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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,956
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 502
Gots: 598 | FT: 52
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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 jimmy82063
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

Not sure on the had at options here as I picked up a bottle in Springfield Mass.

Poured in to a snifter...

A - Jet black thin head...

S - Great to the nose...rum, chocolate, raisins, vanilla & caramel. Man there is a lot here!

T - Very good...interesting thing is that the booze is prevalent in the smell, it is not that pronounced in the taste.

D - At 12.0%...Good by me!

jimmy82063, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of wl0307
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

(Notes of 03/08/10) At 12.5%abv., this ale was tasted at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010, served by a gravity pour straight from the firkin. The label is "Lost Abbey, Older Viscosity 2010" so I guess this is the 2010 Vintage, while the brand name "Lost Abbey" is somewhat misplaced? BTW, "Lost Abbey, Older Viscosity 2009" was also served alongside this cask at the BSF bar.

A: black in colour, static and semi-oily in texture, coming with a foamy tan head and very low carbonation...
S: this is a ruby port + bourbon whisky + soy sauce broth!! The nose boasts oily rich malts, raisins, Chinese smoked black prune juice, dried blackberries, and lighter notes of menthol and whisky... A swirl brings out vanilla and expired cocoa beans, hinting at old, oxidised nutty oil... Complex, very thick, very potent...
T: the mouthful of oily rich malts, bourbon-ish toasted oakiness, jammy dark fruits, espresso syrup and bitter chocolates is followed by sweet root-herbal undertones... all elements are skilfully rolled in one. Lingering aroma of whisky oakiness with a coco-ish as well as black-prune-ish edge goes well with the fruit-esters, radiating a lightly warming alc. down the throat like a true night cap...
M&D: overall very smooth and rounded (although the warming alc. does cause a bit of a kick at the back of each careful sip), delicately carbonated, quite drinkable & effortlessly enticing~~ This is a delicious and complex heavy ale, but not so... multi-dimensional as Angel's Share that I tried on cask two years ago at the same event (GBBF 2008).

wl0307, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of david131
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%

A- Absolutely pitch viscous black with a bit of light coming through at the edges. The mocha head is almost nonexistent with just a few splotches coming back with a swirl of the glass.

S- Bourbon, raisins, and alcohol. Surprisingly subdued for the style and alcohol content. Still very nice though.

T- Bourbon, tobacco, chocolate, coffee, raisins, and alcohol. Very sweet and rich with the flavors really coming forward as the beer warmed. Complex and delicious.

M- Oily slick and smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. The flavors cling and have a strong lasting presence. Sticky and viscous.

D- Sweet, rich, and complex. Makes for an excellent desert. Find a friend and split the bottle.

david131, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of e11a627
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Pours an opaque black except there is a hint of light brown at the top of the foam ring.

S: Aged fruit, dark chocolate, prunes, licorice and a hint of cherry twizzlers. The aromas are so yummy I didn't even want to drink it - I could have just kept smelling it.

T: Tastes like waffles with syrup. Very delish.

M: Feel warm while drinking it but very flat - felt like sipping on flat soda. Very smooth but does have some throat bitterness/harshness.

D: Very delicious. Wish there was a little more carbonation. I feel like this would be good over icecream as well since it reminded me of syrup.

e11a627, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of BigBlacke
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%

I got a bottle of this from WhidbeyBeerWorks in Oak Harbor, WA.

A: As i poured this into a globe, I noticed its dark brown rich color. Light sediment.

S: Is of oak, vanilla, raisin and dates. Strong background scent of alcohol.

T: Strong flavor of vanilla, alcohol and raisins. Deep dark rich flavor. Quite unique.

M: Is creamy and smooth on the palate. Long lasting aftertaste.

D: I found this one to be quite low. I believe the ingredients were not too complementary of each other. Something just seemed off.

Greg Hampton from Whidbey Beerworks suggested that I age this one a while. I probably should have. This one was an odd duck.

BigBlacke, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of kkipple
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

Did a 2006 through 2010 vertical at Meat Meet. The 2007 was the best and is what I am reviewing here.

A. V-v-very dark, with a short, to-edges deep tan head. Good retention. No lace.

S. Unf! Molasses, rich, earthy coffee, oily, dense malt, richer-than-rich malt density, this just smells reduced. Oaky vanilla-barrel, coffee in the background, lush and solid. Solid.

T. Yeah... this is the real deal. Vanilla barrel + rich big malty roast stout + creamy mouthfeel + whiskey heat + mocha softness = a very drinkable 12%+ stout. Nothing wrong here, and so very much right. Massive complexity, yet approachable. Goes down with just enough barrel heat and hefty malt to make you crave more.

