RATINGS: 1155   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (4067) - Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2009 ++++ Re Rate 24 November 2009 ++++
12.7 fl oz bottled, corked and caged, from the Sinners Club. 2008 Vintage. Served out of the wine fridge at 55 degrees into my Stone IRS tulip. Pour is hazy full black, with a big loose 4 inch khaki head. Head crackles and falls with a lot of noise and some pretty lacing. This is a pretty beer. Aroma is initially quite big on the resin and oak wood of the barrels, after that fades a bit, some strong licorice, roasted malt and a decent amount of alcohol heat. This is actually more of the wood and heat than I remembered, bordering on overpowering. Taste is the big wood oakiness right away, very strong tannins, very Bourbony and very sharp with the barrel. The licorice and roast of the nose are present, though a bit lost behind the wood, booze and Bourbon. There is some nice dark chocolate to the finish, which helps bring things together a bit. Palate is medium-thick, coats the mouth a bit before the tannins of the wood and the alcohol heat dry it back out. Aftertaste is long, and warming. This beer has come together a bit since I last had it, but it still just a monster of a beer. As before, well made, still not entirely my thing. (7,5,7,3,14 - 3.6)

++++ Original Rating 22 April 2009 ++++
12.7 fl oz bottled, corked and caged, from the Sinners Club. 2008 Vintage. Pour is deep hazed black, with a firm two inch deep tan head. Nice coating lace left on the glass as the head falls. Pretty beer. Aroma of roast malt and bitter dark chocolate. The bourbon and barrel is also present, though nicely behind and melded with the roast maltiness. Some soy and licorice comes out as it warms, followed by a fair amount of alcohol. Taste is big and brash, the melding of the nose yields to flavor spikes of Bourbon, oak barrel tannins, the roasted malt, and a touch of the soy and licorice of the nose. The pine bitter hoppiness is harsh and accents all of the other flavors. Alcohol comes through clean and hot in the aftertaste, followed by smoky roastiness. The alcohol is very warming, and stung my chest. Palate is medium to thick,sludgy, mouth coating, yet still somewhat viscous. The aftertaste, as mentioned is long and hot. If you like wood, booze and Bourbon, this is your beer. Not exactly my thing, but it was well done. (8,5,6,4,13 - 3.6)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - APR 20, 2009
Yum, this is great. Great looking beer, midnight black with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is full of bourbon, dark fruits, molasses, vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side, but appropriate for the style. Flavor of rich dark chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Very tasty sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bottle courtesy of retorp. Pours a muddy black color with tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, booze, brown sugar, dark ripe fruit, some hints of wood and coffee. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of brown sugar, molasses, ripe dark fruit, vanilla, oak, bourbon and hints of caramel and toffee. Generally full body with a pleasing malt chocolate finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2009
Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark brown, almosr black, with frothy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Taste of chocolate, smoke, and bourbon. Medium carbonation with smooth mouthfeel, very smooth. Great smooth and bourbony beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2009
Thanks for sharing this true gem Yaniv! Pours a dark dark brownish black with a healthy mocha head. The nose is sweet, strongly oaky, perhaps dominantly. Molasses, a bit of resin, alcohol, some darker anise sort of notes. I can see why its not a stout... but it reminds me of a well constructed imperial stout. Full on the tongue, with lower carbonation, but not flat. A bit viscous, oddly. The flavors are in line with the nose. Perhaps a bit more fruity. Raisins. A bit creamy. Definitely that cherry sort of oak, rather than the vanilla bourbon oak character. Sharp. Lingering tannins. If Im lucky, Ill rerate this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (13055) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2009
Corked bottle from TheEpeiist, thanks! Almost pitch black. Creamy aroma with dark chocolate, cacao and licorice. Salty, creamy flavor with milk chocolate, licorice, dired fruit. Some alcohol. Just a hint of oak, nothing more. Full bodied, malty, creamy and really delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1944) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2009
I picked up a bottle of this a year ago at By The Bottle in Vancouver, WA. Colour... Black coffee and no head whatsoever. Nose... sweet, roasty and booooozy! I feel like Ray Milland from, "The Lost Weekend" just smelling this stuff! Palate... molasses, turbinado, Bourbon, treacle syrup, double espresso and Christmas pudding all rolled into a supple mouthcoating delight! I just gotta find more of this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2009
Flaske, delt med Theis. Sort med et lille nddebrunt skum. Dufter og smager af soya, mrk bitter chokolade, tr, vanilie og mrke frugter.Tyk og olieret mundfylde.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2009
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Black - brown head. Roasted, light burned, notes, vanilla, berries, tarmac, licorice, wood, bourbon, chocolate, light alcho-burn, coconut, sweetness, dried fruits, dried dark fruits, oak, light coffee. Light thin finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2009
375ml bottle. Pours a dark, opaque brown capped by a thick and lasting dark khaki head leaving spotty lacing. Aroma is pretty standard for the style... lots of whiskey barrel, charred and slightly astringent malt, green pepper, anise, char... perhaps some bitter chocolate. Minimal hop profile. Boozy and rather simplistic. Palate is rather dry and unforgiving. Dark and slightly astringent roasted malt. Peppery and spicy... but not in a way that I enjoy. The 12% is hidden quite well. Some dark, bitter chocolate, dry wood, dry malt. Vanilla extract, dusty hops. Medium bodied... not nearly as viscous as Id hoped. Slightly chalky initial mouthfeel with a tannic, boozy finish.

Ill admit it... I am a HUGE Lost Abbey Fanboy. But this is an extreme disappointment. The beer seems quite out of balance. Everything seems a tad disjointed with nothing coming together that well. Dont get me wrong... its a good beer, just seems slightly messy.

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