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RATINGS: 962   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2007
Duane shared a bottle of this with me, thanks dad! Very dark pour. Vanilla, oak, bourbon and a hint of booze in the aroma. Chocolate, bourbon, and sun-dried fruits all in the flavor. Nice warming finish. I don’t think I’ve ever had an oak aged strong ale before, but this was good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (18949) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2007
Bottled, thanks cquiroga! Very black. Aroma of oak, vanilla and licorice. Sweet and tarry, full bodied. Extremely strong barrel character, but then everything in this beer is very strong, so it kind of matches. Molasses mixes with chocolate, oak and vanilla. Salty licorice finish. The barrel aging has improved it, and made the rough edges less noticable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2167) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours a black body with a ring of white head. Tobacco-laden aroma including some toasted malt, sugary raisins, and anise. Burnt malt flavour with tobacco and pleasant earthiness. Warming palate that is significantly heavier than just the Old. Very good though just a little more difficult to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2007
4/9/07 375 ml. 2007 vintage. Black, no head. No carbonation pop on uncorking. A light aroma of Bourbon and Worcestershire. A surprisingly light body . Taste of salt, worcestershire and bourbon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5928) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2008
375, corked and baled. Pours a bright red stream that gathers to a dark brown in the glass. Pinkish gray foam. Nose like candied bourbon. Medium, creamy body. Very little carb. Fruity and woody and caramelly mid-palate. Lots of vanilla. Long dry woody finish. For the money, to say nothing of the rarity, this is one of the less astonishing huge BA beers of the moment. It’s a pretty amazing little devil, but not quite to the consciousness-expanding level.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2158) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2008
375, corked and baled, thanks to skoisirius? Pours a translucent dark brown with a lacy, light tan head. Plenty of bourbon barrel plus some caramel in the nose. Medium body and light carbonation. Oaky vanilla in the taste, along with roasted nuts and cookie dough. Dry, oaky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 375ml bottle. Pours dark brown with nearly no carbonation released, so it looks oily, vinuous, flat, etc, but after a few seconds a firm but short brown head forms and we’re back where we should be. Hugely inviting nose that balances some of the fruity malt qualities (plum, oranges, cherry tobacco) with the wood and bourbon (on the sweeter side, but not overly sweet). Flavor is the same: sweet, nearly-peppery bourbon and oak wood, with some sweet, fruity plum, brandy, lemon, orange, leafy greens (arugula?), finishing with a prickly, sweet, musky, rich, tannic and dry bourbon barrel/wood note, lasting for minutes it seems. A really, really good beer, but sweeter than it needs to be at times, and I think if were drier it would be the bee’s knees.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2008
Thanks to therealbastard for sharing. Pours like oil with small dark brown head. Aromas of burbon, roasted malt, and coffee. Flavors of roasted malt, oak, oats, dark fruits, and burbon. Weird consistancy while drinking. From the flavors it tastes like a stout, but the body is way too thin. Way over-rated and way overpriced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2008
Pitch black color, off white head. Fairly straight forward for a bourbon barrell beer, with brownies, bourbon, dark chocolate. Not too boozy for its size. A nice beer, but a little over hyped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2010 Bottle at home ... deep black ... medium tan head ...rich sweet meaty malt nose with a little whiskey ... big bourbon front... too much bourbon ... it domintaes way to much and distroys its balance... behind the bourbon is a decent rich roast malt. 3.7

CASK at BSF GBBF 2010 ... 2009 version ... deep black ... sweet toffee vanilla nose .. big sweet bourbon ... soft roast ... nice but too much bourbon 3.7

CASK at BSF GBBF 2010 ... 2010 version ...deep black ... thin tan head ... meaty vanilla bourbon nose ... big roast malt ... soft toffee ... again too much bourbon 3.7

nice to see consistant scores... not so nice to see a bit too much bourbon in each version

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