M / D. Super heavy, oily, slick and dense. Staining. Looong whiskey-roast finish, sweet enough to avoid being mature and oaky enough to miss being sickly. Just delightful. Makes you feel older than you actually are. I love it.

Older Viscosity (at least the 2007 version) is a tremendous stout and whiskey blend, thick and rich and characterful and tasty and not too hot and not too anything. If you like stouts and whiskey, you need to try this. Maybe even if you don't...

Ages with the best of 'em. Get it, cellar it, drink it with friends. Older Viscosity is a treat.

kkipple, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of nerdrocker101
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%

I have been wanting this for a long time and it did not disappoint.

Poured from a 375 into a tulip. Pours out a thick, soulless black with a thin brown ring and a plethora of consistent lacing to match.

Wonderful aromas of bourbon, molasses, and a little dark fruit.

A mouthful of sweet chocolate, rich coffee, brown sugar and a large amount of molasses on the tongue. The barrel has added copious amounts of vanilla, wood and bourbon flavors.

Somewhere between oily and chewy texture. The carbonation is low, but present so I am thankful for that.

Sometimes you build a beer up in your mind to an extent that it simply cannot live up to your own hype. This was not that beer. I couldn't have been happier with the outcome and I will certainly seek out another bottle or two.

nerdrocker101, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.08/5  rDev -29.2%

Huge thanks to Adam for cracking this one.

2010 release so rumor has it there's some bubbles in this one.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black. Over used motor oil comes to mind. No head no lace. FUUUUCCCCKKK!!! Calm down it's just the apperance. I will wait to reserve judgment for the taste portion.

The aroma is pretty much where most double stouts lie. Chocolate, coffee, sweet sugary malt.

The flavor is about the same loads of coffee and chocolate. Sweet with touches of dark fruit.

Body oh sweet body. We have carbonation. YESSSS! Thick chewy and lightly carbonated.

Overall glad I got the chance to try this one in the way the brewery intended it. A tasty double stout.

Update: 2/17/11 Bottle from 2009 Batch

Points must be deducted for mouthfeel and drinkability. Beer is flat as tap water and very hard to drink. Everything else seems similar to the carbonated bottle.

beerwolf77, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of SShelly
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%

Comes out black with a giant poof of offwhite head, smell of coffee and chocolate are pretty huge with some fruit ester mixed in as well.

Flavor is giant coffee and alcohol, tons of warmth in the chest, suprised how much heat in the chest there is with out that much in the chest. Really enjoyed my pour of this, so tasty.

SShelly, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured from a 375 ML corked and caged bottled into my Duvel tulip. 2009 vintage.

a - I opened the beer and there was no pop at all; after all the Angel Share carbonation issues I'm a little worried. Pours a dark, thick black that lets no light through, with a few bubbles of tan head and no carbonation evident. Pretty sure this bottle is going to be flat.

s - Smells very strongly of bourbon right off the bat; I smelt it as soon as I began pouring the beer. Also smells strongly of oak and vanilla. Faint hints of dark fruits and roasted malts, as well as chocolate.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, dark fruits, vanilla, and some sweet fruit. Definitely flat.

m - Medium body and no carbonation whatsoever. Thick and oily in feel; wish it had some carbonation to it.

d - A pretty good beer, but again very disappointed about the carbonation issues. I don't understand why this keeps happening with their beers. In any event, it smelled like a very good bourbon barrel aged stout, and had some good bourbon and dark fruits in the taste as well. Would like to try a carbonated version of this beer sometime.

mdfb79, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of KAP1356
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a 375ml bottle dated Vintage 2010 into a snifter...

A - Pours a slightly oily and thick, flatter black. No real head at all, but a nice mocha color lacing is present.

S - Sweet dark fruits up front. Molasses, brown sugar, dark almost burnt caramel. Fudge like chocolate notes are coming out as well. Some great woodiness present as well with almost a charred, smokey aroma coming through. Nose is quite complex.

T - Taste is just as complex as the nose. Lots of molasses and burnt brown sugar or caramel coming through. Fudge like chocolate in the middle and a great amount of woody, smokey, bourbon flavors coming through. Dark fruits come out as well which gives it a nice slightly tart flavor.

M - Medium to heavy bodied. Slight carbonation "sting" when swallowing, but nothing that seriously detracts from the velvet like smoothness of the beer.

D - It's quite drinkable being 12% ABV. It went almost unnoticed. It mis quite a heavy, in your face beer, but one that would be well suited for a bomber.

KAP1356, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

Drank this today in a snifter.

