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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Reviews: 863
Hads: 1,865
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 157
Gots: 298 | FT: 22
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: drewbage on 08-11-2004

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Photo of jletts
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 22 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, California, at the recommendation of one of the employees, and served in a tulip glass. I asked for a good local brew, something I couldn't get in Seattle, and this was highly recommended.

Poured a beautiful mahogany from bottle to glass with a smallish, bubbly head that dissipated rather quickly. Appeared peaty brownish-black in the glass (that's a 10YR 2/1 for you geologists out there!). Following several tastes, the head completely disappeared. The only hint of it that remained was a swirling surface lacing that moved about as if it had a life of it's own as the beer slowly warmed.

Initially, during the pour, it smelled strong like a protein shake with lots of vanilla (seriously!). The smell melded into a pungent aroma of sweet chocolate-covered cherry, aged burbon, and maybe a little raisin and kiwi fruit. Unreal. Many, many layers here. As soon as I started pouring and smelling this I knew immediately it would be a brew to be reckoned with! Despite the quickly vanishing head, the beautiful aroma remained. The smell is completely out of control. It doesn't get better than this.

Wow...just...wow! The taste was very complex, a little sweet and smoky, some burbon, just a little piney, with cherries and again dark chocolate (but not as a major player like a porter or stout often is), medicinal (almost a nighttime cherry cold medicine hint), black malty, and roasty. I'll need several more tastings to figure out what freight-train-of-flavor just smacked me upside the head.

Old Viscosity...and viscous it is! Syrupy but smooth mouthfeel, reminded me of Old Stock Ale in that respect. Very nice!

Alert! Approaching a barley wine here. Though it doesn't resemble one in appearance, it does share some characteristics of smell, flavor and mouthfeel. Still an Old Ale/Strong Ale, but there is really only one way to classify this brew, and that is damn excellent! Port Brewing has their shit together for sure. This rivals the near-by Stone brews in complexity and taste. Strong! But I'd still drink 2 or 3 bombers and crawl home a happy man. Please pick this beer up if you get a chance. You owe it to yourself.

Second review:

Old Viscosity, late 2007. Reviewed on 5/20/08.

This version poured black-coffee in color with sturdy uneven lacing and a stratified latte-foam head. Coffee cake, vanilla, rainier cherries, alcohol, and raisins were discernible in the nose with tart apple cider tingling in the effervescence; a touch of cloves emerged as the beer warmed. Flavors of dark molasses, burnt caramel, and over-ripe plums melded into deep cherry-oak and baker's chocolate with a peppery tongue-numbing alcohol finish. An exceptional, silky mouthfeel caps off this beer experience.

This is one of the most interesting and complex beers I've had and it only gets more interesting and complex with age. I can't wait to try the early 2007 version I have stashed away. (2,953 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Sampled February 2007
As I pour this brew a mix of rum, molasses, Madeira, rum, and sweetened espresso greets my nose. The beer pours with a thin, light brown head and a pitch black body that shows a clear, deep chocolate brown color when I hold the stream of cascading liquid from the bottle up to the light. The head disappears fairly quickly, which is not unexpected from a brew of this strength. Big aromatic notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee beans, malt balls jump out of the glass. I can't believe how much dark chocolate character is packed into this brew. A nice toasted biscuit character is found here that also tends to accentuate the chocolate character in some way. Alcohol is evident in the aromatic finish, but never really detracts, instead add a bit of almost balancing sharpness and even, dare I think it, a bit of blackened cherry like fruitiness. It has a huge dark malt driven aroma, but without all that harsh, burnt, acrid, astringent, grain husk character that is found in many dark malt character brews. The malt aromatics come across as being so smooth and enticing. The aroma is like an espresso soaked, rich, flourless dark chocolate cake; decadent, rich, satiating and smooth, I can't wait for my first bite, err, I mean sip.

