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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Reviews: 728
Hads: 2,567
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 525
Gots: 706 | FT: 61
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Port Brewing
California, United States | website

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.
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Photo of neurobot01
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage into a Teku at cellar temp.

Look: thick dark brown, though not as thick or as dark as you might expect. Lighter brown head that sticks around.

Smell: chocolate, raisins, something bright and vaguely medicinal or almost gamey somehow.

Taste: very clear bourbon—not overwhelming, just unmistakeable. Yirgacheffe, dark chocolate, overripe dates/figs. Lots of bright fruity character, offset by dark roasty notes.

Feel: thinner than expected, without being too thin. Good (low) carbonation level, a bit dry on the tongue but finishes fairly juicy.

Overall: I first had this several years ago before I was really a beer drinker, and thought it tasted absolutely vile, to the point it went down the drain. This time, I liked it quite a bit. Not something I'd drink often, but the fruity characteristics are interesting and enjoyable. Didn't have a chance to try it fresh, but based on the heat level and overall blend of flavors, I'd guess the time helped this.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

nice dark color and dark khaki head.. smell of vanilla and drak fruit.. very nice soft vanilla flavor once this warms up.. mouthfeel is very nice. overall a really nice beer

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Photo of TruePerception
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Port Brewing's Older Viscosity, Bourbon barrel aged Imperial stout. 12% ABV.

A: Three full fingers of light cocoa brown head. Black in the glass. Very dark brown in the dimple, with a slight dark reddish-golden brown edge. Decent sheeting; holds for quite a while. Nice cascade, but most of the lacing doesn't hold.

S: Nice, dark Bourbon toffee aroma. Dry cocoa cereal. Slight fruity note. Faint char/black pepper. Not overly complex, but quite nice.

T/MF: Taste is much darker than the aroma, and more in line with what I remember from the original Old Viscosity. Lots of char up front, but transitions into a sweet, very rich bittersweet chocolate towards the tip of the tongue. Finish is all char, and long, yet more subdued. Perhaps a touch more carbonated then I would prefer. This would have gone great with those ribs I had earlier... Or a nice vanilla bean ice cream, perhaps.

Poured from a 375mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of mrmaps
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Look is inky black with a light lace. Little head retention
S: Dominated by bourbon smell. It is faint but not overwhelming. While the bourbon dominates there is a faint sweetness in the background. with a light malt
T: Very nicely blended with the betterness matching the sweetness. The carbonation seems a bit much for the style. The carbonation makes the body lighter than expected for what was anticipated to be a very dense style. Bourbon and sweetness vie for attention up front and there is a stronger bitterness in the after. A function of the barrel?
F: Lighter than expected with the carbonation balancing
O: Very different from old viscosity which is one of my favorites. A well balanced and complex beer -- it should be good for $20 a bottle. It is. Get one and hold it for a special occasion.

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Photo of Marius
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, thick pour, with a dark espresso head that gives way to a thin lacing. Huge bourbon aroma, maple syrup, vanilla, coffee, cocoa. Caramel, maple syrup and bourbon taste up front, followed by dark cherries, some brandy, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, chiles. Soft mouthfeel, medium carbonation (a bit too much for this style of beer) and medium-light body, with a hot and bitter aftertaste, like after eating a chilli dark chocolate.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was a very lovely beer. A solid imperial stout with a very nice barrel prescence. Not too strong in the aroma or taste but it was there and let you know it.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been sitting on this for quite a while...very ice well balanced Bourbon barrel stout! Good mouthfeel and just the right amount of barrel notes on the finish.

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Photo of Radome
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber bottle into globe glass.

Deep brown but clear when held to light. Medium tan head is thick and persistent. Aromas dominated by roasted, grainy malt. The finish smells boozy and sweet, but more like brandy than bourbon. The flavors are equally balanced between roasty, smoky stout and strong, boozy alcohol. Again, the liquor does not seem particularly reminiscent of bourbon, but the flavors are deeply complex. Thick body and smooth, creamy carbonation with a strong alcohol punch.

Overall, a beautiful, rich, flavorful beer.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage. In comparison with Moord & Brand - Bourbon BA - Brouwerij De Molen.
A: Deep dark coffee color. No any head.
S: Very intense bourbon notes. Caramel, candy sugar, some coffee, mild roast, a touch of vanilla. No booze. Excellent.
T: Sickly-sweet. For me it is too. Chocolate/coffee notes overpowered by bourbon notes. Slightly maple syrup and liquorice. There is also some warmth in the finish.
F: Mouthfeel not bad, but not impressive. There is a also some warmth in the finish
O: No doubt about it, this is world class beer. Would prefer to get a fresh one.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on my want list for a while. Poured from bottle into glass.

