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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,731
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 156
Gots: 266 | FT: 18
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-09-2006)
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Photo of NCSUdo
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 2007

A: Deep black under a medium sized brown head. Good lace and retention.

S: Sweet with some roasted malt and some nice bourbon and wood mixed in. A little bit of chocolate, coffee and candied fruit mixed in as well. Very nice.

T: Fruity and sweet up front, ending in a roasted bitterness and definite bourbon character. A lot going on here. Some warming from the alcohol, bit of chocolate and espresso.

M/D: Nice mouthfeel, creamy, carbonation a touch high but provides a nice crispness in the middle, full bodied. Drinkability is fine of the style. Was a little surprised that this is a strong ale, seems more like an imperial stout. Very good beer.

Photo of PatronWizard
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Classy bottle - "Not Your Dad's 30 Weight"

Formiddable jet black brew. The head must've been terrified because it only dared to rise about 3/8 inch before dying an agonizing death.

Potent chocolate smell. Coffee scent is second place.

Big flavor. Biting bitter chocolate. Straight black coffee. A dark fruit in there for good measure. Smoky. The bourbon is barely in the profile, but there nonetheless.

Viscous as...well... 30 weight. Very smooth, creamy, nice.

Overall: really really good

Photo of israel
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks mikesgroove for the generous LIF

A - this beer pours a ridiculously pitch black color with a toffee like colored head which dissipates quickly.looks like a big ol stout to me...

S - definitely some bitter notes as well as some chocolaty qualities in there. initial smell reminds me of a big stout

T - don't really pick up on the 10% alc in this beer, very smooth with some burnt notes to it most likely from the malts. The dryness I would attribute to the barrel aging which might also be perceived as a cocoa flavor, so definitely some chocolate flavors as well in here.

M - silky smooth with a lot of body and very little carbonation. coats the tongue and just glides down the pipes.

D - this beer is an excellent way to end your evening; more of a sipper than anything else.might light up a cigar to go along with the rest of this bottle.

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick coffee head, motor oil black, dark like the night.

Coffee beans, toasted malts, dark sugars,chocolate, bourbon on the nose. Billy Dee Williams was the first to go to college in his family, and he drank Colt 45.

Complex taste, tastes like it smells, unlike vagina.

Creamy, full bodied, little hot, bourbon or alcohol? Bourbon. Very good as I usually dont like bourbon aged beers.

This beer is a year old I think as it was in the back of the cooler. Still an excellent chococoffee bourbon beer. Everyone had that alcoholic math teacher in high school that added bourbon to his coffee, that is this beer.

Photo of younger35
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of this like nine months ago at Bottleworks in Seattle. I also received a bottle of this from Leftmindedrighty like two years ago when he accidentally sent me the wrong box (that generously beautiful man let me keep it!). This is the newer version. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brownish black with a nice fluffy one finger dark tan head. The cap dissipates fairly quickly but a nice fluffy collar remains that leaves bits of spotty lacing.
Smell- Super potent and loaded with rich chocolate fudge and whiffs of creamy espresso. Some tinges of vanilla and black licorice add an almost barrel aged like aspect. The hops are pretty darned assertive as well reminding me a lot of a fresh Barleywine. Dark cherries and even raisins seem to build as the beer warms. Some alcohol makes its way into the nose as well.
Taste- Lots of well roasted goodness from the start add a big burst of rich acidic French roast. A bit of caramel and bourbon soaked cherries manage to squeeze in a tiny bit of sweetness once that coffee wears off. Some super bitter baker's chocolate from the roasted malt is gritty and rough. How to describe the finish almost escapes me. It's hoppy and like the nose, I get that Barleywine like presence. The alcohol is slightly warming as the beer goes down.
Mouthfeel- Like the label cleary states this thing is hella thick and rich. Light carbonation adds to the feeling of creaminess yet somehow its still gritty and grainy. Pretty badass!
Drinkability- Well, this indeed is a rather strange concoction that pretty much rocks. Definitely not a Porter, closer to a Stout, aspects of a Barleywine. A random collage of flavors that I really enjoyed. Another winner by Port. Big thanks again to Aaron again for his generosity!

