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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 2,277
Reviews: 702
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 500
Gots: 651 | FT: 50
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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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Photo of jsilva
4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a short 1/4" head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: loads of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and bourbon comes through to the nose.

Taste: loads of malt, dark chocolate, some hints of licorice, light vanilla, some bourbon, oak, and warming alcohol creates a well balanced flavor profile. Bitterness nicely cuts the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth throughout with a velvety finish. Long flavorful aftertaste.

Overall: this is great slow drinking beer that is loaded with flavor. Everyone should try this one at least once.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of animortician
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this for awhile but never wanted to throw down the $ for it. Then my friend was nice enough to gift one to me.

A: Deep, Dark, Thick, Brown/Black. Light brown foam that almost produced some head.

S: BUTTER, toasted bread, cinnamon toast. Absolutley amazing, ive never smelled anything like this.

T: Exactly like it smelled which I was stoked about. Rich, butterly Malty, Zero hopps. Sweet, boosy.

M: Thick, syrupy

O: Amazing beer. I couldn't figure out how they could make it taste and smell like it did. Quite the experience! Great dessert beer!

Photo of muskiesman
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 2011 release bottle into snifter

Opaque black slow pour like the name, no hiding what is coming thin coffee head with decent lacework

Aroma is strong liqour; oak and vanilla and sweet dark sugars molasses

taste up front the dark chocolate, expresso cocoa and roasted malt cut by the alcohol warming vanilla

mouth feel a huge heavy beer that pulls it off smooth and thick a perfect mix that coats the mouth

Overall it definately took the length of the beer to get into this but well put together. It is very intense top shelf

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3/5  rDev -31%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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

Enjoyed on Superbowl Sunday during the big game.

Pours pitch black. Motor oil comes to mind. There is a surprising 2 fingers of mocha colored head. A bit of oily spots of lacing clings.

The nose is boozy up front and really exclamates the bourbon barrel. Woody tannins and chocolate are noticed a bit under the hefta quaff of bourbon. As it warms, roasty malts and bitter chocolate come through.

The taste shows much more complexity as the bourbon is as evenly displayed as the other characteristics. Some dark sweet cherries, chocolate, oak, and a tad vanilla make up a great taste. Roasty dark chocolate is balanced with the barrel. The balance achieved here is pretty outstading.

The mouthfeel is thick and viscous as suggested by the title. There is a moderate amount of carbonation that feels really nice along with the flavors.

Overall, this brew is badass and huge. Port took a great base beer and made it even better. The barrels are really going to work here.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

pours thick jet black with light creamy head.

very heavy on the bourbon and vanilla. gives a very rich, smooth, and sweet life to it.

taste is a bit more subtle from the nose. still very present bourbon but a lighter vanilla smoothness and sweetness. more roasted malt and char.

lots of carbonation, and a very present booze

very good but at $15+ or so there are plenty of other barrel aged stouts that deliver just as much.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Vancoubeer
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this and I gotta give props to NW liquid Gold for their selection.

Ok this one is black as night but based on my pour, there was a very little head but this is normal for big beers like this. Very nice looking brew. Looks like it should but did not look as thick as I imagined.

The smell is tough. Tons of booze, vanilla, roasty malts...no hops what so ever. But an amazing smell that is calling my taste buds.

The taste is not as tough as I thought. The booze and the sweet malts mix well as well as the oakiness. The roastiness is not as strong as other imperial stouts but the booze is the majority flavor in the brew, which is fine for what it is.

The mouthfeel is dry. Very dry and not thick and chunky like other imperial stouts. Kind of a disappointment but for something this strong I would assume that it would even be stronger if it was thicker.

Overall, this is a top class beer. Not to many breweries out there are making beers like this. Yes there are some out there but this is a classic on the west coast made by a brewer known for Hopped up ales and belgians. Great beer but the price is harsh but worth it just once.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

O: Freaking delicous beer!

Photo of sjverla
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled printed "Vintage 2011" poured to a NBB Globe glass. The beer pours ultra thick similar to motor oil with a thin mocha head. Some retention and lacing. Very nice aroma of a mix of vanilla, oil, bourbon, roasted malt with a hint of hear. Very nice. The flavor follows suit: roasted malt provides a pleasant sweet background with a mild bitterness, the bourbon, oak, vanilla flavors work very well together. There is a little heat but this is very well balanced and quite complex. Adequate carbonation, full bodied, rich, warm, and very smooth. Overall, this is an outstanding beer! I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle devoured from a chimay glass

Black. Wow there are very few beers that are darker than this beer. Super oily coming out of the bottle with a tiny dark brown head.

As soon as I pop the cork it's like a punch in the face full of bourbon, my nostrils are begging for mercy. Despite all the heat on the nose early on, the aroma sweetens up with notes of vanilla and charred oak as the beer warms.

Wow, for something so hot on the nose, this beer hides it so well on the palate. Oak and dark chocolate dominate here with a touch of boozy warmth on the back end. I also get some bitter coffee notes aswell as vanilla.

For a beer named older viscosity it's not so viscous. I've had beers that were much more chewier. That's not to say that it's got a bad mouthfeel, perhaps a little misleading though.

Overall, simply delicious. Not the most complex beer out there but definately worth a try. Looking forward to aging this and trying 'oldest' viscosity.

Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,277 ratings.