Older Viscosity - Port Brewing
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4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from tap into a tasting tulip glass at TJs iin Paoli PA.
A: A deep dark black color that lets no light through. The think light brown head leaves nice lacing in the glass.
S: Bourbon and vanilla dominate the nose with some toffee, cream and slight wood smells.
T: Flavor follows the nose. The bourbon is there from taste one as it just jumps right out at you. It's followed by the mellower huge vanilla flavor coupled with some sweet cream flavors. A touch of cocoa and some slight woody tones give way to the sweetness. Sweetness is caramel, toffee and vanilla cream. The alcohol flavor creeps in on the finish but is very welcomed. Finish is very creamy and smooth...Wow.
M: Full, creamy, lasting, alcoholic and just overall satisfying.
Overall this is probably the best bourbon barrel aged beer that I have ever tried. I even said that in my bottle tasting and it is supported by my tap tasting. Such a kick ass beer, just outstanding. Wow.
12-09-2010 19:31:07 | More by Kadonny
3.98/5 rDev -8.5%
Ive already gotten 3 of these this month but Im not complaining! Thanks to all the guys in the Birthday Club BIF as well as Prufrock.
A- Pours out pretty thick but it doesnt seem to live up to its name quite as much as I had hoped. The beer has a deep root beer color on the pour. The carbonation looks really low, as such there is hardly any head.
S- Quite a potent aroma of cappuccino, chocolate, dark figgy fruits, vanilla, brown sugar and a gentle spike of bourbon. Its pretty low key for a bourbon barreled stout which actually works really well here. Its rounded and smooth.
T- Keeping with the smoother, more mellow theme, this beer is strong on cappuccino, milk chocolate, vanilla and oak.
M- Very low carbonation makes for a super smooth beer that rolls off the tongue.
D- I really like this stuff. Im glad I have 2 more.
12-09-2010 04:17:56 | More by MbpBugeye
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
I had this on tap at Tj's Restaurant and Drinkery's 7th Anniversary.
A black opaque ale with thin medium tan cap and frothy appearance w/ tiny bead. The smell has sweet aromas of toffee and roasted scent with an almost immediate bourbon presence in the nose. The mild cocoa and caramel hint w/ light vanilla scent seems to outpace the mild coffee element. The feel is full, strong and rich with moderately high sweetness and viscosity, coating the palate with full-on alcohol and moderately carbonated the finish is sweet with mild roasted texture it is pretty viscous throughout.
The flavor is very good with strong toffee and caramel flavors with a vanilla note from the wood and big toasted flavor w/ cocoa and bourbon swirling about haphazardly. The slight coffee tinge is mild with toffee, caramel and mild creamy cocoa dominating and the bourbon only slightly adds to the dense, complex array of flavors. this is a slightly syrupy tasting with drenched malty quality, yet the concentrated wort effect is way more bourbon influenced as it warms w/ dark toast coming forward too. The drinkaibility is good as expected for the style and abv of this malt monster. The kind of beer you could enjoy for hours on a cold winter night by the fire, lots of complexity, almost too much, I am glad I got the chance to sip & enjoy this.
re-review at Al's of Hampden
a -4 s-4.5 m-4.5 t-4.5 d -4
Thanks to Al's of Hamden for putting this on
The color is deep cocoa with a short lasting tan cap with very tight bead is tight and lace collects like speckles on the glass. The clarity is very opaque. The smell has a strong vanilla element with light smoke and plenty of coconut and nutty candy odors with mild cocoa and smooth roasted scents. The feel is great with smooth as hell malt and rich with bourbon accents boozy with slight malt astringency and highly carbonated which lightens the feel from viscous with a semi dry finish
The taste is super tasty full and smooth with chocolately taste and light coconut and alcohol flavor with slight woody astringent and smoked element with prominent bourbon effect. bethany says " like an almond joy" I love the chocolaty finish eith bitter end whcih has plenty of tangy barrel notes and slight malty sweetness in the finish. The drinkability is wonderful -delicious and intense -12% makes it hard to have more than 1 in a sitting, but you really want that 1 - the smoothness and the quality are high, a trojan horse Barrel aged stout incredible how well it hides such high abv, heads and shoulders above Angel's share to me.
12-06-2010 17:38:03 | More by Slatetank
3.4/5 rDev -21.8%
Had a couple vintages of this, just recently the '08 vintage which is supposed to be the best. From a bottle, pours black with a mocha head. Charcoal, vanilla, oak, some bourbon in the nose. Not overly roasted, which I had remembered from other vintages. Flavor is some roasted coffee, vanilla, a bitter briney kind of quality, green olive. A lot of barrel in the flavor. Though the nose on this was decent, the flavor was weird and seriously lacking, quite bitter and astringent.
