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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,834
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 496
Gots: 571 | FT: 51
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged for 12 months in new bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 12-03-2006)
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 11/6/10

There's no date on the bottle but since it has carbonation I presume it's a 2010 vintage

Many thanks to Nickd717 for hooking me up

Jet black color once in the glass, boasting 3/4th inch of hot-chocolate-foam-colored foam. The head drops to a skim quickly, though a thin layer remains; as does a decent swath of lace (especially for the abv). Swirling maintains good, thin retention, though lacing is splotchy.

Ooh, this smells really good. I'm not sure how the nose seems granular but it does. Solid oak note with a hint of vanilla. Charred & burnt overtones rest atop aromas of dark cocoa, prune & faint coffee beans. Not incredibly strong, opting for structure & blend. Swirling the glass brings out an appreciable effervescence; however, the alcohol is absurdly well-hidden.

Whew! The nose is all but treasonous; there was no indication of the barrage of flavor intensity to follow. Alcohol heat? Yep, right here. Warming all the way down from the first sip. Strong flavors of burnt & roasted malts, albeit to a lesser degree with the latter. Tobacco, prune, burnt chocolate, charred oak, vanilla & nips of whiskey. Some hops on the finish.

I reckon Older Viscosity lives up to it's name; it really is pretty heavy & thick. As slow as the beer is wont to move, it's always at odds with the (very much appreciated) carbonation. This causes an amusing counterbalance. Burnt chocolate, oak & whiskey linger on the finish.

The initial shock eventually wears off a bit (either that or the old palate just became desensitized over time). It's a sipper for sure but easy enough to drink, though I wish I had waited & split this. I enjoyed this more than it's younger counterpart.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 04:02:16 | More by Ryan011235
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Smell- Sweet malt, bourbon and vanilla in that order. Brown sugar and green apple present themselves as well.

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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
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