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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Old ViscosityOld Viscosity

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1,710 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,710
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 158
Gots: 263 | FT: 19
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Port Brewing visit their website
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 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!

gford217, Aug 28, 2008
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.

AlexJ, Aug 21, 2008
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...

Metalmonk, Aug 20, 2008
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.

kirok1999, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DFH snifter. Poured an opaque black with copious tiny bubbles lining the bowl of the glass. Half inch froth comprised of tiny bubbles that reduced its volume by half within less than a minute. Head eventually subsided into a broken swirl of foam; some lacing present during the tasting, but poor adherence. Scents of coffee, dark fruit, vanilla and some boozy bourbon notes. Taste follows nose on this one with the bourbon flavor masked in the mouth, and a bit of cocoa that shows through as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light effervescence, not at all thick or viscous. Some alcohol warmth makes an appearance without being boozy. This is definitely a sipper, but quite an enjoyable one at that. A nice alternative to an RIS if you're looking for a flavor packed brew with a lighter body.

Jwale73, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More of an imperial stout than a strong ale. It pours a near black mahogany and has a nice dark tan head. The nose has a big roasted malt profiel along with dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, woody bourbon and floral hops. The taste is also a nice blend between dark malts and bitter hops. Coffee, figs, currants, anise, molasses and chocolate all there with faint bourbony oak. Nice full body is well carbonated. A delicious brew.

rye726, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black blackity black-black with a short creamy topped head supported by a stack of perfect little brown bubbles. Smells of bourbon, vanilla and melted chocolate, some rummy alcohol. An inviting odor, certainly. Taste is quite satisfying, bourbon is heavy up front, with a gradual transition to a more roasted, black char malt flavor. Notes of oak, vanilla, wood tannins, dark chocolate and ethanol. Alcohol slightly hot, but not overbearing. Mouthfeel is full bodied, but not actually as think and oily as the name implies. A good drinker, well-crafted and interesting throughout.

aforbes10, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours an abyss-like obsidian color, with a rich tan head. good head retention and great lacing.

S: roasted malts, coconut, cherries, white pepper, and a serious bourbon aroma.

T: some major bourbon flavors, macaroons, cherries with tons of oak. some coffee, chocolate, and toffee, as well.

M: this brew has a big beefy body to it. outstanding palate, and a mild carbonation level.

D: wow, this beer is phenomenal. One of the best I have had yet. Well worth getting if you have the means.

paulthebeerguru, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Brooklyn snifter. Pours an appropriately opaque black with a decent tan head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is nice complex blend of bitter chocolate and burnt caramel, oak and hints of coffee and Bourbon. The taste shows more Bourbon than the aroma, oaked bitter chocolate lingers in the finish. The beer is certainly heavy, a sipper to say the least. I can guarantee this beer would be better in the Winter, but it still delights now.

atsprings, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of bbothen
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not your dad's 30 weight. Indeed.

Pours jet black with a small tan colored head. Nice lacing on glass.

Smells of licorice, coffee, chocolate, faint smoke, dark fruit, sweet malr, & booze. Alot going on in the aroma department.

How do you describe delicious? Chocolate flavors with a hop & coffee bitterness, sweet plum, cherry, & bourbon heat. Oh mama. Super complex.

Smooth, creamy, full, fantastic. 10% makes 1 bottle plenty. Can't have too much pf a great thing.

I actually enjoyed slightly colder than cellar temp. Am I kicked out of the club? This is the first Port beer I ever tried. Have had many since. This one is top notch. Just like the brewery.

bbothen, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Old Viscosity pours straight motor oil black with a slim lid of fine deep tan.

Big, powerfully dark nose brings sweet dark chocolate, molasses, and liquorice with a solidly roasted and lightly nutty presence. A nice little whiskey kicker comes in.

It's bodied like a super thick and creamy milkshake, but lacks just a touch of carbonation. The taste is as big as the nose, but I am finding some different things in it. A dark chocolatey and plum sweetness shows first, then a big char-roasted and nutty, burnt chocolate, and coffee bean bitterness rolls in, while hints of whiskey spice up the finish.

At first I thought this must be an Imperial Stout, but after I tasted It I am not so sure. It is a very good beer for sure, but didn't quite blow me away as I had hoped.

