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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: 16.9%
Wants: 513
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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Photo of nismo80
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have enjoyed many brews, love a few great ones, read many reviews, haven't yet written one...

This is a must have.

$27 a 12oz bottle?!?!?!?!?!??!
Had it on tap for $9 10oz after looking at the bottle...

Great on lasting flavor, absence of bitterness. Nice and thick.
I loved it.

enjoy one. it will astonish.

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Photo of MinorThreat
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough tho have a really cool couple of friends come to my wedding. This bottle as well as a few bottles of equally impressive liquor were their gift. Very much appreciated Andre and Emma.

A-Pours like used motor oil with a soft white head that somehow pushes through the dense, syrupy body. Looks like TenFidy with a more polished head. Impressive.

S- Take all of the great characteristics of a bourbon and take away the heat and leather. Tons of caramel, vanilla, toasted and roasted grains. Some sweet licorice and coffee. Deep, rich and amazing.

T-The smell comes out in the taste. Deep bitter roasted flavors of espresso, bakers chocolate, roasted grains and bitter figs balance with the sweet vanilla, honey and oak. So intense, complex and well integrated. The booze is completely hidden.

M- Thick, rich, creamy and perfect/

D-I have a hard time believing this is as high ABV as the bottle reads.

I was lucky to get to try this beer. I have been somewhat critical of the Port Brewing beers. I cannot be of Older Viscosity. This is as good as it gets, not only in style but in general. If you get a chance, try it and be glad people are cfrafting beers of this quality.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle- 2007 release.
Blacker than black pour into a tulip glass. Black liquid trickled into the glass from my really slow pour. One finger of Milky Way nougat colored froth slowly rose to the rim. Huge aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla and hops somehow. Big hop flavor which transcended nicely into the bourbon taste. The hops became less apparent as the glass warmed, but the bourbon started to shine. Strong yet balanced flavors of dark chocolate-bourbon-vanilla. Just a touch of hotness in the mouthfeel, which surprised me for a 12% RIS. Bourbony oaky finish...very smooth. The nice head dissolved into a milk chocolate colored film that stayed throughout the experience.
And what an experience this was. Really big flavors, yet really balanced and so damn drinkable for a beer of this caliber. I gave this 5's across the board without thinking twice.

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Photo of sjverla
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nose: Boozy and chocolaty. Creamy like dark chocolate ice cream. Oaky. Caramelly. Lots of dark candies like toffee and molasses.

Appearance: Jet black with a coffee colored ring of foam on the edge. The motor oil analogy is apt.

Taste: Wow. It tastes like putting whiskey in chocolate syrup. Tons of cocoa, some vanilla. The alcohol is evident, but not overly prominent and helps cut the thickness. The heat lingers in the throat. The feel is thick and almost creamy.

Overall: Holy cow what a beverage. This sipper is completely phenomenal. An enormous thank you to Amy for this one. My first real experience of bourbon barrel aging - and I'm hooked.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review of the 2010 bottles.

A-Wow! That's dark. Not much of a head and it settles quickly. Very thick lacing left behind.

S-Bourbon! Oak, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate.

T-The Bourbon steals the show and I like it! Boozy(in a good way), vanilla, oak, roasted malts, chocolate.

M-Full bodied, moderately carbonated, exceptionally smooth. Viscous, thick, this is a man's beer.

D-Definitely a full flavored sipper but I could sip on this all day.

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Photo of paulmarquez10
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 Vintage: For being so fresh this beer was so complex. Huge oak character, boozy, bur not over the top, lots of caramel and coconut from the bourbon barrels. Well done! Tasted like it had been aged for years. Can't wait to age the 2nd bottle for a few years.

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Photo of tsauce2
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

100th review

Reviewed from notes 1-1-12. 2009 vintage.

P: 375 ml bottle poured in to a snifter

A: SRM is black. Opaque. Head is dark tan/chocolate and negligible. Light carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Huge bourbon, chocolate, and coffee notes. Nose is incensed by this beers aroma.

T: Follows nose. Wildly mammoth bourbon, chocolate, dark roast malt, and coffee. All flavors are brought together and smoothed by the barrel aging process. Aftertaste is same as initial flavor.

