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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Old ViscosityOld Viscosity

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1,645 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,645
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 158
Gots: 253 | 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  rDev -3.6%

GehenHerzog, Jan 29, 2012
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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
Photo of DCon
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 1 PINT 6 FL.OZ. bottle of this w/ CurtisMcArthur and other BA friends in Nashville, TN. Poured from the Black/White labeled bottle w/ Port Brewing Old Viscosity ALe written in Blue (only difference I found between this & Older Viscosity bottles) into a 12oz Tulip Glass.

Aroma- Strong coffee, light booze, and a bit of oak in here. Can almost find every characteristic in here. Nothing hidden. Nice but not too intense.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has fairly good retention Has the deepest brown colored body you can get without being black. Leaves sudsy lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a great amount of malt and richness from the start of the drink. The background includes a light booziness and a medium amount of hop flavor. Light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, and has a ton of an alcohol infused coffee flavor on the finish.

Overall Impression- More oak? More body? More flavor? Im not sure what it is about this one but I enjoyed Older Viscosity A TON more... Still appreciated though. Thanks guys!

DCon, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Telestic, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Black. Creamy off white head. Barely brown head.

S: Warm chocolate fudge and syrup, mild (smoky?) fish, a lil heat on the nares.

T: Full, chocolatey, toffee, carbonation jabs immediately and then swelling up again in the middle. A little creaminess tries screaming through a duct taped mouth.

M: One of the more carbonated stouts I've had, it's not creamy like an irish stout but more firm and staccato, yet still rolling. A little residual is left like dryness, but I'm pretty sure it's from the carbonation. Different but I like it.

O: Price:delicious ratio is stellar.

CharlieMurphy, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

dmquinn, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

sideshowe, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

gafferjohn, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sparger, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

duceswild, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Paul68, Jan 15, 2012
Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,645 ratings.