12-05-2010 20:54:43 | More by JAXSON
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
On tap at TJ's last night.
Jet black with a dense dark brown head, retention is great and lacing is moderate. . Nose is big chocolate,bourbon, some vanilla, a little coconut, plenty of heat. Pretty much what I remember it smelling like, and exactly what I wanted at. Palate opens plenty of bourbon, vanilla and heat. Chocolate, low roast, no licorice. Has that bourbon char that the better batches of Angels Share have, strong, boozy and moderately alcoholic. Charred oak flavors are present, but the tannin character is rather low. Moderately sweet, low in tannins, high bourbon character on the finish. Excellent, though a little difficult to drink, my one 12oz glass was plenty.
**Edit 15 Jan 2012**
2007 vintage that I received in a trade with udubdawg. Thank you, Michael.
The nose has mellowed out wonderfully, and gained a fruity acidic tinge, The coconut notes here have mellowed out, leaving just some bourbon and vanilla. The palate is sweet, moderately bourbony but just medium-low in booze character. Dark fruit, cocoa, chocolate, a fruity/berry character, particularly in its initial acidity, are all present. The oak has really been integrated into the flavor profile here. Silky smooth,this beer is astounding on the palate. One of the more positive cellaring experiences I've had. Excellent stuff. 4.25/4.5/4.75/4.5
12-05-2010 17:24:17 | More by DefenCorps
4.18/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
12-05-2010 16:47:00 | More by zeff80
4.75/5 rDev +9.2%
2010 edition. Flipping great. Poured from the bottle into a trusty Bruery tulip.
Pour is as expected. Deep, dark brown, almost black. A tan head emerges briefly before receding. For the first half of the pour, the cap can be rekindled with a swirl - after that, though, it's flatsville. Seems pretty thick on the pour, but not to the extent of others I've had (e.g., Dark Lord, Hunahpu's, BA Speedway).
Smell is delightful. Deep, dark chocolate mixed with milk chocolate and raw cocoa powder. Vague aroma of dark berries. Obviously, the barrels play a role too, but the bourbon is smooth and soft on the aroma, unlike other bourbon BA beers.
Taste is truly exceptional. I will preface this by saying that I've had several vintages of Older Viscosity, and this blows every other one out of the water, without question. Smooth, oaky, vanilla, bourbon characteristics. Rich sweet chocolate overlaying everything. A bit of booze, but given the strength of this beer it's very well-integrated. Roasted coffee notes play a role in the background.
Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. Long finish, sticky, but not cloying.
Drinkability is fantastic for a stout of this strength. Truly one of the best beers I have had in a while. The 2010 vintage is bone fide.
12-03-2010 22:43:57 | More by davod23
3.75/5 rDev -13.8%
Opaque and motor oil brownish black with a frothy head of light brown foam that has a tough time kicking up and settles out quickly.
Aroma of cocoa and espresso, brown sugar and molasses, some malty sweetness. Sharp flavor of roasty malt and raisins, burnt leaves and brandy, sharp espresso bitterness, mild currant and cherry. Strong and boozey.
Thin mouthfeel, acrid ashey finish, warm and numbing on the tongue. Vapors rise up the back of the nose. Tasty sipper, but it's packin' heat, which lowers drinkability.
12-03-2010 03:42:32 | More by far333
4.22/5 rDev -3%
Shared with evan007, GOGANGE and electrobunny.
A - Pours black with no head at all
S - carmel, vanilla, chocolate, oak and some sweet sugars.
T - Follows the nose, chocolate and oak with vanilla and carmel on the back end. really delicious.
M - Thin
D - not good at 12% idk how many i could drink
12-03-2010 01:51:59 | More by kfsv034
4.68/5 rDev +7.6%
I'm not sure what vintage this is. It comes in a corked and caged 12.7 oz bottle. As black as black gets with a brown sugar colored head that forms more of a rim around the top than actually rising to a head. Some spotty lacing and foam on top. Wonderful aroma of a bourbon, red wine and dark chocolate mixture. Very complex, yet balanced flavors. Rick dark bitter chocolate coats the tongue and stays there. Bourbon bites you and there's kind of a red wine bitterness that adds much life to the flavor profile. Black molassas and vanilla round the flavors out. The mouthfeel is as advertised. Thick and viscous that coats the mouth. This is a fine, fine beer. I love it when barrell aging is done right.