Photo of 100floods
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at City Beer, I think this was the 2007 batch, it's been almost a year (feels like a year anyway) since acquired this bottle.

I was surprised to find that this is labeled as a strong ale, when really this stuck me as not that.

This beer pours a dark black, with a little dark chocolate hue to it, but it's pretty damn dark none the less. There is a dark golden/mocha head that leaves a vanilla colored lace shortly after.

The beer is packed with malt chocolate and roasty aromas that I would find in a stout, but then again, i found similar things in Death and Taxes and thats not considered a stout. A lot of the flavor is weighed towards a coffee taste, kind of bitter, but there's some sweetness to back it up. This beer has a full body that leaves some oily stuffs on your tounge.

Overall I really like this beer, I had a few others but i drank them cause it was so good. This beer is a great sipping beer. However, call it what you want, maybe Strong Ale is misleading, it's style might be a gray area. HOORAY!

Photo of troutmask96
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty solid all-around strong ale here. Pours a dark-as-coal black with a thick, foamy head. Smell is heavy on the alcohol with a nice hop note. Taste is heavy on coffee, with a lingering bitterness. After a few sips, a nice glowing warmth envelops me, making this a nice choice on a cold, wintery night. Not my favorite beer of its kind, but a worthy entry to Port Brewings excellent catalogue of brews...

Photo of sevopie
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Thick and black, strong tannish-brown head, very rocky.

Smell - Very faint bitter malts with some chocolate tones.

Taste - Malty and chocolaty, but the cocoa type. Has some hop notes as well, with some spice notes, possibly ginger.

Mouthfeel - Very thick, medium carbonation. Goes well.

Drinkability - Very smooth for being 10% alc, though the overall body can limit it from being more than 1 at a time.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a 22oz snifter from the bomber.

The beer pours a brownish black with very little tan head that dissipates and leaves no lace. The aroma is full of chocolate, caramel and bourbon. The flavor is full of more chocolate up front along with caramel and bourbon. There is also some fruitiness and a bit of spiciness from the alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and low on carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable warming beer with plenty of flavor.

Photo of JMBSH
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark ruby, looks almost black. No real head but a thin coating on top. No lacing on sides of glass.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate, and hints of bourbon.

T - Very dark roast, even burnt. It wasn't until about halfway that the bourbon taste starts to really show up. The dark chocolate also builds up. Not getting a lot of the alcohol burn over the dark roasts. A bit of a bitter aftertaste.

M - A bit thick but goes down smooth.

D - The flavors stick around quite a bit. Don't see having a lot in one sitting. The one bottle will do me just fine for the evening. Like a bit more of a bourbon taste but bouron is my second drink of choice and I am only beginning to try them.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, viscous, very dark brown. Smells of roasted malts and molasses. Nice sheet of head, and lots of lacing, coating the entire inside of the glass. Taste of roasted molasses and a bit of coffee. This is a huge , robust stout. Just the way I like'em. Can't even taste the ABV. Can't wait to try more Pizza Port stuff.

Photo of erikm25
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours an absolutely thick dark liquid chocolate black. It's so dark that I am tempted to go so far as to say oil colored. Even with an aggressive pour there was little lacing and retention. A minor head that was mahogany or very dark ruby in color depending on light.

S: Roasted and sugar smell. Hints of smokey licorice and the anticipated bourbon booze kick.

T: I was expecting a blast of alcohol in the taste but it was not as powerful as my expectations. However, the bigger the drink the bigger the alcohol finish. A toasted bitter chocolate, coffee, and peanut butter taste. There are some charred dark fruity tastes, like cherry, as well as spiced pecans.

