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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,676 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,676
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 159
Gots: 257 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-09-2006)
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Photo of jamie2dope
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had to try this beer, it just seemed to be staring me in the face at the store saying, "drink me!" Anyways, I poured it into my new weapon of choice, the same adams specialty Boston Lager glass. It poured a dark dark complexion (although not black enough so that no light made it through), with a white head that had nice retention all around. In th smell was a bit of must, cocoa, chocolate cake, blackberries, and a mild earthy grain. In the taste was lots of smoke and coffee, some dark chocolate. Carbonation was pretty high, serving to heighten the smoky character. Pretty big on the palate as well...not quite syrupy, but still a big beer. Alcohol was also well hidden, but with the extreme flavors going on in this brew, I suppose it would be. I felt that one bomber of it was more than enough for me. A fascinating beer that I wish I had tried sooner. Hopefully more from this brewery will make it out to us in Massachusetts soon enough. Cheers

jamie2dope, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my friends brought this back from SoCal. Right on!

Pours a very flat black color, not a lot of head. But this looks like a mean beer.

Aromas are of dark roasted malts. A lot of coffee and dark chocolate coming from the nose of this beer.

Taste is dark, chalky, and with a deep stewed fruit flavor up front. Beer then settles into dry malty and smokey notes, the finish is bright and with a touch of hops. This is a complex and well balanced beer.

About the only drawback to this beer is the mouthfeel. It feels lean at first, but the finish is very nice.

Drinkability is great. This is an excellent and well made brew. Yum!

flexabull, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of macster
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slick, thick, viscous midnight black color; completely opaque.

Rich and luscious aromas of alcohol drenched figs, raisins, licorice candies and anise all swimming in molasses.

Palate is perfectly round, chewy, oily and subtlely carbonated; extremely velvety smooth and right on for its namesake.

Flavor abounds in sweet notes of black licorice, anise, blackstrap molasses, brandy soaked fruit cake, figs, raisins and plums. As the beer warms from its initial serving temp of 50 degrees the alcohol continues to come into the forefront.

This is definitely more to the style of an Imperial Stout than a typical Strong Ale, but either way a very enjoyable and extrordinary treat

macster, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slick black, black, black. Lingering tan/brown head, foams up with a swirl.
Smells of roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, some cocao, fig and raisin.
Taste is not as sharp as I imagined. Smooth coffee and cocao mixture. A hint of sourness comes through a raisin-y flavor. A unique flavor with caramel and bitterness, haven't had that before. Slick feeling, smooth. Less filling, eh? Very drinkable. Very nice.

Mebuzzard, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Received in the Double Trouble BIF thanks to boolshot and marvz.
True to it's namesake it's as black and viscous as used motor oil. No head and very little carbonation.
Aroma of charcoal and burnt coffee. Smells much better than it sounds.
Taste starts of with a deep roasted sweetness. Think burnt caramel and dark chocolate. A fruitiness lingers in the middle to lead a transfer of the flavor to a nice hoppy bitterness. Very interesting and very good. Lasting bitter aftertaste with an alcohol kick at the very end.
Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and coats the mouth. Some burning and warming of the alcohol.
This is a big filling beer. I couldn't even finish the bottle. That's not to detract from the beer though as it's an interesting and excellent overall beer.
Recommended!!

wcudwight, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of czechsaaz
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty big roasted malt aroma. There are undertones of yeasty fruity aromas and a hint of the bourbon wood. If there were any hops, they've faded now. Mostly, it's the roast so it doesn't really have a lot of complexity.

Deep brown, barely translucent. Very small tan head dissipates quickly leaving just a little tiny bit of foam.

Starts out a little sweet, like a cross between molasses and dark caramelized sugar. But that gives way quickly to a lot of roasty flavor and a good bite of hop bitterness. Lots of dark ripe fruit fermentation like ripe plums and raisins. There's a little bit of citrus hop flavor but it's really in the background and a little in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is really the only place I pick up the barrel aging. It comes off as slightly woody and vanilla. Nice in that the wood is subtle and adds a little something instead of taking over.

Full bodied with a light but lively carbonation level. A little bit warming in the mouth from alcohol.

