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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Old ViscosityOld Viscosity

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1,731 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,731
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 156
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-09-2006)
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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%

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

22oz bottle (ca. 2010) into a snifter. Pours pitch black w/ a crackly tan head that dissipates quickly. Pretty vigorous carbonation sustains a 1/2 finger ring around the glass; head gradually builds & settles as a soft creamy layer, much more refined than from the initial pour.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, rich chocolate, black licorice. A nice nutty earthiness and some dark fruits come through as it warms.

Taste is dark, roasted, bitter. Chocolate and oak. Just tastes good and rich.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, sticky, yet dry from the oak.

Overall a dense, thick, dark oily stout, a real sipper. Well done.

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Chopman50
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Lucid13
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of antoines15
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of DARIVA
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a nice black beer with a minimal head.

S: This bee has a delicious sweet smell of caramel.

T: This beer has a good taste of coffee and dark chocolate.

M: Substantial carbonation and good foam feel.

O: Bitter and a delicious aftertaste.

Photo of Devi0us
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

22 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter. Bottled 1/24/12.

Pours pitch black with two fingers of foam that burst out of the glass. Nice lacing and legs on the beer as I swirl. Aroma is full of rich, dark, roasted malts. Coffee and cocoa in the nose as well.

First sip is... very chewy, thick, with not a ton of sweetness on the end. Roasted flavors dominate, contributing some astringency. Decent about of booziness / alcohol burn as well.

This probably needs a year or two of age to be its best. It doesn't have the sweetness to stand against the roasty and boozy flavors, although it does have tremendous mouthfeel. The oak doesn't come through too strongly here... would prefer a little more vanilla/oaky flavors to give this a bit more complexity.

All in all, a pretty good beer, but falls short of being great. Good value at ~$7 a bomber.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angelmonster for this one!

A: Pours black, no light penetrates. A large two finger tan/brown head forms upon pouring, great retention, reducing to about a 1/2 fingers worth of foam for the remainder. Thin/sticky lacing forms around the entire glass.

S: Some dark chocolate, a little roasty malt, and some dark fruits, some cherries and plums.

T: Lots of chocolate, a little bitter and some dark mixed with a little bit of cherries. It is slightly sweet as well, with a touch of oak and a hint of vanilla.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Abv well hidden.

O: Pretty good beer, but a little boring.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 22oz bottle in a trade last year and thought I'd crack it open. Served in a Unibroue Maudite snifter. Pours very dark brown (nearly black) and quite opaque. There is a HUGE brown head that retains very well. The nose is big with sweet chocolate, molasses, some char, and cookies. Also some oak. Very nice.

Full-bodied beer with a syrupy mouthfeel that complements the rich, strong flavors well. In the front of my mouth, I get huge roasted malt notes, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. At mid-palate I get some rummy burnt dark fruit notes and a slightly bitter finish that lingers nicely. I cannot detect the 10% alcohol much at all. Definitely a sipper.

Fans of Imperial Stouts should try to find this beer. If you can't buy it, trade for it. From what I hear, it's not too hard to find and not terribly expensive. It's big, roasty, and complex. I'd buy this beer occasionally if it was available here. I also have a bottle of Older Viscosity. I look forward to the comparison.

Photo of jwhancher
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 22-oz bottle from the brewery on a trip to San Diego last September. Poured into a snifter for review.

A: Pours black as night with nice off-white head that looks a little soapy. Pretty opaque, even after holding my glass directly to a light bulb.

S: Lots of roast & cocoa going on. Some chocolate notes with what appears to be scents of dry powdered chocolate mix - think Hershey's do-it-yourself dry chocolate mix. A tinge of hops in the rear - likely your typical American pine & citrus hops. Smells like RIS to me - almost like Ten Fidy. Also, has a nice wood-aged oak character.

T: Lots of dark chocolate & roasted malts. Makes me think of dark fruit and figs. Also reminds me of a brownie of even chocolate cake perhaps. A nice amount of hops present to give this one some added character. I do get some wood-aged notes but only after it warms. A nice subtle oak quality adds another added dimension: some vanilla, almost a bourbon-esque quality. Very nice!

M: Surprisingly, feels medium bodied to medium full. Would have thought this one to be heavier as it is billed. Alcohol well hidden, although some warming ethanol notes do heat up the back of the throat.

O: Seems like a well made RIS to me. Up there with the upper echelon of the RIS's that I've tried. A very well made beer and worthy of all the high praise I've heard of it.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JCFinn
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of JavaNoire
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sukwonee
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - poured into a snifter, served at around 50-55 degrees

I bought this thinking it was an imperial stout... and not sure why it's listed on here as such, but I am not sure if I would call this a stout.

A: dark-reddish brown. not as dark as your typical stout. Huge head, nice lacing

S: Coffee, booze, roasted malt, vanilla

T: Bitterness from the hops, coffee, boozy...

M: Smooth, good thickness and carbonation

Overall - I liked it. The closest beer I can think of Fremont's bourbon barrel abominable ale (which is way better than this, but also costs 3 times more). I wish the alcohol was more hidden... too boozy for my liking.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
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