12-02-2010 03:24:14 | More by wcudwight
4.43/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. A pitch black body holds up a thin, dark-tan, film that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.
Lots of beautiful bourbon notes on the nose with vanilla, oak and chocolate. I find myself wanting to describe the nose as creamy. A touch of floral honey from the bourbon. I really like the chocolate and vanilla on this one. Even has a hint of caramel/toffee.
Chocolate, vanilla and bourbon soaked wood wash across the tongue. Well roasted dark malt. Not extremely complex, but very well done. Tomme seems to be pretty good at barrel aging.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice level of warming alcohol. Carbonation is spot on. My only complaint is that the body seems a tad thin. Still robust, but the barrels may have thinned this out a bit. I remember Old Viscosity (regular version) being a little thicker and more fitting of the name.
Drinkability is quite good. This is a great sipper. Port Brewing has a delicious BA stout on their hands with just the right amount of bourbon. Definitely seek this one out. A bit expensive like Deliverance, but quite tasty.
12-02-2010 02:22:51 | More by sisuspeed
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
Corked 525mL bottle poured into a tulip
Sludge. Oily black and thick as hell. A small, bubbly one finger cap rose and fell rather quickly. Swirling this a little leaves a thin coating on the inside of the glass.
Whoa, this is about as bold as it gets. Heavy bourbon, vanilla, licorice, milk chocolate, molasses, dark roast and charred oak. A good amount of fruit as well--dates, plums, and cherries--that mixes with a hearty dose of ethanol.
The flavor is very much in line with the nose. Charred oak holds steady while bourbon and fruit come to the forefront. The vanilla, chocolate, licorice and molasses poke and prod their way to supporting roles.
Full bodied is an understatement. Heavy bodied? That sounds better. Thick and rich with a lingering flavor of booze and fruit.
I found this beer to be utterly delicious however it is just so damn thick and the booze really builds over time. Granted I'm not really complaining, it's just a little tough to get through a whole bottle on your own.
12-01-2010 04:11:27 | More by ColForbinBC
4.58/5 rDev +5.3%
A - Dark jet black. Incredibly thick looking. Really oily with a nice tan head. Very, very, very impressive. I've never seen an Imperial look more badass than this beer does. Truely exceptional.
S - Wow. Wow wow wow. Oaky coffee and chocolate....and BOURBON! Lots of bourbon!
T - Really really robust and really bourbony at the same time. Instead of a hop/malt balance, this beer has a flavor/alcohol balance. The most warming beer I've ever tasted. Wow.
M - I've never understood what people meant when they said a beer was "chewy" but I do now. So so so thick. Filling. Delicious. Not too dry, but this beer gets a 5 from me for its extraordinary thickness.
D - Super heavy and heavy alcohol content. Had a hard time drinking one, but this beer is so well crafted that I wish I'd ordered another. So impressed. Very, very good. I would recommend this to anyone.
11-28-2010 04:34:09 | More by jmerloni
3.55/5 rDev -18.4%
I'll start by saying I had high expectations for this beer. I had heard it won best of show at a recent Barrel Age festival in IL and if Port is going to charge $15.99 for 12.7 FL.OZ anyone would have higher expectations.
Beer poured into a snifter:
Appearance - Black with a light brown surrounding the edge of the glass. Light penetrates the brown some. I expected midnight from the name and how the bottle refers to oil.
Smell - BOURBON - almost scotchy. Unlike BCS where the bourbon is unmistakeable, there is a scotch profile I find in here as well. Some dark fruits but mainly booze. The more I smell seriously, my nostrils burn. In a fairness, this beer is young and it's easy to tell it's going to be a booze bomb.
Taste - Here's where I'm thinking it would be more fair to review after it's had a year + of age on it bit you bottle it, it gets reviewed. HOT BOOZY BOURBON. From start to finish. It drowns out anything else going on in this beer. Dark fruits are there and hints of mild chocolate, maybe even a little liquorice but but bourbon dominates so much so that it's like I just got done taking a shot after each sip. Good thing I'm a huge fan of bourbon.
Mouthfeel - Very Good. CARBONATION!! Horray!! Not overly so but solid for the style.
Drinkability - Too hot. I split this bottle with my father the night before Thanksgiving, giving myself just a little more than him and I was fine with the amount I poured. Wasn't looking for more.
