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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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

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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.

Photo of Sticket
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

Photo of grub
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of Tilley4
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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...

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!

Photo of raiser
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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.

Photo of nickfl
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from CA:Pours black with a brown head that thins and stays for awhile.The smell is of chocolate, a hint of vanilla, some licorice and prunes.The taste follows the nose very closely - and nicely.  Chocolate with a vanilla twist, acidic sharpness, licorice, dark fruits and some oak mix together, ending with a bittersweet, slightly boozy, finish.The carbonation is low, body hits full.Despite a slight astringency, it is quite drinkable, as the taste begs for more sipping, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden (with just a peek in the finish.  A unique, enjoyable, brew.

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bomber from Abe's 6-Pack

This beer immediately reminds me of Rogue's Charlie 1981. Both are dark, near imperial porter, with big citrus hops. OV has an interesting malt profile with a sweet cookie flavor like you'd get from an imperial amber/red along with creamy coco and a touch of black grains. It's not quite like a stout or porter, it's somewhere in that anything-goes strong ale range. The hops are typical American grapefruit and citrus rind. They're big and nicely balanced with the malts.

No doubt a unique beer, as heavy as the name indicates but worth trying.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little Rx from South Bay Drugs, just what the good doctor ordered. ;-)

Appearance - pours with a thickness that does remind me of oil to an extent. Opaque with a moderate to thin mocha cap. Pretty sticky and resilient, leaving wavy lace lines around the edge.

Aroma - some whiffs of grain, roasty malt, and alcohol, but nothing really jumps out of the glass. A slow increase of grain/roast/coffee and abv as it settles but I expected more. Additional warming really starts to push out some bourbony notes, which are more in line with what I was expecting, so give it a bit to warm, breathe and open up.

Taste - not much sweetness or chew to the frontside malts. What is there has some slight roast to it much like the aroma. A sharp brash hit of hops pushes the bitter edge quickly, almost to the medicinal level. Right there, the hot whiskey flavors emerge, like knocking back a shot of blended. Whew, for a 10% beer, it drinks much hotter. Comparing it to the GL Rackhouse, this has more bitter bite to it and the bourbon is not as smooth.. Tasty but maybe in need of some time. Certain mouthfuls leave a fine lengthy aftertaste of malt, oak, whiskey, and warmth.

Mouthfeel - good weight, but not 'oily' as the label might suggest, Carbonation is moderate, maybe a bit more. For an ASA, it's good, though it is doing its level best to defy categorization.

Drinkability - had I tried this a few years ago, I probably wouldn't have liked it. I'm glad to have acquired a palate for some complex flavors that I can appreciate amidst the high abv. Sip 'er slow, allow some time between samples to let the aftertaste evolve in the mouth, that's good stuff going on in there. A fine warmup for it's 'Older' brother, soon to come...

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

Opened 22 ounce bomber bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Poured a dark tan colored head of ½" atop a dark black opaque brew (it was that dark).

Smell is of dark chocolate with notes of coffee... Almost frappacino smelling. Taste is similar to smell, with a slight hint of vanilla, presumably from the oak, but I really have to look to find any oak at all. Mouth feel is a bit viscous - as the name might suggest - really nice brew. Finish is good with slight but present aftertaste. Really nice finish. I plan on buying more of this.

As I look at the bottom of the empty bottle, the smell is almost as impressive as what is coming from the glass... Really good stuff.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't get enough of this beer! It pours very thick and creamy, definitely reminds me of a 30 weight oil. The head is a nice tan brown. The smell has chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and a definite whiskey smell. The taste is better then it smells with a nice whiskey taste toward the ends. Despite the thick pour the beer has a good mouth feel and is very smooth and easy drinking. I would like to see what this beer tastes like cellared for a while, but I can't seem to keep it on my shelf long enough.

Photo of beermebeerman
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this from a Top Foods (Haggen) while visiting my folks up near Seattle.

Poured, just like the name implies, like used motor oil. Head retention wasn't great, but it led to the motor oil impression.

Took a whiff immediatly. I saw some people noting oak. I didn't really catch that, but I could smell almost a bourbon-y smell and the malt just about overpowered anything else.

