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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,966
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 502
Gots: 599 | 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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Photo of gawnphishin
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A massive thank you to augustgarage for being such a great west coast trader! Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours jet black, a small dark head that dissipates very fast.

S- You can smell this from a mile away. Lots of chocolate and balsamic, a small amount of toffee, soy sauce, oak, vanilla and bourbon.

T- The oak bourbon barrels are up front, there are great oaked vanilla notes. After that, there is a lot of chocolate and toffee.

M- Very viscous. Little to no carbonation. I like my beers a little more on the carbonated side, but this beer does very well with such little carbonation.

D- It is a huge beer, for the alcohol and huge assertive flavors, this beer is very drinkable.

gawnphishin, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of degerbah
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with no head at all. The aroma has a little bit of a maple syrupy aroma which is mostly over shadowed by the whiskey booziness and wood. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than I prefer and this prevents me from rating it any higher than I do.

degerbah, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of brendanbeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a. yep, it does look like motor oil. absolutely no head, even after trying with a straight down agitated pour. although i love a good head on any of my beers, the utter lack here is appealing - i.e. the motor oil look.

s. mellow, oak, vanilla, licorice and an alcohol burn/kick.

t. lots of flavor from the oak with vanilla and licorice and fig accents all melded perfectly - probably aided by its 3 year age in the bottle (a 2008 vintage). after taste is espresso and vanilla oak flavors with a tiny bit of bitter chocolate in the way back of the palate.

m. very silky and surprisingly light. medium bodied i guess i would say.

d. so much more drinkable than a standard stout, even such a strong oak aged one as this. the alcohol is nowhere to be experienced (except in the aroma and a slow creeping buzzz), its truly remarkable.

cheers to port brewing and to those of you reading

brendanbeer, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Alehouse in Amesbury, MA

Review adapted from notes taken 12/29/2009

Appearance: Very dark brown / borderline black - oily looking without much of a head at all - might actually be oil, not beer...

Smell: Lots of booze - Not just alcohol, but bourbon - wood, vanilla, molasses, burnt malts, burnt chocolate

Taste: Remarkably intense and potent - loads of burnt malts, charred wood, bourbon, burnt malts - lots of chocolate, but I detected even more vanilla - the mouthfeel is so incredibly thick that I thought this almost tasted like burnt vanilla ice cream with a shot of bourbon added (made sense at the time)

Mouthfeel: One of the thickest, sludgiest, most viscous beers I have encountered - and honestly, it not only works but it also somewhat explains and compensates for the lack of carbonation

Overall: Pretty much the definition of a sipper - only gets better as it warms - the ABV is high, but chances are this beer will be consumed so slowly that it won't matter

I actually had this on-tap twice. After reviewing it in my notebook I got it a few days later. In other words, this is good stuff. Older Viscosity is definitely unique and I hope to try it in bottled form someday.

angrybabboon, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.45/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to nickd717 for this a long time ago. 2009 vintage (yeah, that one).

We all know the legend of Flat Abbey and now it's my turn to participate in its uncarbonated history.

I thought I knew right away that this too would be uncarbonated, even after the two year incubation in the cellar, but...

2.0 A: ...a touch of carbonation had presented itself. But don't worry, your bottle isn't going to be the way it should be. By a touch I mean that even with a semi-aggressive pour, I managed only about 1/16 inch of head that was quickly pulled back into the black colored abyss. Also of note, a chunk of some sort of sludge fell into the glass about 3/4 into the pour. Images of Triple Bock plopped into my head as the sludge cake plopped into the glass.

4.5 S: I must say that I'm thoroughly impressed. This smells great and has plenty of power even without the aid of the carbonation to traffic aroma molecules to the surface. Bourbon is by far the strongest aroma. Leather, melon, vanilla, oak are all there in pleasant proportions. There's just a touch of underlying roastiness and some sweet caramel to enhance. I usually don't appreciate bourbon forward smells, but this is in perfect proportion and is hard not to enjoy.

2.0 T: For the taste, I'm not thoroughly impressed and indeed not impressed at all. The lack of carbonation took what would have been an okay beer and turned it into overly sugary and boozy watered down dram of bourbon. The bourbon blocks out everything except for the caramel sweetness and the priming sugar. This is just too damn sweet (but not cloying) and the only thing balancing it is astringent bourbon booziness. Lots of leather and vanilla with just a hint of the beer underneath. I like bourbon barreled beers, but prefer the bourbon to complement rather than dominate.

