grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of bourbon, wood, alcohol, chocolate. Flavor is lightly sweet with a bit of a bite at the end. Nice mouthfeel. Too much alcohol comes through. 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. KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2008
375 ml bottle. 2007 vintage. Dark black pour. Thin, light brown head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, bitter chocolate. Sweetness has mellowed nicely. Bourbon notes really come through and compliments the dark chocolate notes. Warming alcohol at the finish. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. What an amazing beer! danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2011 2007 Bottle (9/19/2008 ). Yum, a real delight! Oak and bourbon tones are not overly in your face like a lot of bourbon barrel aged beers. A lot of sweet caramel and vanilla flavors. Warms in the mouth. Definitely drinks like a port.
2009 bottle served 3/1/2010. The appearance is a beautiful glossy flowing back. No head no carbonation. The nose is strong with bourbon, figs, plums, and heavy roasted malts. A good amount of alcohol in the nose as well. The flavors are very complex. A lot of bourbon, port, figs, prunes, other dried dark fruits, more bourbon, dark cherries, heavy roasted malts. The flavors are distracted with a lack of carbonation. A good grainy wet oak flavors as well. I wish it wasn’t so distracting but it is and it makes the alcohol heat be more upfront. I didn’t adjust my score as far down since the sample I have from a 2010 bottle was so phenomenal. I will take more notes when I open my bottle of that. dalekliz (923) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2008
Sampled at the brewery for RBSG 08. Pours a deep black with a small tan head that fades into a ring. Huge bourbon-malt aroma, sweet, sharp, and a bit boozy. Big sweet malt taste, with wood and bourbon notes, and a lot of alcohol. Lingering sweet malt-bourbon flavors. Delicious.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Bottle, thought I would start the next 1000 with a goodie, this being #1001. Alexanderj got me a bottle of this awhile ago, but I recently acquired a new one... I am drinking the new one and saving the one from alexanderj. Black pour with some tan head. Aroma is nice vanilla bourbon, some sweet toffee, and chocolate malt. The flavor is the same, the sweetness of the toffee like malt is rich and provides excellent balance to the bourbon / vanilla. Its a very nice bourbon aged beer. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Pours like old, old motor oil. Licorice and and molasses aroma, with a very distinctive licorice and baker’s chocolate flavor. DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Inky black-brown pour with a short lived tan head. Intense aromas of vanilla extract, bourbon, and sweet malt. Flavor is well balanced and not overpowering, with sweet vanilla, bourbon, and a hint of oak on the finish. Very smooth and rich. This is a truly extraordinary beer! henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2008
Very dark brown body with a small but lasting beige head; Excellent nose, very settled, very balanced and super welcoming, layer upon layer upon layer of notes topped by a fruity whiskey touch; The body is the super full, dense overly complex Old Viscosity body with a fruity part added, AMAZING!!!!; It finishes long with a deep smooothness, again balanced perfectly by a fruity whiskey bite. AMAZING BEER!!!!!!! trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2009 Wow. This one was an incredible treat. Bottle at a PB/LA tasting at Brouwer’s (Tomme Arthur present). I spent a good few minutes savoring the aroma before the first sip. It reminded me of a cross between a dusty attic and a sauna. Oak (lots of it), bourbon (perhaps a bit of scotch), sweet malts, dark brown sugar, vanilla and smoke come through in the aroma. The taste adds powerful notes of cocoa and coffee, with spices and just a tad of black licorice at the end. Like its name suggests, this one is almost chewably thick. It drinks like a port, but is amazingly smooth and finishes incredibly clean. The carbonation manages to keep it from actually feeling like a motor oil, and the oak from those barrels comes through more with each sip. So glad I got to try this one - just wonderful.
RERATE 08-09-09. Secret tap @ Brouwer’s (off the menu). Boozier than I remember. Flavor and aroma profiles are the same, and it’s as thick as I remember. More cocao, and lots more bourbon. Still wonderful, especially from the tap... but I’m docking a point for the booze.