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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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1,794 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,794
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 154
Gots: 276 | FT: 18
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: drewbage on 08-11-2004

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2.51/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After reading reviews of this, I had fairly high hopes for this beer. Very disappointed to say the least. A very average beer, that had such an overwhelming bitter burnt coffee taste, that it basically masked all other flavors in it, including any signs of barrel aging. Maybe I just got a bad bottle, but when I split a bomber 3 ways, and still end up with about 3 ounces being poured out, it's a rather epic fail.

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2.64/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

Photo of jjanega08
2.66/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No indicated vintage on the bottle.

A= The pour is thinner than I expected with the name. It looks a deep brown color coming from the bottle into the glass and in the glass it's a nice solid black. The head rises to about a quarter finger and falls fast into a ring around the glass without too much lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is a mix of roast and intense sweetness that leads to a slight soy sauce smell. Nothing like the triple bock but a bit soy saucy.

T= The taste is again a nice roast and a lot less sweetness than the nose reveiled. There is very little bourbon in the taste and very little of the flavors that go with bourbon barrel beers. Not much oak or vanilla. The wood is probably the most dominate character in the bourbon portion of this beer.

M= The mouth isn't as thick as I thought it would be despite the name. It is a nice smooth drink however.

O= A little bit of a let down. The bourbon barrel isn't well represented and the flavors aren't filled with enough punch. It's not a total let down but it's a sub par imperial stout when compared to other imperial stouts.

Photo of brystmar
2.71/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Loved Older, let's see how the base compares.

About what you'd expect from a stout, great retention. Smells oxidized, a little fruity, some booze, and honestly smells like it's over-carbonated if that makes sense.

Taste disappoints. Boozy with dark fruits first, then strongly roasted malts dominate for some reason. Transition between flavors isn't smooth or logical. Oxidized. This isn't for me.

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2.8/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark and thick, thin light brown head.

S: Dark and milk chocolate. Some dark fruit. Smells like it should be full of flavor.

T: Strangely bitter, not what I remember from this beer. Also warming. Stout floavors never fully develop on the palate before the bitterness takes over. Bitterness grows on the finish and lingers.

M: Average here, chewy and smooth.

O: I remember this beer being more malty when I had it off draft last. I liked that version, this one, not so much. Bitterness overpowers all other desired flavors.

Photo of ms11781
2.91/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a solid black with a small light brown head. The head dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a very thin ring around the glass.

The first thing that strikes is that the nose isn't all that strong. Some chocolate and coffee notes are present along with a hint of black licorice. At times some dark fruit comes across but it doesn't amount to much. Nothing here really stands out.

There is a roasted malt character that stands out first in the taste, along with hints of chocolate. The coffee element is much stronger than the nose. In the middle a strong oak flavor comes in and overpowers everything else before drying out with a very bitter finish.

Full body will low carbonation. Feels smooth at first but about halfway through it starts drying out and continues to do so right through the finish. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for quite a while but isn't all that pleasant.

Drinkability is ok. Sometimes the oak flavor can be a bit much and the dry finish isn't exactly pleasant. There isn't much notice of the alcohol and the beer goes down fine but the most prominent aspects, the oak and the drying finish, can be too much at times.

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2.92/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not as impressive when compared to other beers brewed by port. It had the traditional unfiltered cloudy look to the beer. It was pitch black to be precise. When compared to Santa's Little Helper, this is not a stout but a very dark imperial ale. The smell was not that impressive. It was almost scentless. I reallly had to look for a scent. The taste was almost devoid of what black brews taste like. I tried to warm it up bu letting it sit and it did a little help. What I was looking for was a roasty flavor but it was not there. I think the bourbon barrels masked this away. Also there was not a wood texture that most barrel beers have. It was boozy, which was not evident, which was a plus. I just did not enjoy this when compared to other darkies. It was think but not like syrup yet it was a bit carbonated. I felt that it was a good mouthfeel. It was hard to drink. This is a unique dark ale that I would skip unless I found it on draft. It took a long time to drink because I was constantly hoping the warmer the better it would taste but it did not.

