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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,591 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,591
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 153
Gots: 248 | FT: 17
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick dark XXX with coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste with my eyes closed is certainly imperial stout. Smooth and drinkable but I am getting stout first and foremost.

A large bottle found at a well-stocked grocery store called Minute Shop in Solana Beach that I have tried to add, to heads up other BAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 04:45:37 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-10-2012 04:02:35 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a HUGE 3 inch khaki head that fades to a small cap. The head is thick and craggy and leaves sticky globs of foam on the drink down. Smells of roasted dark malts, dark fruits, raisins, plums. Taste is same as the smell with nice roasty malt, dark fruits, and citrus zest hops. Mild bitterness in the mouth after each sip. Good level of carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. This is a very tasty beer, but I question the stout categorization. To me it seems like a mix of a stout and Belgian strong dark ale. Either way, it's very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:03:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-18-2011 17:48:44 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black. Slight mocha head and a slight amount of lacing. The nose is loaded with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roast, and a bit of anise. The taste i most coffee and chocolate alongside the roast, and the balance is great. Good feel with a nice body and alcohol level. Drinks very well and is another hit from Port.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:25:02 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Espresso black with zero highlights. Not even bright July sunshine is able to penetrate the depths of this black hole brew. A mousse-like crown of coffee-with-cream colored foam is generated on the pour and hangs around for a good, long while. When it finally starts to fade, a passable amount of lace is left on the glass.

The brewery says that Old Viscosity 'blurs the boundaries between porter, stout, old ale and barleywine'. Like Older Viscosity, it smells pretty much like a Russian Imperial stout or an American double stout. Bourbon notes are appreciated as well, although only 20% of Old is aged in bourbon barrels, while 100% of Older receives that treatment.

First impression: the flavor score will be a difficult call that will have to wait until many more ounces have disappeared. No problem, that's why I'm here. While I prefer the in-your-face flavor of the bourbon whiskey in Older, this one is pretty damned delicious too. The barrel aging is especially noted on the finish, once the malt flavors have begun to fade.

Warming is beginning to deliver the depth and complexity that I've been waiting for... and that ensures the higher of the two taste scores. That said, Older is a 4.75 (rounded down) and this beer is a 4.25 (rounded up). Specifics include bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, molasses and a hint of vanilla bean. The 10.0% ABV is integrated exceptionally well, which increases drinkability that much more.

Due to only 20% barrel aging, this mouthfeel is slightly more full and creamy than Older's mouthfeel. It still doesn't have quite the size and heavy creaminess of the best big stouts, though it isn't far off.

I didn't intend for this review to become a comparison between Old Viscosity and Older Viscosity, but that's how it turned out. They're both excellent elixirs from a world-class American craft brewery that any RIS lover should seek out. Given my love for bourbon, however, Older is clearly superior.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 20:40:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark beige head that died down a bit but left a thin head that mostly covered the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Hints of oak are also noticeable and linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness from the oak barrel aging and roasted malts.
O: This beer isn't too difficult to drink considering its strength because for the most part the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 18:11:49 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours an espresso black color with a sturdy head that retains nicely and leaves a web of lacing on the glass

Smell: Dark chocolate, oak, rum-soaked dark fruit

Taste: Starts with a roasty, oaky, fruit cake-influenced chocolate flavor that is incredibly intense; by mid-palate, the hoppy bitterness adds complexity and, after the swallow, the chocolate builds in sweet/bitter intensity, portending an entrance to molasses and charcoal flavors that join the fruit cake elements in the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with moderate to low carbonation and a bit of heat as the beer warms

Drinkability: One luscious brew, closer to a RIS than a Strong Ale in my book, but I'll not argue with the brewer

Thanks, Boolshot, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 00:59:56 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-28-2011 22:49:26 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Joey at South bay for this one. I have been waiting to try it for a long time, and to
be honest, just had never gotten around to it. Last night after dinner decided to grab this one out of
the fridge and pop it open for no other reason then just for the hell of it. Nice 22oz bomber that I
served at cellar temp after letting it warm up a bit and poured it into an over-sized wine glass to
really let it go to town. A very nice pour was the result. Thick and black, there was really no light
coming through this one at all. A nice one finger high head of chocolate colored foam rose up on top
and gradually settled down to just a crown, but left some nice side glass lace in its wake, not too
bad at all.

The aroma was extremely nice and immediately reminded me of its older brother. First notes I picked up
was that lovely barrel aged bourbon like smell; you knew you were getting into something right away.
Hints of oak, and vanilla, loads of cocoa and a touch of earthy hops all balancing out nicely.
Somewhat sweet, but with a nice balanced bitterness to it, this was very nice indeed. The flavor
followed suit perfectly, evolving and morphing with each sip you take. The start was of cocoa, very
dark bitter chocolate that rushed over the tongue and left a silky smooth feeling as it went by, hints
of vanilla and oak as it warmed up really started to push themselves in and take over after a few
moments. Some nice bourbon like alcohol in the middle, just enough to let you notice, but nowhere near
distracting. Quite complex, and straddling many different styles here. There was just enough of a hop
bite to dry out the finish and really push the flavors back onto your tongue. The last lingering drops
giving you that wonderful barrel like oaked taste that you were craving and just dropping the
slightest bit of baker's chocolate on the tongue, very complex flavor. The feel was smooth and
delicious, a little light in carbonation, and not nearly as thick as a big stout. Still not overly
thin at all, and still coated the mouth very nicely. For being 10% abv, you knew it was, every second
of sipping on this it was a full and

Huge in every aspect. Really not for beginners here in any way.