Nice and creamy feeling up front, yet still not too heavy or sticky on the palate. That huge, smooth, dark chocolate character is certainly found up front, but the roast / burnt grain character really is much more noticeable in the flavor. Black, approaching acrid, dark roasted espresso notes finish this beer off with the corresponding burnt acidity and sharp black coffee notes one would expect of a typical Imperial Stout. While these notes do not go away, they certainly become a bit more smooth and in control after the first bit of palate shock. The flavor of this beer remains so smooth and chocolate-like up front, yet somehow manages to morph by the finish to a dark, concentrated, even almost unsweetened espresso drink by the finish. I can't help but wonder if this is a good or bad thing. On the one hand the up front, smooth character is so enticing that you want to hang on to it for as long as possible. Too quickly though the rough, burley espresso notes take hold, and in the end beg for you to balance that lingeringly, astringent burn character out by taking another sip so you can experience that smooth Imperialistic, hearty stout goodness again. Of course the cycle then starts all over again. What a dynamic brew, the dichotomy is such an interesting experience. Is this what I want in a brew? I don't know, but it is certainly an enjoyable ride.

That fact that this brew can be so easy drinking, yet so (in a balancing way really) sharp and, dare I think it, harsh makes this such an engaging experience. This beer could certainly survive a lot of years in the cellar. There is an ample hop bitterness here, that while secondary to the roast malt character, is no slouch in its own right. Also there is a sharp alcohol note that adds a bit of a "shot of rum" type kick to the finish that can only smooth out a bit with time. In fact the finish at times seems to down-right suck because it can be so harsh.

Ultimately this beer is such the consummate sipping brew. The combination of rich chocolate, creamy malt character up front and the sharp, roast dominated character in the finish makes for a brew that just can't be quaffed. This is despite the fact that this is certainly not the biggest bodied of Imperial Stouts (though it is certainly no slouch either). I still haven't quite figured out what to think of this brew. I am only part way through my first glass of this brew. In the end it is so dynamic and engaging that I can't help but be excited with this brew. There are a lot of things "wrong" with this beer, but they somehow add up to a totality of an experience that I can't really knock it in the end. The aroma says this brew is magnificent, while the flavors, taken as individual components say this is a train-wreck, but in the end this dichotomous flavor profile just works as a total experience, or better yet it is a roller coaster, which just has to be experienced. Part of the experience of this brew for me is that I can't quite place this brew; is this brew a jarring train-wreck of flavors, or is it an absolutely stunningly awesome brew because of it flaws? I still can't quite answer the question, but the experience has been so engaging and though provoking that I just can't help but love this beer.

Purchased: Park Lane Liquor, Lancaster CA (4,570 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in the glass this is a thick black colored beer with a wispy head formation.

The smell is sweet with a strong scent of Bourbon whiskey and chocolate. The smell of this is quite boozy and it is similar to the Bourbon Barrel Stouts that are quite popular right now. Bourbon, chocolate and Kahlua that is exactly what this smells like!

The taste begins much like the smell with Bourbon at first that is eclipsed by a strong coffee flavor that gives way to a pleasant Bourbon and vanilla aftertaste. Reasonably sweet this tastes like Bourbon Barrel Stout more than an Old Ale to me. Flavor doesn't change much this is a taste clone of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

Quite a thick beer.

Nice tasty ale here and really this beer is another in the current fad of Bourbon barrel beers. Really tasty ale but this is a very big beer that you really chew more than drink. (883 characters)

Photo of uberabr
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Color is pitch black, with deep red hues around the edges. Head is minimal- half-finger, but dark tan. Carbonation and lacing are decent, some hop oil up top.

Smells like petrol, but in a good way - deep, rich, delicious dark oil. I'm not sure if I've ever smelled a beer like this before. Rich molasses, bread, and butter, and an almost arrogant solvent-like quality that, when mixed with a rounded, floral, piney hop, straddles the line between offensive and seductive. It definitely works for me.