Wiseman Justin Reporting,

Appearance: Pours a nice head, retention is low, lacing is adequate. I hate rating appearance who cares!? When held to light, edges are amber. (4.0)

Smell: Oak comes through nice and strong, dark fruits, warm alcohol. (4.5)

Taste: Candy Chocolate, like tootsie rolls, some hints of mocha but slight. Woody finish, very likable (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Biting, maybe it's the carbonation? Very smooth when it warms up. It's great, the alcohol is well masked but it has a warming finish. (4.0)

Drinkability: Well, when you factor in price I'm inclined to say it's a (4.0). IT's drinkable, but I've had much more drinkable beers.

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Dark black with dark brown hues on the edges. Thick, oily appearance. Tiny, almost non-existent, foamy, tan head that disappears fast. Thin ring of lace around the edge of the glass.

S - A lot of dark molasses and burnt brown sugar. This is paired with a lot of bourbon and vanilla along with an oaky/woody aroma. Also has a fair amount of dark chocolate and fudge aroma, and just a faint hint of coffee. Really pretty complex, with molasses, bourbon, and chocolate aromas intermingling.

T - Similar to the aroma. Strong chocolaty fudge and roasted dark malt to start with hints of coffee. Then a good kick of bourbon, vanilla, and oak comes out. This works well with the chocolate, fudge taste. Some burnt sugar, brown sugar type of sweetness comes out toward the middle of the sip. This is quickly cut by the bourbon, boozy taste that lingers after the sip.

M - Medium to full body. Thick, although not quite as viscous as I expected, and chewy. On the lower side of carbonation, but it works alright with the beer.

D - Definitely has a boozy aspect and alcohol is present, but it is still pretty drinkable as those flavors don't go unchecked. Body isn't quite what I expected but still full and filling.

Notes: Vintage 2009. Really enjoyable beer. Has a lot of the bourbon flavor, so if you like bourbon you have a good possibility of liking this. Well done barrel aged stout.

FreshHawk, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a deep black with a rising mocha head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and some brown sugar.

Tastes of the brown sugar with some molasses tones. Plenty of full roasted notes that give a coffee/espresso flavor followed by a brown sugar note that adds some sweetness. Some molasses notes as well that offer a burnt taste. Caramel and dark fruit/raisins come through as well.

Mouthfeel is medium full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Schmittymack
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%

Finally getting a chance to try this one in a full taste versus a one ounce sample at GABF. Poured into a Cigar City Snifter.

A- Black. Wonderfully black. Leaves a small head that's been in my glass for about 15 minutes now. Go figure: Tommy got one carbonated right? Answer is a resounding YES.

S- Overtures of coffee and a hint of chocolate. Can definitely tell by the smell that it's higher in alcohol content.

T- GREAT. Some may say too boozy but I like the bourbon flavor in this one. A nice little bitter finish to boot. As it warms up a tad, the bourbon shines.

M- Good. Not as thick as I thought it might be.

D- I think it's GREAT, though I'd probably stop at one due to the alcohol content. This is definitely a brew for me; looking forward to another one after a day on the slopes this upcoming ski season.

Schmittymack, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.22/5  rDev -3%

2009 Vintage. One of my first ever trades actually. Poured from a corked and caged 375ml. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: I remove the cork without so much as a hiss of carbonation. Beer is completely flat as totally expected. No head and no lacing. Beer is an opaque, motor oil black.

S: Smells of sweet booziness, purple grapes, sweet soy sauce, licquorice, rubber, brownie, and just the tiniest bit of chocolate in the back. Complexity is present but booziness is the slightest bit dominant.

T: Raisins, dates, and prunes upfront with a twinge of booziness in the back. Chocolate and licquorice sweetness towards the middle. The booze never really goes away but moves from the forefront into the background. Big and malty but never overly so. A slight coffee bitterness is detectable right towards the end and asserts itself at the finish but doesn't overcome the big, sweet body. Finish is more booze and aftertaste is one of brownie graininess.

M: Medium to full bodied, flat, oily and subtley viscous. Really smooth, almost like a chocolatey cognac or brandy. Completely coats the palate and makes its presence felt. Finish is messy and aftertaste is lingering and sticky.

D: I'm dying to try the carbonated version of this beer as I feel like it might make my list of top 5 imperial stouts. Great complexity with an appropriately heavy, smooth, and silky mouthfeel. The lack of carbonation really hurts it as there's very little separation of flavors, and it looks absolutely terrible. Still, one of the better offerings of Lost Abbey's "Flat Era".

SpeedwayJim, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of EchoCharlieEcho
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

A: Very dark brown, nearly black, and opaque with about 3/4'' tan head. The head dissipated to a dark tan ring around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing.