Slynger, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and completely opaque with one inch brown creamy luxurious head. Decent retention.

Aroma is quite nice. Bitter chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, and bourbon.

Taste is quite nice. Big and malty. Dark bitter chocolate, bourbon, and a touch of alcohol. Not overly complex, but a nice marriage of flavors. A bit of alcohol warmth and bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and thick. Carbonation is fairly low, very appropriate.

Drinkability is fairly high. Alcohol is rather high, but flavor is great. Really drinks well.

Goliath, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a pint glass. Pours a deep black with a half inch of amber head. Some deep red amber highlights when held directly to the sun! Offers decent retention and lacing.

Smell is a wow factor, very complex. Deep cocoa scents combine with biscuit, sugar, espresso and cream cheese.

Tastes delicious, yet a wanderer. Reminds of a stout or perhaps a good porter. Chocolate, coffee, more cocoa actually, with a deep berry embedded, blackberry perhaps. Like a mud pie dessert with a drizzle of blackberry syrup.

Feel is smooth and luscious, dessert-like yet without the fat. I ding the drinkability only because of the richness of this brew. It reminds me a bit of the Victory at Sea from Ballast Point. Excelllent dessert brews, yet not something to consume in quantity.

HalfFull, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of gwood
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque black and builds a big three finger mocha colored head that slowly works its way down with minimal lacing.

Smells are roasted and chocolate malts, slight booze, herbal hops, and roasted coffee. Just awesome. This is just a huge beer, sweet malts up front, roasted malts in the middle along with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and slight dark bread notes. The finish is tinged with boozy charred oak and herbal hops that come in multiple tiers that finish out clean and refreshing for such a big beer. Almost quenching? Wow.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, almost a bit chewy at times. Just a good time to drink, very enjoyable.

gwood, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of paytoplay
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I pick one of these up I always think it's going to be a heavy beer. But it never is. Always dark and rich, but high toned, alcohol and acidity must give this lift and balance. Black coco coffee bitter malty flavors. A persistant finish that is awesome and I find it refreshing. If this were aged in old scotch casks it would be very similar to Ole Dubh.

Always outstanding and shouldn't be overlooked as often as I do.

paytoplay, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of ASymon13
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours almost pitch black with a nice big creamy chocolate-brown head to it. It has excellent retention and leaves some nice thick lacing. The aroma is full of strong bourbon, followed by some solid roast and chocolate. Black currants, ripe plum, and some spicy hops round out the very enticing smell of it.

A slightly sour bourbon flavor comes through strongly on the initial taste, and lingers for a long time afterwards. The roastiness comes through solidly as well, and there is some decent hop bitterness. Overall the flavors don't quite all blend perfectly, but it is still complex and tasty enough to warrant an excellent rating. It has a very full, creamy body, and the carbonation is appropriate. Overall, it is an excellent dessert beer.

ASymon13, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of Sticket
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- a declared 10.0% abv in a 22oz brown bomber bottle and labeled as being aged in oak barrels used for bourbon.

A- pours dark, nearly black, with little to no light penetration. Brownish head dissipates a minute after pouring. Lacing lasts strong through approximately three quarters of the session before starting to fade slightly, but does however, last through the end.

S- light hops transition into oak barrel aged bourbon - a slight chocolate covered cherry is found deep within.

T- starts with oak barrel aged bourbon, the tannins (slight bitterness) just never really go away... some coffee in the middle and there are some hints of mild hops that come through at the finish, but the perfect balance falls just short. It may have needed aging for another year or two allowing the tannins to mellow (maybe then I would have found my chocolate covered cherry).

M- medium-heavy body that is slightly carbonated.

D- Although I was ready for a 10oz medium-rare ribeye from Iowa after finishing this one, I wasn't really looking for another bottle. However, I would definitely recommend giving this one a try, and maybe a second time aged.

Sticket, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz picked up in Bellingham, WA.

Pours a deep opaque black, thick brown head forms, settles to a thick ring, some lace spots, legs on the glass, real nice. Smell is intense, tons of chocolate, coffee, toffee, licorice, raisins, very rich, caramel cake, lots of dark fruit, oil, awesome. Taste is similar, intense bitter chocolate, toffee, coffee roast, dark fruit, more licorice, more chocolate, dark fruits and raisin, bread and nuts in the finish, bitter finish, alcohol is there but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is very thick and oily, full bodied, with low to medium carbonation, some heat going down. Very enjoyable, good sipper for the evening.

