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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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1,684 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,684
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 158
Gots: 257 | FT: 18
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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4/5  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
Photo of gelasin
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

dseanv, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of dcisco44
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
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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Nolen12, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

beerhast, Aug 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

kdahnke123, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Davit, Aug 27, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%

killcore, Aug 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

RPH2327, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

SamuelR, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

larryarms847, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

jplopez21, Aug 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

mabermud, Aug 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

irthesteve, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

peabody, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

davegray, Aug 17, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 1,684 ratings.