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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Reviews: 728
Hads: 2,565
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 524
Gots: 705 | FT: 60
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Port Brewing
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 12-03-2006

Imperial Stout aged for 12 months in new bourbon barrels.
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Photo of Sammy
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
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!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.89/5  rDev -10%
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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Photo of metter98
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is absolutely amazing. reminds me a lot of the angels share. pours thick and black, minimal tan head, dense as can be. smells like bourbon, old earthy wood, dark chocolate malts, licorice. flavor is equally complex, some toffee sweetness, plenty of boubon, vanilla, and dark chocolate flavors interplaying. the flavors keep unrolling one after the other, this is really an incredible beverage. the alcohol isnt even really that evident, but you will feel this one. mouthfeel is good, very heavy and full bodied, sticky, with relaxed carbonation that works well letting the flavors hang around and compliment one another. overall this was one of the best beers ive had in awhile, it was perhaps aided by the fact that this was compensation for my housemate crashing my harddrive, but im almost glad he did. its that good.

edit: recently had a four year old bottle, and it matures quite well. the flavor may fade a little, but so does the alcohol, so take the good with the bad here. smooth as hell. also, its funny reading this now, nearly forgot about the hard drive, what a bastard!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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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4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
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)

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.52/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, slight opacity in the pour but pitch black in the glass. A dark brown head forms for all of 60 seconds before fading into a ring. Eventually, even that disappears. This stuff is appropriately named.

Smell: This one's got a massive bourbon barrel aroma of vanilla and caramel, with a touch of butterscotch and roasted malt. There's a a sharp note of alcohol when it's cold, but as it warms and opens up more the oak and bourbon overpower it.

Taste & mouthfeel: It's striking how unlike Old Viscosity this is. The abrasive bitterness and resiny hop attack have been softened by the months in bourbon barrels, replaced with sweet vanilla and caramel flavors. There's still a firm roasty bitterness in the finish, like a piece of charred bread sweetened with blackberry jam, but it never overtakes the bourbon and malt. The mouthfeel is full, almost syrupy, and the low level of carbonation only further contributes to that. As with anything Tomme Arthur puts in a barrel, this is simply stellar stuff.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Photo of zeff80
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle - consumed on 12/2/2010

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with no head to speak of at all. There was some light brown sudsy residue left on the sides of the glass.

S - Smelled of booze, roasted malt, toffee and burnt molasses. Slight floral hop presence.

T - Leads off with roasty malt, chocolate, molasses and toffee. Good bitter bite to match the sweetness. Boozy flavor builds as it warms.

M - It was smooth and soft. A medium bodied beer with a chewy mouthfeel.

D - This is a really good beer. I feel it was a little flat but stil delicious.

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4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable black with a fine tan head which fades slowly. Smells of bourbon, raisins, dark chocolate, figs, and seaweed(?). Taste includes roasted malts, coffee, and tobacco. A strong (boozy) bourbon presence with increasing vanilla notes as this warms. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and full. It is thick and chewy. This is a sipper for sure. Very enjoyable time after time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter. I think this is a 2010 bottle, but the date rubbed off.

Appearance: Pours a thick black color with just a small layer of tan head that goes away really quickly and leaves a thin ring.

Smell: This beer smells wonderful. Lots of smooth roasted malt with chocolate notes and some dark fruit. There are also some oak, vanilla, and bourbon notes. Not much alcohol to be found.

Taste: This is a very sweet beer, but it's not cloying at all. There is a nice balance between the sweet malt, the smooth bourbon, and the roasted malt bitterness. I'm getting the bourbon with vanilla and oak. Dark chocolate with a slightly burnt note from the malt. The finish has a slight burn, but the age has muted it.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish. I thought this would be under carbonated from looking at it, but it really isn't.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. There was a bunch of complimentary flavors that combined and made it quite interesting. The oak and vanilla bourbon notes were very smooth. I would have more given the chance.

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Photo of nickfl
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles down rapidly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - A dark aroma of nutty caramel, vanilla, whiskey, and chocolate.

