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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 154
Gots: 268 | 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

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Beer added by: scottoale on 07-09-2006

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Photo of JDV
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to MiguelMandingo for sharing this bottle.
Pours black with a medium lived tan head that leaves some spotty lacing. Smell is amazing. Mollasses, brown sugar, graham cracker, cookie sweetenss held in check with some rich roastiness. Smells like The Abyss.
Taste is dark dry roast, dark chocolate and a hoppy finish hiding behind all the flavorful roast. Perhaps the mildest twinge of bourbony flavor, but it melds so well with the other flavors that I wouldn't even know its a bourbon beer. A nice light dry oak characteristic in the end as well. Looks and smells like an imperial stout, and is rich and flavorful like one, except its body is not quite as thick, perhaps, and the hops shine, yet complement the beer more than in any Imperial Stout I've had. Easily one of my new favorites. Thanks again Mike!

Photo of Atron67
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Bchung5077 for the trade!

P- 22 oz. bomber bottle slightly bottle with blue lettering picture of a man working under an old farm truck.

A- slick shiney oil black to continue on the truck oil as mentioned on the lable, brown chocolate foam rose up slowly as i poured, almost struggling to get through the body, fell down into a thin fil m on tom of the body pretty quickly.

S- smells mainly of malt and fruit, big roasted flavors, cherry type and plum are pretty strong, alcohol present, weak hops but isnt sweet smelling so its well balanced

T- huge black roasted flavor, really smooth, can feel the alcohol but its really well hidden while your tasting

M- full and thick, light carbonation, lingers on the tongue

D- very good

Photo of Rzzzzz
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap recently at the Trappist. I had some of this stuff from a bottle last summer--very good but oh what a difference when properly stored and served!

Black as the night with a short-lived tan head that left some nice lacework behind. Wonderful aroma of coffee, malt, chocolate, raisins. Flavor is a well balanced mix of caramel, toffee, sweet and bitter chocolate, roasted malt, warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. This was about as delicious a beverage as I can remember tasting. Like a milkshake for grownups.

Photo of rudylaw
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark, dark with a tan head that is eliminated almost immediately.

I can smell the bourbon before I even pour it... there is some chocolate and toffee sneaking though as well. This is a beer that wants you to drink it... as the first nose is almost as intoxicating as the first sip.

Now the first sip... wowza! Raisins, chocolate, vanilla and that wonderful bourbon... though nowhere near as potent as a KBS for example.

It's surprisingly creamy in the mouth as it doesn't seem to look as thick as other strong ales in its class. It's actually pretty light in comparison.

I would definitely order this one again. It's my first experience with Port Brewing/Russian River and I want to try more. Delicious.

Photo of jackorain
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow this shit is thick.

Pours like used motor oil. If it's not my dad's 30 weight then it must be 90 weight geal oil. nearly black with mahogany highlights. The head isdarl tan and thick at about 1/2 inch in heagith from aggressiver pour. There is a cool brown/mahogany ring where it meet the liquid.

Smells of coffee, vanilla, licorice, molases, unsweetned choclate and bourbon. No hint of alcohol,

Tastes very much like the nose with a nice hint of roasty bittenress.

Creamy full body, in fact look up full body in the dictionary and see a pic of this beer. Nice prickly carbonation offsets the creaminess.

I could easily drink one of these bobmers but it would take a long time.

Overall this beer is fantastic

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

A- Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, this beer appears dark brown with a moderate chocolate milk head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, bourbon, oak, and roasted malts. The alcohol is very prominent in the aroma.

T- Rather sweet at first but then the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors give way to some pronounced bitterness. The bourbon is nicely woven throughout everything. You can feel the heat as this goes down too.

M- Thick, rich, and creamy with mild carbonation.

D- The bourbon and oak flavors aren't too over-the-top, making it easy to drink a lot of this, but the 10% ABV creeps up on you. Still, this goes down very easy for a beer of this magnitude.

A great beer all around, especially if you like whiskies. Highly recommended.

Photo of aromatorio
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle from the brewery at the Red Poppy release. At only $3.99, this is a steal.

As the name would imply, this pour looks like motor oil. Maybe a finger of coffee colored head, doesn't last long. Are we sure this isn't a stout? I can smell the alcohol, bourbon notes as well. Taste is actually a little on the hot side. I can taste almost too much bourbon, some nice sweet vanilla on the back end though. Mouthfeel is light and almost watery, considering the name and appearance. Drinkability - the alcohol is a little strong, but it is a tasty brew, and a great value.