Final Thoughts - I like Port Brewing and love what they do for the industry but at the price Port charges for this beer, I'd have to tell them to get over themselves. Really? $8 for 6 oz pours? The beer needs to be in a class of it's own at those rates. I say that with a disposeable income. Money is much better spent on Parabola, Goose Island BCS, KBS, uninfected Abyss off the top of my head...
11-25-2010 16:58:56 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.45/5 rDev +2.3%
12.7oz corked and caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass.
pours an opaque jet black tone with a nice finger and a half of a mocha toned head, soon lapses into a collar around the glass - forgiveable given both the glassware and strength of this beer. decent lacing.
wow, nose is a straight wallop of bourbon... i thought BCBS was a bourbon bomb; this exceeds it. roasted and chocolate malts are hanging in the background.
very nice follow through on the flavor front. a big bourbon presence is obviously a player, but the roasted and chocolate notes are more pronounced than i got in the aroma... picking up on a vanilla note... warming, boozy finish. very tasty.
full-bodied mouthfeel, smooth and viscous. low carbonation. pretty drinkable for a beer this big. great brew. not convinced it's worth the price tag, but for an occasional treat OV is a hell of a beer.
11-22-2010 03:57:26 | More by perrymarcus
3.75/5 rDev -13.8%
2009 vintage. Cork popped with just a very slight pop. Poured pitch black and color and very thick looking. Unfortunately there was barely a trace of any head or carbonation to it.
The aroma shows off the barrel characteristics very nicely. Lots of woody oak and some vanilla notes as well. The bourbon is a bit reserved, but still adds some nice flavors of it's own. Roasted malts, rich dark chocolate and a bit of a burnt flavor come through as well. I get a hint of dark fruits to it as well. Very flavorful and well rounded aroma. Lots of action going on in it.
The taste Starts off a lot lighter and thinner then I expected it to. It quickly gets better from there with that bold dark chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla and oak all showing up. The bourbony alcohol lingers along with some of the chocolate and flavors. It didn't start strong, but it finished very nicely. Very bold flavors and also a lot of depth to it.
The mouthfeel is where things don't go so well for it. I really do enjoy low carbonation beers for this style. This however is no carbonation. Unfortunately it makes it feel thinner then it should and just not as pleasant to drink. Just a few bubbles would have been nice.
Drinkability is OK, it had a very appealing aroma and some great flavors but the lack of any carbonation definitely hurts it some. Overall it was a beer that had some great potential but just fell short of my expectations. Add just a bit of carbonation and this would be one of the best.
11-21-2010 03:27:34 | More by billab914
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
Had this at the barrel aged festival, and it confirmed much what I expected from the people complaining about lack of carbonation in the bottles. . . it isn't supposed to have much carbonation, as this one straight out the tap was very reserved in its carbonation amount. Very black, seemed actually less viscous than regular old viscosity.
Aroma of bourbon dominates, subtleties of vanilla are there ever so slightly. Dark fruit abound, plums and cherry, again, slight in relative comparison to the booziness on the palate as well. Really didn't seem super thick. Hides the alcohol taste very well, despite its massiveness in the nose.
Just the right amount of sweetness, counterbalanced with tobacco, this one has a lot of elements of a good RIS to it, a middle ground between the American and Russian styles.
11-18-2010 16:42:21 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5 rDev -1.1%
2009 keg, on tap in a tulip glass. Pitch black thick an syrupy with no head .
Nose is dark chocolate, dark caramel , dark fruits and malty.
Taste is as complex as the nose. Smooth flavor without the alcohol presence. Very tasty going down.
Syrupy without any carbonation. Only drawback as even a little carbonation would have made it creamy.
Easy to drink sipper that's enjoyable.
11-14-2010 00:43:04 | More by nataku00
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
I have had this several times and I feel the same way every time. It always reminds me of the BA rasputins, great look, flavor (lots of bourbon, good taste, but way to much carbonation.
Overall very good and worth seeking just not among the top and in some cases easier to get beers in this catagory.
11-12-2010 00:22:07 | More by JWD
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours pitch black with a huge tan head.
Scent is of bourbon, booze, coffee, almond, and roasted malt.
Taste is similar - a lot of bourbon up front, probably more than any other bourbon barrel-aged beer I've had, but in a great way. It works exceptionally well. Then there's booze, oak, and a chocolatey malt.
This is a thick and velvety smooth brew. A good amount of carbonation that works well.
This is an incredible beer - thick and boozy, but a great sipper.
11-10-2010 09:14:20 | More by strangefate
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
Near black pour with no head. Massive bourbon aroma with soy, black strap molasses, huge smoke note and lots of volatile alcohol. The flavor is overwhelming charred oak, vanilla, soy sauce, and bitter dark chocolate. The body is syrupy with low carbonation. Man, this beer is just HUGE.
