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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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1,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,712
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 158
Gots: 264 | FT: 19
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%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

JCFinn, Mar 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

JavaNoire, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

steve8robin, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - poured into a snifter, served at around 50-55 degrees

I bought this thinking it was an imperial stout... and not sure why it's listed on here as such, but I am not sure if I would call this a stout.

A: dark-reddish brown. not as dark as your typical stout. Huge head, nice lacing

S: Coffee, booze, roasted malt, vanilla

T: Bitterness from the hops, coffee, boozy...

M: Smooth, good thickness and carbonation

Overall - I liked it. The closest beer I can think of Fremont's bourbon barrel abominable ale (which is way better than this, but also costs 3 times more). I wish the alcohol was more hidden... too boozy for my liking.

sukwonee, Mar 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

joesc230, Mar 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

ninner00, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Garrett
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Garrett, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours midnight black with an ample tan head and solid retention after a semi vigorous pour into the glass. Head is dense and rocky
S: subtle chocolate and roastiness and a little bitter hop aroma
T: roast malt presence up front with some chocolate and coffee flavors. a little bit of vanilla like sweetness as well but it is there and gone. roasty aftertaste with a little bit of bitter hops lingers for some time
M: adequate carbonation and a full bodied beer without being overly chewy.
O: this is a top notch stout and one that is sure to please.

SHODriver, Mar 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

yokken, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jrohrbacher, Mar 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

crobinso, Mar 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

rpjordan, Mar 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.8%

SIEVS, Mar 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Swervine44, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down super slowly leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of strong roasted chocolate malts with some oak, coffee, and a nice kick of earthy hops.

T - Starts out with some strong roasted chocolate malts with a bit of coffee and some oak with a touch of sweetness. Through the middle, some earthy hops come through with some bitterness and some more oak with a bit of caramel. The finish is a mix of coffee and chocolate with some earthy hop flavor and a bit of booze coming through.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick and viscous and almost a bit chewy with a warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really big and bold but well balanced and it has great complexity to it.

ngeunit1, Mar 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Kopfschuss, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of kennylopez
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz that was bottled on 1/24/12 into a mini snifter.

Appearance: a jet black color with a fine bubbly tan head that leaves little spots of lacing.

Smells: a heavy roasted malt with a slight oak earth nose with a significant hop note and coffee backbone.

Tastes: there is a coffee front with this brew but it has a nice roasted bread malt that has a little charred taste from the oak barrel and has a great bitter hop character.

Mouthfeel: the 10% is a bit noticeable but the lasting carbonation and sweet roasted coffee aftertaste is delicious.

Overall: I scored a bottle of this and I was happy I did, I want to hunt some more out and lay them down for some time. this is one of the first few brews I tried from port and I have to say I am very impressed.

kennylopez, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 10/18/11. Poured into a Deschutes tulip. Review #350.

A: Pretty much pitch black color. Nice bottle carbonation. Finger of dark tan head. Tons of lacing sheets.

S: Definitely get tons of roast. Chocolate. Lots of dark malts.

T: The bitterness hits you right in the tip of the tongue. It's a deep dark roast coffee flavor. Then in the middle of the mouth I get creamy milk chocolate which is weird. Adds a nice sweetness, that is needed.

M: Full bodied. Good mouth coat but nicely carbonated.

inlimbo77, Mar 10, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: entirely black body, letting through no light at all. Head pours two thick fingers of frothy dark-tan foam which is tenacious and leaves a nice lace. Beautiful, even for an imperial stout.

Smell: rich, roasty aroma with predominantly coffee notes, the oak also comes through nicely and is complemented by the sweet malt. Quite good indeed.

Taste: rich and flavorful. We start off with a melange of coffee and chocolate, which is informed by the sweet, fruity notes of the big alcohol content. These slowly fade into a rich, burnt note of the roasted malts. The finish includes rather vegetal hop flavors and an appropriate bitterness. Very tasty, although I think the finish could be cleaner.

Mouthfeel: huge body with a big, silky creaminess. The carbonation is well-integrated and results in a smooth mouthfeel which is simply excellent.

Overall: this is an excellent beer, even for the style. To me, most imperial stouts are flavorful but not highly drinkable, but this beer is both tasty and eminently approachable. Wonderful.

flagmantho, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Nightrain87, Mar 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

BeforeNoon, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

let8it8grow, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

zillo043068, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

MrHolland10, Mar 04, 2012
Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,712 ratings.