Taste is truly unique and definitely noteworthy. Like a bastard child of a Russian Imperial Stout and a robust Porter, this brew is rich and creamy, dark and decadent, chocolaty, with deep espresso boldness, vanilla-beans, a woodsy, nutty oak, and a moderate but noticeable bitter hop bite with hints of pine. Not a hint of booze- Awesome.

The butter diacetyl adds well to the taste, it makes the mouthfeel a tad on the sticky side. However, this is one of the most daring and amazingly well rounded brews I've tried- and it goes down so easy, maybe too easy. I would definitely drink this one again. (1,149 characters)

Photo of Greenfloyd
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If this beer was a lake, you could walk across it...

Poured into a snifter with a darkness that only Dr. Seuss could describe. An incredible foamy light brown head rested on top for a reasonable amount of time. The smells of dark chocolate and black plum, with aggressive hoppy tones overwhelmed any of the alcohol one would expect from a high abv beer. Tasted of raisin, and subtle hints of malt and dark molasses. The warming mouth feel was huge, and so was the immense hoppy finish...probably one of the "biggest beers" that I've consumed to date. I would pair this beer not with food, but with a quite hour or so. This heavy, hoppy ale could be a bit overbearing with most edibles (and that's not always a bad thing).

Just don't stare at this beer to long....you might get lost...Enjoy (796 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours like used motor oil into the glass. traces of head right off the bat, but it dies quickly.
the nose has some big roasted characteristics... chocolate, expresso, caramel, vanilla, traces of charred wood, licorice, and some faintly fruity almost red ale type aromas. the smokey burnt wood builds strength. it's also got some rum-like alcohol, and some molasses soaked dark fruits like fig, plum, and raisin, these are pretty far in the background though.
the taste conatains the same malty chocolate, expresso, vanilla, etc. to varying degrees, along ith the molasses/brown sugar flavors to a slightly higher degree than the aroma. the smoke takes a little bit of a backseat when compared to the smell also, showcasing the sweetness a little more. there is also a surprising amount of bitterness middle to back though. it's clear a good amount of hops were used here. the alcohol warms the throat on it's way down.
the mouthfeel is full with light delicate carbonation.
drinkable for the hugeness of this beer, but in the grand scheme of things only gets away with an average score here.
i'm thinking more of an imp stout here, but by whatever name a pretty damn good beer. (1,182 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
Pours an impenetrable inky oily color with a smallish tan head on top and some patchy and trailing lacing.
A sweet smoky smell leaps out, as is a background smell of dark roasted coffee. A faint smell of pine and chocolate is noticed. A rummy whiff of alcohol is noticed throughout.
The flavors are all over the place, yet complimentary of one another. Black licorice, coffee, dark chocolate and deep roasted biscuity malt flavors mix and mingle with piney hops, orange zesty bitterness and a slight metallic tang. A nice warming dark rum fuminess rounds things out.
This is one big beer! (630 characters)

Photo of far333
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Onyx colored with no light getting through. A low light brown head rises up just a bit and settles out quickly.

Inviting aroma of dark sweet malt, molasses, and a bit of smoke.

Rich flavors of molasses, smokey burnt oak, hop bitter, espresso, and dark chocolate. There's a sharp bite in the finish seemingly from the alcohol, and an alcohol warmth envelopes the mouth. I think my tongue is numb. Seems more Imperial stout than an Old or Strong ale. The portion aged in bourbon barrels definitely contributes to the flavor profile.

Slick mouthfeel, but lots of carb tingles upfront and warmth throughout the mouth. (616 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. The last few months I have had several bottles of this beer, and I really enjoy it! Dark brown to black color, very light colored brown froth. The nose is awfully soft and dull. only a very light hint of fruits and perhaps a light hint of chocolate, bourbon and wood. Interesting flavor of very light bourbon and wood, rich malts, dried cocoa, fruits. Very complex. A great brew! (396 characters)

Photo of k3n
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

A: Pours a thick, viscous black, like motor oil. Tan head which fades nicely.

S: Toasty malt and coffee. Smells good.

