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Old Viscosity - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,621 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,621
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 154
Gots: 250 | 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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Paul68

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-15-2012 19:48:25 | More by Paul68
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-15-2012 00:30:58 | More by jpbebeau
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-14-2012 17:51:22 | More by Bouleboubier
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ales4baldo

California

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

P-Simple, man working on car drinking what could probably be a bunch of these beers out of a straw. haha.

A-Typical stout coloration. Black as night and a mocha colored head. About a finger worth that holds itself somewhat well.

S-Cool thing about this one is if you smell closely you can smell the oak. Cherries and purple grapes rise up slowly, leaving the alcohol to be dwindled down. Light chocolate notes and maybe a little coffe, maybe.

T-Poured this one a little warmer than the norm so i could be able to taste the flavors. Dark chocolate and bits of licorice in this one. The booze making its presence early as the finish notifys of the oak.

M-Full bodied and a little heavy. Poured out a little thinner than expected. Sits nicely and makes its way around the palate leaving its taste to linger but with a dry finish.

O-Not a bad beer but nothing special. I get more of a beer type of drink rather than an imperial stout. I do like how the chocolate seems to stay for a while long after the drink is gone.

01-12-2012 22:22:20 | More by ales4baldo
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-12-2012 18:02:47 | More by bonbini26
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dcloeren

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured a pitch black with three fingers of straight creamy khaki colored head. Excellent retention and some sticky lacing.

Great oaky notes explode through this motor oil and dominate the aroma. Hints of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and maybe a little anise make up the rest of the nose. It is actually kind of subdued even though you are able to pick up on certain nuances....

Taste punches you in the taste buds with huge oaky notes and blends in all of the notes mentioned above for the aroma together to round out the taste. I feel like this is a pretty rough beer...

Full bodied and pretty chewy with a very known amount of carbonation. Slightly drying oaky finish.

Overall, this was a great stout in it's own right. I think that the other stouts I have sampled tonight were above and beyond this one and maybe that is causing me to be harder on this beer but what can you do? This beer has no problem with slapping you across the face and making you call him daddy. Definitely worth a try.

01-12-2012 04:47:00 | More by dcloeren
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours into a beautiful beer. Not entirely stoutlike, as it could almost look like a brown ale, but the head of it is thick and robust enough to take your mind off that. The lacing really looks like art forming two sides of a hill around where I've drank.

The aroma is a drop down from the appearance. It's actually a tad dull especially considering the voluptuous head that was produced. I can smell notes of mocha. There's a dark aroma to it that's harder to describe. It could be a different malt bill than I'm used to.

The taste is complex. There's definitely a dynamic beer here. It reminds me a lot of it's bigger brother Older Viscosity, but it seems a bit more elaborate without the bourbon on top of it. The booze is actually still somewhat evident, but again, it's in the feel of the beer, and doesn't take away from the taste.

The introduction is a lot of roasted malt, and a lot of dark malts. Strangely, the roasted malt isn't overwhelmingly bitter, and the dark malts aren't overwhelmingly sweet. It's really quite balanced. I'm sure there are some hops backing the malts up, but they'd be invisible if you didn't know they were there. I'm getting some dark fruit from this as well, but it's a bit lighter than it was in the Older I had. When it comes down to it, it's a really great stout, sans the bourbon that it's brother had. I think it takes trying them both to fully appreciate it. I wonder how a mix would be.

The mouthfeel is medium/heavy in thickness, and medium in weight. The finish is dry and moderately sticky. It does a tremendous job coating your tongue with flavor. Carbonation may have been a tad much here, but the complexities of the beer distracted me from that.

Overall, this beer was just as good to me as Older, but I can see how Older would have the greater appeal to the masses. I can appreciate it being slightly more bitter and easier to take in, and for what it's worth, the value of this beer for the price just kills Older. While I wish there was more of Older, this bomber at half the price of Older would be my way to go 9 times out of 10.

01-12-2012 02:24:17 | More by BBP
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-11-2012 19:15:18 | More by TheBishopco
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Drinkerofales

California

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Fluid is black, has hints of brown on the edges and in the pouring. A giant slowly dissipating mocha head caps the beer to leave behind lots of oily lacing.

Smells of coffee, which lessens as it warms, roasted malts, a touch of dark fruit and bitter chocolate. Unfortunately, there is quite an astringent alcohol smell in there too.

Taste of big of chocolate, and to a much lesser degree, coffee. There are hints of black cherry and hop bitterness.

Feel is thin, and easy to drink. Seemingly high carbonation and hops bite lighten up this brew, but you can still tell there are some booze in here.

I liked this beer. Good complexity made for a great taste, though it felt not quite thick enough. There is also a sensation of more hop than normal for the style, but I kind of liked it.

DOA

01-10-2012 07:51:42 | More by Drinkerofales
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jriggins6

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-09-2012 21:10:17 | More by jriggins6
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a nice 2 finger tan head. Good retention. Nice roast note in the nose with a sligth touch of the barrels. Medium mouthfeel. Nice lace. Dark roast, caramel, slight vanilla, and some dark fruit notes round out the flavor. Ends slightly dry with a slght lingering bitterness. Smooth and silky. Nice.

01-08-2012 16:32:14 | More by kbutler1
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Duff27

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Short deep mocha head on a black beer. Good lacing for a stout, average head retention.

Love the smell. Sweet chocolate. Smokiness?

More sweetness! Cherries? Yum! ABV matches its booziness.

Nice thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Liked Old V a lot, not as much as the Older but still good. That smoked cherry smell/flavor is very nice!

01-08-2012 02:09:24 | More by Duff27
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JKouza

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-08-2012 01:01:13 | More by JKouza
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towlea25

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-07-2012 18:36:26 | More by towlea25
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cycoduck

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-07-2012 18:01:59 | More by cycoduck
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-06-2012 20:49:31 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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JFrankParnell

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-06-2012 14:51:12 | More by JFrankParnell
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kojevergas

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonic pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of lovely cream lacing, appealing tan colour, great thickness, and fantastic retention (especially considering the high ABV). Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Oak, must, caramel, nuts, yeast, and cream. Some chocolate. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Extraordinarily oaky, with all the notes from the nose in a pretty well done balance. The caramel is a bit overdone. All around, the build is admittedly strange - especially for the style. It is a bit simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit coarse. Rather thick, but not horribly so - at least not as much as the label and title would want us to believe. I certainly wouldn't refer to it as viscous, and I'm glad that it isn't.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV, but not unique or special. I enjoy it. I'd like to try it on nitro-draught, or aged.

B-

01-06-2012 04:09:23 | More by kojevergas
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vitters03

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-05-2012 21:39:42 | More by vitters03
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-05-2012 03:41:56 | More by bump8628
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-04-2012 23:16:47 | More by IdrinkGas
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-04-2012 04:36:14 | More by whartontallboy
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-03-2012 22:54:20 | More by brez8791
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MASPuros

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-03-2012 22:11:24 | More by MASPuros
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-02-2012 02:12:48 | More by BMart
Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,621 ratings.