Old Viscosity - Port Brewing
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Reviews by vic21234:
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Bottled on date of 3/5/13.
A- Pours pitch black with a good finger and a half worth of khaki head that slowly fades. No light goes through this one at all. Some nice lacing is noted along the sides of the glass.
S- Roasty malts are big on the aroma. I also get some chocolate and dark fruit notes as well. Some oak is apparent but not much.
T- The smell carries over into the taste. Roasted malts hit initially, which then gives way to some coffee and chocolate notes. The oakiness is there towards the back of each taste. Very complex beer.
M- Heavy, well carbonated, some alcohol warming but an overall easy drinker.
Very nice stout here, I also love the BB version (Older Viscosity.)
09-11-2013 23:52:54 | More by vic21234
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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
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
Appearance This is a deadly brown in color with some light ruby hues around the edges. The booze killed the head, but theres still lacing on the glass because the thick malty liquid coats it like grease in a pot.
Smell This is fine malt in its purest form. Its made up of some light bakers chocolate, very light coffee bean, a hint of vanilla, and raw burnt grain. The sugars are mostly raw brown but they are mild. The alcohol is elegant and light, like the kind you get from a Godiva liqueur.
Taste The blackened grain comes out wonderfully at the taste. It leads the way for the other characteristics from the nose. The booze is a little stiffer but not harsh; again like a fine chocolate liquer. The chocolate itself turns super-dark.
Mouthfeel This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full and the alcohol is slightly stinging but not harsh. The beauty here is its namesake the viscosity. It is so slick and greasy in the cheeks you get the feeling of what an engine experiences after a can of Slick 50.
Drinkability Are you kidding me? This is one of the best ASAs on the market and certainly one of the most drinkable big beers that Ive ever had.
09-16-2006 03:35:27 | More by RoyalT
4.15/5 rDev 0%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.
"Not your dad's wimpy 30 weight!" shouts the label, with an illustration of a man lying underneath a vintage truck, pulling pints of motor oil from the engine. Yikes!
As suggested on the label, this is one hell of an opaque beer--like, scary opaque. "Motor-oil black" would be a good description; topped with a rich, coffee-colored lacing. Surprisingly soft in the aroma, but full of chocolate, cake, Ovaltine, roasted grains, figs and ripe, dark, forest fruits. Whoa, this is one intensely rich and robust beer--nearly heart-stopping. Mouthfeel is huge and viscous at first, not as full-bodied as we expected. The carbonation is uplifting, tingly, and creates some fluffiness on the palate. Malt flavors are all over the place: dense chocolate cake, blackstrap molasses, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, black treacle syrup, slightly acrid coffee and a nice dollop of rounding toffee. Hints of spicy hops dance around a barely noticeable alcohol presence--though it does get a bit solvent-like after a while. Figs; some vanilla; date-like sugars. A cutting, raisiny edge highlights the beer's acrid notes and pulls through as the beer warms. Finish is very dry, powdery, and leaves you thirsting for another sip, with a big, residual, roasted astringency.
And yes, this is a sipping beer. The 10 percent is well hidden in the dark chaos, so watch your ass with this one. We have no idea what this beer is--motor oil? A Russian Imperial Stout? They call it a Strong Ale, so it's best just to agree and enjoy. Pairing could be futile. Just drop it into a snifter and share with friends.
04-07-2010 20:24:33 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.15/5 rDev 0%
Been holding on to this one for several months now. Received in a trade I know, but unfortunetly it was too long ago for me to remember. 350th beer review, figured I'd break out a supposedly great beer.
Pours dark brown, but sits in the glass nearly opaque. Dark brown hues show through at the edges. Small light brown head formed on the pour but reduced to a skim layer. Head formation, retention and lacing are weak.
Aroma is nice. Chocolate and coffee, dark roasted malts. Wiffs of smoke. Very stout like to me. Straightforward aroma really.
Nice chocolaty flavor, coffee and roasted notes all over the place again. Has some caramel and dark fruit undertones and some basic hopping of pine and grass. Well hidden alcohol, there are some faint flares of it, but its not a detractor.
Flavor coats the mouthwell and leaves behind a nice roasted flavor. Full bodied and slick on the tongue. A good bit of carbonation makes this really refreshing and a bit crisp.
Great drinkability. Dark roasted flavors but refreshing crispness. Hidden alcohol and smooth overall flavor make this one go down easy. Good stuff. Kind of breaks style guidelines, not a typical strong ale...closer to a double stout. Similar to Dark Horse's Black Bier.
06-20-2007 00:30:05 | More by blitz134
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
Pours a pitch dark mobil oil with little mocha head. Some lacing, but not a lot with the amount of head. Cant see much of anything through this, looks more like a Stout, RIS.
Smell malt and alcohol. Roasted malts, this should be yummy.
Taste kicks me in the ass. Little sweet prolly due to ABV, but very malty, and full. Want to drink more, know I cant have many of these.
Mouthfeel is a little syrupy. Carbonation is good, maybe a little mess.
Drinkability is excellent. I want lots of these. Give me more. Reminds me of my favorite Great Divide Yeti, but thickness isnt the same. More sweet. Overall, excellent.
02-15-2007 00:42:08 | More by JasonA
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
I've got to get more of Port Brewing's beers; the ones I've tried have been excellent. This beer was a very dark brown with red highlights. A medium tan head with good lacing. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit aroma. Ditto on the taste, with some bread also. The alcohol is noticeable, but not intrusive. Very comfortable beer.
07-02-2008 22:15:10 | More by lordofthewiens
4.23/5 rDev +1.9%
Bottled on date is smeared, but this was purchased August 2010.
