Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 2,382
Reviews: 717
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 500
Gots: 661 | FT: 51
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 12-03-2006

Imperial Stout aged for 12 months in new bourbon barrels.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,382 | Reviews: 717
Photo of Sark
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you're into big ol' boozy imperial stouts, this has what you're looking for. Loads of sweet on the nose and brutally intense malt boldness. I'd like to get another one of these to age.

Photo of newbeeraday
3.25/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(outliner detected) Confuses me for the style. Almost taste like a Belgium dark strong ale to me. Rich malt.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Jet black with a dark tan 2 finger head. 1 minute of head retention. No lacing.

S. Aromas of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Coffee a bit. But booze is what shines here.

T. Smooth. Not alot up front but the aftertaste is very nice. Lingering dark chocolate, Coffee and hazelnut. And of course some nice charred oak. But not as intense as the aroma.

M. This is a 6 out of 10 on body which is welcome for this beer. Luscious and velvety. Slight carbonation. Clean but slight boozy finish making you want more. This part is very well done.

O. A very nice BA stout. I'd say close to bcbs. Very happy to have tried for my first time. I think it could have a little more upfront flavor but this also has a year on it so it could be that. All in all. Enjoyable.

Photo of J_K
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the cellar shop poured into a snifter.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of oak and alcohol
Head small (<2 cm, aggressive pour), diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque; some sludge in bottom of bottle
Flavor very heavy vanillin and alcohol; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

Photo of kerry4porters
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle once again strong bourbon nose but smooth taste lots of oaky vanilla and candied sugars delicious stout very well done

Photo of coriswrasse
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

great beer. a little thin. could use some more head for this style. highly recommended and glad to check it off the list. probably would not do again though.

Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says Vintage 2014 B.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Initial shot of dark roasted malt plus some booze and oak. After that, there's some vanilla and dark chocolate. There's also this weird mustiness that's not so pleasant.

T- Decadent dark chocolate and vanilla notes plus some caramel. Pretty sweet but also somewhat bitter and roasty with the oak rounding everything out nicely. ABV is very well-hidden. Little bit of raisin and a trace of coconut in the aftertaste.

M- Silky smooth and chewy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Smells a little off but the rest checks out just fine. Smooth and rich with lots of chocolaty complexity. The oak presence is moderate which adds to the high drinkability.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Strong bourbon notes with the oak, vanilla, and some chocolate coming through too. Real nice dark brown color accented by the reddish amber hue along the edges. Not much in the way of a foam cap but spotty slight lacing is there. Beautiful bourbon flavor intertwined with oak, vanilla, and cocoa. Pretty full bodied on the palate with a creamy feel finishing with some heat. Absolutely wonderful whiskey barrel aged stout!

Photo of drpimento
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive beer. It's in a characteristic profile that's not to my personal taste - lot's of dark ripe fruits like dates, raisins, figs, plus molasses with very dark/black malts/grains.

Photo of JimPottNY
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Remarkable beer, rich great balance smooth and a wonderful accompaniment to a chocolate dessert.

Photo of Catracho5
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml corked and caged bottle poured into The Lost Abbey Teku glass

A: Black, no light comes through, creamy mocha head with lots of tiny bubbles, some carbonation, some minor lacing, head stuck around for quite some time, looks really good.

A: Big chocolate and roasted coffee aromas up front, alcohol, malts, dark fruits, more on the roasted side than the sweet side, but the smell is really coming off the glass, I am picking up the aroma about 6 inches from the glass, big aroma.

T: Big chocolate, coffee, roasted and toasted malts, not getting much of the bourbon, it's slightly there, chocolate and coffee come through more than the bourbon, bitter on the back end with the alcohol noticeable.

M: Viscous, creamy smooth mouthfeel, slight dry finish, alcohol burn that lingers, slight carbonation on the palate, very nice.

O: Very impressed, I would like to have more bourbon character on the nose and flavor but this is really tasty, nice creamy mouthfeel and at 12% ABV, the alcohol is well hidden, not sure when this was bottled but it's very pleasant. Price is a little steep but this will not disappoint.

Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 bottle, opened 2015

A - Pours a flat coca cola black. Trace bubbles around the rim.