Photo of tiger88
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a mighty fine sipping beer. Had some at a tasting over the weekend and the general consesus was very positive. It poured dark and opaque like a stout. Small, short lived dark brown head. Appropriately named as it stuck to the glass while swirling. Taste was sweet at first and the alcohol was immeidately present but not overwhelming. I could easily share with a drinking bud but not take down a whole bomber. Served a bit cooler than room temp. Great beer!

Photo of Floydster
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased for about five dollars from Hollymain Liquor in El Segundo, split with my dad, decided to finally review this one even though I have had it on several different occasions, wanted to compare it to its "older" version

A-Very dark brown with some light going through, 3/4 inch tan head that stuck around for about two minutes, some retention, lots of sticky lacing

S-Dark chocolate, toffee, espresso, sweet malt aromas, smokiness, maple syrup, booze, caramel, and some spices

T-Starts off strong and never looks back, lots of coffee the whole way through, could start to taste some sweeter chocolate and vanilla towards the end, some hoppiness in the finish but the malt overpowers it, some nice toffee and caramel accents towards the end, agressive beer that is more of a Russian Imperial stout than a strong ale in my opinion

M-Syrupy and dry mouthfeel, thick full body, good level of carbonation, agressive but smooth at the same time

D-Could probably drink this bomber by myself but the ten percent alcohol could have its effects, not too heavy, goes down easy for how strong it is

One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts for its price alongside Stone of course, have also enjoyed this on tap at Naja's, will definitely drink again some time in the future, do prefer this after being aged in bourbon barrels but still a great stout, recommended

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I traded with BuckeyeSox to get this bottle, thanks Dev. The beer pours much darker than I expected, definitely it looks like an imperial stout. Dark brown opaque liquid with a thick dark tan (chocolate milk color) head. The smell is like an imperial stout rauchbier, lots of sweet malts and roasted malts with a smoky aroma. The taste is really complex, adding a touch of irish coffee to the mix. The aftertaste is a little bitter, not unlike the final flavors from a coffee+whiskey. Very good, very agressive, much appreciated.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz acquired in trade with Jw347. No visible date or marking.

Pours like the name, a carbonated motor oil. Deep thick brown sits black in the glass with a tan head that reduces to patchy bubbles.

Scents of malt and bourbon are detectable from a distance. Dark fruity smells of raisin and date mix with roasted grain. Good bourbon and warm chocolate scents. Slight spicy notes and a tad fumy.

Ooh, wow, this tastes good. Dark toasted bread supports a juicy middle of raisin and other dark fruits with hints of vanilla and bourbon running throughout. Kind of dries out at the finish with a smooth bitterness, but never loses the rich malty flavor. Syrupy without being overly sweet.

Body is full and excellent, complimented by the soft carbonation. Sticky, even a touch syrupy, with moments of dryness that don't hold up to the coating on the palate.

For all its big characteristic, this drinks exceptionally smoothly and palatable. It presents itself as more satisfying than it is boozy or rich. High abv hinders massive consumption, but I love this beer.

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

Purchased at Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA. Great work Stu!

Style seems pretty much like a hoppy RIP, God bless you Port Brewing. Appearance is a total eclipse. Black with black highlights. Little head.

Aroma smacks of booze and toffee.

Full flavored taste that hits every part of the tongue just before it hits the nostrils with alcohol on the way down. The hops pounce, the roasted malts grumble, and the alcohol seduces. Light (my favorite kind) bourbon character gives the rest of the flavor a slight massage in parting.

Mouthfeel is hearty and peachy(keen).

Drinkability is forcing me to send one of the guys out for sandwiches so I can function for the rest of the workday.

Photo of WesWes
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a rich, warm black and chocolate malt scent that also has a slight bourban aroma. It's quite strong smelling, but also very enticing with lots of complexity. The taste is good. It has a roasted and chocolate malt taste that goes down silky smooth and finishes warm with a slight bourban barrel flavor. This is quite a beer for sure. The mouthfeel is near perfect. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's excellent in concept and delivery; a wonderful sipper. Highly recommended!

Photo of tpd975
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the brews Sudsdog sent me awhile back. Still one of my best BA buddies despite the lack of trades as of late. Suds its about time for another round.

A: It pours a very dark black. It's a rather viscous looking liquid that only manages the smallest of espresso colored heads. Very little carbonation and no lacing. An oil type slickness was left behind coating the inside of the glass though.