T - Dark, sweet sugar character up front with notes of caramel and toffee. Some mocha notes come out in the middle with oak and vanilla. Finishes with molasses, caramel, oak, and more vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Dark and complex with a distinct contribution from the oak. The sweet finish is a bit too much for me and it contributes to a flabby finish with an unpleasant sugary note that lingers on the palate. Not bad, but I don't know that this really lives up to the reputation that it has developed.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
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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4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a tiny tan head.

Smell: Robust, roasty aroma with the inviting bourbon notes of vanilla, wood, molasses, and brown sugar.

Taste: Starts roasty and chocolatey, then you get a jolt of rich caramel sweetness and bourbon along with all of its accompanying flavors. Hint of dark fruit along the way. Plenty more of the vanilla and wood for the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Some of these bourbon brews can really end up a slipshod, careless mess, but not this! Here, we can explore the rich complexities of a bourbon barrel job well done.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bottle I swapped with Tomme after opening a couple flat ones.

A: The bottle opened with a slight pop and the pour was lowly carbonated, but did feature some bubbles. The beer itself is viscous and black with a minimal tan colored head.

S: The nose is very nice with notes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Perhaps a little bit of alcohol heat, but nothing overwhelming.

T: The great nose did not quite translate to the flavor. The flavor is very heavy on the bourbon, with the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors coming through more as the beer warms up. Unfortunately, so does the alcohol.

M: The body is full, and the carbonation is sufficient for the style, but could use some more bubbles.

D: This beer can be one of my absolute favorites, but this iteration of it is a bit disappointing. The alcohol comes through just a bit too much, unfortunately, but I would still recommend this beer and drink it any time.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey.

A: A dark rich head puffs up over the top of the glass with a thick pitch black color and legs that would make Cheryl Tiegs blush.

N: Oak, wood and bourbon dominate the hell out of this nose. Some sweetness and raisin, like raisins caramelized in brown sugar aromas come out. A touch of chocolate and vanilla aromas almost finish it, but I also get like a port wine aroma, very lightly.

T: Again super dominated by bourbon, sweet malts, thick rich chocolate and some roasted flavors, a lot more oak and wood flavors, some creamy chocolate flavors as well. A touch of vanilla adds and interesting touch, and the alcohol taste is pretty high. Quite a bit on teh wood flavors too.

M: Pretty thick on the mouth, it seems to form layers on the tongue and throat that build, like painting over a rock over and over again. Quite a bit of alcohol warmth but only a slight sting.

F: Finish has more bitter stout flavors with some earthy flavors. Still semi sweet and very rich. A little creamy as it fades, and the alcohol taste seems to linger a bit as well as the bourbon and oak flavors. As the stout, bourbon and oak flavors fade, it seems to leave a chocolate covered raspberry flavor in my mouth, how interesting.

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4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml corked & caged bottle into a tulip glass. 2008 edition.

Pours mostly black in the glass (maybe more of a dark murky brown, it's hard to tell) with several large foamy fingers of burnt and browned mocha colored head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger, which throws a foamy cascade of thick lace and brown oily good up on the sides of the glass. The aroma has almost like a port wine character to it up front at times, with notes of woody tannins, soy sauce, brown sugar, and molasses, while thicker tones of chocolate fudge and roast are carried along the back. I absolutely love here how the barrel and base Stout character seems to have been deconstructed and then melded back together. You can pick each individual flavor in the nose but it all still comes together perfectly.

The taste has just a touch of the Bourbon flavor up front, before giving way to dense notes of burnt chocolate roast, black coffee, dark fruit, and a sticky feeling mix molasses and toffee. Green tasting woody tannic character pulls up the back, along with a mellow blast of Bourbon warmth, which spreads a boozy dryness across the finish of this. The mouthfeel is full bodied (yes, there was plenty of carbonation in this release) with a thick chewy feel up front. Lots of woody slickness to the body as well, with alcohol and Bourbon soaking the back of the throat after each sip. The heat never really gets out of hand however, as beyond the barrel flavor; the only heat presence I'm getting is some solid warmth in the middle of my chest as I work on this. I think that some age has really helped take any kind of harsher alcoholic edge off of this.

Wow, this turned out nice. The rich flavors from the beer and barrel just flowed together effortlessly here and I can't believe how smooth and mellow this got over the last couple of years despite such a large ABV being present. Definitley sipper of high quality here, I'm interested in seeing how this continues to evolve even more over time.

