years would be awesome. really reminded me of GI BCS but not nearly as good. 3.5.

4/25/08, Batch 2. aged 6 months. wow this is like night and day compared to batch 1. this is softer much more balanced and wonderful. really smooth and well blended. awesome brew. 4.1.

Early August í09, sampled a bottle of 2007 bottle, pours black with creamy tan head. looks good and with nice level of carbonation. this really become quite fruity, i mean lots of dark fruit in the nose and flavor where the bourbon, oak, and alcohol have really faded out. tasty but lost something special.

8/28/09, 2009 batch, pours black with a slim off white head around the rim. the aroma is a smokey nutty bourbon with chocolate undertones. flavor has some sharp dark fruit and bourbon notes, smokey, the chocolate is there but underplayed and soy sauce and licorice rounds the whole thing out while charred malt/oak and alcohol sits on the palate. the barrel aging as really thinned this beer out but it really never started as some motor oil impy. in the end this is a tasty beer and best consumed within 6months of release. this vintage is almost flat and would improve with slightly more carbonation. anywhere near worth the asking price? hell no. 3.9. 10/29/09, í09 batch on draft at maproom. wow lots of bourbon in this compared to the bottled stuff. strong strong bourbon in a tobacco charred wood way, at times a bit rough going down. still enjoyed. 3.9.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2007
1 year old bottle, batch 1. Lets just call this rating 1200. I had planned on it being so but then I drank too much and hit it with my backlog.

...and while on the subject of being a drunk, this beer definitely makes me feel like a boozehound. Because holy hell is this boozy. Someone pass the vodka.

Really, itís not that bad -- but a cold, cruel bourbon dominates the aroma like gin in a martini. A thick, suitably viscous palate carries a sludgy, plummy chocolate syrup home. Pouring a droopy black with no head, this beer looks as punishing as it tastes.

I reserve 3.9 for beers that are just short of great, and this beer is just that. Though a delight to drink, the booze is just too hot to rank amongst the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3296) - Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2007
The beer is topped off with a creamy brown head. The body is nearly black. The aroma is caramel and bourbon, but not overpowering. The wood actually comes out as strong or stronger than the whiskey in the flavor. Itís a little dry. Thereís a little smokiness in the finish. A little overcarbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7454) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle drank with, and thanks to shp555 and footbalm. Pours a deep black with a small head. The aroma is heavily bourbon, also woody. The taste is really bourbon, like a shot of good whiskey. The woody oak taste is also strong. Hints of dark fruit and an alcohol bite. Really nice, smooth and great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Pours a deep black color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, bourbon, caramel, molasses, and some alcohol. Flavor is malt, bourbon, roasted malts, molasses, sweet caramel, and an alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5272) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and oak with some notes of roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by some nice notes of bourbon with some light oak with some lightly sweet roasted malt notes. Texture is somewhat oily with average carbonation and full body. Alcohol is definitely not too apparent and bourbon is well balanced. Very good over all but I have to admit I was expecting more character from this beer, this is easily drinkable and I would have never guessed the 12% of ABV.

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