M: Full body. Extremely viscous, as the name implies. Flavors coat palate and do not dissipate.

O: 100th review, and what a beer to review! The ONE other beer I would say that rivals, or is the equal of KBS. Absurd and ridiculous bourbon, coffee, chocolate, all barrel aged and amagalmated with time. Thanks to skyroach for the trade. Will seek this beer and purchase with extreme fervor.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with practically no head what-so-ever, except for a thin halo of caramel-colored foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of roasted malt, imparting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses, brown sugar, some oatmeal, vanilla, a touch of licorice and smoke, some aromas of dried fruit, such as raising, prunes and figs, and woody notes of oak. There’s quite a bit of booze in the aroma as well.

Taste: Delicious! Strong flavors of roasted malt, followed by some boozy bourbon flavors of oak, vanilla and molasses. There are also strong flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, brown sugar-like sweetness, toffee, coffee and creamer and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as hell, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 12%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What a beer! Absolutely delicious! Strong flavors of stout blended beautifully with bourbon and oak. Spectacular!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


This is one fantastic bourbony bastard!
Pours completely impenetrable black with a nice tan head and ok lace. Smell is bourbon wood right off the bat with dark black death malts and warm alcohol. Taste is thick sick black demon death maltiness with intense bourbony flavors. if your a bourbon county stout fan, this brew is for you. I actually prefer this to fresh B county, i find it smoother. my god the bourbon and wood are prominent here. The bourbon especially. Vanilla, chocolate vanilla comes to mind. Some slight nutty dark fruitishness in the middle. This is very much an after dinner treat. mouthfeel is...well...viscous. not too thick, not too thin. great. The finish has just the right amount of alcohol heat for a good bourbony stout IMO. Im trying to drink this as slow as possible but it is hard, as it is quite tasty. The bourbon wood has done wonders to change and increase the complexities of this beer. Old viscoz is one of my favorite beers, and this is wildly different and just as if not more enjoyable. Can't wait to try the second one in the cellar in a year or 3. Well done gentlemen, well done. Great

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Photo of ChanChan
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Older viscosity 2011.
Appearance: Extremely dark with minimal hues of burgundy when held to the light. The head is also minimal with small bubbles around the glass; typical of a high ABV beer.

Aroma: Wow! This is one of the best aroma’s I’ve experienced in a beer! At first this smells like a fine aged Cabernet sauvignon. The alcohol burns the nose a little but not enough to keep me from enjoying this beer. The barrel aging did wonders to this beer! I dare to say that this smells better than a Firestone Walker’s Parabola. My favorite aspect is the aroma, there is an aroma of the finest dark chocolate that emanates from this beer, it smells of L.A. Burdick chocolate.

Taste: The twelve percent ABV is felt when taking the first sip, this beer has a significant burn in the throat, nevertheless, the aroma and taste totally make up for the booziness. This is a delicious beer!

Overall: I had a dream last night that I was having this beer with a nice steak. I had to pick up a bottle today, my local store charged me $20 for the bottle so I was afraid to be disappointed. After taking a whiff of this beer it was love at first scent, it is definitely worth the money I paid for it. I know its from the Lost Abbey brewery but I don’t care about the carbonation issues on this one, I have an 09 that is said to be infamously un-carbonated, I cant wait to crack it open and quaff it down!

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Photo of ncvbc
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly pitch black, a medium tan head settles to a ring over the darkness. Smell is very, very big and rich. So much going on. Big oak, woody scents. Some great bourbon scents come through that are stunning. Doesn't seem like this is beer. Great vanilla bean and roasted, charred scents. Some light buttered, toasted bread in the mix. Taste retains most of the characteristics of the smell but brings forward some great rich chocolate and coffee flavors. It starts off with a little oak and bourbon, somewhat charred flavors again. The dark, rich chocolate flavors come through toward the end. Also present is some fruit flavors...black cherry, raisin, etc. There is just way too much to this beer. You'd think the taste couldn't get much better but it goes farther than the smell to me. Mouthfeel is very rich and velvety smooth. Perfect carbonation and it goes down quite easy. There is a slight burn as it warms but this one is a great drinker for such a beast of a brew. What a superb beer...not enough can be said but I think I've given myself an idea of what this was like.

