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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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724 Reviews
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Reviews: 724
Hads: 2,517
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 513
Gots: 701 | FT: 60
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
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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Reviews by Tdizzle:
Photo of Tdizzle
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Getting a little acetone but otherwise pretty enjoyable.

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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 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 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 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 aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ricke
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cjn40277
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of delaced21
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of newk340
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lateralundertow
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oddlandf
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of freshflesh
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
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