A nice big beer that's a little too hoppy to be a Stout, but has a lot of similar character. Very nice and worth seeking out.

czechsaaz, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger, light tan head that slowly fades leaving a good lace. Nose is roasted coffee. Midnight black color. Light carbonation and very heavy bodied. Flavor is burnt coffee and some alcohol, nice beefy strong ale. $8.30 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of bgraney
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looked brown during the pour but settled into a very dark black with bubbles rising along the side of the glass and a one finger cocoa foamy head.
Caramel dominated aroma with a background of roasted chocolate.
Sweet caramel flavor with a strong alcohol follow through. Rich, robust flavor dominated by chocolate and roasted coffee.
Coats the tongue with the caramel flavor and the alcohol tingle follows down the center of the tongue and into the nose.
The alcohol presence is very much in the front so for me this is a "one glass to be paired with food" experience.
After doing my review I read the BA Mag review and was surpised they said the alcohol was "barely noticeable." Maybe it was different palattes or different cellaring times/conditions but for me there was no doubt this is a 10%-er.
Great beer!

bgraney, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to HimerMan for getting me this bottle a few months back.

a - like the label says, this pours like used motor oil, very thick and black, little to no head

s - distinct graham cracker smell, dark fruits, cherry, raisin, deep roasted malt, sweet chocolate, slight alcohol

t - nice dark fruit sweetness up front, body is roasted malt with some bitter chocolate, finish is sweet but also has some bitterness/dryness

m - full-bodied, coats the mouth well, very creamy, no carbonation

d - not overly drinkable, very big beer, one bottle is enough mostly due to the style

As others have said, this is not what one typically thinks of as an American Strong Ale, but it's a damn fine brew, regardless of the style. Well worth seeking this one out.

WeisGuy, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Sammy, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of OStrungT
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black color with a medium sized brown head. The head fades moderately quickly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a very robust roasted malt aroma. I smell a good coffee aroma. A slight bittersweet chocolate aroma is present as well. No aclohol aroma is present in this one.

This beer tastes sweet. The roasted malt flavor is huge. I taste the chocolate as well. Some hints of coffee are also present. It has a sweet caramle flavor as well, mixing in with some molasses.

This beer is very full bodied. It goes down surprisingly smooth, however. It leaves a massive roasted malt aftertaste. It is carbonated just right.

This beer would not be the best session beer. It is very aggressive, and would be hard to drink all night. Also, t is rather high in alcohol, so drinking too many would be imposible.

Overall: I really like this beer. Everything from Lost Abbey is always great.

OStrungT, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Blithering Idiot for the sample...

Unique unto itself, Old Viscosity is neither a barleywine nor an old ale, although if you'd have to choose it's more like an old ale. But it's also nicely chocolatey and slightly roasty like a porter... but bigger and richer and fuller. Yet not a Russian Imperial. In fact, not a stout at all. But not an Imperial porter either. It's, shall we say, a hybrid?

A rough pour will bring up a short head of frothy dark tan foam, but even that is hard to coax. As it pours from the bottle, the stream is dark and reddish, but once the glass is filled it's black without question. Some deep mahogany highlights can be seen when held to the light, but that's it.

The nose is restrained, and this beer doesn't really come into it's own until it reaches close to cellar temperature. There's a bit of oily dark malt, a note of licorice due to the combination of dark malts and hops, some deep dark chocolate, some softer fudge, an air of delicate roastiness, a waft of alcohol, and some grassy hops in the background.

The flavor pretty much follows the lead of the aroma, but it's just slightly fuller. The alcohol is more present, and becomes even more apparent as it warms; and the hop flavors seem to rise to the top as the roastiness subsides. The chocolatey character turns a bit vinous with a bit of dark black cherry and red wine, and the bitterness rises. The softer caramel notes get pushed aside. Over the course of the glass it goes from dark-sweet to dark-bitter; and it finishes semi-dry with a lingering dark chocolate note, a subtle astringency, and a lingering deep-roasted, almost-burnt, acrid edge. As you progress, and your palate fades and it warms and becomes a bit tar-like.

A sipper for sure, this oddity could use a touch more refinement in its formulation, but is nevertheless a pretty decent goblet at the end of a long day.

NeroFiddled, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Old viscosity.

A-blackness. I held this up to the light and I got a reflection. No head but nice lace.

S-sweet rice like smell. Some slight piney hops

T-oh wow this is a big beer. Chocolate covered cherry sweetness. Alcohol peaking through with the bitter hop roasted malt aftertaste

Mviscous. Very chewy and rich

D-not too high. I'm getting drunk off of one

sleazo, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of jletts
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 22 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, California, at the recommendation of one of the employees, and served in a tulip glass. I asked for a good local brew, something I couldn't get in Seattle, and this was highly recommended.

