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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Old ViscosityOld Viscosity

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1,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 154
Gots: 269 | 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:
Beer added by: scottoale on 07-09-2006

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BigH75
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not giving a classic review. Just wanted to note to cigar smokers that old viscosity is the best beer that I have had to accompany a rich Maduro cigar. The big rich flavor and mouthfeel hold up well and do not get overwhelmed by an equally big rich cigar. I suggest buying a 22oz and share with a friend over cigars.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled 19 December 2011.

A: Two fingers of dense, mocha head. The beer is brown-black utterly opaque. Heavy lacing. Damn.

S: Roasted coffee beans from a foot away. Up close, it's more nuanced, with the burnt bitterness balanced by vanillaesque scent I associate with bourbon barrels. Marred by a touch of metal.

T: I can see this as an excellent example of the imperial stout. Excellent balance. Nutty coffee and deep roasted malts. An engaging flavor with exceptional bitterness that manages to originate in hops, malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. The hop balance is never lost -- thank gods! -- amid the swirling excellence of deep, dark malts and bitter roast.

M: Thick, heavy, and rewarding. Light and biting. An superlatively interesting and sippable beer.

O: According to BuckeyeNation, 20% bourbon barrel aged. I can see it, but suspect I would find Older Viscosity less rewarding, because the hoppiness and vitality of this particular beer really make for an excellent experience. An absolute steal for the price ($7.99) and highly recommended to any lover of stouts or excellently bitter-dark better.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown tone, sits an opaque black in the glass; nice, frothy finger and a half mocha colored head showing considerable retention. outstanding lace.

bold nose is headlined by a combination of roasted malt and chocolate. a touch of vanilla, maybe oak. big chocolate presence in the flavor, more so than i'd have guessed going off the aroma. coffee and roasted malt in there as well. really, really tasty. some booziness but not enough to be a real detriment to the beer. forced to choose, i appreciate the big bourbon presence in older viscosity, but this is a hands down top notch brew as well - and at about half the cost of older.

medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. one glass will be enough for me tonight, but i am absolutely revisting this in the future.

originally reviewed: 01-31-2011

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.66/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No indicated vintage on the bottle.

A= The pour is thinner than I expected with the name. It looks a deep brown color coming from the bottle into the glass and in the glass it's a nice solid black. The head rises to about a quarter finger and falls fast into a ring around the glass without too much lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is a mix of roast and intense sweetness that leads to a slight soy sauce smell. Nothing like the triple bock but a bit soy saucy.

T= The taste is again a nice roast and a lot less sweetness than the nose reveiled. There is very little bourbon in the taste and very little of the flavors that go with bourbon barrel beers. Not much oak or vanilla. The wood is probably the most dominate character in the bourbon portion of this beer.

M= The mouth isn't as thick as I thought it would be despite the name. It is a nice smooth drink however.

O= A little bit of a let down. The bourbon barrel isn't well represented and the flavors aren't filled with enough punch. It's not a total let down but it's a sub par imperial stout when compared to other imperial stouts.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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.

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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.

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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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Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.