T: I agree with many of the other reviewers of this beer, in that this tastes more like a stout. I certainly wouldn't put it in the same category as Arrogant. Lots of toasty coffee flavors, and even more dark chocolate sweetness as it warms a bit. Don't you dare drink this one too cold!

M: When I said 'like a stout', it was because of the feel. It doesn't feel as thick as a stout, in fact, the lighter body is quite a nice balance to the intensity of flavor.

D: Yes! Quite drinkable. Espcially considering the 10% ABV.

I didn't experience the overwhelming alcohol characteristics that other reviewers have mentioned, but I also found that pairing this beer with some strong cheese helped balance it out immensly.

Two big thumbs up! (886 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber: This one pours a slightly thick, extremely dark brown. It looks a bit like used 30 weight oil. It forms a small but dense tan head. Coffee and chocolate are the first things that hit the nose. Some bourbon and possibly a hint of vanilla in the background. Very tasty. There is a hint of the alcohol right up front, along with the chocolate malt. A hint of fruits follow, but no real sweetness to it. Feels a bit warming in your mouth. This is excellent. I’ve got to try and get a few more before they are gone! (525 characters)

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Bauer Wines on Newbury

Pours an opaque black with a beautifully thick, full milk chocolate head. the nose is unbelievable. spices and dark choclate fill the room. cinnamon, molasses, other dessert spices in there (nutmeg??). taste is similar - big alcohol presence when the brew was a bit colder. as the brew warmed up, it opened up a bit and the flavors really started to come out. very little hop presence. very robust taste however. like a good port. mouthfeel is great - chewey and thick, it coats the mouth. drinkability suffers a bit from the high alcohol content.

a great brew. don't think i would want one very often, but on a cold boston night, it really hit the spot. (699 characters)

Photo of JasonA
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch dark mobil oil with little mocha head. Some lacing, but not a lot with the amount of head. Cant see much of anything through this, looks more like a Stout, RIS.

Smell malt and alcohol. Roasted malts, this should be yummy.

Taste kicks me in the ass. Little sweet prolly due to ABV, but very malty, and full. Want to drink more, know I cant have many of these.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy. Carbonation is good, maybe a little mess.

Drinkability is excellent. I want lots of these. Give me more. Reminds me of my favorite Great Divide Yeti, but thickness isnt the same. More sweet. Overall, excellent. (625 characters)

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a dark black with mocha highlights and a matching head. Thick lacing forms around the glass.

S - Dark chocolate and spices dominate the aroma...eventually leading to a slightly fruity whiff.

T - Complex flavor combination beginning with a blast of dark chocolate. After the cocoa rush, burnt (but not overdone) toffee mixed with spices fills my taste buds. Eventually, a nice fruit sensation remains...mostly black cherries, raspberries, and some tart apples. Wonderful aroma that leaves a slightly sweet coffee aftertaste.

M - Thick and creamy body with a smooth, crisp finish. Alcohol is definitely noted, but not overpowering at all.

D - Very enjoyable..I wish I had several others to sample! I'd imagine I wouldn't reach for more than one per evening, but makes for the perfect nightcap. (883 characters)

Photo of koolchas
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bomber poured into a pint glass ... a strong ale? maybe for some but, this seemed more like a strong stout to me.

a: poured thick and dark with no head, no lace, and no carbonation.

s: smells of chocolate, deep cherries, and black licorice.

t: like one of those chocolate candy cordials filled with liquor.

m: alcohol takes over the mouth. lots of bite.

d: a bit too strong on the alcohol side for my taste. it's just to prevalent and takes over.

i am actually a fan of pizza port brews but, this is one that i won't buy again. i even treated this brew like wine by letting it "breathe" for at least half an hour on my second pour. the bite was still too strong. (680 characters)

Photo of badbeer
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out black with a tan head that doesn't last and leaves no lacing. Smell is excellent, chocolate-y, dark fruits, vanilla and oak. Unfortunately, the taste has a strong alcohol taste and burn to it. You can sense the malty flavors beneath, but they're being overpowered at the moment. Thick mouthfeel, carbonation was borderline flat. Too much alcohol for now. I think this would be amazing with age on it. (410 characters)