Overall I was very pleased with this one. You need to have a good experienced palate to appreciate how
much was put into this. It is not really that smooth of a drinker, but for me, it was just wonderful.
A bottle is good on its own, as you will feel this one, but still very good and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 10:57:59 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter roasted malt with some citrus hops is intriguing. Taste is dominated by some medium roasted malt mix with some bitter hops as well as some oak and maybe light bourbon and vanilla notes. Very interesting and complex beer with a full body and no alcohol was discernable.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 19:50:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not one to favor acrid roast or the texture of ash in a stout, Port Brewing devises a smoother, sweeter and more succulent taste. With a total seduction of the palate, Old Viscosity drinks with the sensibility of a big Porter or strong Scotish Ale. Aah, burnt barley never tasted so good!

But with no identity crisis to its appearance the beer pours with darkest of dark brown before falling undeniably black. Absolute opaqueness ensues as the Stout absorbs all light. Its creamy topping of foam is dense and lush as it swirls on top of the beer like espresso creme. As far as lacing is concerned, the Stout favors brandy-type legging over clinging Belgian lace.

Sweet and savory to the nose, the scents of dark chocolate, bold-roast coffee, walnuts, singed molasses, port wine, sherry wine, and a hint of sweet teriyaki join to create a melange in the nose that's somewhat meaty, hearty and oh-so succulently sweet.

And as the taste aligns on the tongue, its equal parts molasses, espresso, and bittersweet chocolate. Keeping the heavy roast and toast in check, the sweetness carries its taste to introduce the robust and almost salty and savory aged sherry, port and worcestershire sauce. The combination seduces the taste buds as complexities of port, brandy, figs, dates, and even walnut and vanilla provide new twists and turns with every sip.

One sip explains why the Stout takes on a namesake of motor oil- it coaxes the mouth with a lush and velvety texture that seeps into the soft tissues with melding creaminess. Despite its tepid carbonation, the beer is still creamy, weighted and velvety. Its malty-sweet finish makes it well suited, not as a complement to dessert, but as a replacement for dessert instead.

Its warm closure is wrapped in a cocoon of malt sweetness just as the mind starts to think cookies n' cream. That vinous and fortified wine-like undertow is the perfect complement to its big sweetness and balanced char. Its an ideal stout when the sweet tooth needs dire satisfaction.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 18:47:33 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-08-2012 18:54:24 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with a friend returning home to So Cal after his first semester at law school in Boston.

A: The pour into a snifter is black. Pitch black with a finger high layer of mocha colored foam.

S: Interesting if not subtle aromas on this. Vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits.

T: Such a smooth flavor. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark stone fruits, and a hint of alcohol round this one out. They might call it a strong ale, but it's very reminiscent of an RIS.

M: The carbonation is low, but appropriate. The body is very full.

D: It packs a punch at 10%, but the booze does not really come through on the flavor. I had forgotten how much I enjoy this beer. A great offering from the folks at Port.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 06:36:43 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black, brown-edged body with a khaki-colored head.

Smell: Rich, roasty aroma, with hints of coffee, chocolate, and anise. Deep within the scent are some faint notes of cherries.

Taste: The semi-sweet taste is an engaging mixture of black licorice, molasses, and cold coffee that would evoke thoughts of an imperial-strength root beer if it weren't for the ever-increasing roasted bitterness and hints of alcohol. Also, there's those far-off cherries carrying over from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated, with some alcohol warmth showing throughout.

Drinkability: While I would've preferred a lessened presence from the dark roasted grains, it was still pretty good!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 23:45:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-15-2011 03:47:27 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-20-2012 03:49:19 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-29-2013 06:00:47 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-09-2013 23:28:08 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 23:50:55 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Old Viscosity ON TAP at STONE BREWERY; Black color with a dark short tan head and lovely in appearance-very inviting.

A sweet assertive and most appealing rich sugared coffee nose-smells like a piece of fresh dark chocolate/coffee candy;

Huge dark bitter chocolate flavor with a creamy chocolate mouth and loads of underlying sweet coffee flavors. A big creamy and wonderful drinking stout.

Bigger, creamier, thicker, sweeter and, candidly, more appealing on tap than from the bottle. Nice! I had this with spicy wild boar ribs at Stone's cafe, but this would drink well with most spicy and big meat or game dishes. Also would do well as a nice accompaniment to drink with dessert.

A nice drink with which to simply relax and sip away after dinner or with a cigar.

This stout, ON TAP, can give any of the "big player, prestigious stouts" a run for their money.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2009 19:39:46 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice beer black color with a tan head on top. The retention is pretty decent but not much lacing. The smell of the beer is oaky, roasted and semi-sweet. The taste of the beer has a subtle tart flavor from the oak. There is a balance sweet chocolate with roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer is pretty thick, it's a bit oily with a sharp carbonation to it. Overall this beer is pretty good all around. Worth having.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 04:01:42 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body with a frothy head of tan foam, spotty bits of lace dot the glass. Little upside-down "W" bird shapes lace the edges. It demonstrates nice head retention, never breaking the surface layer. Cocoa and trace alcohol in the aroma when inhaling deeper.

Rich, bittersweet bakers chocolate flavor, with a mild hoppiness that lingers well into the dry aftertaste. Some charred malt character blends with the layered hop flavors, giving a good deal of complexity to the taste. Very smooth and creamy body, but slightly thin for being a higher abv stout. Easy drinking, nice west coast hop twist makes it unique...Thanks for sharing Jay!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 03:17:34 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a thick, oily, black color with a small, brown head of foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel malt, coffee, cocoa and some subtle bourbon notes.

T - Great taste of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and sweet caramel. Some nice bitterness and sweetness create great balance.

M - It was soft and smooth. A heavy bodied brew that is definitely a sipper.

D - This is a great tasting ale. I loved the coffee and cocoa flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 15:07:26 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-30-2012 03:41:30 | More by JAHMUR
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Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,591 ratings.