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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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1,678 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,678
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 159
Gots: 257 | 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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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" brown coloured head over black-as-night liquid.

S: Powerful smell of oak with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some toffee as well.

T: Oak, roasted malt, coffee, yeast, and a hint of chocolate. Quite bitter from the burnt grains.

M: Thick doesn't even begin to describe the viscosity. You almost need to chew your way through this beer. A medium level of fine carbonation is present as well.

O: A definite sipper, this bitter roasted treat is one of the thickest beers I have ever tried. The soft yeast that is used is quite nice and rounds out the mouthfeel.

DaftCaskBC, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jfcaa193, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date is smeared, but this was purchased August 2010.

A - Pours black with two fingers of brown head. Head has decent retention, but doesn't leave much lacing.

S - Aroma is chocolate, oak, nuts, some dark dried fruits and a faint sweetness.

T - Rich chocolate cake, nice oak presence with a faint amount of char, some dark dried fruits (maybe fig), faint hops presence, coffee and a bit of alcohol. Very nice overall.

M - Mouthfeel is on the fuller end of medium, not as think as I thought it would be. Has some creaminess too it, and finishes with a tannin dryness.

O - A very enjoyable beer. The medium mouthfeel works well here, showing that big flavored beers don't need to be heavy.

warnerry, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of seanmugs
4/5  rDev -3.6%

seanmugs, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -3.6%

rab53, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev -3.6%

johnhenryconway, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The black body gives a glipse of brown around the edges only if held right up to the light. I poured this into a snifter and it resulted in an aggressive inch of cinnamon colored head.

The smell has multiple variations of chocolate... brownies, artificial syrup, molasses. It has a light licorice smell as found in blackstrap molasses.

The taste has the same qualities of fudge brownies, molasses, and has an earthy (almost dirty) taste to it.

Mouthfeel is heavy on the body but with moderate carbonation for the style that cuts the sweetness a bit.

It's a solid stout, as evidenced by my solid 4's across the board. Good in all aspects without particularly excelling in any. I'm glad I finally got around to trying this one that I've passed on so many times because of it's accessability.

Vonerichs, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of John11486
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

John11486, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of thomismydad
4/5  rDev -3.6%

thomismydad, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of SgunnarW
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my 12oz snifter.

A: Pours a thick, deep black with a 2 finger khaki head. Great retention with beautifully sticky lacing. After settling, it leaves a small ring of dark reddish hued trim, reminiscent of cola. I definitely didn't have the carbonation issues like the reviewer below me.

Sm: Lots of coffee and a sweetness from the roasted malts. A bit of toffee and burnt sugar, with some smokiness towards the end. The alcohol definitely comes through.

T: The first thing to hit me is the bitterness from the coffee, followed by a sweetness from hints of dark chocolate and vanilla. The smoky/ash flavor from the bourbon aging comes through towards the end, as the alcohol asserts itself at the finish.

Mf: Medium to full bodied. More carbonation than I expected. I didn't think it was as thick and "sludgy" as claimed, but definitely one of my favorite stouts.

O: I'm really glad this is so readily available to me in Santa Cruz. Can't beat it for the $6.50 price tag.

SgunnarW, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of DevilsCups
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a DFH Chalice, from a bottle dated 8/8/11, reviewed on 2/15/12.

A - Even the hardest pour ends up with a dead-head. Slight mocha colored ring around the edges. If I didn't know better I'd say she's flat, but there is some fine carbonation. Black, very black, and thick. Slight cola-colored edges. Would be prettier if it were better carbonated.

Photo of the pour - http://bit.ly/yIVI6u

S - Smells like a slightly younger brother of BCBS. Very similar notes. Tiny bit of soy, toffee, and burnt malt.

T - Here's where it get's really simple, yet complicated, to describe. Imagine a Stone IRS, BCBS and a TenFidy has a love-child. It would be this beer. Notes taken from each. I get the toffee from the Stone IRS, the slight bourbon from the BCBS and the rest of the notes are all from the thick roasty TenFidy. Great notes on this one.

M - Needs more carbonation. I don't know if mine lost it's jump from being on the shelf for 6 months, but a little more fizz would do this brew well (especially with a great aroma).

O - Wish I had these available to me in my area. Very solid stout with an interesting blend. Definitely give it a try.

DevilsCups, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

dominic4beer, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev -3.6%

hannaho, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Tyrawlings, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +20.5%

FreshmanPour77, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of eerbayman
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

eerbayman, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of atlien59
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

atlien59, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of crbooher
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

crbooher, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of SoCalStout
4/5  rDev -3.6%

SoCalStout, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of asparkoflife
4/5  rDev -3.6%

asparkoflife, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of alk3kenny
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a 22oz glass. Head came up over the rim of the glass and held like a thick creamy foam. Great start! Roasty flavor slightly bitter little boozy bet this will be even more amazing as it warms up. I have to lean towards it fitting more into the RIS category. Great beer for a pretty good price point at Sherlocks in Marietta. Gonna have to try more stuff from Port Brewing.

alk3kenny, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -27.7%

TastyIsBeer, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Kenai4
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
Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,678 ratings.