S - Sweet, rich, smooth Scotch infused with prune, molasses, vanilla, bright wood, and rum-soaked fruit cake.

T - Rich and sweet. Silky smooth with umami teriyaki, spiced rum, oak, molasses, caramel, and burnt toast. Ends with rich roast coffee, cognac, and milk chocolate. Fantastic integration.

M - Thick, smooth and slick with a full frame.

O - Not surprisingly the beer held up fantastic. The 4 years really added some really nice balance and integration.

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic Beer, I could drink many of these. but not in one sitting

Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Hunahpu's Day 2015 in Tampa at Cigar City Brewing

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Darkness on the pour with a light brown head which fades rather fast
S - coconut, vanilla, chocolate & booze
T - tastes of dark chocolate, burnt caramel and a hint of hazelnut
F - full mouthfeel with some heat as it goes down
O - lovely beer and glad I got the opportunity to try it and hope to enjoy it again!

Photo of SierraFlight
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Guest tap at FFF poured into snifter. Appearance is deep brown with no translucent edges. A small tan head forms, then collapses to a thin remnant that lasts the session - which took a while. This was a textbook sipper. The aroma is barrel-forward: coconut, charred oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and booze. Below that are coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and ripe plum. Taste is lead by toasted coconut and the barrel notes - all washed in alcohol. Moderate sweetness comes next in the form of vanilla, molasses, and chocolate. Some bitter licorice and oak flavors come late. Full bodied, thick, oily, and chewy texture, minimal carbonation, long sweet boozy finish.

Photo of larryarms847
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slick and jet black in color, very motor oil-like with a nearly non-existent toffee colored head.

Oak, chocolate, roasted coffee, earthy, very mild bourbon spiciness, and slightly sweet.

The bourbon flavor I was really looking forward to is almost non-existent, heavily roasted malts, sweet chocolate, faint notes of raisins or another dark fruit, and the oak woodiness is definitely present.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, slick, sticky, semi-sweet, oak and roasted bitterness.

Overall, I was a little let down with this. Very little bourbon that I am so fond of in a BBA impy stout, thin and slick, but not viscous. Overly-hyped.

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I made the mistake of putting this in the cellar for 1.5 years and it serves me right that it was less than stellar from the cellar. So, if you have one of these, drink it fresh. However, you don't know until you try.

The only thing that was off-putting about this beer was that it didn't have any carbonation to support it. I thought it was well made, albeit the nose was a tad muted, it could have used a bit more barrel, and there was a touch of oxidation, but nothing that would keep me from drinking this again.

Drink fresh, screw the rest! :)

Photo of gatornation
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked caged bottle
A-pour a thick jet black color with a thin mocha head lots of lacing on the glass
S-Chocolate and wood with molasses dark fruit roasted malts
T-Yum its roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate with great wood/oak BB flavours dark fruit slight hops
M-smooth and creamy lower carbonation
O-a treat to drink with flavors of wood and malt and BB let this one warm up a bit great brew

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with practically no head what-so-ever, except for a thin halo of caramel-colored foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of roasted malt, imparting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses, brown sugar, some oatmeal, vanilla, a touch of licorice and smoke, some aromas of dried fruit, such as raising, prunes and figs, and woody notes of oak. There’s quite a bit of booze in the aroma as well.

Taste: Delicious! Strong flavors of roasted malt, followed by some boozy bourbon flavors of oak, vanilla and molasses. There are also strong flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, brown sugar-like sweetness, toffee, coffee and creamer and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as hell, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 12%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What a beer! Absolutely delicious! Strong flavors of stout blended beautifully with bourbon and oak. Spectacular!

Photo of gibgink
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To me, like fresh Bourbon County Stout. Very good, would recommend.

Photo of maDUECEgunner
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle. Very low carbonation but still enough not to ruin the beer. Still very enjoyable.

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Solid Imp. stout, with uber emphasis on licorice and dark malts. This stuff is not for the faint at heart.

Photo of JC333
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The bourbon flavor is the main stage here. But what a smooth clean finish. Starts out a bit boozy but the chocolate and vanilla notes appear as the glass warms up. No head with a dark rich color

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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
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