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Old Viscosity | Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding
876 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
876
Ratings:
1,941
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
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Old ViscosityOld Viscosity
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by drewbage on 08-11-2004

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Reviews: 876 | Ratings: 1,941
Photo of Vlaminck
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark with great tan head and good lacing that sticks to glass, Smell is a little to alcoholic with hints of bourbon. Taste is great, chocolate, molasses, wood, mildly sweet yet dry with a god balance to the hop addition. Overall im not a huge stout fan but I would definitely drink this one again given the desire for a stout.
Side note: This would be a great beer to make beer batter fish and chips with.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

February 16, 2015

22 oz bottle, snifter

A – Black, only somewhat oily/viscous despite the name, an inch of deep chocolate brown bubbly head, with moderate retention, a thin layer remaining on top basically in perpetuity.

S – Baking chocolate and a massive shot of vanilla, sweet molasses, toffee, and brown sugar. Alcohol warmth, boozy quality, is prominent but in balance with the other strong aromas. Very little hop aroma, though some bitterness is noticeable on the nose.

T – Chocolate, roasty coffee/bitterness, vanilla lower here than in the aroma. Toffee and molasses also present but lower than in the aroma. The bitterness from the hops really makes itself known here, balancing out the strong malt and barrel flavors. A bit of fruity alcohol/ethyl notes, very low and complementary, not harsh.

M – Despite high sweetness, this really leans toward hop bitterness. Medium-full body with medium carbonation, and finishes moderately dry.

O – The aroma of this beer alone is exceptional, irresistible. The hop bitterness actually seems a bit out of balance, masking some very nice flavors from the malt and barrel. Still, an outstanding imperial stout.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

We pour this brew from a bomber into our three quarter sized tasting snifters. It pours out a thick black bean coloring, and two to three fingers worth of a yellowed, manila head. This retains forever, leaving soft but thick sheets of honeycomb lacing. Mild haze is noted on flashlight examination, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be active. Aroma includes burnt caramel and chocolate maltiness, iced espresso, sugary sweet cocoa powder, roasted filler barley, coiny metallics, syrupy toffee sugars, molasses, gentle nectary hop fruitiness, fig and dried plums, red wine vinegar acidity, browned apple sweetness, wheat pizza dough, vinyl plastics, bourbon vanilla woodiness, and a woody, peaty scotch booziness. Wow, the sip kind of takes you by surprise!! It is so surprisingly bitter, and intense, but in the best way imaginable. From the front of the sip you get some of the biggest roasted chocolate and coffee malts we’ve ever had, padded by easier grain of caramel and more standard black malts. Filling the remainder of the taste buds is a blend of black coffee, sweeter hints of the creamiest vanilla latte, bitterly raw cacao nibs, chalky yeastiness, heavy vanilla woodiness, stomach acidity, motor oil smokiness, singed tobacco paper and leafiness, dirty coconut husk, hazelnut sugars, continued booziness of peaty scotch whiskey, mossy and moldy oak, soured lemon rind and pith, concrete and mineral, red raisin meatiness, nori, and raw honeycomb. The body is fully full, and the carbonation is medium, but foams up readily on a swirl around the mouth. Each sip gives incredible slurp, smack, cream, froth, and crisp pop. This leaves the mouth initially coated, but this gives way to the most intense chalky, powdery, astringent dryness in recent memory. The abv is appropriate at 10%, but the thing drinks like it’s nonalcoholic. Stunning.

Overall, this is honestly one of the best dark beers we’ve ever had. At first, you’re a bit surprised at the aroma. It is, no doubt, dark and brooding, but there isn’t much strength or punch to make you think anything incredible is hiding in the flavoring. The sip absolutely obliterates this notion. The level of roast is beyond most anything we can conjure up, leaving the drinker with this fiery, lingering bitterness of said grain. Mixing in are swirls of smoke, taking things to the next level and beyond. Through all of this the finish is incredibly smooth. We certainly agree with the label that they don’t make ‘em much like this anymore. The oak doesn’t do too much, but it doesn’t really need to. For whatever reason we’ve sat on this bottle in our cellar for a while now, and only recently found time to give it the proper time it deserves. We’re so glad we did, and have already put our feelers out for a replacement bottle, or five, to be consumed immediately.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Smokey, caramel, toffee, toasted, roasted, molasses, chocolate, and warm alcohol.

Taste: Like most AIS beers as this beer got better with time. Nicely blended and some ashy bitterness in the rear. Very tasty brew to enjoy during another snowstorm here in Boston.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, ashy bitterness, nice warm alcohol, medium carbonation, and quite the sipper. Very enjoyable.

