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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Old ViscosityOld Viscosity

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Reviews: 870
Hads: 1,901
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 161
Gots: 306 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drewbage on 08-11-2004

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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%

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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Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a beauty. Pours (barely) a thick black ale, looks like spent oil. Very black. The head is two fingers of light brown bubbles. Foamy, good retention, and a chewy lace left behind.

Malty nose. You can smell both caramel and old barrels. Vague licorice scent. Almost smells sweet.

Flavor mimics the nose with caramel and licorice, only now a certain boozy flavor emerges. It only takes a swig (don't chug this) to know this came from oak barrels. No hop presence, the alcohol destroyed them.

Needless to say, but I'll do it anyway, it's full-bodied and chewy. Very earthy feel from the oak. Alcohol esters work their way from the palate up through the nose. A grainy bitterness comes alive as the beer reaches the back of the tongue. Plenty of heat. Some sweetness, but only for an attempt at balance.

Overall, this is pretty damned good. It's manly, but never over the top. Will sleep well tonight after I finish the bomber.

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Photo of MjBrewhouse
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber.

Dark black with two inch head, nice lacing.
Smell is of dark chocolate, smokey, earthy and oak.

Taste is very much like smell, oak up front with slight earthy and smokey finish.
Mouth feel is a little lite for the style but is still very pleasant.
Overall nice beer, one of the better oak aged brews I've had.
One final note, these oaked and barrel aged stouts are meant to be drank at cellar temp not fridge temp. Took a little time for me to figure this out.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter, huge fluffy brown head that just stayed around for a loooong time. Almost pitch-black color. Aroma had a lot of chocolate with a bit of coffe and a slight aroma of dark roast malt. The flavor was big coffee up front, with a lot of vanilla and caramel and just a hint of dark chocolate. The mouthfeel was medium to thick with a nice carbonation bite. Overall, I really like this beer, it just hits a sweet spot for me!

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Photo of ptykozoon
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dense liquid crawls from the bottle. Pours black, head is massive and frothtastic.

Fudge, dark chocolate, smoke, maple syrup, fresh roasted coffee.

Taste mirrors the nose. Hops.

Mouthfeel is dense. (I'd prefer a bit denser).

A good beer to age - let the hops die down a bit.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jfam for this - 2011 vintage

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some dark fruit, a smokiness and some hops. There isn't much barrel/wood coming through.

Overall - A solid RIS. Seems to be regularly available and reasonably priced. Not something that blew my mind, but still very above average for the style. Also good for those who don't like a whole lot of barrel presence.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a pitch black color with notable sediment near the bottom of the glass. The head is damn impressive - four fingers high, tan shade, and insane/annoying retention. There are also nice rings of lacing left behind. Sediment aside, this one looks fantastic.

S: Very chocolaty at first. Once it warms up, more dark fruits come out. There are supplementary notes of roast, licorice, and maybe even oak. Make no mistake, the aroma is nicely rich and decadent.

T: Chocolate and dark fruit hit the palate immediately, with some cola flavors appearing in the middle. The finish is gently roasted - at first - and oaky. Near the bottom of the glass, it starts getting really charry tasting. Really close to a 4, but the flavors don't seem perfectly balanced and cohesive.

M: Along with the sweeter flavors, the slick (perhaps even slimy at times) palate make me think 'porter' instead of 'stout'. Oak tannins give it a bit of dryness. As such, it goes down fairly easily for a big, sweet, 10% beer; unfortunately, it becomes tiring after a while. Low carbonation.

O: This is really nice sto...por...whatever it is (called a strong ale on the other site), it just lacks the finesse and cohesion to be world class. Still, a very solid dessert beer.

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Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.