Dark black pour, with a nice half-finger brown head.

Lots of chocolate and oak from the barrels. Roasted coffee beans come through

Taste goes along well with the nose. This tastes great! Loads of chocolate and coffee, with a nice balance of vanilla. The oak really pairs well in this beer.

Medium-heavy body with strong carbonation.

Great beer that I would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one hints at being quite good, some latent cocoa notes coming out amidst wafts of charred bourbon barrel. There's a sharpness on the front end of the palate, though, an alcoholic kick, that does eventually take a backseat to the base stout, but it just never really convinces. Solid, but not quite there.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep black, half finger espresso colored head.
Chocolate aroma over powered by bourbon. Slightly maple syrup.
Bourbon goodness with chocolate and coffee.
Full bodied goodness.
Great brew, more coffee would do even more justice

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Photo of zonker17
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013, 375 mL bottle opened 8/31/15. Little carbonation and small tan head dissipates rapidly. Nose light but pleasing with almost no hint of barrel. Rich roasty flavor with slight trace or bourbon, chocolate. Finish a bit bitter. Thinner than expected mouthfeel. Thinking this beer may have been better when younger. Will need to get a fresh one.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours a deep black in color with slight mocha head and very little lacing. The usual smells and tastes found in Imperial Stouts: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla and bourbon....ah the delicious bourbon. The alcohol is awesome in this brew. Highly recommended.

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

L: jet black with dark brown around the edges. Big mocha head with solid retention and lacing
S: oak, coffee, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits
T: smooth chocolate, coffee and oak...very nice
F: heavy with above average carbonation for a barrel aged beer
O: awesome beer. Well balanced and complex with a nice combination of the barrel, chocolate, coffee, toffee and dark fruits all blended together. Definitely worth seeing out.

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Photo of ljjpowers
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Leading with a bourbon booziness, the brew gives way to vanilla and dark chocolate that linger long after the last sip. Older Viscosity pours a murky chocolate syrup color and consistency that seems to hide the toffee and dark fruit that try to shine through. Port Brewing has really crafted a gem in this one. As an adamant supporter of The Bruery’s barrel aging program for stouts and porter, it is difficult for me to put any other stout and porter in the same category of the Weekday Stouts. While this one comes close, it does not quite attend the lofty standard set by the perennial champ of barrel aged stouts (crafted handily by Patrick Rue).

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black as night with no chance of light getting through this brew. A fingernail of tawny brown covers almost the whole top. Aroma of sweet bourbon, raisins, and fig is prominent, but not overpowering. I taste the sweet bourbon, raisins, and fig. The alcohol stands out in presence, but does not overpower the palate. There is a gentle,but firm warming in your mouth curtesy of the high octane alcohol.

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Photo of brureview
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark chocolate coffee color with a 3F head in a Brooklyn snifter.
The head resolved to 1F in a few minutes.

One of the most intense, deep aromas in any imperial stout I have tasted: deep chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and oak.

The aroma carries to the taste: deep chocolate-coffee, slightly sweet, finished with intense bitterness. Warming brings out the roasted malt and more intensity in the flavors.

Overall: my favorite beer from Port Brewing. Rich, intense and a deep character.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours black with just the faintest hint of mahogany. a finger or so a tannish head with good retention but leaves nothing behind. viscous brown legs are seen as you swirl it around. completely opaque.

Smell: huge bourbon aroma. brown sugar, dark sweet malts. light roastiness. oak qualities. light dark fruit.

Taste: opens with a slight syrup and molasses mixture. bourbon filters in strongly with alcohol and some oak. brown sugar, dark caramels and burnt sugar, dark fruits and roasted malts fill out the taste. ends with a bit more alcohol bitterness.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy. very molasses like texture, especially due to the bitterness of the alcohol.

Overall: both this and Old Viscosity are great brews. not quite the roasted burnt stout style but a super sweet and rich beer that is nicely balanced by the booziness.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage. Surprised at how "thin" this beer looked when pouring. Beautiful small mocha head that lingered around. Initially thought this suffered from the shit of under-carbing like always but after sipping was happy with it. Redonks amount of bourbon, vanilla and dark roast malts that played well with what hops still remained. Great mouth coating, tasty and actually pretty damn drinkable. Good stuff.

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Photo of Sark
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
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