M: Low carbonation and a decent full mouth feel. Not quite as thick as trying to eat fudge soaked in whiskey but a noble attempt.

D: For the strength this goes down relatively easy. Despite its appearance it drinks more like a barley wine to me. Regardless, this is a very filling and hitting beer. Because of the color I say throw on something like Buzzoven and escape.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A new beer with an old name. Pours a thick black color with a dark cherry red hue around the edges. Good thickness with some minor viscous to it. A light brown colored head with limited retention. Mostly hides to the side of the glass but does stay for some time. Limited lacing.

The nose is rich with malt. Nice complexity with noticeable chocolate and a light roast. Some lactic almost oatmeal-esk aroma. A light vanilla and bourbon nose. Some light yeast notes, mostly esters with raisins and a light plums. Some rose like characteristics as well. Clean on the yeast though.

The taste is has great depth and complexity, even more than the nose. The malt really comes out with a chewy chocolate. The astringency backs off a bit, could use more. Very thick, with a more oatmeal depth (versus lactic). Has a creamy finish with a slight silky texture. The yeast comes out more though. Definite rose and fruity esters, cherries, raisins, figs, plums. Some light alcohol notes, but really couldn't pick out specifically bourbon/whiskey.

The body is closer to full than moderate. A lot of legs on this one. Great depth and texture with a silky finish. Pretty clean for the alcohol content. Overall this is one of the best Port beers I have tried. If I were to nit pick, I would have liked more esters and bourbon/whisky/woody flavors, but I love the complexity and body.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours deep black with a thin tan head that disappears quickly. Nice ring of foam left behind with patches of brown foam.

S - Dark roasted malts, sweet caramel, bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee, vanilla, bourbon, rum soaked raisins.

T - Burnt, deeply roasted malt, sweet caramel, maple syrup, hints of bourbon and vanilla, bitter chocolate that lingers on the tongue for a while after each sip.

M - Thick but smooth, rich mouthfeel with lingering bitterness and a warming, tingling alcohol.

D - Nicely labled as strong ale. I pick up a mix of barley wine and imperial stout which makes for a very nice strong ale. Very good for such heavy burnt flavors.

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

A - color is a deep chocolate brown with a small head that quickly dissapated after i poured it. There really is not too much to see in the beer beyond the chocolate brown

S - Smells with hint of caramel, vanilla and bitter dark chocolate. There is a big whiff of spicy, oak as well which must comes from the aging of the beer. A rather big nose as well as you can smell each whiff of it

T - The taste at first is chocolate and vanilla mostly; starts out a bit sweet but as the beer moves along the barrel aging start to stand out a little more. The beer becomes full of oak and cinnamon spice. Also the alcohol becomes a bit strong and pronunced; gives it a bit of whiskey kick. As the beer goes down, you get a nice warming feeling in you mouth and body.

MF - actually a bit lighter that i would think. The body is medium with a tilt towards low. The mouthfeel is a bit watery at first but as the beer moves along, it has a nice astringent feeling to it which leaves nice tingle in the mouth.

D - Overall this is a pretty good beer and i like that the barrel aging adds some complexity to the beer and lets it change throughout each sip. Without these changes, it would just be average, but with it, this is one good beer that I would love to have more accessible.

Photo of julian
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: thick & viscous (surprise, surprise). Color is jet black with absolutely no light passing through anywhere. Aggressive pour yielded an active bubbly chocolate colored head which dissipates but not completely, leaving a nice frothy layer on the surface and around the edges. Lacing is relatively boring and minimal.

S: Smell is a strong fruity mix of berries, cherries, plum with a sugary malt sweetness. Kind weird, because I'm pretty sure there are no fruits in this beer, AT ALL. There's a pretty noticeable alcoholic presence.

T: Somewhat ashy with subtle hints of bitter chocolate. Relatively high alcoholic taste; not hard to discern the woody barrel essence in this beer as well as the bourbon notes linger on your palate as the other flavors subside. This is a pretty intense beer! It's not terrible but also not great. Not sure what the fascination is with this. Overall, kind of boozy.