Taste was not what I expected, a lot more smooth than most strong-ales. Alcohol bite was almost undetectable. Either the bottle I had was aged or they age it before bottling, either way it led to a very drinkable beer. Low carbonation levels are fine, since this is such a 'thick' brew already. You feel like you're drinking a meal when you finish your glass. I finished the whole bottle and wanted more:)

Photo of robbyc1
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, deep black, no head, looks like a IRS, all good.

Some hops, not much, but huge malt notes, deep like coffee for sure.

The taste is deep, deep malt, can't get anymore malt into this one, and then you taste the oak from the bourbon barrels, but nice.

This must be a stout, but then again it has other tastes, nice finish with the slight hops. No need for a dessert with this one. Remains exceptionally well balanced, one of my favorite types.

Big mouthfeel, drinkable enough to finish the 22oz bomber, but not much.

Photo of NEhophead
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Syrupy, deep maple with a light shade of garnet; practically opaque. Almost creamy, carbonation-filled, light brown head with retention only as a thin sheet. Spotted lacing with decent strength.

Sweet, rich coffee bean; notes of cream and vanilla. Milk chocolate with fragrant, dry toffee. Notes of dark, fruity esters: currant, plum, red apple. Hints of saffron and licorice admist a full, rounded alcohol aroma.

Caramel and milk chocolate initially, that is replaced with an intense floral hop presence and a hefty dose of saffron and licorice. There is a dry, mustiness that follows which is rejoined by slightly rich toffee. Throughout the sip is a cutting, bulky alcohol presence.

Full in body; smooth, yet very slick. The alcohol character makes this full ale rather gaseous.

A bold flavored strong ale with some very promising rich notes; however, the licorice spice seems out of place. Also, the assertive alcohol presence is a little unrestricted.

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

Pours a ruddy chestnut/ebony with 3+ finger of mocha colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Bakers chocolate & licorice & booze

T: Nice chocolate & coffee grounds & some booze up front. Carob, mocha & toasted to the point of some burnt grains as this warms, along with loads of dark fruits ( raisins & plums mostly), vanilla, & touch of herbal bitter hops sliding down the throat. Finishes dry with some whisky/oaky notes along with caramel & more vanilla

MF: Oily with near zero carbonation & much chewyness & great warming sensations. Every thing is in near perfect balance

Drinks great for the style & ABV, but 2 bombers of this & it's probably, nighty, night!
Another great purchase from Plaza Liquors in Tucson & a super value at $6 a bottle!

Photo of throwitallaway
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bought from South Bay Liquor. Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Quite dark with a very small head. Smells of chocolate, toffee, cherries, and maybe a hint of coffee. Tastes very much like chocolate and coffee, with a bit of cherry and alcohol underneath. The flavors are very round and coat my tongue nicely. Mouthfeel is right in the middle and very pleasant. The only thing hurting this beer is drinkability, as I can only see myself drinking one of these in a sitting. Overall this is a complex and genuinely good beer.

Photo of callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark black/brown body.. khaki head... lasts for a while before giving way to thick lacing on the glass

S: All things dark... chocolate, coffee, licorice, molases and boubron... with hints of oak and vanilla...

T: Mirroring the nose, this beer is rich... nice roasted malts give the chocolate, coffee, licorice and molases notes... excellent barrel aged bourbon/vanilla/oak flavors are imparted here too

M: Viscous... just like the name suggests... thick creamy smooth body... nice slighlty oily finish

D: I struggled to get through this bomber... it was so good but so heavy... it almost suffers from its own success...

Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bomber to BMS mug during the race...

Excellent bready light pumpernickel-colored head. Deep dark Cuban coffee-colored body

Deep aroma of sweet cinnamon sugar, lots of chewy, hearty fresh-baked (rye?) bread. Some piney hops and a little alcohol. Oak and minimal bourbon scent creates a nice burn.

This is like chewing on espresso beans coated with dark bitter chocolate, some sweet vanilla and a little bit of oaky grassy hops dipped in the bourbon. Lots of cocoa and coffee here as the backbone. Alcohol is present in the sweetness but not opressive. This is good stuff.

Dry and earty on the mouth at first with a slight alcohol bite. Coffee-ground bitterness punches the palate. As this warms it becomes much more coating and enjoyable. Deep, dark finish.

At first I thought this would be a little tough to finish the bomber just from weight alone. However, as it warmed it became thoroughly enjoyable. Definitely sip this to see it warm and evolve. Awesome stuff.

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.

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Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
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