Overall: This beer reminds me of that old snowblower we have all been using in Boston these past few weeks. It stands the test of time and gets better with age. Well, at this beer gets better with age. Enjoyable now and enjoyable years from now.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with 3 fingers of caramel-colored head that dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of roasted malt, imparting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses, brown sugar, some oatmeal, vanilla, a touch of licorice and smoke, and a little oak.

Taste: Delicious! Strong flavors of roasted malt, some coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses, brown sugar, some oatmeal, vanilla, a touch of licorice and a touch of well-balanced hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as hell, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10%, there is a slight presence of a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What a fantastic stout! Awesomely delicious, with some seriously strong flavors of roasted malt, some coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses, brown sugar, some oatmeal, vanilla, a touch of licorice and a touch of well-balanced hops at the finish. Stout fans will LOVE this!

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Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours oil-like black with a huge light brown head, really dense and quite long-lasting, sticking to the sides also, really messy. Great look. Later on just some floating spots remain.
Chocolate and vanilla pretty obvious on the nose, faint citrus peel and licorice, mild roasted malts, caramel, faint coffee. Woody notes feel a bit weird, with a medicinal alcohol note attached to them. Hmm.
Not the usual trip through an Imperial Stout this one. Alcohol and complex fruit in the front, not just raisin and plum, but also a zesty citrus note and a generic fruitiness that gives off apple brandy, maybe schnapps, maybe even sherry. All atop some bitter dark chocolate, with the hops showing some teeth even this early. Roast follows with a bit of caramel sweetness, a bit burnt, grainy, almost doughy. Something like brownies baked with extra(!) cocoa powder. Some black pepper dropped in there too, plus some stave from the aging. Finishes roastier, boozier, with a bit of leafy hop, some coffee and a bitterness that's a bit more than mild.
Even with tiny sips, there's an almost mouth-numbing alcoholic feel that in one way helps the brew, in another way it makes it harder to drink. Light to medium body, prickly carbonation, a bit viscous, so named appropiately. Aftertaste is fruity, with some roast, hoppy and, yes, boozy.
It's kinda a new style on its own, a "sticky strong dark ale", tasty, but needs to be handled with care. The 0.65l seems a bit too much to handle for just one person, unlike others with the same abv, but i'll manage.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a nice solid black color, almost no brown even along the edges. a huge foamy brown head. pretty strong retention and a strong lacing. dark and completely opaque. small brown viscosity left behind but not quite what the name suggests.

Smell: brown sugar and a molasses to maple syrup. chocolate and some roastiness. slight burnt malts. dark fruit.

Taste: opens up with some syrup to molasses. chocolate and roasted malts come in. just slight burnt quality to it and a little bit of associated bitterness. dark fruits come through towards the end with some dark almost metallic qualities.

Mouthfeel: chewy and heavy. leaves a pretty nice coating on your mouth. some light bitterness to it.

Overall: a very nice imperial stout. nice balance between sweet syrupy adjuncts and a good strong and bitter burnt quality. certainly something I will go for again and something I may check out with some age on.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 10/23/13 (so almost exactly 1 year old); into a pint glass.
Appearance - pours like black gold! Sits black in the glass, but against the light, a hint of brown appears at the bottom of the glass. A thick, foamy, hot chocolate shade head forms on the pour, but recedes fairly quickly to a thin layer. Lacing is outstanding!
Smell - brownie mix, mocha and hints of roasted coffee.
Taste - whoa, right cross; full of robust flavors from the first sip! Espresso, dark chocolate, bourbon, and some raisin!
Feel - full body and the 10% ABV is masked very well! Very complex flavors from the bitterness of dark chocolate, the robust espresso, a hint of sweetness from the booze and what I suspect is raisin.
Overall - incredibly tasty brew, certainly worth the purchase! I'll have again!

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Photo of scotorum
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

According to my records this is the oldest thing in my beer fridge at the moment, having been purchased in mid-September 2013. Thus aged for a year.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomberr into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with a huge two inch tall beige head which receded slowly to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Black coffee, dark chocolate and dark malt.

t; Smoooth dark chocolate and black coffee. Hops bite balanced by the smooth, hefty malt base. Slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Dry finish but eventually some lingering bitterness builds.

m; Medium to full and oatmeal stoutlike smooth, sort of like a high octane Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout with some of their Imperial Stout mixed in..

o: An excellent Imperial stout, one of the best I've had. Lots of flavor, silky yet substantial mouthfeel. Highly sippable. Of course it is difficult to say how aging affected this, but other than possibly muting the Imperial hop aspect, surely it did no harm.

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Photo of jellikit
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottle.
Appearance: pitch black. Light brown, thin head. Thin lacing.
Smell: prunes, molasses and oak.
Taste: chocolate covered figs with a tobacco and whiskey finish. Alcohol is masked by malts and wood.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. More so than most beers of this style. Big body. Surprisingly dry.
Overall: great barrel aged imperial stout. Different, but tasty. Will buy again.