11-09-2010 21:03:55 | More by punkrkr27
4.1/5 rDev -5.7%
Poured into a snifter on 11/6/10
There's no date on the bottle but since it has carbonation I presume it's a 2010 vintage
Many thanks to Nickd717 for hooking me up
Jet black color once in the glass, boasting 3/4th inch of hot-chocolate-foam-colored foam. The head drops to a skim quickly, though a thin layer remains; as does a decent swath of lace (especially for the abv). Swirling maintains good, thin retention, though lacing is splotchy.
Ooh, this smells really good. I'm not sure how the nose seems granular but it does. Solid oak note with a hint of vanilla. Charred & burnt overtones rest atop aromas of dark cocoa, prune & faint coffee beans. Not incredibly strong, opting for structure & blend. Swirling the glass brings out an appreciable effervescence; however, the alcohol is absurdly well-hidden.
Whew! The nose is all but treasonous; there was no indication of the barrage of flavor intensity to follow. Alcohol heat? Yep, right here. Warming all the way down from the first sip. Strong flavors of burnt & roasted malts, albeit to a lesser degree with the latter. Tobacco, prune, burnt chocolate, charred oak, vanilla & nips of whiskey. Some hops on the finish.
I reckon Older Viscosity lives up to it's name; it really is pretty heavy & thick. As slow as the beer is wont to move, it's always at odds with the (very much appreciated) carbonation. This causes an amusing counterbalance. Burnt chocolate, oak & whiskey linger on the finish.
The initial shock eventually wears off a bit (either that or the old palate just became desensitized over time). It's a sipper for sure but easy enough to drink, though I wish I had waited & split this. I enjoyed this more than it's younger counterpart.
11-09-2010 04:02:16 | More by Ryan011235
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
12.7oz bottle purchased at WineNation, Millbury, MA. Corked & caged, 2010 Vintage.
Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is quickly down to a swirl, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is sweet leathery tannins and alcohol.
Taste follows the nose, with some dark fruitiness in the middle, and deep boozy flavors dominating the close. Everything seems to flow together easily. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with drinkability good for the interest factor and changing flavor profile. Glad I finally got to try this one.
11-04-2010 23:57:23 | More by ppoitras
4.7/5 rDev +8%
I was so excited to finally see 12 ounce bottles of this in stores that I bought a case. Stamp on bottle is a bit hard to read and all I could decipher was "Bottling 2."
Pours a rich, chocolate bar black with a small ring of brown foam and more carbonation than expected. Looks sweet and tasty.
Scent is magical, boasting notes of bourbon, licorice, burning wood, black forest cake, holiday spicing and milk chocolate. I'm imagining smoking a pipe by the fire on a cold winter's day while sniffing this one.
Flavor profile is an absolute knockout. Vanilla and warming alcohol mingle with roasted coffee beans and a delicate woodiness that provides a mild earthy quality to balance out the vanilla. Anise and licorice provide a touch of the bitter that even furthers the depth of flavor.
Liquid itself goes down smooth despite its viscosity (tee hee hee) and the move from sweet to dry is masterfully done. Residual flavors display elements of both, making you beckon for another taste.
The ABV is a bit of a shocker, since 9% was my best guess while sipping. This is certainly one of the best and most addictive barrel-aged imperials I've ever tasted and definitely one of Port Brewing's crowning achievements.
10-31-2010 22:01:48 | More by deapokid
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
A bottle of the 2009 vintage thanks to treyrab. This was an unexpected addition to one of our quarterly beer swaps.
The bottle opens with a slight hiss. It is carbonated, after all...poured into a snifter. The murky black liquid produces only a thin wispy smattering of bubbles as it cascades from the mouth of the bottle into the glass. For a barrel-aged strong ale, this is pretty much on the mark.
The nose opens wide with potent dark fruit aromas - dates and plums. Chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla also make an appearance. The taste is very similar, though the fruits make even more of an impression. The bourbon is slight, and doesn't overshadow the rich chocolatey and coffee flavorings that are so prevalent in the base beer. The flavor rounds out with a warm alcohol characteristic that lingers with chocolate and vanilla on the finish.
Creamy, thick (as it should be with a name like Older Viscosity), and, in my estimation, perfectly carbonated. This beer really hits the mark, though I think age would make it absolutely phenomenal.
10-24-2010 03:00:10 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,923 ratings.