Big thanks to tayner, seaoflament, and Nitrogen for a bottle of these. I shall savor them!

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Photo of tpd975
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Cigar City Brew and ibrew2or3 for bringing this one to the tasting it is one I have been after for quite sometime.

A: Pours darker than squid ink with an average to small khaki colored head. The retention is okay and lace is spotty.

S: Ahhh I see why I have wanted this one for so long. Tons of aroma comes pouring from the glass. A perfect amount of booze can be noted. Hints of bitter and sweet chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of smoke as well. It is so complex with each sniff you pick up something else.

T: WOW! quite possibly my favorite barrel aged brew. I loved Old V, but the barrel has made this a totally different beer. Tons of nice sweet chocolate up front. The barrel comes thru with hints of oak, booze and vanilla. Coconut can be tasted along with some smoke and for the first time ever pretzels??? GREAT BEER!

M: Nice thick, slick, creamy, smooth, oily.... should I go on?

D: We shared two bottles of this between the group, but I would have sold my soul to have an entire bottle to myself. The beer is so drinkable, and the Yum factor is off the scale.

It is a great beer that should be sought it. It also happens to be review number 500 for me... fitting? I think so!

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Photo of DIM
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: This was a very, very dark brown, not quite black. It poured with a big mocha colored head that faded quickly, leaving some lace behind.

s: The nose here is massive and alluring. Very dark chocolate is the most obvious aroma. In addition, cappuccino, oak, vanilla, bourbon, cherries, and some floral bitterness appear. After a while, the bourbon asserts itself without overwhelming the other elements.

t: Wow, I'm not even sure where to begin with this one. No two sips are the same. Oaky bourbon flavors are prevelant throughout, bringing with them a bit of vanilla. The mocha latte flavors are blunted somewhat by a yeasty cherry flavor. The cherry flavor carries over into the finish where it blends with a surprising citric hop bite and a very warming hit of bourbon. Old Viscosity is listed on BA as an American Strong Ale, and I think the Older version deserves the same treatment. This is truly a beer that defies classification.

m: The unusual "glugging" sound from the pour just barely begins to suggest how thick this is. Probably the thickest and chewiest beer I've had. The carbonation is gentle and a perfect compliment to this masterpiece.

d: This is difficult to obtain and very expensive, so I certainly won't have it often. I do hope to try it again one day though. Big, big, big thanks to tayner for the chance to try one of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've held on to this bottle for long enough. I thought it was time to go ahead and review this exceptional beer. Bottle labeled 2008.

A: Pours the richest black/brown with a tan/light brown head layer that just looms atop the glass for minutes.
S: Rich and complex sweetness. A bit of caramel, vanilla, oak and dark fruits stand out.
T: Smooth caramel, bourbon, dark chocolate flavors.
M: Barrel aged bliss. Wonderful alcohol warming effect.
D: Exceptional in all senses. One of a kind beer. One of my favorite offerings from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Strong bourbon notes with the oak, vanilla, and some chocolate coming through too. Real nice dark brown color accented by the reddish amber hue along the edges. Not much in the way of a foam cap but spotty slight lacing is there. Beautiful bourbon flavor intertwined with oak, vanilla, and cocoa. Pretty full bodied on the palate with a creamy feel finishing with some heat. Absolutely wonderful whiskey barrel aged stout!

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Vintage 2011, 50°F, poured into a snifter.

A: Corked/caged bottle. Pitch black pour, very little head, no lacing.

S: Dark fruits. Plum, rasin, cherry. Bourbon noticeable, boozy.

T: Pow. In your face, char, vanilla, bourbon, fruit. An orchestra of flavors, hard to dissect out.

M: Thick, creates lingering texture, smooth, and slippery. Warms the throat, and fills the head.

O: One of the most flavorful, balanced BBA offering I have had. Right up there with Black Note, BCBS, and Black Ops. I will find this one again...

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Photo of mcallister
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep crimson brown and still in nature. A hard pour results in little head that is really just a thick mocha ring around the glass and a swirling whirlpool of misty foam.