Photo of nase
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber

Like others, I've had difficulty categorizing this; my experience in old ales is limited but this does remind me more of some RISs that I've had moreso than strong ales (pretty much limited to Stone's offerings). Appearance leaves some nice lacing throughout but the head goes away quickly at the beginning. Strong burnt coffee aftertaste (again, reminiscent of RISs). Doesn't smell like an RIS though; not quite sure but it seems similar to that of a barley wine or strong ale. Terrific mouthfeel. Very high drinkability as the alcohol isn't overbearing. Nicely balanced.

App. - 4.5, Smell - 3.5, Taste - 4.0, Mouthfeel - 4.5, Drinkability - 5.0 (671 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok...I'm expecting good things here...let's just put it out there right now.
Spent motor oil in color...less than 1/4 finger of tan head. Lacing thin and lasting only a handful of seconds.
Beautifully inticing in the nose...vanilla, oak, chocolate and more (but I'll save some for the flavor).
Rum soaked raisins up front...molasses, roasted almond, more dark chocolate and some fruity hops rounded up the taste.
Alcohol is there...no hiding the fact, but goes down super smooth with each sip and this is definitely a sipper.
Thick mouthfeel...bitterness takes away any sweet, cloyingness that may try to show. Quite carbonated, but wouldn't know it from the pour.
Gonna have to equal out the drinkability...no doubt I can consume this bomber, but don't think I'm reaching for anything else after...forget it.
Great offering from my new best friends in MA....welcome! (874 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

App: Poured very black with a little reddish brown head that stays around longer than I expected. There was no lacing and I found this thing rather boring to look at.

Smell: Sweet fruity esters come out with brown sugar and one of the greates smells of all time... Vanilla Cake!

Taste: Discernable alcohol, chocolate and cherries make up the base of this brew. There are hints of grapefruit, granny smith, coffee and vanilla again, but mostly these come and go with the warming of the brew.

Mouthfeel: It's almost chewable. The alcohol is prominent and there's some bitterness, but the main feeling is a thick coating of the palate. I like it because it's so strange. It's the thickest beer I've ever had... bordering on keifer territory.

Drinkability: I would love to try this on cask, but other than that I can't imagine myself having this again. It's so hard to even swallow. (890 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This in not your daddy's Guinness. Not even close. I know it's listed as an American Stong Ale here, but this one goes up against the stouts of this world and just pummels them into submission. I am not a violent type of person, but this one stands up and beats and beats and beats. Not a bad thing, but it is a stout gone wild in my humble opinion- rich and full and huge alcohol, all just all over anything in the way.

I need this one in much smaller quantities than the 22 oz bombers in which it is sold. I'll take some 12% beers before this one. I had the opportunity to try the chipolte pepper-infused version of this a few months back- it can certainly hold up to the brewer twisting it that way. Very flavorful, but recommended in small doses. (753 characters)

Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Hi-Time Wine Cellars. Pours a red tinted darl brown but settles full black with a finger thick tan head that is mostly dimining. Considering the way it glups into the glass that it even has a head is impressive. The aroma is chocolate cake, nuts, walnut skins, sweet cream, vanilla and liquor soaked dark fruits. It manages not to be very intense in aroma while still having quite a range.

Very thick and still feeling with some burnt bitterness, burnt black chocolate, face flushing alcohol heat, low acidity coffee notes and a hot and bitter finish. Not as impressed witht he flavor as the aroma, but it’s still a very interesting beer worth trying and definitely worth aging to see what happens to it. (720 characters)

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with the tiniest, quarter of quarter's finger's worth of tannish head, which quickly dissipates to absolutely nothing. There is no lacing to speak of, just sort of slides off the glass in a solventy fashion upon swirling. Body is a dark, dark, dark, dark, dark (did I say dark?) brown, which only shows some light through if you hold it right up to a lightbulb. Overall, a rather bland appearance because of the lack of head.

