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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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2,193 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,193
Reviews: 691
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 504
Gots: 635 | 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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Reviews by Tdizzle:
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased a 375mL bottle from The Wine Country in Long Beach. 2009 edition.

A- After popping the cork and hearing only a thud, I'm expecting a lack of carbonation. My suspicions are confirmed; there is no head and barely any bubbles to be found in the mouthfeel. Poured into my New Belgium globe glass, Older Viscosity appears black with molasses hues when held up to light. Only a thin, bubbly layer of large bubbles float around the top of the beer before dispersing to a tiny ring along the inside of the glass.

S- Strong notes of bourbon and deeply roasted malts rest atop a bed of sticky-sweet dark fruits like raisins, black currants and plums. Sugary notes of molasses, toffee, caramelized brown sugar and anise are present as well. The 12% alcohol is very well-hidden, showing itself more and more as the beer warms, but it's accompanied by a pleasant scent of oak barrel.

T- The flavors are muddy and matted down. Nothing really pops. Plus, the bourbon element is huge and borders on being overpowering. Roasted malts and lots of sweet dark fruit flavors are quickly met by a bitter taste that's a combination of woody oak barrel and what might be unfermented sugars. It kinda has an artificial sweetener twinge to it. The finish is actually quit tasty as it leaves a lasting flavor of burnt caramel and bourbon. A deep warming sensation lingers in the chest. Overall, a pretty messy flavor profile.

M- As I said earlier, there is no carbonation in this beer. The feel is thick and syrupy.

D- I like bourbon whisky, so I didn't really mind how strong it came through in the taste, but I can't help but wonder how some carbonation would have helped the flavors of this beer come to life. I wish Port Brewing/Lost Abbey would stop releasing flat beers that cost a lot of money.

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Pitch black, absolutely no head.

The aroma is big and bold with lots of nutty bourbon, roasted malts, cookie dough, caramel and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet and warming. I love the integration of the dark caramel and cookie dough malty backbone and the bourbon in this one. Notes of chocolate, almonds and vanilla. Ends warming and bitter with lingering notes of bourbon.

Full-bodied and chewy. No carbonation whatsoever, which is really a shame since it is obvious that the flavors are hindered by this.

This is a real treat, but it would be so much better with a little Co2.

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2009 bottle

A: an inky black with hints of brown around the edge, no carbonation or head.

S: like smelling a melted hershey bar.

T: a blast of chocolate that slowly fades to hints of oatmeal/coffee/caramel... reminds me of chocolate chip pancakes!

MF/D: extremely flat but incredibly smooth for how thick it looks, some lasting heat. wish it was capped since the cork lost it its carbonation... barf.

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A - Pours pitch black with essentially no head at all.

S - Before pouring, I took a whiff of the bottle and thought it smelled exactly like BB Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn: sweet bourbon notes, some oxidation, and a chocolate chip cookie. After pouring, I feel even stronger about this, though there are also some very nice vanilla notes and some more chocolate.

T - Tastes similar to the smell, with more chocolate up front, bourbon vanilla and oak, and some rum raisin. A bit sweet, but not overpowering. No alcohol burn whatsoever. Definitely a bit oxidized, but very good.

M - Thick and chewy, with very little carbonation. Seems to work well in this case.

O - A very good beer. I would like a bit more carbonation, but very nice aroma and taste. I'll have to try this side by side with BB 4D someday. I know they aren't even the same style, but I couldn't get over how much this reminded me of that beer.

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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,193 ratings.