S: Boozy, bourbon and oak, toffee, dark sweet cherries, and some bittersweet chocolate.

T: The bourbon and dark fruit notes hold their own with robust roasted chocolate and toffee. Subtle vanilla and caramel qualities are present as it warms. Quite sweet but shy of cloying.

M: Thick with moderate carbonation. A little sticky and full-bodied. Strong warming sensation in the throat.

D: Too boozy to drink much of this. Glad I found this on tap. A real treat, but I doubt I could really appreciate a full bottle.

EchoCharlieEcho, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Gtreid
1.93/5  rDev -55.6%

Got this one as an extra in a trade sometime last year, I cannot remember who sent it to me, but thanks to whoever did. 375 ml bottle poured into a CCB snifter. Review from notes. Vintage 2009.

A: Very dark brown color. A minimal head appears, then fades to nothing. No lace whatsoever.

A: Bourbon all the way here. I can make out some faint dark chocolate and sweet molasses, but the barrel aging overpowers the aroma.

T: Again the bourbon flavor dominates all. The charactaristics I find so appealing in most Imperial Stouts are no where to be found here. I beleive it has spent way to much time in the barrel.

M: This one was flat, no carbonation, oily mouthfeel.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is low, enough said. Overall, if I wanted whiskey, I would drink whiskey. This is way too much whiskey flavor in my beer. The base beer has potential, but I will not be seeking this one out again. Sorry to say, this one went down the drain. Skal.

Gtreid, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%

Picked up both a 2010 and 2009 bottling of this in San Diego at Best Damn Beer Shop. 375ml, $16, 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a thick dark, dark brown with a cream colored head that fizzes up to about half an inch then is gone leaving a few islands of bubbles. Some lacing. Nice looking double stout.

S: Bourbon, chocolate, oak, caramel, smells pretty similar to the LA Bourbon Angel's Share. Overall the depth of smell is pretty nice, lots of good things going on, a noticeable coffee/roast note would add substantially to this beer though.

T: The lacking roast in the nose shows up in the mouth which redeems this from the poor nose, nice coffee profile in the mouth. Oak barrel bourbon, chocolate and toffee, definite dark roasted crystal malt. Overall reminds me of LA Bourbon Angel's Share, except for the strong stout trademarks (coffee, etc). Very tasty, very good BA double stout. Somewhat hot booze, but not overbearing. Nice beer.

M: Thick, medium carbonation, which doesn't get in the way of the beer. Perfect carbonation, excellent viscosity, and a nice dry oaky/boozey finish. Very nice here.

D: After drinking two shitty macros tonight before coming back to the room for a nightcap this is phenomenal, and there could be bias, but this is incredibly tasty. Definitely an improvement on old viscosity. I could probably split a second bottle with somebody else. It would be nice to see how this improves with age. 2009 bottle appears to be uncarbonated...still a good beer, but this recent batch is nice.

pokesbeerdude, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

UPDATE 6/11/10: My previous score for this beer was a 3.75 B, mainly because of the flatness of the last vintage. I have updated my score to reflect the 2010 vintage, which is still extremely lightly carbonated but much better overall. The aroma is extremely decadent and complex, one of the best I can remember. The flavor is much more well integrated, with a rich chocolate and toffee dominated mix and tons of other complexities. This really is now a world class beer and still could be even better with either more carbonation or a bit thicker/creamier body. My original review text is below

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Word going around is that the 2009 bottles are all flat. Knowing this, I gave mine a hard pour directly into the center of the glass and managed the "slightest" of heads, but it disappeared quickly. Looks like mine isn't completely flat, although it damn near is. There is actually an extremely small collar and tinny bubbles no bigger than a couple bits of sand, but hey thats more than nothing.

The nose is dominated by oak with a rich, complex background of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, earthy hops, and pie crust. A little hot maybe, but very very good.

The taste is somewhat odd....although the flavors are great, they haven't quite meshed into something that is world class yet. Or maybe it is the utter lack of carbonation playing tricks on me. My earlier hopes have now been dashed, carbonation is virtually nonexistent. Still, the taste is complex...bourbon, oak, cola, vanilla, dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is terrible. I'm reminded of the many times that I have put a can of soda back in the fridge, only to forget about it until three days later. This beer feels like that old Coke Classic. Dead in the mouth, and it really ruins the wonderful flavor.

Drinkability is OK even despite the flatness...I am left to wonder how much I would like this with carbonation. No more Lost Abbey for me unless I am positive that it isn't going to be flat.

alcstradamus, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

7/5/2010

2010 batch:

This year's batch is spot on. The nose is decadent, with a harmonious marriage of rich chocolate and bourbon, with big vanilla and oak notes. Outstanding. The flavor continues the trend of excellence, with a complex blend of vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, a light roast, bourbon, and booze. The mouthfeel is amazing, huge, full, and viscous, with a lower moderate level of carbonation. This is the best Older Viscosity vintage that I've tried.