Smell: Deep dark fruits - raisins, plums, figs, a little cinnamon, a little general sugary sweetness in the aroma, black cherries, which then collides with stout aromas - chocolate, a little coffee with some bite to it suggesting espresso, some woodsiness, caramel-like hints, some light pine on the back end. Really a surprisingly deep and complex aroma. Sort of like a collision between an English IPA, an Old Ale, and an RIS. Some alcohol is definitely lurking at the end of every perceptible aroma, but this is "big and bad" enough that I think such a presence is appropriate.

Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, alcohol, caramel, dates, much more pine than in the nose, with maybe a little citric, apple cider, black cherries, chocolate-covered cherries, more alcohol. Some sweetness swirls around your tongue at the same time as you're simultaneously thrashed by the largeness of the flavors and the big alcohol presence. This is a huge, bad, menacing beer that you should not serve to anyone without some prior appreciation of stouts, Old Ales, or something equally as hard-hitting. Excellent, complex, and just plain indiscernable. You could probably find a ton of aromas and flavors in this beer each time you try it that were imperceptible before. Its elusiveness I think adds to its "oeuvre."

Mouthfeel: Man, Port Brewing, what the fuck? Sorry for my language, but they need to get their carbonation issues under control. There was no head at all, no lacing at all, so I'm not too surprised that the mouthfeel of this one is generally flat. A little fizz, but it needs more liveliness. Otherwise, a little hot, a little watery, and a little oily.

Drinkability: An absolutely one-of-a-kind beer. "Strong Ale" is such a catch-all style in some ways, that it's nice to see a beer that really does live up to that sort of elusive, out-of-bounds philosophy the style suggests. Not one you would drink everyday, nor more than one a day, however. (2,450 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mostly opaque with chestnut edging, and a dark tan head of an eigth of an inch.
The "little head that couldn't" faded to a ring around the rim, leaving behind a placid surface and a few errant dots of lacework.
Aromatics lead off with roasted malts, chocolate, and fruit-laden alcohol.
Porter-esque with some bitter acrid notes, and stout-like with aggresive coffee overtones.
There is a struggle for an underlying citrus fruit to come forth, a testament to a heavy hand adding the northwest hops.
Mouthfeel is creamy and bitter, with a mild stinging quality from the alcohol. Not extremely thick or syrupy as you would find in a good imperial stout, which allows for greater drinkability.
Pallet is heavily roasted and hottish from the alcohol. More juicy fruits try to come forth, but are pummeled by the coffee grounds, bakers chocolate, and acrid malt.
Bitterness is firm and drying, with the overall residuals in the brew being quite limited.
Finishes extremely warming on the back of the throat, with lingering roasted coffee beans and a hint of vanilla.
It seem like a beer that leans in the imperial porter/stout area, but the body is a bit thin for that rhelm.
Arrogant Tommee? (1,203 characters)

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy mackarel... What a beauty. Blacker than Pennzoil, this comes in at a whopping 10%. Dense, wonderfully sticky head. The nose is of dark chocolate, cherries, and alcohol. The taste is more like a cross between an Old Ale and an Imperial Stout than my idea of an American Strong Ale. Fantastically malty and sweet throughout, a little tartness at the end kept it from a 4.5 in taste.

Feel is silky, decadent, and yes, oily. Unless you're Andre The Giant, this should in no way be mistook for a session beer, but for it's pedigree is remarkably drinkable. I'm very glad I finally tried some of Port Brewing's offerings. (623 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a small head with a smaller lacing and has a great black color. The smell is sweet roasted malts with coffee flavors that smell delicious. The taste is very strong with alcohol and coffee roasted malts. The mouthfeel is a little less than ok, but still ok. Overall the drinkability was a little low due to the high alcohol flavors. I don't think I would have another one. (377 characters)

Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 863 ratings.