Viggo, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of grub
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled june 4/08.

pours like motor oil - opaque inky black. a very dense tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving lots of lace.

aroma is great. roast. dark chocolate. molasses. bit of coffee. alcohol. fruity. bit nutty. biscuit, wheat bread, crackers. toasty too.

taste is great. bittersweet and dark chocolate. espresso. almond and hazelnut. alcohol. roast. toasted wheat bread. biscuit. cracker. bit of grapefruit and citrus. medium-low bitterness level. vanilla. anise. bit of caramel. hint of smoke.

mouthfeel is good. well integrated medium carbonation level. big thick and chewy body.

drinkability is pretty good. it's a big and heavy beast, but the alcohol is balanced pretty well and there's enough malt depth to keep you going back for more.

grub, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to YonderWanderer for this awesome brew!!

This is as black as any Imperial Stout... Rich dark black with a slowly forming 2 inch tan head that fades into a thin covering...

Very intriguing aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, fruit, booze and maybe even a little hop twang...it definitely has the bourbon aspect to the aroma...

Whew, this ones a sipper... Big chocolate bourbon notes followed by the fruit mixed with some vanilla and what seems like a little licorice...its fairly boozy as well but its really good... Big bourbon influence with this one...don't have anyone to share this with and I may be sorry...

A delicious unique brew from Port Brewing.... Got one more bottle that will age for a couple of years to see how it changes...

Tilley4, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Pizza Port offering and a great start I must say. As the label says, pours black as oil with some mahogany highlights around the edges and a tan head. Smell is of dark chocolate, caramel, toasted grains, and dark fruit. Parts of it almost reminded me of chocolate covered cherries. Tastes is amazing as well. Dark chocolate, caramel, fruit, burnt grain and some alcohol. Mouthfeel I would say is medium but bordering on heavy. Doesnt really leave too thick of a taste in your mouth though. Overall a great beer, I have to knock it a little on drinkability as after glass #1 you will start to feel it!

bunnyhustle, May 31, 2008
Photo of raiser
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been buying this up for trades, figured it's time to drink a bomber (whoah... tipsy)

A: Pitch Black, 1 finger creamy orange head that dissipates rapidly leaving nice lacing at the edge

S: Caramel, Molasses, Coffee, Chocolate. Like a good stout

T: Sweet malt, with Coffee and Dark chocolate, a bit of Fig, unfortunately marred slightly by the 10% alcohol forcing through. Has a great coffee finish though. Not bitter at all.

M: light carbonation, soft and creamy, the alcohol burns it a bit here too.

D: A solid ASA on par with a porter or stout flavor-wise, but would benefit from either a reduced alcohol content, or perhaps some aging to mellow it out. It should age well for a couple years and I plan to try doing so.

raiser, May 25, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at Stone World Bistro, Escondido CA, 05/21/08.

Very, very dark brown. Lots of active carbonation. Thin layer of tan foam sits atop the beer.

Aroma is dark and roasted and malty and delicious.

Slightly oily and chewy. Dark malts and strong chocolate flavors roll across the tongue. Coffee bitterness appears on the end accompanied by a bit of astringency. Lasting bitterness.

This is a very, very good beer.

charlzm, May 22, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick, two finger, dark brown head resting on a opaque, black body. The head sticks around for a long time, but somehow doesn't leave much lace.

S - Rich, mocha aroma with an excellent balance of chocolate and coffee. Velvety hops lurking in the background with a whiff of alcohol.

T - Sweet, toasty malt followed quickly by spicy chicory/ coffee flavors. Dark chocolate slowly reveals itself in the middle and transitions to a dark, bitter roast grain finish with notes of mild vanilla, charcoal, smoke, and spicy hops.

M - Thick, truly chewy body, medium-low carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Complex and enjoyable. Very dark flavors bordering on carbonized. Surprisingly smooth for a 10% beer. The flavor is quite nice, but the aroma is really the most successful aspect of this beer.

nickfl, May 19, 2008
Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,710 ratings.