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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 2,274
Reviews: 702
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 500
Gots: 648 | FT: 51
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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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4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle listed at 13.75% ABV. Despite tasting like a bourbon-aged RIS, it bourbon-aged Old Viscosity. And that difference dollar-wise: $60 bottle, tax, and tip at Beerbistro. And a 375 ml at that. Very dark, some creamy head, with aromas of wine and bourbon, coffee and roasted barley. Smooth, the bourbon had worked in to the taste profile and this reminded me of the 28-year old Kourage RIS I had last year, except less boozy in the nose.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a small 1/2 inch dark khaki head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random spotting and streaking of lace forms all over the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark fruits, wood, vanilla, bourbon, and slight soy sauce. Taste is of dark roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, wood, and alcohol. There is a boozy burn in the back of the throat and a mild bitterness on the palate. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but you can definitely feel the 12% ABV while you are sipping on this one. A good beer to share with someone else for sure.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick viscous black with no head whatsoever. Literally almost looks like liquid tar or oil.

Nose is sweet dark chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla (oak) and a hint of the sweetness of assertive high alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full, bold, thick and viscous with a buttery character. Very light carbonation. (Candidly, I wonder what's going on with this producer. Too many brews lacking in carbonation; what's going on??)

Flavors are huge pure sweet black licorice that finishes with sweet black chocolate and intense espresso although with some noticeable alcohol.

Finish last many minutes as if you chewed an espresso bean. This brew is all licorice and espresso. I drank this while unconsciously eating a small bowl of fresh black cherries-it actually went well! This big licorice, chocolate, espresso brew will likely go with big flavorful desserts and would be wonderful with chocolate. Very good although you can't drink a whole lot of this one at one time!

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.52/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, dark black into my snifter. As expected given the vintage this is, there is absolutely no head at all with the hardest of all pours, and only a tiny bit of lacing is all I can muster with a long swirl of the glass.

S: Loads of coffee and espresso with heap after heap of bourbon as well. Some mild, dry sweetness coming alongside some bittersweet chocolate.

T: Some alcohol comes alongside the espresso, which ends up really bringing out the bourbon characteristics. Any chocolate and/or sweetness is quite subdued.

M: Again, almost zero carbonation. If it weren't for the style--i.e. if this were an IPA--the lack of carbonation would be a major buzzkill, but it's only a minor setback how it currently is. Loads of alcohol as well.

D: Fairly drinkable given some fairly obvious flaws. Fairly disappointing as the taste shows some promise, and I was expecting more knowing how good Old Viscosity is.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of metter98
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with an eighth of a finger high dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving only some bits of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of bourbon from the barrel aging in the nose. These become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of bourbon long with notes of oaky vanilla. There are some hints of chocolate from the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Apart from the bourbon, I don't get any taste of alcohol in this beer. As such, it hides its alcohol exceptionally well considering the strength. I love the taste of this beer and could sip it all night long.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No head on this one. Aroma is atrong with brown sugar, vanilla, roasted malt and chocolate. More of the same in the flavor which is a little too sweet for my liking. Mostly related to the vanilla, brown sugar and licorice notes. This one also has a subtle smokey note to both the aroma and flavor. Although it appears thick its actually thinner than one would expect. Light carbonation. A touch too sweet but very drinkable otherwise with the booze well hidden.

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of brentk56
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a viscous (dare I say it) dark brown color with a modest tan head that, not surprisingly, fails to persist but does lead a pattern of dots and other shapes along the sides of the chalice

Smell: Rich, oaky bourbon (but without the sweetness of some other barrel aged beers); dark, dark chocolate; vanilla; charcoal; and some espresso

Taste: Roasted coconut, up front, and then it sits on your tongue like a dark chocolate bar, adding rum-soaked prune and licorice by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate returns and is joined by the oaky, bourbon flavors that linger, smoothly, through the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with low carbonation

Drinkability: Is this ever impressive! Deserves all the accolades and then some (particularly in the bottlings that are properly carbonated, and I have had some that aren't)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tasty beer that bridges the gap between a Russian Imperial Stout and an English Olde Ale, except with bourbon barrel complexity and depth. Can you go wrong with that combination?

