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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Old ViscosityOld Viscosity

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,673 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,673
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 159
Gots: 257 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
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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4.4/5  rDev +6%

jrb5094, Sep 27, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

CrummyLuke, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

brywhite, Sep 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Casterbridge, Sep 24, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -15.2%

SHUGABEARJOHNSON, Sep 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

johlac66, Sep 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jmitchell3, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours black/very dark brown with a large tan head.
Nose shows cocoa, toasty malt, figs and nutty malt.
Flavours include more roast, sweet burnt toast, some pine and resin.
Too highly carbonated.

CrazyDavros, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of TheMarkE
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: About the color of used 10w30, with a thick tan head of foam that sticks to the glass like glue.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hints of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, chewy, and creamy.

The Verdict: Delicious. An imperial stout full of rich dark malt flavor, goes down very smooth despite the high ABV.

TheMarkE, Sep 20, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

pearljam118, Sep 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

NotDarkEnough, Sep 18, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%

dagubna, Sep 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

aquazr1, Sep 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

dangerdroid, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

leitmotif, Sep 14, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +6%

WoostaBia, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

hozersr, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of maltlab
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours black as night with dark brown head. Notes of dark bitter chocolate, burnt brown sugar, and dark coffee. A very satisfying, full-bodied stout. Could not pick up any oak, but the stout was fantastic anyways.

maltlab, Sep 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Euology comes through!!

Jet black with a dark tan bubbles
Smells like it should - chocolate and a slight hint of liquorice
Thick mouthfeel
Alcohol and chocolate on the palate
Solid stout..been meaning to try this for a long time.

reyna311, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

gelasin, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

dseanv, Sep 07, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%

dcisco44, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of McStagger
4/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Pours fairly black, massive, massive head.

S: Stout notes of coffee, roastiness, etc. Certain strange Belgian type sweetness.

T: Belgian fruitiness in the mouth as well. Also has dark, roasty notes.

M: Fairly big bodied, but not monstrous. Carbonation is moderate, which offers support to the body.

O: Good, but not incredible. UCLABrewN84 put it right...this one is not quite a stout. It has too much Belgian influence to label it a straight up RIS.

McStagger, Sep 02, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%

Picked this up quite a few months back, having never had this before. I don't normally drink beers like this during the warmer months but I had off this week and finally wanted to give it a go. While not a bad beer, this was too burnt and weak when it came to the alcohol. Stouts tend to be a pretty competitive category and this one fell just a bit short compared to the ones I've had that I truly enjoyed from start to finish.

The pour was pretty much what I expected - dark, thick, but not quite "motor oil" because this wasn't black and there wasn't any "sludge" left in the bottle once I poured this out. The head was quite frothy and I had to let it settle before I could get my first sip in. Mostly burnt coffee in the nose, which was also the predominant flavor when I finally got this up to my lips. Brown sugar, molasses, cocoa nibs, and espresso all mixed in well here with a good amount of carbonation and nice lacing on the back side of my pint glass. This almost had the feel of a Coffee Porter as the booze and licorice that I was hoping for were nowhere to be found.

Maybe this was more like a Smoked Porter? Regardless of the stylistic leanings of this beer, the booze was recessed enough that it wasn't that part to polish off this bomber. With a name like "Old Viscosity", I was hoping that this would be jet black and trigger my olfactory senses from across the room. While not quite on the level, this was a sold Stout that nearly anyone could enjoy, especially with some biscotti or coffee cake. A bit thicker and bolder and this could have been something really special.

JerzDevl2000, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

PassMeAZima, Sep 01, 2014
Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,673 ratings.