1.5 M: Heavier medium body. By this point I shouldn't have to tell anyone what the carbonation is like. It's not exactly zero carbonation, but it's 98% reduced from what I would want. Not particularly smooth due to the bourbon overload either.

2.0 D: Damn good nose that almost made the bottle a good experience by itself. However, nothing else is up to par. The lack of carbonation made a shitty appearance, a shitty mouthfeel, and a shitty taste. I had hoped that the time in the cellar would have improved this aspect, but alas it did not. I damn near love Old Viscosity, but it was hard to find any of it in the nose or the taste. The bourbon was too powerful to allow that to occur. Tomme should be ashamed of himself for releasing this to the public, especially given the gaudy price. I should also note that I absolutely loved Triple Bock. It was so unthinkably complex and the flavors meshed well together. This doesn't have that same kind of complexity or quality to warrant a good score in spite of being flat.

DavoleBomb, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer a couple times now and in different vintages but this is my first review.

Pours a super black with no head and no lacing. Another flat looking beer.

Aroma is awesome. Lost Abbey makes some aromatic beers. Tons of dark fruit, bourbon, toasted and caramelized sugars.

Flavor is wonderful. Very toasty but caramel and toasted sugars. Dark fruits and bourbon in the finish with some booz and sugary roast. Fantastic.

Mothfeel needs more carb as usual with lost abbey beers but its not bad.

Overall an amazing beer that probably isn't higher rated because of their carb issues. Grab one if you can.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/17/2011

A: dark brown, almost black with no head at all, just a ring of tiny bubbles around the edge of the glass

S: the booziness hits you right off the bat, hints of dark fruits and vanilla

T: vanilla, oakiness, of course the alcohol, bourbon burn, the heat dissipates as the beer warms

M: very mildly carbonated, almost flat, thick on the tongue

D: more drinkable than Lost Abbey Angels Share Bourbon, becomes more drinkable as it warms


THECPJ, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of JLeege
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft ~ into a snifter

Appearance- Very dark pour, not pure black, but close. Has a small tan head, with ok retention, has decent legs, but just a little lace.

Smell- The bourbon barrel is very present. Some chocolate and roast from the base beer, with waves of bourbon; caramel, vanilla, oak.

Taste- Starts out with sweet chocolate and lightly roasted malts. A bit of a coffee taste, leading into the strong barrel. Vanilla and caramel assault the palate with a bit of woody oak as well. There is some heat to this as well. The lingering flavor is straight bourbon, and it lingers for a while. Delicious.

Mouthfeel- Full body with ample carbonation. A bit sticky, also it warms the cheeks.

Overall- It's a big beer and you can definitely tell. A great sipper. A definite step up from the Old Viscosity with more depth due to the full bourbon barrel. Highly recommended.

JLeege, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 375 mL corked and baged bottle poured into a tulip glass at room temperature. 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Midnight black with a small half a finger mocha colored head. Average retention.

Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla, and some toasted coconut notes. There is a touch of astrigency (I've noticed this with a couple of the borubon barrel aged beers I've had from Port/Lost Abbey) from the bourbon. The heat mellows after a couple minutes.

Taste: The vanilla and bourbon are definitely the dominant components here. The bourbon is much smoother than the aroma indicates too. Espresso, caramel, and toasted cocsnut add nicely the backing. I was really surprised at how sweet the bourbon and vanilla upfront are. I get very little bitter counterpoint and almost no chocolate or fudge notes that I expect in a stout like this. Still, I enjoy the how strong the barrel is integrated.

Mouthfeel: Definitely on the full end of full bodied. Just enough carbonation as well.

Drinkability: The 12% is nicely integrated even as this bottle is not aged at all. At $18 a bottle, I doubt anyone is having more than one of these.

Overall, a really nice barrel aged stout. The price tag is a bit ridiculous, but I enjoyed this nonetheless. The vanilla and bourbon notes really stand out and any harsh notes in the aroma really settle down after a couple minutes. Definitely worth a try for anyone who enjoys barrel aged stouts.

Gosox8787, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 batch was completely flat, and even though I despise flat beer, I still scored it a B-. That says a lot. Was very happy to hear my mate Doopie had scored a 2010 and wanted to share. Thanks mate. This is a re-review.

From a 375 cork and caged bottle into a snifter.
Vintage: 2010

Drunk immediately after Old Viscosity for comparative purposes.