M: This was warmed up a bit before serving but is still cool, just not completely cold. Carbonation is on the low to mid range. Consistency isn't as thick as I was expecting. Pretty intense with a strong alcoholic presence and throat warming. Very boozy.

D: This is a sipper, not something to be guzzled down. Definitely a beer with a lot of bourbon essence. I think a bomber of this at the end of the night or on a cold winter's night would be good...but I could think of other options that would suit the situation better.

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

My first pour was cautious, my second, aggressive. Neither elicited much in the way of head, just a few hardy tan bubbles and a thin collar. Lacing is minimal, but the color is quite singular and almost enough to elicit the 4.5: almost black, but hardly darker than brown..it pours a reddish color..but has no highlighting unless held to direct light.

Aromas of rubber, cocoa nibs and sweet fudge, roasted and patent malts, and a small small hint of anise. Lots of alcohol evident here. Hard to tell what the hops are doing.

Tons of alcohol in the flavor..which isn't really a problem for me. It'll bring the Drinkability score down, but not the flavor, as there is so much to complex that peppery burn. Some chocolate and coffee, but a humongous wallop of pine resin hops rips the roast away from the tongue initially. The stout characteristics are definitely there, but somehow mitigated more than usual by the hops; to me this is a barleywine crossed with a stout. The caramel malt sweetness and generally chewy character is present from the barleywine, while the roasted malt makes enough inroads to warrant comparisons to the stout.

The finish is bitterly and rudely bitter. A little astringent really. The rubber character returns in the slightest bit, which drops the drinkability a little more. Mouthfeel is firm and well past medium, although given its nebulous style, it's hard to judge. Generally creamier and fuller than a barleywine, but not as lush as an Imperial Stout.

Who the hell cares what it is when it's this tasty...and this potent. Ten percent goes to the head! Enjoyable oddity from Port, whose heavy handed hops application is well appreciated here.

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

Paid $5.49 for a bomber from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into my favorite snifter.

A nice one inch tan and frothy head. I was not expecting this brew to have every visual characteristic of a thick RIS. Black, seemingly low in carbonation. The head retains quite well. Moderate lacing.

I'm getting hints of a little bit of everything in this one. Roasted malts and alcohol with undertones of chocolate and dark fruits. Again, similar to a RIS in many respects - the alcohol content just is a bit more pushing it into the American Strong class.

Taste is excellent. Not as complex as the nose, but all I know is the pleasure center of my brain was firing left and right. The high alcohol is completely masked. As it warms, the chocolate comes through a bit more. Despite this, I'd still recommend cracking this one at about 42°F and drinking it slowly. The drinkability at that temperature is phenomenal.

This may be one of the thickest most full bodied brews I've ever tasted. Considering this fact, its high alcohol content and supreme drinkability, I consider this with highest regards. Recommended!

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.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A.Pours pretty thick, but not as viscous as I had hoped.One finger of a brown head was the crown of this brew.
S.Whiskey, Mocha,vanilla, alcohol.
T.Chocolate, coffee, whiskey, vanilla, alcohol, same as odors maybe some molasses.
M.Thick for an ale but not as viscous as I had hoped. Has a sticky feel to it.
D. Very good, I would like more. Very good beer.I enjoyed this beer more the second time.

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

22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a dark, seal brown hue with a little light turning the edges a burnt mahogany. Head is fleeting and thin, with a dark tan color. The aroma of Old Viscosity reminds me initially of an American Double Stout, with its notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts, but then it turns to an Old Ale, as a strong boozy presence of dark fruits (raisin) and candied sugars takes hold. Either way, it smells phenomenally.