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3.52/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Port Brewing 4 oz taster glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given this beer's reputation as well as the brewery and my own experience with Old Viscosity.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as (in spite of the brewery's reputation) no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

I forget exactly where I got the bottle; I think it was Wally's Wine in Westwood, California.

The cork doesn't pop hardly at all when I dislodge it, indicating undercarbonation.

A: Pours a quarter finger slight tan colour head of no real cream, okay thickness, and awful six second retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. If yeast particles are in there, they're not visible on account of the opaqueness. Though the ABV is 12%, the combination of the poor head retention and lack of cork pop makes me suspect it's undercarbonated.

Sm: Heavy bourbon dominates. Alcohol. Dark malts. Oaky wood tones. Chocolate. Molasses. A strong aroma. Not particularly appealing, but certainly bold and powerful. It has presence, anyway - even to me broken nose. But that doesn't make me excited to try it.

T: Molasses, a heavy dominant bourbon tone, and a coffee and slight chocolate finish with hints of mocha. Dark malts - some caramelized, others more clean. A strong oak wood tone. Sort of thin-bodied for the sheer complexity of the flavour. Not a flavour profile I'd call subtle by any means, but the wood tones and impactful flavours do cooperate well. There's layering here. Hops are minimal, at least compared to the other tones. Yeast comes through, though it's overtaken. It's certainly tasty, and very little alcohol gets through, which I find impressive. I wouldn't call it malty in a Spanish lager sense, but it's certainly got a fair bit of malt packed into its body. I haven't ever had tobacco, but I imagine one of the notes I get from this is indeed tobacco - sort of an earthy rich-but-bitter vibe. Shoe polish. Light cacao. Clumsily balanced, with heavy boldness and experimentation to its credit. Built well overall. I don't know that I can call it unique, but it's very close. Certainly a special beer.

It's structurally brief, with the open and finish feeling rather truncated compared to the second act. It doesn't stay on the palate very long, even in the aftertaste.

Mf: Viscous, but not to the extent they might want us to think. It's thick but stops short of unpleasant syrupy consistency. Surprisingly smooth and wet. The beer has presence; that's for damn sure. I can't help thinking some coarseness and dryness would suit her better. Undercarbonated. Heavy on the palate, but (again) not to the extent the label suggests.

Dr: It's certainly a manly beer. It hides its high ABV quite well. Not quite a sipper for me, but very close. I think the bourbon and oak tones are fantastically handled, complementing the flavour profile nicely. I'd have it again, preferably with a good book or amongst friends for the craic. Not a beer I'd want to drink a whole lot of, or particularly frequently. But certainly a beer I'd return to. I'd recommend it to friends, but it's definitely a beer you have to be in the mood for. From what I remember of Old Viscosity, I think I prefer this.

Might pair well with a cigar or some high cacao chocolate.

Drank very nicely out of me Port Brewing taster glass. I recommend a low volume taster (even a snifter is probably too large) for this beer.

Low B

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4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach. Really sweet and candy flavored, but the hot alcohol adds such a zingy sensation. Lovely nose of bourbon with vanilla and caramel. Great aroma to the end of the glass.

Intensely boozy but such a smooth, rich and tangy flavor. Lots of burnt sugar. This reminds me of a flan custard with the vanilla and caramelized sugar. Woody and a little smoky. It's a thick mouthful with some pleasing stickiness. A great sipping brew and one of the best barrel-aged beers I've had.

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4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Durty Nellie's.

Take that, high bottle prices: on-tap does just fine. Boosh. It pours a deep pitch topped by over a finger of tan foam. The nose is mostly barrel, as though I'm sniffing the handiwork of a very talented Yankee Candle-type cooper: oak, vanilla, whiskey, a hint of smoke, and maple syrup. Some roasted malts in the background assure me that this is indeed a beer in my glass. The taste is more straight-forwardly beer, with notes of roasted malts (lighter than in the smell), chocolate, oak, whiskey, vanilla, and a drop or two of what seems to be honey. The body is pretty hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, though I am unsure whether or not it really lives up to the hype. Either way, it's pretty damn tasty, but a bit much for a regular sipper.

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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.