APPEARANCE: Pours nice and black, yielding a thinner looking, one finger light brown head with decent retention. Black, opaque body with zero carbonation evident. Head fades to a ring and swirling wisp, leaving some dots of lacing down the sides of the glass.

SMELL: Bolder nose. Like Old Viscosity on gear and then bathed in bourbon. Still roasted and smoky from the base beer, but more oak on the nose, as well as bourbon and vanilla from the barrel aging. Bold and complex nose for sure. Very enticing, with lots of barrel notes.

TASTE: Again, Old Viscosity doused in bourbon. Burnt malt and smoky elements, with mounds of oak, bourbon and booze. Vanilla and some very faint bitter chocolate, but the oak aged bourbon bows to nobody. Bold and long lasting aftertaste with lots of barrel. A tasty and very enjoyable sipper, and the barrel aging has really left its mark.

PALATE: Medium-full body with higher levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with some heat and a bit of a burn after the swallow. Finishes slightly dry on the palate. Same as Old, but perhaps even creamier and slightly more heat on the swallow.

OVERALL: Was very happy to try the 2010 batch, which ended up destroying the 2009 version. A little bit of carbonation goes a long way, and the feel and look of this one was leagues ahead of last year's. In many ways this one reminded me of Old Rasputin XII, which is a big complement in my book. Worth checking out if you get the chance, despite the hefty price tag. Thanks again Doopie for bringing this one along. Recommended.

Jeffo, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of deathcharms
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium Globe

Poured very dark brown, no head on this one with very few bubbles cresting the rim of the beer. Smells of roasted coffee and a waft of booziness reaches the nose. Tastes like coffee and very bitter dark chocolate. The tinge of the 12% comes and goes with every sip and over powers at points but does not put that much a damper on the beer.

deathcharms, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage. 375ml Bottle.

Having just tried Old Viscosity last night for the first time, this was a perfect time to pop open an Older Viscosity and compare notes.

Very good looking pour, as dark and thick as you expect. It smells very nice, earthy oaky barrel room with a real obvious bourbon presence.

The flavor is even better. Rich, creamy, sweet. Chocolate and Port. Oaky vanilla bourbon mixes in and makes this a beer cordial. Dessert in a glass. Just fantastic.

There's no getting around the ABV, but it blends well and suits the style. Quite drinkable given the strength.

brotherloco, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of shangwang
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at The Drafting Room.

Older Viscosity gives off the bitter scent of dark chocolate and sweetness of creme brulee. It had the dark, opaque appearance that you would expect from a double stout. Mouthfeel was creamy and chewy. It tasted fantastic! Sweet with a strong chocolately finish, with hints of roasted coffee and vanilla. The taste was deceptive- I wouldn't have guessed the ABV of Viscosity was 12% until I finished the beer and felt the punch that it packed. Very enjoyable.

shangwang, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice thick black with a slim tan had that laces the glass as it recedes. the smell is roasted malt and bourbon up front with hints of vanilla. the smell is very close to the taste with the rich sweet bourbon flavor stealing the show, with the malts slightly subdued by the bourbons sweetness. the mouthfeel is good, this beer has a full body feel to it, and is very drinkable especially when you consider the abv.

rowingbrewer, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was definitely a "wow" beer for me. I liked Old Viscosity, but found it to be a little on the sweet side for what I am normally in the mood for. For some reason, adding bourbon to the mix makes it LESS sweet. It's odd, but it works for me, this one came out with a beautifully balanced and complex flavor--showcasing molasses, lightly roasted malt, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Chocolate notes make a strong play too, which I'm not sure I expected. Velvety mouthfeel--pillowy and creamy. This one went away far too quickly, I loved every bit of it. If this sold at the price point of GI BCBS, I'd drink it every day.

LordAdmNelson, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer, definitely one of my favorite Strong Ales out there, thats how I think of it even with the double stout rating up there. This beer sort of defies categorizing I suppose.

Pours very dark with brownish highlights, and a ring of dark brown head. Looks super viscous as the label implies, and has nice lacing to boot.

The smell is huge, with intense oak, vanilla, maple syrup, charred currant or other dried dark fruit, thick molasses, and some sweeter roasty notes as well, maybe thats how it got put in the stout category on here. Huge, again.