2008 batch:

I had an unopened bottle of a light spring beer sitting before me, and then I got to reading a Port/Lost Abbey thread and realized I hadn't tried the new batch of Older Viscosity (2008). Tonight seems like a good night.

2008 Vintage. I'm greeted with a loud pop as I remove the cork. This beer doesn't seem to suffer from a lack of carbonation. I pour the beer into my Delirium Tremens tulip, and the head is dark brown and massive, about two fingers. The beer looks great. The head recedes slowly and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is of dark roasted malt and dark chocolate. Molasses and vanilla are present, and the six months of bourbon barrel aging is apparent in the nose, adding greatly to the rich, dark, and roasted profile. The flavor is very roasted and the alcohol is strong initially. This is a bit hot now, but judging from the last batch it will cellar very well. Midpalate the bourbon becomes apparent, reminding me of bourbon soaked dark fruit and vanilla. Molasses and dark and bitter chocolate are also evident. The beer has a nice low level of sweetness due to the roasted profile. The beer finishes dry and ever-roasted, lingers for a long time imparting bourbon, dark fruits, and some sweetness.

Full bodied with great carbonation(!). The mouthfeel is viscous and slightly dry, but overall it's a bit thin. It's thinner than 2007 batch for sure.

HopHead84, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%

Lucky to find this on the shelf at my local beer store. Sweet find! 12.7oz corked bottle...

A: Super dark color textured color with a small mocha head that quickly fades to a small lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: Sweet buttery bourbon upfront blended with some creamy walnut, milk chocolate, and cocao. Dark fruit and cherry in the middle with some oaky bitterness on the backend. Hints of dates and raisin mixed in as well. Very good.

T: Heavy creamy bourbon chocolate upfront. Raisin and date in the middle blended with hints of some coffee bean. A little roasty bitterness blended in the back. I love the fact that the roast is more hidden which lets some of the flavors shine through better. However, the booziness is more pronounced than I would like. It does not overpower the other flavors completely though. I almost get some hints of cherry with a tiny tartness hidden. Age would serve this well. Very Good.

M: Thick and medium bodied. Very good here.

D: This goes down easy.

All in all, this is a very good brew. Super hot right now, but it's a recent release, so age would definitely serve this well. If you have a bottle, do not crack it for a good year or so. Let the flavors mellow down some and they should shine through much better. This is definitely a must try. Good barrel aged stout with an interesting blend of flavors. Definitely worth hunting and trying at least once.

steve8robin, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of mroberts1204
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Vintage 2010

A: Pours pitch black with a frothy tan head that subsides to a skinny ring around the glass. Head seems to stick to the glass but does not leave visible lacing. A swirl shows that this baby has some legs. 4.5

S: Toffee and caramel pops out with a very pleasant vinous characteristic. Dark overripe berries. Reminds me of the bourbon barrel Angels Share. Not a bad thing. Some chocolate is masked behind the strong bourbon qualities, vanilla and charred oak. Fantastic. If it wasn't for a very slight alcohol burn this would be a 5. 4.5

T: The taste is different than the smell. First and foremost, there is some chocolate and roastiness that is immediately perceptible. Then there are the toffee and caramel flavors. Nice charred oak and vanilla bourbon notes. The vanilla stands out. The berry notes are not out in front but provide nice sweetness. 4.5

M: Thick and chewy with low to moderate carbonation. The right amount. Thats right folks...this one actually has carbonation!!! Some heat but considering the 12% ABV its well within reason. 4.5

D: The warming sensation provides a healthy reminder not to slug this thing down. I could easily finish a bottle to myself in this 80 degree heat. 4.5

All 4.5s. Hmmm. I'm sure some of these will be changed to 5s when this beer gets a little while to mellow out. I'd like to revisit this in 6-12 months. Highly recommended.

mroberts1204, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

Kegatron, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.7/5  rDev +8%

A: Poured a black color with a tannish head.

S: Nose is wood, roasted malt, cocoa and lighter bourbon.

T: Taste is almost charred with just the right amount of booze, plenty of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa,wood, bourbon and vanilla. Very tasty

M: Mouthfeel as has a boozy whiskey taste on the breath to finish. Very good brew.

D: Much better than the bottle version. The draught version really mellows out some harsh characters I noticed from the bottle.

barleywinefiend, Jun 27, 2010
Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,956 ratings.