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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 2,303
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 505
Gots: 656 | FT: 55
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 12-03-2006

Imperial Stout aged for 12 months in new bourbon barrels.
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Ratings: 2,303 | Reviews: 705
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4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle (2010 vintage) poured into a tulip

A: Pours black with about an inch of tight brown head. Decent head retention for a giant barrel aged stout.

S: Fairly big bourbon notes with plenty of oak and vanilla. Midnight dark chocolate, lots of molasses, a little toasted coconut, a bit of dark fruits (rum raisins, figs). Alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant.

T: First thing I noticed is while it's seems fairly barrel-forward on the nose, it's a lot more mellow on the palate. The bourbon is still fairly up front, thought it's not that sharp or boozy. There's just a tiny bit of alcohol burn on the front end. Everything is very well integrated, the dark chocolate and fairly heavy sweetness (molasses, burnt caramel, toasted coconut, maybe a little toffee) rush in right behind the barrel juice. Vanilla seems mostly up front while the oak has a sturdy presence throughout. Sturdy malt body that touches on char. A bit of dark fruit alcohol esters middle mouth through the finish. Finish is a little warming and wet with lingering caramel, coconut, coffee, and dark fruits.

M: Close to a full body, light carbonation, fairly smooth. Could use more viscosity with a bigger body of malt.

O: A really good barrel-forward stout with a good level of complexity. My main problem is that the body isn't as thick and chewy as I was expecting as well as the fact that a little oxidation is noticeable. Also not quite as malty as some other big stouts. Enjoyable for sure, though the price tag does make you want to walk away from the bottle.

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3/5  rDev -31%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage poured into a snifter. Bottle pulled from fridge and allowed to warm at room temperature for about 15 minutes.

A- Black as night. A small cream colored head forms when poured but quickly dissipates.

S- Lots of bourbon and just a boozey smell in general. Also smelling hints of chocolate, coffee, vanilla.

T- Dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, raisins. The booziness hits hard, maybe since its a fresh bottle. It isn't a bad boozey, but very overpowers everything else. I get an overall alcohol warming feeling after each sip.

M- Heavy, boozey. Alcohol warming feeling lingers.

I liked it, pricey though at $16.99 a bottle. I bought 2 bottles, and am interested to see how the other one drinks with a year or so on it.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft served in a 10.5oz tulip for $7.50. This batch clocks in at 12.1% ABV and is 100% aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for 6 months. Sampled 10/11/10.

A: Pours with a 2 1/2 finger medium dark brown head, foamy creamy and with decent retention given the alcohol content. The long lingering, thick foamy film tries to deposit lace on the glass, but it slides back down after each sip. The body is mercilessly black giving no chance for light to come through.

S: HUGE nose. Bourbon strikes along with vanilla, coconut, sweet molasses, chocolate and trace amounts of dark fruit. Very boozy - not so much in a hot way - but very, very smooth.

T: The taste is just as expected given the nose, albeit not as impressive. Bourbon is showcased again, and it is bigger than ever, resulting in a lack of complexity. The dark fruits however, are much more prominent on the palate than they were in the nose, coming through in the form of prune and raisin. Big malts combine to keep a constant level of sweetness in all but the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is gently carbonated. The body is medium. Leans towards - but doesn't quite reach - a dry finish with noticeable tannic astringency. Far from a lush texture.

D: [DRINKABILITY] Older Viscosity is a bourbon bomb and it makes for a beer with only average drinkability. Blending would have served this batch well. All things considered, this beer isn't bad, just mediocre in its class, and not as great as it could be. Frankly, I prefer Old Viscosity.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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

The cork pops loudly and reassuringly on this year old bottle. Beer is jet black and totally opaque, with a very minimal head that becomes a wispy band almost immediately; lacing is also very minimal and slides quickly down the sides of the glass.

Full and very rich aroma, with big time bourbon and general booziness, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, char, pipe tobacco, black licorice and overall sweetness.

Wow, this is one big and unapologetic stout. All the notes from the nose are present in the taste, with a bit of hotly alcoholic burn; immediately warming. Phenomenally complex - booze, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, sourness, sweetness, deeply fruity, lots of coffee and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is lightly but appropriately carbonated; sticky and a bit chewy. I actually felt this was a bit of a minor letdown for an otherwise stellar beer - the name just had me expecting something super chewy and syrupy, but it wasn't really outlandishly so. This is an excellent, somewhat brutal stout. However this bottle cost me 14.00 on the east coast and there are a bunch of other IS that can compete that go for a fraction of the price so I'm not sure if I'll be back anytime soon.

Man, this went well with quality chocolate ice cream and cookies.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't see a bottle date, but it was purchased in 8/2010

A - Pours pitch black with essentially no head at all.

S - Before pouring, I took a whiff of the bottle and thought it smelled exactly like BB Fourth Dementia from Kuhnhenn: sweet bourbon notes, some oxidation, and a chocolate chip cookie. After pouring, I feel even stronger about this, though there are also some very nice vanilla notes and some more chocolate.

T - Tastes similar to the smell, with more chocolate up front, bourbon vanilla and oak, and some rum raisin. A bit sweet, but not overpowering. No alcohol burn whatsoever. Definitely a bit oxidized, but very good.

M - Thick and chewy, with very little carbonation. Seems to work well in this case.

O - A very good beer. I would like a bit more carbonation, but very nice aroma and taste. I'll have to try this side by side with BB 4D someday. I know they aren't even the same style, but I couldn't get over how much this reminded me of that beer.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at The Distillery in Savannah over the summer. Review from notes.

A - Served in a Stone snifter. Black with a short head of grayish/tan large bubbles. Little retention or lace.

S - Loads of vanilla and chocolate. Sweet bourbon aromas - extremely smooth. Deep notes of chocolate covered raisins and a bit of cherry-wood as well. Inviting.

T - Quite sweet and a little hot. Bourbon is big, as is aged charred oak. Sweet dark fruit flavors pop out at you. The stout is roasty bot never burnt or ashy.

M - Medium body for a stout. Hot. high carbonation for a barrel-aged beer imo.

O - Well done, I could see improvement though, be it in the recipe or even in the age.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The big brother in a little bottle to Lost Abby’s Old Viscosity, this bourbon barrel aged RIS is black as midnight, thick as used motor oil and tasty as can be. Could you ask for anything else?
Aromas of toffee and espresso, some cocoa and sweet cream comes through too. Tastes of Italian roast and espresso crema, dark chocolate and gourmet toffee, with a sweet, warming bourbon note playing through the whole sip. It has a great mouthfeel—it’s smooth, not alcoholic but it lets you know it’s a big beer and not to be taken lightly.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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

Poured a nice deep black with a thick and creamy dark tan head, nice retention and lacing.

The smell is very powerful, big dark roasted malts with a boozy vanilla, bourbon, and oak layer mixing in nicely.

Has a big sweet dark fruit flavor up front with a bit of molasses and a touch of honey. The roasted malts become more pronounced the more you drink it with the bourbon characters being well balanced with just a touch of vanilla and booze.

The mouthfeel was thick and chewy with a nice dry and warm finish.

Very nicely done barrel aged stout, a good balance without being to sweet or messy.

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Palestine is oppressed, Israel is oppressive, Ricky Perry is an idiot, and older
viscosity is a enjoyable beer. Smooth and barrel aged and choolate coffee. Great odor, nice mouth. Quality barrel aged brew but maybe a bit pricy. But not bad. In fact good.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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