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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,712 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,712
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 158
Gots: 264 | FT: 19
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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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

oberon, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of soulgrowl
2.63/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Viscous indeed - but not that viscous. Cola black with ruby highlights and a fleeting, malted milk-colored head.

Smell: Weird, gluey, paint-like resin; vanilla, honey, brown sugar, and pancakes. This does not smell how it looks, which is to say that it doesn't smell very strong or good. Something about it reminds me of cinnamon rolls.

Taste: Hmm... rather vacuous and boring. Not much going on here except cheap bourbon, cola, dark chocolate, rum-soaked raisins, and sugary bock-like malts. Not bad, I guess, but not good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, thick, creamy, and not too syrupy.

Drinkability: I don't really get this beer. It's imbalanced - too sweet, and the barrel aging comes through in a bizarrely woody way. It isn't bad - at the very least, it's interesting - but it isn't a beer I'd be too excited to try again.

soulgrowl, Sep 07, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Trashcat, Yesterday at 03:50 PM
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4.8/5  rDev +15.7%

Fremont897, Yesterday at 08:56 AM
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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%

Kquintond, Wednesday at 02:22 AM
Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev -6%

Pours oil-like black with a huge light brown head, really dense and quite long-lasting, sticking to the sides also, really messy. Great look. Later on just some floating spots remain.
Chocolate and vanilla pretty obvious on the nose, faint citrus peel and licorice, mild roasted malts, caramel, faint coffee. Woody notes feel a bit weird, with a medicinal alcohol note attached to them. Hmm.
Not the usual trip through an Imperial Stout this one. Alcohol and complex fruit in the front, not just raisin and plum, but also a zesty citrus note and a generic fruitiness that gives off apple brandy, maybe schnapps, maybe even sherry. All atop some bitter dark chocolate, with the hops showing some teeth even this early. Roast follows with a bit of caramel sweetness, a bit burnt, grainy, almost doughy. Something like brownies baked with extra(!) cocoa powder. Some black pepper dropped in there too, plus some stave from the aging. Finishes roastier, boozier, with a bit of leafy hop, some coffee and a bitterness that's a bit more than mild.
Even with tiny sips, there's an almost mouth-numbing alcoholic feel that in one way helps the brew, in another way it makes it harder to drink. Light to medium body, prickly carbonation, a bit viscous, so named appropiately. Aftertaste is fruity, with some roast, hoppy and, yes, boozy.
It's kinda a new style on its own, a "sticky strong dark ale", tasty, but needs to be handled with care. The 0.65l seems a bit too much to handle for just one person, unlike others with the same abv, but i'll manage.

dcmchew, Tuesday at 05:24 PM
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Thezapper, Tuesday at 02:19 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

a77cj7, Sunday at 06:46 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

eawolff99, Sunday at 02:55 AM
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

TwoTrees, Saturday at 04:48 PM
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

olradetbalder, Nov 21, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

noproduction, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of barhoc11
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

solid Imperial Stout, not as viscous as I would have expected but it wasn't too thin that made me want more. I can't wait to try older viscosity

barhoc11, Nov 20, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

hipHOPSanonymous, Nov 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

toolbrew, Nov 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

kerry4porters, Nov 19, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%

harryhops, Nov 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

therackman, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

earljones199, Nov 16, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%

BrettonJay, Nov 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

HookemHoos, Nov 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

atrocity, Nov 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

chcfan, Nov 14, 2014
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Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,712 ratings.