Older Viscosity - Port Brewing
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Reviews by ojiikun:
4.65/5 rDev +6.9%
Picked up 3 bottles of the 2009 vintage of this based upon how much I love the year-round Old Viscosity. Decided to crack one now so I can compare notes in 1 or 2 years to see what some age does to this guy.
Adorable half-fifth champagne bottle is corked and caged with Lost Abbey kit, which makes sense, since Port and Lost Abbey are one and the same. Label is very similar to Old Viscosity, with a year mark and a different back label.
Cork popped entirely flat. Very different than the standard Old Viscosity, but zero surprise for an corked, aged Port/LA brew - the Angel's Share from the same guys was also stone-dead flat. Poured into a genuine brandy snifter a positively black black, though once it's held to the light, bright orange highlights can be seen around the edges. Very clear. No more thick or dark than standard Old V.
Smell is mind-boggling. Somewhat similar to the LA Angel's Share, but much smokier. Boot leather. Coffee still roasting. Hardwood charcoal chunks. Armagnac. Boozy and woody notes that go completely beyond bourbon to Scotch whisky territory. Something like candied spruce or juniper.
Taste is sharp, but not burnt. No smoke. More vanilla than cocoa. Pure, dark, husky malts, but with no bitterness I can find. More roasty, like a red beer might usually be.
Mouthfeel isn't half as thick as I'd expected. No worse than Old V, and much less sticky than some other 12-14% barrel-aged stouts I've had (c.f. Goose Island's). In fact, the cleanliness of mouthfeel in *spite* of being flat is a remarkable feat. Still, I am daydreaming about just 1 or 2 little bubbles to make it, well, beer.
Drinkability is endless. It's like taking a glass of a scotch you know and love. Tastes boozy as all get out, but that's the dang point. Every time you raise that glass to your nose, you want more. Getting thru this tiny bottle with a friend was entirely too easy.
In all, brilliant. Older V was just what I wanted from a special version of Old V. I can only imagine what it'll be like in another year. Still, I am scratching my head as to why Port / LA are doing their super-special beers flat this last year or so. I feel like I could get into the idea, but the ABV needs to be just one tick higher.
Todo: compare a 2-year old botle of Old V with a 1-year old bottle of Older V.
11-05-2009 04:16:36 | More by ojiikun
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
06-17-2010 11:10:28 | More by ricke
4.28/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
09-14-2010 19:31:08 | More by newk340
4.43/5 rDev +1.8%
Don't see a bottle date, but it was purchased in 8/2010
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.
12-16-2011 03:00:08 | More by warnerry
4/5 rDev -8%
Served into a tulip. Pours opaque black with a brown head the clings the the glass nicely. The nose has plenty of oak and booze with a nice dose of brown sugar and vanilla. The flavor is more oaky vanilla with some brash, but welcome roasty and bitter notes. Finishes with a nice alco-burn. Medium body with prickly carbonation and a chocolaty but dry finish. Certainly a well made beer worth seeking out.
04-04-2009 01:42:47 | More by tjthresh
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
Midnight black color with a rich tan head that retains very well and leaves good lacing. Large amounts of bourbon in the aroma, with some vanilla also joining it. Some nice chocolate-y roastiness is also in there, maybe a bit of charcoal too. Thick, chocolate-y, roasty, liquid crawls down my tongue with a very smooth bourbon flavor and finishes with a little bit of alcohol warmth. Body is extremely full bodied with medium carbonation levels. Just a splendid beer to drink, I wish this was more available. I've yet to be disappointed with this brewery; great stuff! Thanks for the sample, Tomme.
07-18-2008 00:18:53 | More by badbeer
4.3/5 rDev -1.1%
Big thanks to Kaiser81 for sending me this bottle. 2010 vintage.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a brown head. Glad to see this batch was carbonated after hearing about other batches of Older Viscosity that had carbonation issues.
The aroma is bourbon, roasted malt and chocolate. The beer smells very inviting.
The flavor is better than the aroma and is very complex. I get a lot of oak, maple and vanilla, as well as a healthy does of chocolate and roasted malt. With all of these secondary flavors, I get a large amount of bourbon and some hot, warming alcohol.
Full, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
I love Old Viscosity and this beer was everything I hoped it would be. Excellent.
12-27-2010 03:06:16 | More by Mora2000
3.69/5 rDev -15.2%
Poured from bottle in small tasting glass. Date of review is 7/21/14.
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.
Mouthfeel- Way way too thin for a beer called Older Viscosity. It disappears as soon as you take a sip. It does,however, leave a pleasant sweet taste in your mouth.
Overall- I had this beer a few years ago and I remember it being fantastic. This time around, it was below average for a barrel-aged stout. I will not seek this beer out again.
07-21-2014 23:53:01 | More by frenchblood21
Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
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