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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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724 Reviews
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Reviews: 724
Hads: 2,516
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 512
Gots: 698 | FT: 59
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 ojiikun:
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4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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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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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%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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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%

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

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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

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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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