The taste is amazing, I give it a 5 since it's in the top 5% of the Strong ale style for me so far in my experience. Very malty molasses bomb, sugary taffy, barley, huge oak notes, alcohol sweetness and complexity, bitter chocolate, licorice, prunes, dried fruit, and then that maple thing is hidden within all of that. Very complex, one of those beers you get different tastes from each time you sip.

Mouth is great, super smooth and thick, but not quite perfect since even with a little bit of an older vintage the heat is there.

Drinkable because of how tasty it is but, this is a sipper and I could not drink more than maybe 6-8 oz of this before I'd be done with it! Great beer from the brewers at Port.

Dreadnaught33, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Gfunk720
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, out of my DFH snifter. Hopefully better than the 2009.

A- Pitch black. Tan Coffee colored head, but not very much of it. Maybe a 1/4 finger that dissipates very quickly

S- Smells really quite nice. Bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and some soy notes. Not overboard boozy for the bourbon scent. Some touches of vanilla and oak.

T- Coats the mouth with a pretty heavy boubon initial flavor. I definitely get some more soy notes, before it flattens out to some bourbon and oak. Could use some more time to mellow.

M- A little light in body, and the heat is still a little strong. Has some potential, and at least has SOME carbonation.

D- More of a sipper, but leaves a nice caramel aftertaste in my mouth. It's a real solid beer, but is crazy expensive for the size bottle.

Gfunk720, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of mjn5036
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After the intense struggle with the cork I was surprised by the hushed pop that finally squeaked out. Poured into a large brandy snifter. This one pours an immense charcoal black and produces a small mocha colored head that lingers for a brief reprieve before returning from whence it came. An off-white ring of lacing clings to the circumference long after the head has dissipated.

The nose is a rush of bourbon, chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt caramel and is surprisingly sweet. The sweetness mixed with the bourbon give it a resemblance of rye. The smell is almost delicate and comes together masterfully.

A lot of chocolate and caramel on the front, malty goodness. A hint of vanilla adds to the sweetness factor. Toffee and molasses. This is a wonderful beer. As the beer warms I begin to pick up on dark fruits, maybe fig. Some flavors reminiscent of coconut start to come through at the end too.

This is a somewhat viscous beer as one may assume, but not as much as I had thought/hoped it would be. Fairly thick on the palate but the decent amount of carbonation makes this one easy to put down. The 12% abv is almost a dangerous factor with this beer. Aside from the nice bourbon notes there is very little indication of the alcohol in this brew and that certainly adds to the drinkability. Very smooth and insanely enjoyable. I almost find myself wishing there were even less carbonation to make it more viscous.

This is a beer that I think best serves its purpose as a dessert. On its own or maybe matched with some sort of ganache covered chocolate treat... either way this beer is damn tasty.

mjn5036, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of nlmartin
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my SS2010! You rock! The beer was poured chilled and will be allowed to find a proper level of chill during consumption.

Appearance: The body of the beer is motor oil black. The head was about 1 finger high the color of cafe moca. The head quickly resolved to a thin layer.

Smell: The beer has a wonderful vanilla bourbon aroma rising out of my glass. This is easily the best bourbon barrel aged aroma I have ever smelled. This combines well with darkly roasted malts. The beers aroma has carmalized brown sugar, molassess, semi sweetened cocoa.

Taste: The beer is a sweet malty treat! Nicely roasted dark malt a bit of coffee a bit of bitter sweet cocoa, a dash of soy, a hint of tobacco smokeyness, burnt carmalized brown sugar and molases, vanilla, and wow the bourbon notes play very nicely with the beers flavor. This may be the very best bourbon barrel aging I have experienced. This is a beer Port Brewing should be proud of producing.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is full but not exactly viscous. The carbonation is low but that helps the overall heavy sensation the beer has on my palate. The alcohol is hot kind of like hitting a shot of bourbon so it works well for me in the beers context. Very high marks for drinkability. This beer was pure enjoyment from begining until the end. My only lament is that I dont have another bottle of this to kick back.

nlmartin, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 from the Vanishing.

of course its time to open this one. It's a Monday, after all. Or is it Saturday? The days bleed together as the beers are pulled out for consumption in these last whirlwind weeks of west coasting.
The cork is twisted up and out with a phliffing fart sound. Ahh yes, the infamous LA carb. Poured into the tulips the disgustingly thick liquid, yes 30 weight. There's a ring of carbonation that stays upon it the entire time, but just that..and nothing else.
Hot out the frying pan, bourboning into me. Some caramel and chocolate sweetness, slight roast and smoke and wood. Big heat still after a year, but it's a good bourbon heat of lonely nights by the hearth. Or a campfire with some close friends.

dragonWhale, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Aggressive pour into a snifter creates: a beer black as black can be with dark brown head; 1 finger's worth of head. Brown head disapates, but still remains thin on top of the black beer until entire beer is drank.

