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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Old ViscosityOld Viscosity

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1,754 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,754
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 154
Gots: 266 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: scottoale on 07-09-2006

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of HopHead84
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


On tap at Lost Abbey.

A: Near black with a slight reddish tinge near the bottom of the glass. Big frothy light brown head.

S: Earthy and very roasty with expressive dark chocolate notes. Light licorice presence with a touch of blackstrap molasses.

T: Pronounced roasted grain presence with bittersweet dark chocolate. A little licorice with an upper low earthy bitterness. Well hidden alcohol throughout but it rears its head in the finish.

M: Full body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is full, silky, and chewy.

Overall: It's unfortunate for Old Viscosity that Older Viscosity is such a phenomenal beer because sometimes this gets overlooked. Old Viscosity is a fantastic beer, though, and one I should enjoy more often.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost perfect black body, with a laser of ruby along the base of he glass. Four fingers of supr dense medium tan foam. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of coffee backed by dark fruits. Inviting and assertive, but does not carry far. Faint whiff of vanilla.

Taste follows nose. Strong deep roasted coffee. Chocolate undercurrent. Subtle oak and vanilla. Dark fruits along the edges.

Thick rich mouthfeel lives up to the name.

A fine example of an imperial stout, well worth trying.

Photo of TK5150
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours very dark brown/blackish with a large beige/light brown head. Excellent lacing on the glass.

S- Smells like coffee, creamer, toffee, and maybe some juniper berry.

T- Like a MASSIVE cup of great coffee with the vanilla creamer. Lots of berry fruitiness. Dark bitter chocolate on the finish. Light heat going down the esophagus. A very nice Black Barleywine as Tomme Arthur calls it. I would say this is much more like a unique Imperial Porter.

M- Full bodied but not very thick at all. Higher carbonation makes it feel a bit lighter. A bit airy. Very smooth.

O- LET THIS BEER WARM! It is best when warm. I can't believe this isn't made with coffee, it has some of the most coffee flavor I have ever had in a beer, even more than many of the most highly regarded coffee stouts. Great stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of brystmar
2.71/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Loved Older, let's see how the base compares.

About what you'd expect from a stout, great retention. Smells oxidized, a little fruity, some booze, and honestly smells like it's over-carbonated if that makes sense.

Taste disappoints. Boozy with dark fruits first, then strongly roasted malts dominate for some reason. Transition between flavors isn't smooth or logical. Oxidized. This isn't for me.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours pitch black. Virtually no carbonation with a thin film of tiny bubbles that disappears quickly. Aroma of dark and toasted malt. Taste follows aroma, dark and toasted malt, light smoke, chocolate and dark fruits. Thick bodied. Somewhat subdued; only a little oak flavor comes through. An understated, but pleasant and well integrated stout.

Photo of Holland
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark black with brown highlights and a big tan head. Beautiful stout look, but not quite thick enough.

S: roasted malt, bitter hops, earthiness, and malt sweetness.

T: very nice balance between malty and bitter along with an emphasis on roasted malt. Chocolate and coffee are slight but evident in the roasted character.

M: not thick enough still, but great carbonation and around a medium body. Maybe medium-heavy if I'm being nice to it.

O: Excellent beer overall. On par with Stone's RIS easily, though I'd love to do a side by side comparison. I would drink this again, and it would be great to age some of this.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from undated bomber to pint glass the beer arrives an opaque deep rich black with black edges and appears quite viscous. The head is a nice 2 finger mocha brown that actually lightens as it fades with superb retention and lacing. Looks great. The nose is roast dominated with tones of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and cream. You can smell the smooth character of the beer, if that makes sense. The flavor very much follows suit and is enjoyable. None of the characteristics are overpowering and actually work well together. Roast is most dominant with hints of vanilla, molasses, oak, and a kiss of bourbon. The beer finishes smooth and creamy with a lingering mild roast sweetness. Well carbonated and full bodied. Another great beer from Port. Highly recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of B33R501
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I dont know. Tried this 2 years ago, never went back (until tonite). Considering its made by one of my favorite breweries, I'm not dissapointed, not a bad purchase for $6.50 bomber, but in this category i prefer Storm King or Brooklyn BCS for <$2 bottle.

Beautiful, thick, black beer that thins out as it warms due to the oak aging im sure. Great thick chocolate mocha head. Big aroma of milk chocolate on open. Pretty complex taste, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, notes of dark fruit, vinous character.

I think my complaint with this beer is the sour aftertaste that lingers forever on the palate. Definitely a tongue bruiser but not in a good way for me. I wonder what this beer would be like without the oak aging. Another kinda similar beer I prefer would be Weyerbacher Tiny.

Not bad, but won't get this one again. Its a competitive business.

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl. Oz. bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Ebony color. Beige, small bubbled, froth. Creamy crown with nice retention & collars on sides. Notes of cocoa & biscuit to the nose. Incredible smooth sensation in mouth. Bitterness is quickly substituted by toasted malts leaving such a sweet palate rounded by underliying ripe dark fruits. Full body, soft carbonation. Dry bitter finish followed by notes of aged brandy. High ABV profile is well balanced in this flavorful beer.

Photo of denver10
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a three thumbs width thick, foamy mocha head and great lacing. A wonderful aroma of chocolate, vanilla, wood, roasted barley, and a shot of alcohol. Flavor starts off sweet with some chocolate cocoa, and liquorice alongside some oak, the roasted barley comes in strong mid stream, vanilla and some coffee closes things out. The alchohol does show itself, especially as it warms, leaving you feeling nice and warm after each sip. A wonderfully layered flavor. At best, a medium bodied to this. Feels more like a porter than a stout in consistency. Overall, a wonderful beer and worthy of the hype. Kinda feels like a tweener in style, a cross between a porter and stout and I say that in the most positive way. The high abv certainly makes it a sipper but the wonderful flavor followed by the inner warmth that follows makes for a ridiculously pleasant experience.

Photo of GlassHalfFull
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Nice pour, a little on the carbonated side. Porter-esque appearance with nice lacing and mocha color. Very oaky nose with hints of caramel and a bit of booziness. The mouthfeel was a little thin, but very nice, bold espresso tones. Clean, vanilla finish. Very drinkable, but I think the ratings are a wee bit high. Would love to try Older Viscosity.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ncfranklin
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a small snifter.

A: Wow. Heavy beer.Thick, guggling out of the bottle with a massive tan head. Good 3 fingers here. Huge.

S: Notes of woody oak, chocolate, burnt malt, slight sugary quality. Not overly potent.

T: Far more aggressive than I was expecting. Up front very quickly with dark roasted malts. Notes of coffee, a very dark chocolate to coco powder flavor. Even as it warms, has quite a roasty bite.

M: Lighter than I expected, with a crispness I wouldn't have thought. It bites the tongue quite well with that burnt flavor, and finishes slightly dry.

O: A pretty incredible beer. It's a bit of a style bender, but an incredibly well done beer. The blending is genius, at it lends the lightest oak to the taste.

Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to alefish for this one. Poured from 22oz bomber to brandy snifter:

Pours without hardly any clarity and a massive, swelling mocha head. Great lacing.

Nose features cocoa nibs, charred wood, molasses, chocolate syrup, alcohol, distant hops.

The taste is pretty heavy on the wood. Dark chocolate, bitter hops, some barrel bits. Pretty well balanced out, a worthy candidate for your beer cellar, I would imagine.

The feel is pretty oily and thick. Give its genre, though, its rather drinkable.

Overall, glad to have had the opportunity to try this and look forward to testing the other bottle after its had some time maturing downstairs.

Photo of laughingman4929
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
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