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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 2,240
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 502
Gots: 644 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
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 alpinebryant
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black with no head and no lacing.

S: aroma of dark roasted malts, Milk chocolate, oak and vanilla and a hint of booze

T: The flavors on this are great. There is the strong milk chocolate flavor first and foremost, followed closely by oak barrel aging. Sweet malt flavors and dark plum flavors are present mid body along with vanilla and toffee with caramel. Boozy at the finish with some tannic oak lingering with ash.

M: light to medium body for an imperial stout . The taste is great, but I think the body could be a bit thicker. Light carbonation

O: this beer tastes great but could definitely be improved in the body by being a little thicker. That said, the carbonation on this is pretty good. After all the jokes on lost abbey carbonation, this one is just about right. I know the price tag on this one is about 20 but overall I think it is a nice treat. The flavors are well balanced and there is no ashiness involved.

Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very black with virtually no head or lacing.

Smell is heavily roasty and burnt malts, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and a little vanilla.

Taste is really nice, plenty of sweet vanilla, nice roasty and burnt malts, lovely bourbon notes, dark fruits like plums and figs, and a little brown sugar and molasses.

Body is full and despite the fact it didn't look like much, had ample carbonation. Finish is sweet at first, then bitter from the burnt malts, then finally coating the tongue with vanilla. Really nice.

Very complex and very delicious, a real nice double.

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

Thick motor oil with thin mocha head that fades and leaves just a few scraps of lacing. Activity recedes with the foam.

Thoroughly satisfying aroma consists of bourbon, oak, vanilla, malty sweetness, and gentle boozy warmth. It all works well together.

Malty sweet, light but apparent hop bitterness, bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, roasted barley, and its own inherent boozyness are extraordinarily well balanced and complex.

Strong but not too strong carbonation, rich full body, viscous, warming, and smooth.

I scored it a 5 for overall, so what else can I say? This is a great beer. Not sure if bottles are as near perfect as what I had on tap, but what I had was precious.

Photo of Rutager
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep, deep brown with a thin, dark brown head.

Smell. Oak, bourbon, vanilla and booze. Smells awesome.

Taste. Chocolate, bourbon, caramel and vanilla with a little complimentary alcohol. Nice sweetness, but not too sweet.

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Loved this one. Expensive at $17, but a really nice beer.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours absolutely pitch black with a creamy tan head that doesn't hang around long.

Aroma is quite intense. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, espresso and roasted malt in a complex soup. Chocolate and dark fruit, though less pronounced make an appearance as well.

Taste is both massive and sublime. Roasted malt and toffee initially, then the dark fruit sweetness comes in with rich plum and date. Aromatic oak and the accompanying vanilla notes along with a vinous wine quality. Finishes with molasses, maple syrup, chocolate, and lingering bourbon heat.

Mouthfeel is full and viscous.

A rich malty experience. Complex dark fruit and woody notes soaked in bourbon. I like a beer that's big and hot, with intense flavor. This one fits the bill perfectly. A tasty treat.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutager for sharing this bad boy.

A: Slight light brown head over black/extremeliy dark brown liquid.

S: Toffee, chocolate, yeast, oak and bourbon.

T: Chocolate, toffee, bourbon, coffee, yeast and oak.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: A beautiful malty taste profile in this extremely drinkable Imperial Stout. I drank it immediately after a Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia and it is tough to pick a favourite out of those two beers.

Photo of ShanePB
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011 bottle, 375 ml poured into a tulip. Served at cellar temperature.

A: Dark brown on the pour, though completely black and oily looking sitting in the glass. Blood red hues around the top edge with a small light brown head that dissipated very quickly. Small retention ring, and very minor lacing.

S: Huge bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa beans, coffee, toffee, vanilla and licorice. Towards the back end is some very noticeable bourbon and general alcohol notes, along with very wet oak wood.

T: Anise and a general "booziness" is evident up-front on the palate. Midway is plenty of milk and dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and caramel. The back end has a huge, rich bourbon notes along with more barrel oak wood. Sweet and cloying in the finish.

M: Thick and chewy, low carbonation. Full-bodied and heavy - just what you'd want in a beer like this. Sticky on the palate and tongue with lingering heat in the chest after swallow.

My emotions were mixed on this beer. I sipped for over an hour but this was slow and hard to finish. I drank it straight from the cellar, so all the flavors were well opened up already. While that allowed me to get the most out of it, this just is a bit over the top in its alcohol presence. And not the bourbon, just a generic booziness. Cellaring should certainly benefit a beer like this to mellow and blend itself. Would revisit but I can confidently say at this point it is NOT worth its hefty price tag.

Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Captainren
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with barely any head. Carbo's unk. Aroma is rich malts, alcohol, oak barrels, vanilla, and chocolate as in shake. Taste is roasted malts with sweet hints of oak barrels and vanilla, A good alcohol bite too.
Mouthfeel is thick like cough syrup and sweet too. A bit too boozey I think. It takes away from the taste with it being so harsh. Bought one of there smaller 12oz bottles which is just right. Too much alcohol for me to enjoy to the fullest extent of enjoyment.

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of jmhart
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Heischman
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer/Brewery - Older Viscosity/Port Brewing Company
City/State- San Marcos, CA
STYLE – American Double Imperial Stout
ABV – 12%
IBU – ?? Would love some help on this please
DATE – 5 JAN 2012 (#006 of 265 Beers of 2012)
SERVING TYPE – Corked 12.7 oz
GLASSWARE – Schooner
APPEARANCE – Black the way a stout should look, but even blacker like motor oil. Did a hard straight pour and there is little to no head and a good bit of sediment
AROMA- Boozy (Bourbon), vanilla, oak, and I know this sounds funny but a “Junk Yard” Smell in a good way
TASTE – Good alcohol taste, note over powering but very warming with some nice Chocolates that sweeten it up.
MOUTHFEEL – Very light for a stout and unbelievable without a head a good bit of carbonation
CONCLUSION – Not a very day drink, but very good! I was also shock to see such a small bottle with a cork.

Photo of tsauce2
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

100th review

Reviewed from notes 1-1-12. 2009 vintage.

P: 375 ml bottle poured in to a snifter

A: SRM is black. Opaque. Head is dark tan/chocolate and negligible. Light carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Huge bourbon, chocolate, and coffee notes. Nose is incensed by this beers aroma.

T: Follows nose. Wildly mammoth bourbon, chocolate, dark roast malt, and coffee. All flavors are brought together and smoothed by the barrel aging process. Aftertaste is same as initial flavor.

M: Full body. Extremely viscous, as the name implies. Flavors coat palate and do not dissipate.

O: 100th review, and what a beer to review! The ONE other beer I would say that rivals, or is the equal of KBS. Absurd and ridiculous bourbon, coffee, chocolate, all barrel aged and amagalmated with time. Thanks to skyroach for the trade. Will seek this beer and purchase with extreme fervor.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Founders globe

A: Pours a very light color for an imperial stout. Black, but I can definitely see through it. A small amount of head quickly recedes.

S: Wow - potent. Loads of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, milk and dark chocolate. A bit of roast. I could use some more roast aroma, but this is good. Quite a bit of booze, though.

T: Very similar to smell, but I get some more roast flavor.

M: Very thick, light carbonation.

O: This is a sweet, thick imperial stout. It's almost to the point where I'd call it an American Strong Ale, though. It's quite light with low roast/coffee flavor.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Scout11
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of alkchrios
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer Ive reviewed in a couple years so its only fitting that I went all out with the older viscosity. I poured this heady brew into a pint glass because its all I had in the house. Upon pouring I could instantly smell cocoa and its such a dark colored brew. The taste of this beer is honestly unlike any beer Ive ever had. First tastes of dark chocolate and raisins then finishes rather earthy. I almost cant describe it other than earthy and smooth. You can definitely taste bourbon but its not overbearing. Older Viscositys mouthfeel is that of a nice cask porter or stout....slightly carbonated and almost creamy. The beer was 16 bucks which is always kind of ehh but its worth the experience for sure!


Photo of Mjmoon15
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of brez8791
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of MASPuros
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of justintcoons
3.45/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours jet black with a mahogany tinge around the edges. Very minimal head that is quickly reduced to nothing. Thick film clings to the glass leaving behind some webbed lacing.

N: Excellent bourbon and vanilla notes waft up right away. There's also rich dark chocolate, roasted barley, toffee, light booze and some nuttiness (pecans?).

T: Toffee, dark roast coffee, sweet bourbon and burnt sugars upfront. Mid-palate brings in vanilla, molasses, roasted barley and some very light fruity esters. Finishes with whiskey booze, charcoal, dirty oak and notes of smoke.

M: Light-medium bodied, creamy, sticky, dry and very warming.

O: Judging from the excellent appearance and nose I was rather disappointed with the taste and especially the mouthfeel. Although it's very complex it's also very boozey and the mouthfeel is really thin for an Imperial Stout. Warming effect is extremely pleasant. Chocolate and vanilla notes are very nice but they tend to get covered up with the booziness.

Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,240 ratings.