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3.01/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Notes on the bottle make various comparisons to this brew to motor oil. They need to be a little careful here, because I was indeed making comparisons of this brew to motor oil, but for all the wrong reasons.

Things started well, as I poured this into my tulip glass and a nice, chunky tan head arose above the jet black color of the liquid. The aroma was a little musty, a little roasted malt.

Hard to to describe the taste. Lot's of roasted malt here, and a strong coffee flavor, but coffee that's been sitting in the pot too long, not really good strong espresso coffee. Couldn't really taste the bourbon, but could sure taste the alcohol. Maybe a little raisin? Lot's a roasted bitterness, but not much to balance it.

Well yes, there is some heft to the mouth feel, but I didn't find it highly viscous. Basically what I would expect from a beer of this type.

It was hard to choke this one down with all the strong flavors, alcohol presence, and lack of balance. Frankly, I'd just assume have a decent lager than deal with all the unbalanced and out of control flavors here.

Port Brewing has blown me away with some of their beers, but I'm afraid this isn't one of them.

Photo of lurpy1
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of several beers muled back to Minnesota, bomber split into two pint glasses.

Dark as night, but the head really will not stop. Maybe its a spillover from the plane trip. The pour is not as gloopy as the name would suggest.

The smell is a decent combination of malt, roast, and woody tones , definitely pick up the oak aging. All of the above ar present in taste, but it doesn't blend all that well. Even worse, all those nice flavors are drowned in a sea of alcohol burn. The upshot made this beer sometimes not so fun to drink.

There was a decent amount of carbonation, but I would have liked a slicker mouthfeel.

With less alcohol, this could be really good. As it stands it was a letdown. Would drink again, but of the stouts I've tried this is lower mid-tier at best, better only than the disasters.

Photo of BenZ
3.07/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle has been properly cellared since it was purchased 2 or 3 years ago. I should have tried it fresh. Either it aged very poorly, or it was always bad. Good carbonation and head, but a very strong metal aroma. Taste has some metal, the taste of brooklyn black chocolate stout plus too much bitterness. I was hoping for better.

Photo of asabreed
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber into a Brooklyn snifter / tulip, shared with friends. How is this not a double stout or RIS? Huh.

Appearance: Nearly opaque with decent lacing, but lately stouts for me just don't build any kind of decent head above the body of the brew. This is in that category.

Smell: Marshmallow, charred wood, ripe berries. and some roasted malts. But fairly one-dimensional, even as it warms, without a lot of nuance.

Taste: Wow. I've complained about a few stouts lately that the bitterness levels are just over-compensating for the sweetness, but this is the opposite. Like drinking-honey sweet, and that's so up front that it's jarring, and masks a lot of the subtlety that the oak aging should be bringing to the table. There's some decent marshmallow sweetness, charred oak, and some raspberries and maybe some cherries, but that's really after the sweetness goes away. The sweetness dissipates slightly when it warms, but it's still there and just way too prominent overall, which makes it headache-inducing to a certain degree.

Mouthfeel: Big and cloying and sticky, with a lot more carbonation needed to get it out of that feel-like-you're-drinking-honey kind of category.

Drinkability: A whole bottle there's no way I could've finished myself, so I'm glad it was split between some other folks too. Overall I expected much more from this, and am a bit disappointed. But again, because it was split, it was easier to justify trying it. I would've drain-poured the rest of the bottle from being too cloying and kind of out-of-whack overall.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with a half finger light tan head that quickly recedes to a film.

S: Molasses, licorice, and bourbon mix together equally. I don't get much roast or chocolate.

T: Quite different than the aroma. I get roast and bourbon mixed together with a bit of dark chocolate in the background.

M: Very thin with adequate carbonation.

O: Very, very thin which takes away from the flavor. A bit weak, but not bad. Nothing about the flavor is bad, but the mouthfeel takes a lot away.

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Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,794 ratings.