Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style

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Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
57.5 % Vol.
750 ml
115 Proof
Added on
24 Dec 2016 5:06 pm by chrisg

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€ 79.11

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Whisky Reviews for Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.38 points

  1. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    By far the best of the 3 Old Foresters I had, the 57.5% you really do not notice it, of course, 2-3 drops are pretty good to discover more, but quite so drinkable!
    • Nose
      Interesting nose, the alcohol is noticeable, but more through intense heat in the nose than through the typical smell of ethanol, beautiful peanut dipped in toffee comes first, manuka honey, bitter orange, vanilla, cinnamon, hint of anise, grapefruit, but the subtle ostensible peanut is the most exciting
    • Taste
      First a mixture of fine Nussigkeit comes here again and the citrus notes in the form of rather bitter than sour grapefruit, then the Manuka honey, fine toffee and vanilla, cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, some eucalyptus, then again to hazelnut and peanut, as well as beautiful fresh oak, to discover something for a Bourbon, very nice!
    • Finish
      The nuttiness remains, plus some bitter white oak, hay, honey and light grapefruit, as well as Toffifee, medium long, pleasant

  2. hs305 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    [November, 1999]  I had a dram of genuine Old Forester that was distilled before the US prohibition started during the millennium tasting at
    Kyrburg.  The label stated: Old Forester - 14 Summers old, for Medical purposes only.This stuff was simply undrinkable.  It smelled and tasted like liquid soap, in doubt I would rather swallow my shower gel than this one...

  3. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Looking for a bottle since ages. If you know how to get some in Europe, please let me know...

  4. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    One of the best bourbons so far. What a genius whiskey.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Cherries, dark chocolate, maple syrup, caramel, and oak.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Caramel, spicy, a small pepper, coriander and cedar wood.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The aftertaste is long, spicy, smoky and roasted marsmellow.

  5. Macheye scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I like Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style at lot – it’s punchy stuff at 57.5%, but still remains surprisingly drinkable with great body, well-defined fruitiness (particularly apple and cherry) and plenty of barrel character and spice. Its deeper chocolate and coffee characteristics are quite unusual to other Brown-Forman bourbons – and, unless I’m missing something, remain a bit of a mystery as to where they come from (assuming the same mash bill). I’m sure if you ask it’ll be down to excellent barrel selection and/or blending. Regardless, these add depth, complexity and flavours which complement nicely with the fruit and spice top notes. 

    • Nose
      Pronounced, sweet and rather fruity. Bananas, macerated cherries and candied apples provide a varied and fruity opener for what is a rich, sugary bouquet. Dark sugars, burnt toffee and leather all add depth, but livened with a touch a mint and menthol. Barrel char is already perceivable giving a full aroma of oaky wood smoke supported by light vanilla pod. Spicing hints at some cinnamon and pepper.
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, rich and with a very viscous mouthfeel. An excellent arrival which brings both fruits – cherry and apple pies –as well as deeper notes of chocolate and coffee grounds. Sweetness is still maintained with burnt sugars and caramel and is joined by both nuttiness and heavy spice – big pepper. Mint and vanilla provide lighter notes and are joined by fresh oak and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, quite sugary, but fading from tingly pepper spice into woodiness and gentle cask char

  6. luvthemstillers scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Tobacco, leather, sour green apple, maple, chocolate and just a hint of banana.
    • Taste
      Butterscotch, caramel, dark chocolate, thick mouth coating and oily.

      Finish: green Apple, Cinnamon, vanilla, nuts and oak. The finish is like enjoying a fresh slice of homemade apple pie.
    • Finish
      Green apple, cinnamon, vanilla, nuts and oak. The finish is like enjoying a fresh slice of homemade apple pie.

  7. Jordanite scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A journey away from the cheap and accessible bourbons really demonstrates how much this category has to offer. Sure there are still hints of vanilla and glue but here they are dim background noise to the rich and sweet butterscotch which is accompanied by surprisingly distinct fruity notes – apple and cherry with a drop of grapefruit juice. The wood was – for a bourbon – very well balanced and did not spoil the affair. Old Forrester 1920 regularly appears in lists of the best $60 bourbons and it is easy to see why.

  8. Sandman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Caramel, honey, cherry, chocolate, walnut, hazelnut, cinnamon, grapefruit and orange.

  9. DrBardamu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. luvthemstillers scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92


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