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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Old ViscosityOld Viscosity

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1,655 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,655
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 158
Gots: 253 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into snifter.

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown/black color with two fingers of dense, foamy, brown head. Good lacing remains.

S: Pleasant smell, pretty standard and a little muted for an imperial stout. Chocolate roasted malts and oak flavors are both present, but I'm not picking up much of anything else.

T: Taste follows from the smell, but I'm particularly enjoying the simplicity here– intensity is ramped up quite a bit, and the balance is just right. Bittersweet, warm chocolate malts are accented well by the oak, and both flavors linger for a long time on the finish. Some hop bitterness even if their flavors don't make it through. Notes of tobacco and leather keep this interesting, and they give kind of a working-on-cars vibe that matches the label.

M: Silky smooth, medium-bodied; it's a little thinner than I expected considering the name (at least in comparison to other big stouts). Light carbonation, somewhat dry finish.

O: Really enjoyed this one; I'll be picking it up again in the future.

AwYeh, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of EvanWilliams
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

EvanWilliams, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of beergod1
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the DFH snifter, I shared this liquid gold with a new "in Person" trader, Morey (See below). The beer pours dark brown/black with an inch of a creamy tan head which stays around for a while. There’s also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like chocolate, molasses, roasted and burnt/charred malt, vanilla, and maybe some oak. The smell is actually kinda light, but enough to make out the wonderful character. The brew tastes like bittersweet chocolate, coffee, anise, vanilla, oak, molasses, and some burnt/charred malt. There’s also a nice roasty bitter finish. As it warms, the ABV presents it's self...In a good way. Mouth feel is medium/full, it’s nice and creamy and coating with good carbonation. 1 site says Imperial Stout, the other says American Strong Ale. I would definitely say.... Imperial Stout. Now to land the Older Viscosity.

beergod1, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of InfernoBoss
5/5  rDev +20.5%

InfernoBoss, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Morey
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Thanks Mark!

Poured pitch black in color and was topped by a good two fingers of light brown colored foam. Excellent head retention and the head hung around until I finished the glass.

Smell was filled with bourbon, chocolate, molasses, and a maybe a hint of coffee.

Taste: Big malt body up front. Bourbon and chocolate came through next. I got a little bit of hop flavor midway, but it was just enough. As the beer started to warm, the alcohol showed itself a bit more, but it was never overwhelming at all.

Super creamy mouthfeel with a fairly low carbonation.

An excellent BAIS overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: This was an excellent beer, and I'm very grateful to have tried it. The boubon is there, but not as prominent as some of the other BA stouts that I've had lately.

Morey, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Church Key in SF.

A: Plum coloring. No head with beautiful lacing.

S: Toasted malts, dark dark fruits (raisins and plums).

T: Tastes just like a superb BW with some nice chocolate notes. Very interesting and unique.

M: Creamy and coating. Not dry in the least.

Heavenisbeer, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of BeerRogers
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large mug.

A- Flat black oil like color, about a finger and a half of head retention, tad less than I expected. One bad lookin beer though.

S- Dank, spicy, floral aroma, very intriguing.

T- definitely never tasted anything like it, bitterness all the way through, off the bat a spicy florally type taste just like the smell, then the hops, then the coffee/malty flavor kicks in. Quite drinkable for a beer of it's alcohol percentage, a real creeper.

M- Might get bashed for this but the mouthfeel for me was reminiscent of a Guinness. Same heavy body but more carbonation.

O- This beer exceeded expectations, definitely a character all It's own, a tad bit bitter for my taste but overall a nice brew.

BeerRogers, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of RTEdmunds
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22 ozer into a pint glass.

Pours nice and thick, sludgy in appearance. the label itself looks pretty awesome too, I must say.

Smells roasty, and pretty sweet. Very appealing.

Tastes bold, but not overpowering. Nice complex flavor with some molasses in it.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth considering its alcohol content. Some nice chocolatey aftertaste can be detected.

