Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 1124   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle. I’m rating two years side by side but they managed to be very similar so it counts like one. Pours pretty much black with huge chocolate head. Aroma is kind of lighter than you’d expect but has bourbon present along with some chocolate and toffee. Flavor is potent with bourbon, oak, vanilla and rich roasty malts. Smooth beyond belief. Not overpowering in the least and the alcohol is hard to find, this one really does not fall under the category of challenging huge beers but instead along the lines of well crafted and well balanced drinkable barrel aged goodness. Among the BB releases I find the 08 to be the most subtle at this time. Good lord I wish I had bigger bottles of this stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kostasgiotis (89) - GREECE - OCT 25, 2016
Total black body with a thick beige head.Aromas of coffee,liquorice, vanilla.The taste is coffee,bread,barrel like,alcohol.The aftertaste is bittersweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drsordr (2375) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2016
Bottle from 2009 shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque dark brown to black with minimal tan head. Nose Bourbon, boozy, raisin, molasses, and light off. Taste flavors seem thin up front with thick mouth feel, weird. More raisin, and caramel in the aftertaste. Likely much better fresher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1234) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle, bought at Erzbierschof about a year ago, says "vintage 2013 b" on the shoulder. Very, very strong bourbon barrel throughout. There probably *is* an American Strong Ale hiding behind that, but it’s hard to tell. And so there is not much more to say, except maybe low carbonation, boozy, etc. Nice, but rather one-dimensional.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zgpt (31) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2016
Pours black with small head nutty malty aroma. Nice strong bourbon flavor with chocolate liqueur aftertaste. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
keenano (26) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 3, 2016
12.7 oz bottle into a snifter. Black, with a thin, light brown head. Quickly dissipating. Aroma is unreal - a ton of the bourbon and barrel initially; some wood/oak. The taste and finish on this is incredible. Haven’t had a beer like this ever. The alcohol is soft, shining through to highlight the huge chocolate - almost like a milkshake, vanilla, huge toffee, caramel. Soft bitterness, but the flavour goes and goes. I really enjoyed this; can’t wait to find a few more of these gems

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (1200) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2016
It pours black with a dark brown head. It has aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate. The vanilla becomes more prominent as the beer warms. There are flavors of bourbon, oak, alcohol, cocoa, dark chocolate, roast, a little bit of burnt, and hints of dark fruit. It is full body with a bit of a slick feel to it. There is strong alcohol warming and the finish is slightly hot. It has low carbonation. Overall this is a strong ale with complex combinations of bourbon, oak, and malts with a slight hop compliment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CardsFan25 (88) - - AUG 21, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2016 Dark pour with very little carbonation from a 2013 bottle into a snifter glass. It has mild vanilla, bourbon, and the oak barrel aroma. Taste is a mild caramel and vanilla up front that transitions to a smooth bourbon middle and finish. Top 10 beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niller (1455) - Hammel, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2016
Bottle from FLASK, Aarhus. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma and taste is roasted malts, lots of bourbon, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla. Full body. Soft carbonation. Oily texture. Roasted barrel finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tightslice (1001) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 8, 2016
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is cherries, bourbon, deep dark chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate covered bourbon cherries. Booze is completely hidden. Palate is oily and creamy. Beautifully tangy, sweet without being over the top. A perfect combination of bourbon, cherries and chocolate syrup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4925) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2016
375 ml. Ebony with an enduring thin disc of cream. Aroma is whiskey, tobacco, soy, vanilla, oak and Baby Ruth candy bar. Tastes of all the same stuff, but in the reverse order of strength. Medium-Heavy body is silky smooth with an unobtrusive low-medium carbonation, and a nice balance for a night-cap style brew. I like the blended down Old version a touch better, but this is great stuff.

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