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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Old ViscosityOld Viscosity

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1,594 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,594
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 153
Gots: 247 | FT: 16
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%

01-01-2012 03:41:18 | More by groetman
Photo of rarbring


3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black beer, very black, and a beige head, very high, leaving good lacing and curtains.

Very dry roasted soy sauce smells. A bit modest (or cold?)

Very sweet, licorice, burnt bread, and the soy sauce.

Medium carbonation, oily, sticky and smooth pleasant dryness.

Very much action in this one, me likes!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 23:58:25 | More by rarbring
Photo of GrabMeAnAbbey


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-31-2011 22:05:46 | More by GrabMeAnAbbey
Photo of hawkmage


3/5  rDev -27.7%

12-31-2011 16:55:43 | More by hawkmage
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Appearance. Pours a really deep brown, nearly black with almost 3 fingers of thick, light tan, milkshake lookin' like head.

Smell. Nice roasty malts, chocolate, and a little cherry, strawberry and wood.

Taste. Really roasty, black licorice and molasses. Roasty coffee and bitter chocolate in the back.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium, smooth carbonation. A bit warm.

Overall. Great big stout here. Drinks pretty nice for the abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 04:17:47 | More by Rutager
Photo of quaffmo


4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-30-2011 02:41:23 | More by quaffmo
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-30-2011 01:07:19 | More by hopluva1
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-28-2011 22:54:53 | More by PhineasGage
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-27-2011 08:19:38 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

12-27-2011 06:38:08 | More by Antnyd82
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-27-2011 02:30:10 | More by MrHirschybar
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-25-2011 00:16:10 | More by HuaiDan
Photo of ONUMello


4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Jet black, with a thick billowy tan head.
S: Roasted coffee, fig, toasted malt, hops, and a hint of oak. Very aromatic.
T: Big, dark and bold. Chocolate, coffee, bourbon from the barrel influence, burnt burnt caramel, and well integrated hops. Long finish.
M: Full-bodied, rich, has a bit of bite, but the alcohol is well integrated.
O: I really enjoyed this. Complex, tasty, and great just to sit and sip. Unfortunately it's not available in Ohio, but the next time I'm in Chicago I will definitely be getting more and searching out more Port beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 20:46:07 | More by ONUMello
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

12-24-2011 00:06:04 | More by jophish17
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-23-2011 23:24:27 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-21-2011 22:44:04 | More by Harvey98
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-21-2011 07:56:19 | More by CelticAleMan
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've really grown to appreciate the nights when I crack something out of the closet that I've been sitting on for a while for no real good reason, and that's reason enough. Review is from notes taken on 12/20/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: As with something named "Old Viscosity," the pour is just about pitch black and it looks moderately thick on the pour; it starts with a 1/2 finger creamy tan/cocoa head and it fades quickly to a frothy and incomplete cap; body is (obviously) entirely opaque;

Smell: I smelled it out of the bottle immediately upon cracking it, and I knew this was going to be a good thing... Big roast maltiness that brings tons of molasses and chocolate (both bittersweet and some milk chocolate); some roast/burnt coffee grounds; for being 10%, the alcohol is entirely unnoticeable in the nose, which makes me suspicious of this beer -- it's going to be one of those sneaky bastards.... slight touch of dark cherries as well, but more of the sweeter variety like in a chocolate covered cherry candy; bit of smokiness in there.

Taste: Smoke is more prominent in the flavor profile -- like I'm sitting around a camp fire and my nostrils (and therefore, tastebuds) are assaulted with the charred woody goodness; dark, bitter baker's chocolate and a sweet and slightly tart cherry flavor fall behind it; alcohol can't hide from the mouth like it does in the nose, but it's very well blended and adds a warming, phenolic flavor.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium to medium-heavy in terms of weight, and I thought it actually might be a bit thicker and creamier (more in line with the Older rendition of the beer); for being a bottle that sat in my closet for over 1 and 1/2 years, the carbonation is still present, but largely soft and smooth; a slight grittiness is left on the teeth and the belly is left warm would be expected; a moderately thick stickiness really holds the alcoholic vapors on the breath well into the aftertaste.

Overall: Solid beer, and I'm glad to have finally cracked it. I've got another one sitting in there from the same year, so I'll likely give it another shot in a year to see how it's developing. I would say that I definitely prefer the Older Viscosity to this beer, but I don't really have any complaints either. Definitely a sipper, a great beer for a cool winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 03:00:06 | More by bamadog
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3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark black to light brown hue, looks a little thin with about a fingers worth of tight bubbles, off white head.

Smell - Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hops

Taste - Bitter chocolate right up front, a hint of coffee but pretty hop forward. Decent.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, decently carbonated.

Overall - Kind of unenthused about this one to be honest. A little thin and nothing too dominant, very hop forward and not as thick as i like my imperial stouts. IMO not worth the price but always down to try new beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 00:34:06 | More by aorloski
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color that seriously looks like used engine oil. It has a huge, frothy, khaki colored head that sticks around for a long time and leaves sheets of lacing. Light bubble streams on the sides can be seen rising to the top of the glass.

S: Lots of roasted malts come through in the nose. They kind of mask anything else that is trying to come through. A touch of alcohol and woody aromas are slightly noticeable.

T: There is a big roasted malt backbone in the taste. Dark roasted coffee beans lead to a nice espresso taste. It has a nice oak character that comes through much better here than in the aroma. Surprisingly, the alcohol isn't very noticeable at 10%.

M: This medium bodied beer is very smooth to drink, while the alcohol leaves a slight warming sensation. The carbonation level is just fine as it effectively moves the flavors across the palate.

O: This is a good tasting stout. My only real complaint is the lack of depth in the aroma. Luckily, it made up for it in the taste. I'm sure I'll revisit this one on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 00:03:42 | More by BilbosNuts
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

12-17-2011 22:23:35 | More by mhaugo
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-17-2011 05:51:14 | More by leprakhan
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black as night. Tons of tan, milky head... not quite motor oil viscosity (yet...). Great head retention. Nice alcohol lacing. Wow the head is sticking around forever.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, oak, really good smell. As head goes down I get more sweetness. Smelling some hops actually. Quite pleasant and not overpowering!

T - First of all... really good mouthfeel... so full and complex. Bitterness and chocolate and caramelized sugar hit me first. Coffee bean bitterness in the middle with some oak. End is hops and alcohol and bitter chocolate... enough sweetness to make it work though. Verging on perfect taste for me if a hint of the bitterness was subdued.

M - Like I said, it's great. Full bodied without being too viscous and syrupy. Great amount of carbonation (I'm happy having opened it fresh... wonder what would happen with age... thank you for existing older viscosity haha).

O - Really enjoyed this! I'm a fan of the price as well! It's quite drinkable, although the lingering milk chocolate taste is a touch rich!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 02:04:11 | More by dlello2
Photo of Thingus


5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-12-2011 20:22:34 | More by Thingus
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-12-2011 00:00:23 | More by Mreyes69
Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
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