A - Pours black with two fingers of brown head. Head has decent retention, but doesn't leave much lacing.
S - Aroma is chocolate, oak, nuts, some dark dried fruits and a faint sweetness.
T - Rich chocolate cake, nice oak presence with a faint amount of char, some dark dried fruits (maybe fig), faint hops presence, coffee and a bit of alcohol. Very nice overall.
M - Mouthfeel is on the fuller end of medium, not as think as I thought it would be. Has some creaminess too it, and finishes with a tannin dryness.
O - A very enjoyable beer. The medium mouthfeel works well here, showing that big flavored beers don't need to be heavy.
02-19-2012 02:52:51 | More by warnerry
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet baking chocolate, some coffee and grains, a touch of molasses and fruits.
The flavor is sweet fudgy chocolate followed by some roasted nuts, coffee and some dark fruits. There is some alcohol present, but it's well done and not offensive. The finish has a good amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, this is very complex and could easily be a mixed together mess, but it is very well put together and all the different flavors just accentuate each other. It's sublime and a very decadent and tasty treat.
11-01-2008 05:46:33 | More by Beaver13
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Large bottle, no freshness indication, pours dark, real dark, great looking dark tan head, leaving fine, scattered lacing and nicely knit sheeting. sniff of an alcoholic dark chocolate milk shake. Yum. Intense, complex and interesting concoction....loads of dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, rum soaked fudge, black expresso beans. Fine beer, dark beer lovers rejoice and go get some.
08-28-2007 02:28:17 | More by Billolick
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Ok...I'm expecting good things here...let's just put it out there right now.
Spent motor oil in color...less than 1/4 finger of tan head. Lacing thin and lasting only a handful of seconds.
Beautifully inticing in the nose...vanilla, oak, chocolate and more (but I'll save some for the flavor).
Rum soaked raisins up front...molasses, roasted almond, more dark chocolate and some fruity hops rounded up the taste.
Alcohol is there...no hiding the fact, but goes down super smooth with each sip and this is definitely a sipper.
Thick mouthfeel...bitterness takes away any sweet, cloyingness that may try to show. Quite carbonated, but wouldn't know it from the pour.
Gonna have to equal out the drinkability...no doubt I can consume this bomber, but don't think I'm reaching for anything else after...forget it.
Great offering from my new best friends in MA....welcome!
02-02-2007 01:05:36 | More by warriorsoul
4.06/5 rDev -2.2%
The Beers of California
Bottled Date: 11/14/12
A: Black, thick, and viscous like oil with a soft pillow of light brown head, which beckons my sleepy head and refuses to dissipate.
S: Bouzy with sweet cocoa, vanilla, and espresso bitterness. There are also some notes of raisins and moist soil.
T: There is a large vein of bouziness with branches of vanilla and espresso bitterness. The edges are burnt wood and there is an added component of raisiny sweetness. The vanilla smoothness brings to mind marshmallows, paired with leaves, earth and the smell of soiled hands after a hard days work.
M: Smooth as silk yet still manages to pack a wallop. Perfect carbonation and full bodied.
O: Round and strongly built, this sturdy stout is smooth and complex but not overpowering. Port shoots for the moon and barely misses landing in the stars. This stout, although not amongst the greats, still deserves respect.
01-26-2013 04:37:01 | More by ElSid
3.75/5 rDev -9.6%
Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation
Smell:sweet cream, burnt malt, caramel
Taste: burnt malt, cream, chocolate, oak, and licorice
Mouthfeel: heavy, medium/high carbonation, sweet with the bitter burnt malt backbone
Drinkability:This is a good sipper just due to the fact that it is one of the heaviest beers I have ever had. I could have two. I like the oaky taste a lot. Very good.
02-16-2010 16:45:56 | More by tigg924
3.6/5 rDev -13.3%
Pours out black with a tan head that doesn't last and leaves no lacing. Smell is excellent, chocolate-y, dark fruits, vanilla and oak. Unfortunately, the taste has a strong alcohol taste and burn to it. You can sense the malty flavors beneath, but they're being overpowered at the moment. Thick mouthfeel, carbonation was borderline flat. Too much alcohol for now. I think this would be amazing with age on it.
02-02-2007 04:58:28 | More by badbeer
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
Thanks to Kaiser81 for sending me this bottle as an extra.
Pours black with a beige head. The aroma is strong roasted malt and oak. The flavor is great, with coffee, oak and roasted malt. You also get some vanilla. Not much alcohol in the flavor but you do get some alcohol warming. You get a little bitterness at the very end. Very viscous beer and very smooth and creamy. Awesome beer.
12-31-2009 21:59:50 | More by Mora2000
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Opened 22 ounce bomber bottle, poured into Nonic glass.
Poured a dark tan colored head of ½" atop a dark black opaque brew (it was that dark).
Smell is of dark chocolate with notes of coffee... Almost frappacino smelling. Taste is similar to smell, with a slight hint of vanilla, presumably from the oak, but I really have to look to find any oak at all. Mouth feel is a bit viscous - as the name might suggest - really nice brew. Finish is good with slight but present aftertaste. Really nice finish. I plan on buying more of this.
As I look at the bottom of the empty bottle, the smell is almost as impressive as what is coming from the glass... Really good stuff.
05-02-2008 05:07:42 | More by mattster
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Okay, this is just a phenomenal beer. Black pour, thick short brown head, solid aroma of molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, and some hops. Strong taste of mostly the same, with leather, old wood, soy, and some alcohol in the finish. Very smooth. Love that they bottled this.
12-11-2008 00:23:04 | More by magictrokini
Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
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