S: This one looks and smells like a stout. Nice bitter dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, anise and some dark fruits. A bit of booze can be detected but the level is perfect.

T: I like it alot. It is somewhat sweet and thick. Lots of dark choclate and espresso. Rum soaked prunes and figs can also be detected. Very roasty flavors it almost tastes barrel aged.

M: Big bold smooth and syrupy. A little alcohol tingle to round it all out.

D: Yeah, I loved it, glad there was no one to share it with.

Overall: It's monday after the rain out of the NASCAR race at California. I was down about Jr's luck (or lack there of last night) so I popped into this big black beauty as the color matched my mood. Well this is the pick me up I needed. Tons of flavor and its very drinkable. The old ale category is always one that has confused me. To me this is a RIS no doubt about it. It almost tastes barrel aged which I love. Next time SouthBay has this one in stock I will buy six.

Pizza Port / Lost Abbey Rules. I have been really digging their beers as of late. The bottle says it's not your dad's wimpy 30 weight and I have to agree. What it is, is 22 ounces of pure black goodness!

Photo of pwoods
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NJpadreFan that sent me this bottle in our very first trade.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Pours solid black with a thick body that does it's name justice. A short deep mocha head forms and hangs on. Some decent lacing.

S: Plenty of sweet caramel and toffee. Some nice coffee notes and a short alcohol sting.

T/M: The alcohol seems to swim throughout this brew but always on it's leash. A nice coffee body with a nice mocha twist. Hops are fresh and crisp still with a nice strong bitterness. Body is full and chewy with semi low carbonation.

D: 1 bomber is without a doubt enough but very tasty nonetheless.

Photo of DavidEddie
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thanks goes out to jjayjaye for this one!

Appearance - Black with a brown head. Ring of sticky lacing hands around.

Smell - Roasted malt, dark fruits, and booze.

Taste - Chocolate, burnt coffee, and dark fruits. There are some mellow vanilla and oak barrel flavor as well.

Mouth feel - Smooth and oily. Fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - A good sipper. Complex without being too overpowering. The ABV is hidden well. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Recommended!

Photo of joe1510
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

I get the opportunity to try this thanks to Taynor, thanks again Dana. The name fits. Old Viscosity pours like motor oil into my snifter. A creamy tan head grew to three fingers as I poured. The head falls to a half finger cap and leaves tremendous lacing on its way down, totally caking the glass. I don't think this beer could look any better than it does.

As this beer warms the aroma intensifies greatly. Mostly dark fruit upfront with a sprinkling of sweet vanilla that I'm guessing is from the barrel ageing. Molasses and highly roasted malts shine through. I wasn't very appreciative of the smell of the bat but warming worked wonders.

Flavor follows closely to what I mentioned was in the smell. There's a touch of coffee like bitterness on the backend along with a noticeable alcohol presence. The roasty dark malts show up in a big way along with super dark chocolate. This ends up being a damn tasty brew.

Thick viscous body. The carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum but there is enough to keep things moving.

This is without a doubt a sipper. Easy drinking but a beer to end the night with. I've been on this bottle for over an hour and the complexity keeps growing.

Another good beer from Port Brewing. They seem to constantly come up with quality brews. This does seem to be a hybrid style ale leaning more toward a porter than an imperial stout.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle from South Bay Drugs & Liquors. Thanks Joey!

Another adventurous dive into the world of Port Brewing. Here goes:

A very nice pour with about an inch of foam and apitch black colour. The foam quickly recedes and there's not much lacing going on.

Lots of dark fruit in the smell with good side notes of toffee and burnt malt.

Taste wise, the first thing I notice is the fruit... Plum and dark cherries, followed by raisins, toffee, a touch of chocolate, vanilla, and there's that bourbon, though I don't think it's going to take center stage after more sips but I could be wrong.

Further sips in and the bourbon just hangs around in the background and that's fine by me as the fruitiness of this Strong Ale has all my attention and deservedly so. I notice the cherries the most when I swish the beer in my mouth and dog gone it, I'm doing that more often than I normally do with a beer. Stop it, Bill! ;^)

I'd say it has a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is lightly done and it finishes with a slight tartness(from the hops?) This is a high quality and very complex brew and is pretty darned drinkable despite the 10%abv(read: hidden very well) I'd gladly drink it again. The only thing I'm wondering is...how is the Older Viscosity going to stack up against this? I think it will be a tough act to follow..