Smell: Bourbon, Vanilla, & Wood.

Taste: Bourbon and Vanilla flavors immediately. Giving away to tastes of roastyness and sweet flavors of coffee and brown sugar. Chocolate tones and maybe molasses. This beer tastes boozy after you swallow. Good balanced taste, not cloyingly sweet or too boozy; just right.

Mouthfeel: Just like the name says! Its motor oil and the mouthfeel is perfect!

Drinkablity: Very drinkable for the style! It is tasty and the fact that its a big beer that doesnt drink that way is awesome!

Overall: Had BCBS Rare on New Years & this beer is very similiar to it; BCBS Rare is a bit smoother. I enjoyed this beer very much...once again; Pricey barrel aged double stout. Paid $16 for a 12.7 oz bottle. Would seek this out again. Wonderful.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of TheMadJack
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review Prepared from Notes.
Served On-Tap in a goblet at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe, Sierra Madra, CA.

A: Opaque Black/Brown with 1/4 inch light brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving afilm across approximately 2/3 of the surface of the beer.

S: Heavy, syrupy nose of unsweetened chocolate, figs, banana and a definite alcohol vapor. Walnuts or hazelnuts and bready malts with a carmelized character. Very warm overall.

T: Molasses, fig, banana, cola, unsweetened chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans. Heady alcohol that warms the chest. Slightly toasty finish comes after a tangy and sweet note. Becomes roastier and toastier, though no less sweet, as it warms.

M: Heavy, oily and syrupy apply. "Viscosity" was a good choice of words. Warm - I am going to be using that word a lot in this review - and more than a little sticky. Full points for delivering on the promise they made in the name.

D: This one's a sipper! It hits you strong on all fronts and is a real powerhouse at 12%. My cornish pasties arrived about halfway into the goblet and went quite well with the brew.

TheMadJack, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks to Bendurgin for cracking this super expensive guy. Pitch black with a hint of mocha colored head. Not much head at all though, but high ABV, it happens.

Very strong boozy aroma. Vanilla and bourbon are very strong aromas here. Bitter chocolate is also present.

Strong bitter chocolate taste evolves into a nice sweet, slightly hot finish. I detect a lot of dark dried fruit.

Good mouthfeel. The carbonation isn't too aggressive. I like my big beers that way sometimes.

Great Sipping beer. I would get it more often if it was cheaper.

andrewinski1, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. I did an agressive right down the middle pour for this one. Just a thin layer of dark mocha foam that vansishes almost immediatley. This has a big black thick looking oily body. Quite the booze bomb on this. It's mostly kind of hot alcohol to the nose with just a background of licorice and mollasses with oaky notes. Smells pleasant, but I"m not usually down with boozey noses. The taste is dark like semi sweet dark chocolate with a sweet mollasses and licorice. It finishes with a roasty dark fruit flavor. The mouthfeel is great, it's smooth and full with good subtle carbonation. It drinks nicely, but this is clearly very boozey. It's great and well hidden to the pallet and only slightly noticeable on the finish, but this is still one I"m glad I shared.

Bendurgin, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since my last beer was a drain pour, and this is my 400th review, I figured I owed it to myself to have something a little more exciting. Picked this up in Boston a few months ago.

I'm running out of ways to describe incredibly dark black beers. I knew my mental thesaurus was spent last night when I resorted to calling a beer "liquid Darth Vader". This is much of the same. An impenetrable black with respectable lacing and retention.

The aroma is sweet licorice and melted baker's chocolate and bourbon, brown sugar and toffee and dates, very rich and enticing with some warming alcohol.

The taste is much the same, creamy milk chocolate and licorice and bourbon and wow. There's vanilla and some nuttiness and toffee, maybe a little rum raisin ice cream, there's so much going on and it all works. Very full flavoured. Alcohol lingers and warms in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied and creamy with a but of alcohol warmth.

What a fantastic display of the brewer's art. Definitely a contemplative sipper, perfect for a cold and snowy January night.

MeisterBurger, Jan 09, 2011
Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,966 ratings.