Poured a beautiful mahogany from bottle to glass with a smallish, bubbly head that dissipated rather quickly. Appeared peaty brownish-black in the glass (that's a 10YR 2/1 for you geologists out there!). Following several tastes, the head completely disappeared. The only hint of it that remained was a swirling surface lacing that moved about as if it had a life of it's own as the beer slowly warmed.

Initially, during the pour, it smelled strong like a protein shake with lots of vanilla (seriously!). The smell melded into a pungent aroma of sweet chocolate-covered cherry, aged burbon, and maybe a little raisin and kiwi fruit. Unreal. Many, many layers here. As soon as I started pouring and smelling this I knew immediately it would be a brew to be reckoned with! Despite the quickly vanishing head, the beautiful aroma remained. The smell is completely out of control. It doesn't get better than this.

Wow...just...wow! The taste was very complex, a little sweet and smoky, some burbon, just a little piney, with cherries and again dark chocolate (but not as a major player like a porter or stout often is), medicinal (almost a nighttime cherry cold medicine hint), black malty, and roasty. I'll need several more tastings to figure out what freight-train-of-flavor just smacked me upside the head.

Old Viscosity...and viscous it is! Syrupy but smooth mouthfeel, reminded me of Old Stock Ale in that respect. Very nice!

Alert! Approaching a barley wine here. Though it doesn't resemble one in appearance, it does share some characteristics of smell, flavor and mouthfeel. Still an Old Ale/Strong Ale, but there is really only one way to classify this brew, and that is damn excellent! Port Brewing has their shit together for sure. This rivals the near-by Stone brews in complexity and taste. Strong! But I'd still drink 2 or 3 bombers and crawl home a happy man. Please pick this beer up if you get a chance. You owe it to yourself.

Second review:

Old Viscosity, late 2007. Reviewed on 5/20/08.

This version poured black-coffee in color with sturdy uneven lacing and a stratified latte-foam head. Coffee cake, vanilla, rainier cherries, alcohol, and raisins were discernible in the nose with tart apple cider tingling in the effervescence; a touch of cloves emerged as the beer warmed. Flavors of dark molasses, burnt caramel, and over-ripe plums melded into deep cherry-oak and baker's chocolate with a peppery tongue-numbing alcohol finish. An exceptional, silky mouthfeel caps off this beer experience.

This is one of the most interesting and complex beers I've had and it only gets more interesting and complex with age. I can't wait to try the early 2007 version I have stashed away.

jletts, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Sampled February 2007
As I pour this brew a mix of rum, molasses, Madeira, rum, and sweetened espresso greets my nose. The beer pours with a thin, light brown head and a pitch black body that shows a clear, deep chocolate brown color when I hold the stream of cascading liquid from the bottle up to the light. The head disappears fairly quickly, which is not unexpected from a brew of this strength. Big aromatic notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee beans, malt balls jump out of the glass. I can't believe how much dark chocolate character is packed into this brew. A nice toasted biscuit character is found here that also tends to accentuate the chocolate character in some way. Alcohol is evident in the aromatic finish, but never really detracts, instead add a bit of almost balancing sharpness and even, dare I think it, a bit of blackened cherry like fruitiness. It has a huge dark malt driven aroma, but without all that harsh, burnt, acrid, astringent, grain husk character that is found in many dark malt character brews. The malt aromatics come across as being so smooth and enticing. The aroma is like an espresso soaked, rich, flourless dark chocolate cake; decadent, rich, satiating and smooth, I can't wait for my first bite, err, I mean sip.

Nice and creamy feeling up front, yet still not too heavy or sticky on the palate. That huge, smooth, dark chocolate character is certainly found up front, but the roast / burnt grain character really is much more noticeable in the flavor. Black, approaching acrid, dark roasted espresso notes finish this beer off with the corresponding burnt acidity and sharp black coffee notes one would expect of a typical Imperial Stout. While these notes do not go away, they certainly become a bit more smooth and in control after the first bit of palate shock. The flavor of this beer remains so smooth and chocolate-like up front, yet somehow manages to morph by the finish to a dark, concentrated, even almost unsweetened espresso drink by the finish. I can't help but wonder if this is a good or bad thing. On the one hand the up front, smooth character is so enticing that you want to hang on to it for as long as possible. Too quickly though the rough, burley espresso notes take hold, and in the end beg for you to balance that lingeringly, astringent burn character out by taking another sip so you can experience that smooth Imperialistic, hearty stout goodness again. Of course the cycle then starts all over again. What a dynamic brew, the dichotomy is such an interesting experience. Is this what I want in a brew? I don't know, but it is certainly an enjoyable ride.