The beer pours an expectedly deep brown/black color with complete opaqueness. A thin yet froathy tanned head settles atop the beer and hold solid through the session. Lots of lacing along with light legging- the look certainly fits the bill.

Aromas display more fruit than malt up front. Deep berries, currants, grapes, plumbs and other rippened stone fruits set the stage while scorched toffee, deep toast and medium French Roast notes follow closely behind. A light twang of tannin, vinous, and booze also come into play late.

Flavors show a much more traditional Stout procession. Malt notes of strong coffee, toast, and toffee hit first with a deep and long linger into a grape, plumb, berry taste beyond mid palate. The woody, nutty, vinous notes show light sherry and soy sauce oxidation of melanoidins late and deliver more depth and complexity than off-flavors. This is a great tasting beer.

The body is deep, full, and robust. The carbonation, attenuation, and alcohol keeps the beer feeling lighter, air-ier, and more evaporative than actually is- this is a good thing as it keeps the entire weight of the beer from leaning on the tongue too much. Alcohols are present but seems balanced well against the intensity of flavors and gravity of the beer.

A very nice Stout that allows the vinous barrel-aged qualities to rival that of the Stout-like qualities. Thanks Mikesgrove!

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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and oak with some notes of roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by some nice notes of bourbon with some light oak with some lightly sweet roasted malt notes. Texture is somewhat oily with average carbonation and full body. Alcohol is definitely not too apparent and bourbon is well balanced. Very good over all but I have to admit I was expecting more character from this beer, this is easily drinkable and I would have never guessed the 12% of ABV.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pennzoil black and equally glossy. Absolutely no highlights are visible, not even with bright sunshine behind the glass. The upper half of the snifter is occupied by a wonderful looking crown of brown sugar colored foam that is surprisingly hearty given the ABV and the barrel aging. What a tremendous looking beer.

I'm confused about whether Older Viscosity is a true Imperial stout or not. Port says that *Old* Viscosity isn't brewed to any specific style and that it blurs the boundaries between porter, stout, old ale and barleywine. Twenty percent of that beer is aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels prior to bottling. That 20% is 100% *Older* Viscosity, if that makes any sense.

Having said that, OV certainly smells like a bourbon barrel-aged double stout. It also smells incredible! I love the fact that both base beer and bourbon are easily appreciated. There's an explosive amount of dark chocolate, caramelized sugar and vanilla, with very little oakiness. I also get a fair amount of oily coconut.

Simply put, Port Older Viscosity is beautiful beer. If you like Imperial stouts and bourbon like I do, you'll be gobsmacked as well. It seems like every craft brewery under the sun is releasing a bourbon barrel-aged stout. However, only a handful are doing them this well. I'd expect nothing less from the incomparable Tomme Arthur.

Actually, Russian Imperial stout is the most reasonable style, but this delicious ale doesn't taste *exactly* like an RIS. There are definitely some old ale or even English barleywine leanings. The flavor profile is astoundingly complex: dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, dark brown sugar, black raspberries, vanilla beans and coconut shavings. Older is also vinous in a way that is reminiscent of tawny port. Whew!

The mouthfeel is the only (minor) letdown, but that's only because a beer with a name like this should be more... viscous. It fills out nicely as room temperature approaches, so all is not lost. Besides, carbonation is spot-on. Part of the lack of chewiness might be that this bottle is from the release prior to the latest one. Which probably makes it a 2007 vintage.

Although it didn't start out that way in the top half of the (much too small) bottle, I'm now tempted to grant the ultimate taste score to Older Viscosity. It's an outstanding, expertly crafted ale that is a near perfect combination of stout, old ale and bourbon. Thanks to Talisker for sending me yet another world-class beer.

Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours out as a very dark looking black color. The light can barely get through on this one. The head wasn't very big but it did leave a light lacing. The smell of the beer is heavily roasted, a little smokey, some bourbon, vanilla and a bit of earth. The taste is strong with some booze, molasses, bourbon, chocolate, and some earthy burnt malts. The mouthfeel is pretty thick, very nice body on this beer. Overall I found this beer to be very good all around.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was a 2006 Vintage 12.7oz corked and caged bottle, served at first pour at 50 degrees and allowed to warm up to 60 degrees by the second pour. Both pours were into a Middle Ages imperial pint glass.

A - Undid the cage and popped the cork and poured hard into the glass and was able to produce a thin chocolate tan colored head, maybe about half an inch high at the most, and even this quickly dropped back to just a thin veil of bubbles across the top after just a few minutes. Looked thick, syrup or oil like sitting in the glass with just a bare black liquid staring up at me. The color was a very deep dark chocolate brown, but I mean you could call this one essentially black and you wont have any problems pulling it off. It was as opaque as you can get with no light shining through at any angle. It really did resemble engine oil in every aspect so far, but I was sure there was going to be a lot more to it then that. Some very light, and I mean very light side glass lace formed as I made my way down the glass, but it was unremarkable in that context. The look was a far cry from the thick tan heads and tremendous lacing of some of its peers, but that will by no means influence the final judging of this one.

S - The first thing I noticed was a tremendous amount of bourbon in the smell. It was coming across very hot at first, but this was just the barrel aging, which to be honest, if it was this prevalent in the aroma, the flavor was setting up to be out of this world. A deep resonant smell of roasted coffee then followed, mixed in with what almost seemed to be to be like some kind rich burnt tobacco smell, quite unique and I cannot say that I have encountered anything like this one in recent memory. Letting it warm lets some of the bourbon smells work themselves out and starts to reveal some of the deeper ingredients lying well under the surface. There was some bit of sweetness in there, albeit small; however, it was there and gave off a caramelized sugar note of some sort, bitter dark chocolate mingling in now and really staring to battle it out with the bourbon. Notes of oak now hitting the stage, really giving it that earthy tone I was looking for, and being sweetened up just a little bit b a hint of vanilla floating around in there.

T -First sipped rolled through the mouth dragging a barrel full of bourbon with it, wow, this was coming across strong.Loads of bourbon as we previously discussed were the dominant tones early on in here, and it took a few to get past them, but once you did, it opened up very nicely. Rich dark chocolate notes were swirling around in here, mingling with everything that came there way, including a touch of sweet lactose, which tried to drag some light in here, but had really no luck at all, getting quickly shunned and tossed aside like yesterdays garbage, to be replaced with some deep roasted coffee grind like flavor, and again, that rich smoked tobacco that I picked up in the smell, not really sure what that is, but it adds great depth to it and really providing and interesting little hint. Rolling though there is now some oak starting to pull it together, really showing off the barrel character of it now. The aging on this went beautifully and really could be used as a textbook example of what can be done with this process. Some hints of vanilla starting to poke around, and then come some black licorice, hell yeah now we are talking. Letting it warm up now to around or close to room temperature, things are really starting to change a bit here. Gone is the strong bourbon barrel hotness, the alcohol all but faded away, and instead those subtle notes of sweetness are replacing it, really mellowing it out, letting the oak like earthy notes dominate and bring together the chocolate and the vanilla. The finish was intense. Hard really to say that it was hoppy, cause it really wasn't, however it was bitter, and lasted for a good while. The final notes of this were a long lasting barrel taste, with hints of licorice that really seemed to bring the whole thing together quite nicely. One of the most interesting and intriguing flavors I have ever seen and really in a class of its own.

M - It was not highly carbonated in anyway, having a very oil like feel to it, sort of slick, with some thickness to it though. Very smooth though, just not creamy. If I could have improved one thing on it, it would have been to add in more carbonation, and give it a little more body, but the flavor alone would bowl you over anyway.

D - This was a quintessential sipper. If for the alcohol content alone, there was just no conceivable way of getting this one to be anything but that. It was so rich and flavorful; every sip you took was one less you were going to have to enjoy later on. It became infinitely more drinkable the warmer it got, really letting the hotness fade and becoming an incredible dessert.

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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,274 ratings.