Photo of sholland119
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A-Pours a deep black with a small tan head that quickly dissipates.

S-Very rich and complex. Lots of caramel and toffee.

T-A chocolate sweetness on the front with a burnt coffee roastiness in the finish. A little bit of alcohol in the finish but very subtle.

M-Very smooth and light on the palate, surprising for this big a beer.

D-A very drinkable strong beer so be careful!

I love Port's beers and this one is up to the standard. Big but balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours jet black with a very small tan head. Quite possibly the blackest beer I've ever seen.

S: Big and bold dark fruits such as figs and cherries mixed with a bit of burnt toffee.

T: Quite an interesting brew. Very complex, layers upon layers of different flavors. I believe the most prominent were anise and licorice. There is also some classic stout flavors such as espresso and burnt toffee. It's on the sweet side and it finishes with some tart chocolate.

M: It's thick with a low level of carbonation.

D: This is a sipper but I found that it was easier to drink than I expected. The alcohol is hidden very well but it certainly catches up with you at some point.

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think they may have updated the bottle design. Very different, I question its claim as an American Strong Ale. Still, I like it. Pours an extremely dark brown with a light brown head that disappears in about a minute thirty. Aroma is chocolate covered cherries (by far the strongest description of the smell). Some light hops in the background. Taste is like a strong sweet stout; coffee, but it has the spirt/hop and alcohol profile of an American strong ale. Intresting Combination. Goes down oily smooth with lively carbonation. Very unique.

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

Got this one from cburian. Thanks Chris!
There was a weak hiss when I popped the cap and a hard pour produced a thin, fine ring of brownish bubbles. Spotty lacing that really stuck to the glass. It looked quite thick off the pour too. Caramel aroma with roasty, dark malts and a bit of fruit. Fairly mellow with a bit of chocolate too. Mild alcohol, slightly vinous. Great flavour. Sweetness up front balanced by roasted grains and moderate bitterness. Notes of chocolate and licorice filled out the middle, along with mild fruit (cherry and raisin). Alcohol became more prominent towards the end, with a peppery finish. Lingering roast and toffee. Lots of chocolate as it warmed. Full bodied, low carbonation, silky/malty texture with plenty of warmth. This is great stuff. Superb balance for such strong character. You definitely need to let this one warm up to at least cellar temperature before the flavour really pops. Too cold and it loses its punch.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler received in a GIF from IntriqKen Thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid black that no light gets through. Starts with a thin tan head that goes away quickly. Aroma is really nice chocolates, coffee, some dried fruit, a little caramel. Taste follows the smell, but adds some alcohol bite in the end. Mouthfeel is thick as promised. Excellent brew, very complex, thick, tasty. Send more.

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

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Looks like a great RIS, very dark opaque brown with a massive, dense tan head. Head never really goes away and leaves great sticky, thick lacing. Doesn't look quite as thick visually as I expected however.
S: Smells sweet, def not like a RIS. Vanilla, caramel, roasted flavors, light coffee, cream but also strong smell from the bourbon to balance out the sweetness. Surprisingly little alcohol peaking through.
T: Big time malt flavors up front, chocolate, roasted flavors etc. Following is a slight coffee taste before the warming sensation of the bourbon kicks in and finishes with a strong, slightly bitter taste that is very persistent. Alternate drinks would finish slightly sweeter with more of the malt flavors then back to a punch from the bourbon. While this tastes strongly of alcohol I would still say the 10% abv is well hidden and not off putting. Some hops, but not nearly as hoppy as Santa's Little Helper.
M: Very creamy and almost thick mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Very warming.
D: For as much flavor as this packs and how persistent the aftertaste is this doesn't become a burden to drink like some other RIS end up being for me. Reminds me of Weyerbacher's Heresy in some ways but much more interesting to drink (and easier).

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

This review is from a fresh bottle from the first batch enjoyed at the Toronado. This beer is dark, seriously, like I mean in a cave speluning dark. No light penetrates this beast of a beer, and there is a small cap of illy espresso foam on the top of this brew that stays for the duration of the tipple. Aromas are dark, burnt, roasted malts, chocolate, heavy duty coffee, and more roasted malts. Hops are green and piney but only faintly in the background here as this is a malt bomb. Taste i heavy with roasted malts, some caramel, chocolate, and more coffee. This is pretty straight up but the balance is so rock solid and that is what really elevates this one to the next level. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, but not cloying with sweetness and the drinkability is good, but limited due to the serious heft that this one holds.

Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.