That fact that this brew can be so easy drinking, yet so (in a balancing way really) sharp and, dare I think it, harsh makes this such an engaging experience. This beer could certainly survive a lot of years in the cellar. There is an ample hop bitterness here, that while secondary to the roast malt character, is no slouch in its own right. Also there is a sharp alcohol note that adds a bit of a "shot of rum" type kick to the finish that can only smooth out a bit with time. In fact the finish at times seems to down-right suck because it can be so harsh.

Ultimately this beer is such the consummate sipping brew. The combination of rich chocolate, creamy malt character up front and the sharp, roast dominated character in the finish makes for a brew that just can't be quaffed. This is despite the fact that this is certainly not the biggest bodied of Imperial Stouts (though it is certainly no slouch either). I still haven't quite figured out what to think of this brew. I am only part way through my first glass of this brew. In the end it is so dynamic and engaging that I can't help but be excited with this brew. There are a lot of things "wrong" with this beer, but they somehow add up to a totality of an experience that I can't really knock it in the end. The aroma says this brew is magnificent, while the flavors, taken as individual components say this is a train-wreck, but in the end this dichotomous flavor profile just works as a total experience, or better yet it is a roller coaster, which just has to be experienced. Part of the experience of this brew for me is that I can't quite place this brew; is this brew a jarring train-wreck of flavors, or is it an absolutely stunningly awesome brew because of it flaws? I still can't quite answer the question, but the experience has been so engaging and though provoking that I just can't help but love this beer.

Purchased: Park Lane Liquor, Lancaster CA

Gueuzedude, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in the glass this is a thick black colored beer with a wispy head formation.

The smell is sweet with a strong scent of Bourbon whiskey and chocolate. The smell of this is quite boozy and it is similar to the Bourbon Barrel Stouts that are quite popular right now. Bourbon, chocolate and Kahlua that is exactly what this smells like!

The taste begins much like the smell with Bourbon at first that is eclipsed by a strong coffee flavor that gives way to a pleasant Bourbon and vanilla aftertaste. Reasonably sweet this tastes like Bourbon Barrel Stout more than an Old Ale to me. Flavor doesn't change much this is a taste clone of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

Quite a thick beer.

Nice tasty ale here and really this beer is another in the current fad of Bourbon barrel beers. Really tasty ale but this is a very big beer that you really chew more than drink.

Zorro, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of uberabr
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Color is pitch black, with deep red hues around the edges. Head is minimal- half-finger, but dark tan. Carbonation and lacing are decent, some hop oil up top.

Smells like petrol, but in a good way - deep, rich, delicious dark oil. I'm not sure if I've ever smelled a beer like this before. Rich molasses, bread, and butter, and an almost arrogant solvent-like quality that, when mixed with a rounded, floral, piney hop, straddles the line between offensive and seductive. It definitely works for me.

Taste is truly unique and definitely noteworthy. Like a bastard child of a Russian Imperial Stout and a robust Porter, this brew is rich and creamy, dark and decadent, chocolaty, with deep espresso boldness, vanilla-beans, a woodsy, nutty oak, and a moderate but noticeable bitter hop bite with hints of pine. Not a hint of booze- Awesome.

The butter diacetyl adds well to the taste, it makes the mouthfeel a tad on the sticky side. However, this is one of the most daring and amazingly well rounded brews I've tried- and it goes down so easy, maybe too easy. I would definitely drink this one again.

uberabr, Mar 03, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If this beer was a lake, you could walk across it...

Poured into a snifter with a darkness that only Dr. Seuss could describe. An incredible foamy light brown head rested on top for a reasonable amount of time. The smells of dark chocolate and black plum, with aggressive hoppy tones overwhelmed any of the alcohol one would expect from a high abv beer. Tasted of raisin, and subtle hints of malt and dark molasses. The warming mouth feel was huge, and so was the immense hoppy finish...probably one of the "biggest beers" that I've consumed to date. I would pair this beer not with food, but with a quite hour or so. This heavy, hoppy ale could be a bit overbearing with most edibles (and that's not always a bad thing).