Overall an excellent product. Cheers.

RTEdmunds, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

JAHMUR, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

GehenHerzog, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -3.6%

marine1975, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of ksimons
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-motor oil black with no highlights seen in the light with two fingers full of light tan head that leaves a coating on the top

S-subtle rich malt, molasses, dark fruit, vanilla, and light coffee

T-taste is much bolder than the smell. Roasted malt, dark coffee, hop bitterness, molasses, dark chocolate, light dark fruit, and a bit of a bourbon bite at the end.

M-full body, light to medium carbonation, dry bitter finish

Overall this is one big tasting beer. Lots of complex flavors, big malt profile and a decent amount of hop presence all balance each other nicely. Alcohol is pretty well concealed in this one too.

ksimons, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Snifter

Appearance - Dark Brown with good head, which everyone likes

Smell - Typical Stout

Taste - Very good, I have never had the Older Viscosity but that is better apparently. I'm sure I'll end up spending the 16.99 for one bottle but damn it's tough.

Overall - This was built up by the ranking but still very good. One of the few beers that is about equal to what the rating and publicity this gets. Now I want to try the Older.

VaTechPhilly, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jwat, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

DMc8ride, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

beerdweeb, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into 1L boot.

A: thick black color with a huge full hand of caramel colored head. This stuff looks thick, beads of beer are sliding through the foam on the sides of the glass. Good amount of sticky lacing.

S: sweet alcohol(dark fruit and bourbon), dark chocolate, vanilla, leather, hints of coffee.

T: boozy alcohol, sweet figs and plums, leather, chocolate. Good bitter hop bite on the finish, followed by lingering dark roast coffee flavor.

M: God damn this is a freaking smooth stout. Sweet and boozy, full bodied and syrupy, with a bitter'ish finish. Superb.

O: I have a fridge full of stouts right now, and this blows the rest of them away.

ReelBigwigFish, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Viscosity, you're pretty exceptional. Port Brewing continues to be a solid company that only puts out quality beers, and I commend them for that.

A - Poured from a bomber with a sweet looking old truck on it - very rustic. Midnight black with a mildly toasted head that keeps its heft at a good level.

S - Instant characteristics of an imperial stout: Dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate on the nose, with that chewy tobacco/bourbon layer that gives this beer a knockout blow.

T/M - Malt flavor is a little on the syrupy side, but the espresso heart of the beer carries it across the palate. The aftertaste is like a bite of dark chocolate. The high ABV pokes its head through occasionally on the back of the palate. Not the heaviest, chewiest Imperial Stout out there but it still sits on the palate with a bit more girth than most.

O - A great beer for lovers of the style and can't wait for Parabola to come out again.

ManuelHerrera, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

fergster75, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ElGallo, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

mrbubbler, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

ObeMaltKinobee, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, purchased in Rome

A- Totally black. One finger light brown head that holds quite well and leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Soft and decently complex but actually a lot weaker and subdued than i expected. Dark and roasted bready malts with notes of chocolate and coffee, among a light oaky feel. Some dark fruit notes show up as well

T- Bold, dense malts throughout the whole tasting experience. Feeling almost like solid bread and with a bit of roastiness to them, they have strong notes of chocolate as well as some lighter toffee notes. Dark fruit hints (cherries expecially) that pair very well with that light oaky feel that i also found in the aroma. A nice amount of bitterness brings a bit of freshness to the whole experience, with light herbal notes and a bit of spiciness (pepper?)

M- Now that is a bold mouthfeel: dense, super-malty body with medium carbonation. Feels very thick and delicately smooth at the same time. Somehow manages to finish quite dry (thanks to the hops), bringing a bit of a refreshing feel

O- Quite flavourful and complex, overall nicely drinkable and warming, but apart from it's dense, bold mouthfeel (which was very nice, and i see why many would love this beer just for this simple reason) nothing really impressed me

Cozzatoad, Jan 20, 2012
Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,655 ratings.