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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,627 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 834
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 154
Gots: 250 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-09-2006)
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

I can't believe this is the first time I have had this beer.Pours a jet black except for just a hint of chocolate brown when held to the light,a large fluffy deep beige head atop.Smells like sweet alcohol and dark fruit over top of chocolate and roast.The roast plays a much bigger role on the palate,roasted and charred with caramel and alcohol dipped dark fruit on the palte,I have to say the alcohol lingers.This is an old school favorite and Iam glad to finally try it,it kicks ass.

12-18-2013 23:50:55 | More by oberon
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McStagger

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Pours fairly black, massive, massive head.

S: Stout notes of coffee, roastiness, etc. Certain strange Belgian type sweetness.

T: Belgian fruitiness in the mouth as well. Also has dark, roasty notes.

M: Fairly big bodied, but not monstrous. Carbonation is moderate, which offers support to the body.

O: Good, but not incredible. UCLABrewN84 put it right...this one is not quite a stout. It has too much Belgian influence to label it a straight up RIS.

09-02-2014 00:17:49 | More by McStagger
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -5.5%

Picked this up quite a few months back, having never had this before. I don't normally drink beers like this during the warmer months but I had off this week and finally wanted to give it a go. While not a bad beer, this was too burnt and weak when it came to the alcohol. Stouts tend to be a pretty competitive category and this one fell just a bit short compared to the ones I've had that I truly enjoyed from start to finish.

The pour was pretty much what I expected - dark, thick, but not quite "motor oil" because this wasn't black and there wasn't any "sludge" left in the bottle once I poured this out. The head was quite frothy and I had to let it settle before I could get my first sip in. Mostly burnt coffee in the nose, which was also the predominant flavor when I finally got this up to my lips. Brown sugar, molasses, cocoa nibs, and espresso all mixed in well here with a good amount of carbonation and nice lacing on the back side of my pint glass. This almost had the feel of a Coffee Porter as the booze and licorice that I was hoping for were nowhere to be found.

Maybe this was more like a Smoked Porter? Regardless of the stylistic leanings of this beer, the booze was recessed enough that it wasn't that part to polish off this bomber. With a name like "Old Viscosity", I was hoping that this would be jet black and trigger my olfactory senses from across the room. While not quite on the level, this was a sold Stout that nearly anyone could enjoy, especially with some biscotti or coffee cake. A bit thicker and bolder and this could have been something really special.

09-01-2014 08:50:37 | More by JerzDevl2000
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PassMeAZima

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-01-2014 02:15:12 | More by PassMeAZima
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Nolen12

Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

08-31-2014 23:27:26 | More by Nolen12
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beerhast

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-31-2014 20:51:33 | More by beerhast
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kdahnke123

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

08-30-2014 17:42:10 | More by kdahnke123
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Davit

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-27-2014 03:54:49 | More by Davit
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killcore


3.92/5  rDev -5.5%

08-25-2014 03:23:36 | More by killcore
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RPH2327

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A- brilliant, dark, deep brown with long-standing tan/cofee head

S- coffee, toffee, licorice

T- smoked figs, carmel, burnt-coffee, booze.

M- medium/heavy body coats the mouth with a boozy, silky presence.

O- Not a ton of barrel- might be good or bad depending on the person. For me, this is a delicious Imperial Stout. Sip on this while by the fire, or after a long day at the beach.

08-23-2014 15:16:23 | More by RPH2327
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SamuelR

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-23-2014 03:26:19 | More by SamuelR
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larryarms847

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a deep dark brown with a delicious looking caramel/off-white three finger head.

The aroma of toasted malts is very nice with slight chocolate and coffee, smells very smooth for a 10%er.

Very malt forward. Toasted caramel malts, coffee, and dark chocolate are perfectly blended.

Mouthfeel is smooth as butter.

Overall this is a serious brew that deserves respect!

08-21-2014 23:41:41 | More by larryarms847
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jplopez21

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-20-2014 21:02:54 | More by jplopez21
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mabermud

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.6%

The 22 was poured into a brandy snifter. The body is super dark brown and the head is a fluffy beige. The froth and legs are slick along the sides of the glass. The aroma of burnt malts are heavy alongside the coffee, and background sweetness. The taste comes at me like this - roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, and sweetness. The mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, but not too smooth. Carbonation in the mouth is almost chewy and dense.

Overall, this is a solid stout. It is readily available and not pricey. Would I drink this again? With the price point and availability, there is a high probability I would drink this again.

08-20-2014 02:28:39 | More by mabermud
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irthesteve

California

5/5  rDev +20.5%

08-18-2014 17:47:59 | More by irthesteve
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peabody

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-17-2014 23:48:36 | More by peabody
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davegray

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-17-2014 05:48:46 | More by davegray
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

08-16-2014 15:53:36 | More by Doomcifer
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Catracho5

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Serving type: 22 ounce bomber poured into a belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance: Looks great in the glass, pitch black with a tan coffee colored two finger head. Loads of tiny bubbles in the head and sticking to the side.

Smell: Faint aromas, coffee, malts, not a lot on the aroma. No alcohol on the nose.

Taste: There is a coffee, roasted malt flavor up front, some bitterness, some dark fruits that linger on the palate. There is no alcohol on the flavor. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Has a great mouthfeel, viscous, smooth, lots of carbonation, coats the palate really well. Great mouthfeel.

Overall: I have some mixed resolutions about this beer, I was expecting more but I am not disappointed. My overall impression is that this is more than a stout but not quite reaching the imperial stout level. It lacks that kick an imperial stout has but has more than a regular stout. It is a very well made beer, smooth, and for 10% ABV I got no alcohol on the nose or palate.

08-16-2014 03:24:51 | More by Catracho5
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-14-2014 01:07:24 | More by TimoP
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sjrodriguez

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-13-2014 02:21:02 | More by sjrodriguez
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jscheuf

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%

08-12-2014 03:10:44 | More by jscheuf
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KnowYourCraft

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-10-2014 22:39:48 | More by KnowYourCraft
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Lucnifter

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-10-2014 16:19:33 | More by Lucnifter
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sharkboy

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-08-2014 18:35:13 | More by sharkboy
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Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.