Just don't stare at this beer to long....you might get lost...Enjoy

Greenfloyd, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours like used motor oil into the glass. traces of head right off the bat, but it dies quickly.
the nose has some big roasted characteristics... chocolate, expresso, caramel, vanilla, traces of charred wood, licorice, and some faintly fruity almost red ale type aromas. the smokey burnt wood builds strength. it's also got some rum-like alcohol, and some molasses soaked dark fruits like fig, plum, and raisin, these are pretty far in the background though.
the taste conatains the same malty chocolate, expresso, vanilla, etc. to varying degrees, along ith the molasses/brown sugar flavors to a slightly higher degree than the aroma. the smoke takes a little bit of a backseat when compared to the smell also, showcasing the sweetness a little more. there is also a surprising amount of bitterness middle to back though. it's clear a good amount of hops were used here. the alcohol warms the throat on it's way down.
the mouthfeel is full with light delicate carbonation.
drinkable for the hugeness of this beer, but in the grand scheme of things only gets away with an average score here.
i'm thinking more of an imp stout here, but by whatever name a pretty damn good beer.

kmo1030, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
Pours an impenetrable inky oily color with a smallish tan head on top and some patchy and trailing lacing.
A sweet smoky smell leaps out, as is a background smell of dark roasted coffee. A faint smell of pine and chocolate is noticed. A rummy whiff of alcohol is noticed throughout.
The flavors are all over the place, yet complimentary of one another. Black licorice, coffee, dark chocolate and deep roasted biscuity malt flavors mix and mingle with piney hops, orange zesty bitterness and a slight metallic tang. A nice warming dark rum fuminess rounds things out.
This is one big beer!

BeerResearcher, Feb 27, 2007
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Onyx colored with no light getting through. A low light brown head rises up just a bit and settles out quickly.

Inviting aroma of dark sweet malt, molasses, and a bit of smoke.

Rich flavors of molasses, smokey burnt oak, hop bitter, espresso, and dark chocolate. There's a sharp bite in the finish seemingly from the alcohol, and an alcohol warmth envelopes the mouth. I think my tongue is numb. Seems more Imperial stout than an Old or Strong ale. The portion aged in bourbon barrels definitely contributes to the flavor profile.

Slick mouthfeel, but lots of carb tingles upfront and warmth throughout the mouth.

far333, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Crosling
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. The last few months I have had several bottles of this beer, and I really enjoy it! Dark brown to black color, very light colored brown froth. The nose is awfully soft and dull. only a very light hint of fruits and perhaps a light hint of chocolate, bourbon and wood. Interesting flavor of very light bourbon and wood, rich malts, dried cocoa, fruits. Very complex. A great brew!

Crosling, Feb 24, 2007
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

A: Pours a thick, viscous black, like motor oil. Tan head which fades nicely.

S: Toasty malt and coffee. Smells good.

T: I agree with many of the other reviewers of this beer, in that this tastes more like a stout. I certainly wouldn't put it in the same category as Arrogant. Lots of toasty coffee flavors, and even more dark chocolate sweetness as it warms a bit. Don't you dare drink this one too cold!

M: When I said 'like a stout', it was because of the feel. It doesn't feel as thick as a stout, in fact, the lighter body is quite a nice balance to the intensity of flavor.

D: Yes! Quite drinkable. Espcially considering the 10% ABV.

I didn't experience the overwhelming alcohol characteristics that other reviewers have mentioned, but I also found that pairing this beer with some strong cheese helped balance it out immensly.

Two big thumbs up!

k3n, Feb 17, 2007
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4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber: This one pours a slightly thick, extremely dark brown. It looks a bit like used 30 weight oil. It forms a small but dense tan head. Coffee and chocolate are the first things that hit the nose. Some bourbon and possibly a hint of vanilla in the background. Very tasty. There is a hint of the alcohol right up front, along with the chocolate malt. A hint of fruits follow, but no real sweetness to it. Feels a bit warming in your mouth. This is excellent. I’ve got to try and get a few more before they are gone!

Boto, Feb 16, 2007
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Bauer Wines on Newbury

Pours an opaque black with a beautifully thick, full milk chocolate head. the nose is unbelievable. spices and dark choclate fill the room. cinnamon, molasses, other dessert spices in there (nutmeg??). taste is similar - big alcohol presence when the brew was a bit colder. as the brew warmed up, it opened up a bit and the flavors really started to come out. very little hop presence. very robust taste however. like a good port. mouthfeel is great - chewey and thick, it coats the mouth. drinkability suffers a bit from the high alcohol content.

a great brew. don't think i would want one very often, but on a cold boston night, it really hit the spot.

Lnedrive14, Feb 15, 2007
Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,676 ratings.