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Photo of johlac66
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nasty black color with a thick tan head that stayed in the engine block, as it were, for a long time, settling to a cap and leaving dots of lacing.
Dark chocolate fruit on the nose. Hint of roast.
Mostly chocolate caramel flavor.
Somewhat full bodied. Lower carbonation. Slight bittersweet chocolate finish.
The brewer calls this a "Black Barleywine" or "Dark Strong Ale". It is what it is. It is delicious!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

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Photo of TheMarkE
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of maltlab
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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Photo of reyna311
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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Photo of McStagger
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

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Photo of RPH2327
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

A- brilliant, dark, deep brown with long-standing tan/cofee head

S- coffee, toffee, licorice

T- smoked figs, carmel, burnt-coffee, booze.

M- medium/heavy body coats the mouth with a boozy, silky presence.

O- Not a ton of barrel- might be good or bad depending on the person. For me, this is a delicious Imperial Stout. Sip on this while by the fire, or after a long day at the beach.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a deep dark brown with a delicious looking caramel/off-white three finger head.

The aroma of toasted malts is very nice with slight chocolate and coffee, smells very smooth for a 10%er.

Very malt forward. Toasted caramel malts, coffee, and dark chocolate are perfectly blended.

Mouthfeel is smooth as butter.

Overall this is a serious brew that deserves respect!

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Photo of mabermud
4/5  rDev -3.4%

The 22 was poured into a brandy snifter. The body is super dark brown and the head is a fluffy beige. The froth and legs are slick along the sides of the glass. The aroma of burnt malts are heavy alongside the coffee, and background sweetness. The taste comes at me like this - roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, and sweetness. The mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, but not too smooth. Carbonation in the mouth is almost chewy and dense.

Overall, this is a solid stout. It is readily available and not pricey. Would I drink this again? With the price point and availability, there is a high probability I would drink this again.

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Photo of Catracho5
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Serving type: 22 ounce bomber poured into a belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance: Looks great in the glass, pitch black with a tan coffee colored two finger head. Loads of tiny bubbles in the head and sticking to the side.

Smell: Faint aromas, coffee, malts, not a lot on the aroma. No alcohol on the nose.

Taste: There is a coffee, roasted malt flavor up front, some bitterness, some dark fruits that linger on the palate. There is no alcohol on the flavor. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Has a great mouthfeel, viscous, smooth, lots of carbonation, coats the palate really well. Great mouthfeel.

Overall: I have some mixed resolutions about this beer, I was expecting more but I am not disappointed. My overall impression is that this is more than a stout but not quite reaching the imperial stout level. It lacks that kick an imperial stout has but has more than a regular stout. It is a very well made beer, smooth, and for 10% ABV I got no alcohol on the nose or palate.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pitch black with a really foamy tan head.

The smell is sweet malts and dark fruits.

The taste is burnt coffee, bitter, not sweet at all. There's a little sherry fruitiness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth.

This beer was ok, I was expecting more flavor and body. I thought it would have some sweetness and a fuller body.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/14/12, poured into a snifter

A- pours a thick and viscous pitch black color with a two-finger thick and creamy dark tan head that has good retention, eventually leaving some sticky lace behind, thick and creamy

S- creamy dark chocolate with cocoa powder mix with molasses and brown sugar, smoky malt gives it a smoked meaty aroma, closes out with some woodsy oak

T- dark chocolate and molasses with a hint of dark roast coffee up front, hints of figs & dates, with flavors reminiscent of port wine. The finish is slightly smoky and dry with lingers of smoked, charred meat

M- thick and creamy body with moderate carbonation leads to a thick, creamy and silky mouthfeel, eventually finishing velvety smooth, with just a bit of warmth on the linger

O- absolutely loved the mouthfeel on this one, and it matched nicely with such a big stout

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Photo of Furlinator
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with cola edges. The big one and a half inch tan head remains as a cap on top that leaves thick curtains of lace.

The smell is of spent coffee grounds, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla and faint black licorice.

The taste is of dark chocolate, black coffee, vanilla, molasses and a hint of dark stone fruit.

The texture is heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very good example of a classic imperial stout. Big coffee and dark chocolate aroma and flavor. I've passed this one up dozens of times...I was wrong.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery in San Marcos.

Pours black with a beige head that soon reduces to a ring but leaves a little lacing.

Aroma: enticing aroma with a good malt base; hints of white wine.

Flavor: rich but not particularly complex dark malts. No burnt elements.

Feel: medium-full body; medium carbonation.

O: recommended

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Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
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