Goood morniiing FLAVORRR. God--this thing is complex. Bitter baker's chocolate and resinous hops get overrun by an ethanol-rich alcohol burn that brings in notes of sweetbread, black cherry, currant, raisin sherry, and nutmeg. Intense warming burn of chocolate rum liquor on the finish makes this a beverage I won't soon forget. Mouthfeel is chewy and thick with a sluggish carbonation level that provides just enough bubbliness to spice up the booze at the end. All in all, a terrific sipper that I'd be happy to come across again. Very memorable beverage, though not for beginners.

Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of tayner poured into a snifter.

Settles black in the glass after poured dark, dark brown out of the bottle. Head is tan and dense, but dissipates quickly to a ring leaving a little bit of lacing. The smell is big and get bigger as it warms - caramel malts, raisins, figs, some dark chocolate, brown sugar and licorice. On top of this is the hint of oak and booze in the background that burns the nose ever so slightly. Taste is a slightly harsher version of the aroma with a big roasted character on top of the malt background and dark fruit flavors. Coffee and chocolate are present as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and fairly dry in the finish. Drikability is slightly limited by the harsher character of the taste. Still, this is tasty and complex brew from a great brewery. Thanks Dana!

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

Deepest dark brown or is it black. A this but dense head of dark beige foam adds delicate lace as it recedes. A swirl reveals some serious legs on this. Viscosity indeed.

Aroma is like an old ale, stout, and barleywine all rolles into one malty package. It abounds with notes of dark dried fruit, molasses, oak and booze.

Flavor is very complex and delicious. Big malt notes of molasses, figs, plums, dark caramel, and scorched toffee. There are undertones of creamy milk chocolate and light creamed coffee. The oaky toasty vanilly notes round it out to a lingering mildly hopped finish of spicy and earthy bitterness. Awesome.

Body is very big, creamy, thick, and slippery. The mouthfeel is so velvet smooth you want to take constant sips. Sometimes a big body hinders drinkability for me. In this case it's a rare treat and expertly crafted.

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

As promised, this stuff glugs out black as oil, oily as oil. Head is thin, but nice and toasted-marshmallow brown while it lasts. And the label? One of the best ever.

Aroma is dark fruits, carob, molasses, milk chocolate, marshmallow, a trace of alcohol--and not overbearing on the bourbon, fortunately. As it warms a woody smell comes out stronger, which it obviously should since this is a barrel-aged bad boy.

Flavor brings a burnt flavor into the mix, with everything detected in the aroma sliding across the tongue at one point or another. Some graham cracker; more bitter dark chocolate sweetness than the milder milk chocolate detected in the nose; and a remarkable escalation of the bourbon/wood than the smell hinted at. Although I'm not a fanatic of barrel-aged beers, this has plenty of depth beyond just the barrel and the bourbon, especially in its more stout-like characteristics. There's even some steamed milk coming into the flavor with warming. Alcohol warmth is at a perfect level, adding to the experience but never overrunning it. It's simply wonderful with every sip.

Texture is a balance between oily, buttery creaminess and the prickly energy of carbonation. Not near as thick as expected--not as under-carbonated either. Nevertheless, it feels very nice. You want authentic oil-like mouthfeel, try Bell's Expedition Stout. But I've never actually had Quaker State or Pennzoil in my mouth. My bad.

This is incredibly close to a stout, by far the most stout-like of any American Strong Ale I've ever had. But that's a nebulous category anyway. No matter what you call it, it's delicious. Even beer freaks like me who don't faint at the mere mention of "bourbon barrel-aged" should not avoid it. There's most definitely something here for everybody (except for people who simply don't appreciate great beer). I think I'll keep this bottle just for that awesome label...

Photo of kirok1999
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a black strong ale! Pours like a stout with a slight off white head.
Smells of dark fruit, slight bourbon, chocolate, and sweet fruits.
Taste is very dark with lots of rich malts, chocolate, raisins, molassas and a mild lingering alcohol, bourbon note in the finish.
Well carbonated yet smooth and mild. Definitely a slow sipper.

Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,731 ratings.