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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 2,130
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 497
Gots: 622 | FT: 53
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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Reviews by ptykozoon:
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Cork makes an audible pop? Intriguing, a few bubbles linger and then fade. Pours a few decibels before black. Nice legs - don't see those too often.

Bubbles or not this thing smells fantastic. Fantastic even from a distance - as soon as I unleashed the cage I could smell this thing from a few yards away. Deep dark chocolate fudge, raisin (lovely dark fruits), rich complex bourbon and alcohol. Caramel and even vanilla.

Wow. Uh...hmmm. Well yes it's flat but....God....this is good. Heat from the bourbon has diminished as it works mostly in the background. At the forefront are deep dark chocolate, notes of caramel, charred oak, roasted coffee and cinammon.

Smooth. No carbonation. With this ABV, the mouthfeel is exactly like a wine. Replace the grape with chocolate.

Is Tomme Arthur the new Dom Perignon? It may sound silly but it's certainly food for thought. It is largely a topic of comedic value to many beer aficionados the disposition of a flat beer. Unbeknownst to most is the unique and choice flavor, in extension possibilities of beer without carbonation. Some beers benefit from the bubbles, but to shun all of the beer born flat? By God, this beer has taught me not only enjoyability without the pang of the pop, but beer can still be simply world class. Lost Abbey may be the forerunner in a new breed of beer. In one way or another, bravo.

ptykozoon, Aug 11, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

ricke, Jun 17, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

newk340, Sep 14, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

heddar33, Mar 03, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

warnerry, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
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