Amazing nose, my god that is fine. Rich bourbon aroma full of sweet vanilla and toasty oak. Dark cherry, mollasses, semi sweet dark chocolate, caramel, a hint of roasty malts, candy malt, I really can't say enough about the nose of this brew. One word out of this world, well actually three. Oh yeah endless amounts of dark fruit esters as well.

Well this beer is smiply fantastic. How I'd love to drink this on regular basis. A nutty character on the long drawn out sweetened chocolate, bourbon induced finish at's a layer of complexity. The toasty vanilla and oak flavors are perfectly blended with the dark and dried fruits that the malt portrays. Black figs, mollasses, honey, violet, dates, caramel, only a hint of fresh coffee bean, black cherry, and on and on. Non stop trip of flavors and aromas.

Mouth is big thick and juicy. Silky on the mid palate and long on the finish. A beer I could be happy with as the last beer on earth.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from 5 Points Westside in Athens, GA. Poured into a Founder's Balloon Tulip.

Pours a heavy, dark black with a thin mocha head. Slight Lacing.

Nose is phenomenal. Heavy, sweet vanilla, oak and bourbon with a backdrop of sweet chocolate. Exactly what a bourbon barrel aged stout should smell like.

Taste is on par with the nose. The sweetness of the stout is met with the heat of the bourbon to make a very well balanced HUGE beer.

Mouth is full and creamy. Could be a 5.0, but it doesn't quite match with the mastery of the nose and taste. Still, exceptional.

Overall, this is one of the best barrel aged brews I've had to date. It is everything that I want in a non-coffee barrel aged stout, and I feel extremely fortunate to have snagged this at the local growler station.

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Photo of scottoale
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This version of the Old Viscosity was one of the tastiest strong ales at the Pizza Port SAF and becoming one of my true favorites and it is barrel aged and boozy.

Still in it's young stage, thus a hair low in carbonation at this point, it pours virtually black with the head trying form, but not just yet. Some nice brown bubbles are sittin in till the carbonation builds a bit. This OV comes in a very cool looking 375ml brown glass bottle (imported from France) with a new label and is corked/caged...a classy presentation. ABV is listed at 12.0% and it's all of that and some good (micro) reading on the back of the wrap-around single label.

The smell...simply put, deliciously devine. Sweet bourbon soaked elixer of toasty malt, black licorice and liquor. The taste is even more so with a sweet chewy malt and big body filling your palate. Dark ripe fig, prune, black licorice flavor that twists to a chocolate and coffee goodness, finishing warm, complex and satisfying...yet reeling you in for more. This stuff tastes fantastic

The mouthfeel is very velvety smooth and creamy full...highly drinkable and strong. I highly recommend this one and it's going into my beer hall-of-fame top ten and will remain there.

A must try if you like your ales strong...I know I do !

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh my god this is outstanding.

The appearance is dark dark black. I poured vigorous, incredibly hard pour with a quarter finger head that disappeared very fast. The head was a dark brown. The lacing, well there is none. Instead of lacing it leaves a thick coat of alcohol. Beautiful.

The smell is what I wish sex smelled like. Chewy goodness. Chewy chocolate covered caramel. BOURBON. Chocolate bourbon. Just heavenly.

The taste is incredible. Just like the smell. Chocolate covered caramel bar dipped in a fine Bourbon. Oak dryness with an alcoholic burn from the bourbon that gets me just. . . excited. Raisin sweetness, maybe Bourbon soaked raisins? This just makes me so happy drinking this great great beer.

The mouthfeel is the lowest part because I feel a little more carbonation would make it really pop. This has the chance of being my favorite beer of all time if it was a bit more carbonated. I am just glad it was actually carbonated. A little light also on the mouthfeel, but with that taste, who the hell cares?

I could drink this all day every day. Amazing. Really really amazing. This is my first Lost Abbey brew and . . . wow. Just a bit more carbonation and I would devote my life to this great great brew.


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Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: a pretty black oily looking beer that looked like the night sky in the countryside

S: smells of rich molasses and vanilla mixed with sweet bourbon maple syrup.

