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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 2,335
Reviews: 710
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 504
Gots: 660 | FT: 54
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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.
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Ratings: 2,335 | Reviews: 710
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

Photo of ADZA
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow do much better than old viscosity, pours black with a chocolate one finger everlasting head, smell is bourbon , dark chocolate, oak,booze and irish coffee, lucious full feel with above moderate carbonation which makes this such an easy drinker with dark and milk chocolate being on the forefront followed by oak and finished like an irish coffee full of booze, dark fruit and coffee, overall what a stunner of a drop and well worth a taste cheers.

Photo of Millsh
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great bourbon Barrel stout

Photo of Tele
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage
375ml Bottle Consumed 12.13.14

A: 4 Pitch black with almost no head. Seems to have lost most of it carbonation in the last 3 years.

S: 4.5 What it lost in carbonation it certainly made up for in aroma. Lots of chocolate, dates, and vanilla on the nose followed closely by a unique spiciness that only seems to come from Port/Lost Abbey strong ales. Caramel, cinnamon, and bourbon are also present, but are bit milder. As the beer warms even more dried fruit comes out, including figs and raisins.

T: 4.5 Fairly sweet up front followed quickly by spices from the nose. Very similar to the aroma with chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon a bit more in the forefront. There’s still a present fruitiness here too with more raisin than figs and dates from the nose. Very light bitterness on the end highlights the chocolate flavors and richness of this beer.

M: 4.25 Despite the lack of carbonation, this beer still feels a bit lively and satisfying. Also, the mouthfeel isn’t particularly thick, yet it has a very substantial quality. Not perfect in this area, but definitely better than I was expecting.

O: 4.5 I’m very pleased with this beer and it’s held up very well. There are a lot of great flavors going on and, despite its problems, its still very enjoyable and satisfying. I had one of these fresh recently and it did not have the same complexity and richness; it could be the aging or batch variation, but it’s drinking great now after 3 years.

Photo of 49ers
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

5W30 and the word viscosity came to mind, without looking at label. Very heavy, thick, oil like. A nice 12% DIS but definitely one that will take a while to drink.

Notes of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and actually smooth. Better than the old.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

2010 bottle. The Older smells so f'n good, so much coconut, vanilla, oak and milk chocolate. Tastes of dark fruit, booze, vanilla and toasted coconut. Wow. The older is awesome.

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.93/5  rDev +13.3%

My favorite beer of all time. The thickest beer I have ever drank, I don't even feel like going over why the is better than 99% of stouts out there. If you like stouts and find this on a shelf, buy it. You will not be disappointed.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage poured into a teku glass.

Pours thick and viscous, but not quite as dark as other imperial stouts as it has lighter hues, at least on the pour. In the glass, a thin oatmeal-colored head quickly forms and dissipates into a sticky and persistent lace. It's a dark temptress that I'm looking forward to drink.

Deep malt aromas meet red wine and work their way to my nose. Heavy oak, vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate all interplay to suggest a slightly boozy oatmeal cookie. I need not emphasize what a splendid aroma that is. 4.5

While still reminiscent of an oatmeal cookie, there's more heat on the flavor and a red wine and port flavor that combines with the oak and barrel flavors for some splendid taste. Not to be missed in these potent characteristics are some subtler dark chocolate and faint yeasty esters. 4.5

Creamy and viscous on the tongue as in pouring and just as low in carbonation, which makes this incredibly smooth and easy to drink. It's impressive. Only a slight bit more heat than I'd want or expect, but I'm still sipping away blissfully. 4.25

This beer is tasty as all hell. So many different flavors find their way into this beer. It's pretty awesome. The heat is a slight issue and the other is the $16 price tag. This think costs more than a dollar an ounce in the bottle, which is pretty wild, I think. 4.5

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

On tap at Pizza Port, Ocean Beach; served in a tulip

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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,335 ratings.