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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,836
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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Tdizzle

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 03:59:52 | More by Tdizzle
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Appearance- Nothing special whatsoever. A deep dark brown fills the glass. A semi-hard pour results in no head at all. Lack of lacing is present too.

Smell- Sweet malt, bourbon and vanilla in that order. Brown sugar and green apple present themselves as well.

Taste- A bit sweeter than I expected. Also, I get the alcohol burn, but it's 12% ABV what do I expect. Bourbon and vanilla are the two most dominant flavors.

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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
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