T: bourbon and Vanilla chocolate oak kills the taste buds, and I'm perfectly alright with it. Perfectly mixed between sweet and dry.

M : deep rich and thick on the taste buds filling your senses with molasses and great purities

O: Freaking delicous beer!

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Photo of azdback
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage. Poured into a small snifter glass. Ultra pitch black. Highlights are just as black and light repelling. Head is just a small half finger and light tan in color. Lace is probably, with the high ABV, not gonna stick around.

Smell is as if I crawled into the barrel itself. Huge vanilla, and bourbon. The sweet is of caramel and molasses. There is some smoke of maybe cigar smoke. Very complex and very fantastic.

Taste is at first the whiskey and charred wood. That is followed closely by the vanilla sweet and very fresh and ripe red cherries. Not all that tart but a sweet cherry. Alcohol vapors finish this up.

Mouth is quite smooth and even superior for the style. Loved every sip of this including the alcohol burn at the end.

Overall I think this is the closest thing I have had to The Abyss (my only 5 score). This is exceptional Barrel Aged Stout. I must thank matttyce for this bottle. Seek this out at all cost!!!

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Photo of bradford
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at the Stone 10th. But the cask version of this was absolutely ridiculous. This isn't beer. There is no way you can classify this as beer. The alcohol was listed at 10% or 12% I believe, but this beast tasted like a shot of straight whiskey. And it was delicious. This was the beer I was most impressed with at the festival. It took me a good 10 minutes to finish my taster glass because I was so enthralled with it.
Apperance: Black. Pitch black with some floating chunks of what looked to be oak, and a spiraling oil spill-looking head on the surface.
Smell: Alcohol, oak, chocolate, some other good stuff.
Taste: Exceptional. I tasted a lot of bourbon whiskey, which I found to be most pleasant. I had to sneak my Designated Driver a tiny taste of this because he wouldnt believe me if I told him how outrageous this beer was.
Mouthfeel: Heavy, thick, viscous(hence the name), burning, awesome
Drinkability: The only reason I didn't give this behemoth a perfect score is becasue I couldn't see myself finishing a whole lot of this beer in one sitting.
Older Viscosity is one of those rarities that must be tried by any connoisseur of fine beers. This was an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 4/1/09
Port Brewing Co.
Older Viscosity 2008
Imperial Stout
12% Abv.
12.7oz. bottle into Allagash snifter

Appearance= Regular pour into Allagash snifter yields a massive 3 finger cakey brown head. Body is as black as my heart. Excellent lacing. Great head retention.

Smell= See Taste below. Great nose.

Taste= Wow! Bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel goodness. Fabulous coffee and chocolate. Taste/favor lingers for days.

Mouthfeel= Plenty of carbonation. Thickish to say the least. If the creature from the black lagoon vomited in my mouth and I swallowed it, this is what it would feel like.

Drinkability= Uh. yeah. Two of these MAX in one night. Flavor is awesome, nose is awesome, visuals are awesome. Abv. is not noticeable @ 12%.

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Photo of DCon
4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought THE LAST 375 mL Bottle of this brew @ Stone's Bistro & Garden in Escondido, CA for $22. Poured into an 8oz Tulip Glass and enjoyed with the Pfoodman.

Aroma- Starts very complexed but has tons of Bourbon and Oak at the first sniff. Later on, there is a bit of cherry and espresso with rich maltiness. Intense and perfect for the style!

Appearance- Pours a dark brown, .5 finger head and has the deepest brown color body. Opaque, and leaves no lacing. No lace, no prob.

Flavor- Starts with an enormous rich malty character and caramel is evident. Big time bourbon and bittersweet tastes throughout the drink. Has a DEEP double espresso shot characteristic but very thick. High bitterness and all these attributes are aggressive and stronger than ever!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Almost chewy (but not quite), Nice alcohol warming present, and low carbonation.

Overall Impression- Very strong, very real, very much need to get Port distributed to Missouri! This beer was the best I had on the CA Road Trip by far! Huge bourbon and espresso attributes and one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had thus far. I would recommend but you may have trouble getting your hands on this brew. Can't get much better than this!

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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.