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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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1,775 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,775
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 155
Gots: 269 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: scottoale on 07-09-2006

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Photo of schmitter
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dmgeng
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had seen this before but hadn't gotten a try so I decided to just trade for one to get it sooner than later.

A - Dark black that pours quite thick with dark brown rocky head and fluffy lacing.

S - Tons of of sweet malt smell with roasted, chocolate, caramel, and some toffee notes radiating out. Has some of the vanilla, oak, and woody character that you would expect and is really a perfect accompaniment. No discernible hops or alcohol.

T - The first sip you are overwhelmed with tremendous flavor having tons of complex flavors. I taste sweet malt on the front, then the rich cocoa, roast, caramel in the middle, and then the vanilla and oak kick in on the backside. After the first couple of sips the beer becomes even more complex with the more subtle flavors playing off of the bold stout flavors.

M - HUGE mouth-feel with full carbonation. Though it is thick and sticky the carbonation allows the flavors to come alive on the palate. If you don't like the full feeling then this is probably not for you. The finish is perfect with a little bit of everything and leaving you wanting more.

Overall, this is one very delicious beer. I haven't had just an "oak" aged stout and I really enjoyed how it complements the stout instead of making the barrel first and foremost. With the gentle vanilla and more complex char flavor I know that I'm not going to overlook this one again. I strongly recommend this oaked imperial stout.

Glass- Imperial Nonic

Photo of allenson21
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vlaminck
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark with great tan head and good lacing that sticks to glass, Smell is a little to alcoholic with hints of bourbon. Taste is great, chocolate, molasses, wood, mildly sweet yet dry with a god balance to the hop addition. Overall im not a huge stout fan but I would definitely drink this one again given the desire for a stout.
Side note: This would be a great beer to make beer batter fish and chips with.

Photo of GreenMind
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of craigdb
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't fault it, quite simply outstanding. More simple than other imperial stouts I've enjoyed to this extent, but it just works.

Photo of infinitebruner
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

February 16, 2015

22 oz bottle, snifter

A – Black, only somewhat oily/viscous despite the name, an inch of deep chocolate brown bubbly head, with moderate retention, a thin layer remaining on top basically in perpetuity.

S – Baking chocolate and a massive shot of vanilla, sweet molasses, toffee, and brown sugar. Alcohol warmth, boozy quality, is prominent but in balance with the other strong aromas. Very little hop aroma, though some bitterness is noticeable on the nose.

T – Chocolate, roasty coffee/bitterness, vanilla lower here than in the aroma. Toffee and molasses also present but lower than in the aroma. The bitterness from the hops really makes itself known here, balancing out the strong malt and barrel flavors. A bit of fruity alcohol/ethyl notes, very low and complementary, not harsh.

M – Despite high sweetness, this really leans toward hop bitterness. Medium-full body with medium carbonation, and finishes moderately dry.

O – The aroma of this beer alone is exceptional, irresistible. The hop bitterness actually seems a bit out of balance, masking some very nice flavors from the malt and barrel. Still, an outstanding imperial stout.

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crow
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBrewo
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

We pour this brew from a bomber into our three quarter sized tasting snifters. It pours out a thick black bean coloring, and two to three fingers worth of a yellowed, manila head. This retains forever, leaving soft but thick sheets of honeycomb lacing. Mild haze is noted on flashlight examination, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be active. Aroma includes burnt caramel and chocolate maltiness, iced espresso, sugary sweet cocoa powder, roasted filler barley, coiny metallics, syrupy toffee sugars, molasses, gentle nectary hop fruitiness, fig and dried plums, red wine vinegar acidity, browned apple sweetness, wheat pizza dough, vinyl plastics, bourbon vanilla woodiness, and a woody, peaty scotch booziness. Wow, the sip kind of takes you by surprise!! It is so surprisingly bitter, and intense, but in the best way imaginable. From the front of the sip you get some of the biggest roasted chocolate and coffee malts we’ve ever had, padded by easier grain of caramel and more standard black malts. Filling the remainder of the taste buds is a blend of black coffee, sweeter hints of the creamiest vanilla latte, bitterly raw cacao nibs, chalky yeastiness, heavy vanilla woodiness, stomach acidity, motor oil smokiness, singed tobacco paper and leafiness, dirty coconut husk, hazelnut sugars, continued booziness of peaty scotch whiskey, mossy and moldy oak, soured lemon rind and pith, concrete and mineral, red raisin meatiness, nori, and raw honeycomb. The body is fully full, and the carbonation is medium, but foams up readily on a swirl around the mouth. Each sip gives incredible slurp, smack, cream, froth, and crisp pop. This leaves the mouth initially coated, but this gives way to the most intense chalky, powdery, astringent dryness in recent memory. The abv is appropriate at 10%, but the thing drinks like it’s nonalcoholic. Stunning.

Overall, this is honestly one of the best dark beers we’ve ever had. At first, you’re a bit surprised at the aroma. It is, no doubt, dark and brooding, but there isn’t much strength or punch to make you think anything incredible is hiding in the flavoring. The sip absolutely obliterates this notion. The level of roast is beyond most anything we can conjure up, leaving the drinker with this fiery, lingering bitterness of said grain. Mixing in are swirls of smoke, taking things to the next level and beyond. Through all of this the finish is incredibly smooth. We certainly agree with the label that they don’t make ‘em much like this anymore. The oak doesn’t do too much, but it doesn’t really need to. For whatever reason we’ve sat on this bottle in our cellar for a while now, and only recently found time to give it the proper time it deserves. We’re so glad we did, and have already put our feelers out for a replacement bottle, or five, to be consumed immediately.

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Smokey, caramel, toffee, toasted, roasted, molasses, chocolate, and warm alcohol.

Taste: Like most AIS beers as this beer got better with time. Nicely blended and some ashy bitterness in the rear. Very tasty brew to enjoy during another snowstorm here in Boston.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, ashy bitterness, nice warm alcohol, medium carbonation, and quite the sipper. Very enjoyable.

Overall: This beer reminds me of that old snowblower we have all been using in Boston these past few weeks. It stands the test of time and gets better with age. Well, at this beer gets better with age. Enjoyable now and enjoyable years from now.

Photo of wallbj
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YoWeej
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LADaveBN
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AWA
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redleg411
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rderedin
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bozodogbreath
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with 3 fingers of caramel-colored head that dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of roasted malt, imparting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses, brown sugar, some oatmeal, vanilla, a touch of licorice and smoke, and a little oak.

Taste: Delicious! Strong flavors of roasted malt, some coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses, brown sugar, some oatmeal, vanilla, a touch of licorice and a touch of well-balanced hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as hell, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10%, there is a slight presence of a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What a fantastic stout! Awesomely delicious, with some seriously strong flavors of roasted malt, some coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses, brown sugar, some oatmeal, vanilla, a touch of licorice and a touch of well-balanced hops at the finish. Stout fans will LOVE this!

Photo of Shogun250
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
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