Older Viscosity - Port Brewing
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Reviews by ojiikun:
4.65/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-05-2009 04:16:36 | More by ojiikun
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3.69/5 rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 23:53:01 | More by frenchblood21
Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
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