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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,906
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 493
Gots: 586 | 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:
Imperial Stout aged for 12 months in new bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 12-03-2006)
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Photo of BEERchitect


4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

A tasty beer that bridges the gap between a Russian Imperial Stout and an English Olde Ale, except with bourbon barrel complexity and depth. Can you go wrong with that combination?

The beer pours an expectedly deep brown/black color with complete opaqueness. A thin yet froathy tanned head settles atop the beer and hold solid through the session. Lots of lacing along with light legging- the look certainly fits the bill.

Aromas display more fruit than malt up front. Deep berries, currants, grapes, plumbs and other rippened stone fruits set the stage while scorched toffee, deep toast and medium French Roast notes follow closely behind. A light twang of tannin, vinous, and booze also come into play late.

Flavors show a much more traditional Stout procession. Malt notes of strong coffee, toast, and toffee hit first with a deep and long linger into a grape, plumb, berry taste beyond mid palate. The woody, nutty, vinous notes show light sherry and soy sauce oxidation of melanoidins late and deliver more depth and complexity than off-flavors. This is a great tasting beer.

The body is deep, full, and robust. The carbonation, attenuation, and alcohol keeps the beer feeling lighter, air-ier, and more evaporative than actually is- this is a good thing as it keeps the entire weight of the beer from leaning on the tongue too much. Alcohols are present but seems balanced well against the intensity of flavors and gravity of the beer.

A very nice Stout that allows the vinous barrel-aged qualities to rival that of the Stout-like qualities. Thanks Mikesgrove!

03-07-2010 03:45:18 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of thequeen711


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours pitch black, absolutely no trace of lacing or foam! Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, taste of dark fruits, molasses, and alcohol that just warms the belly! I also detect an aftertaste of coconut in there. This is as perfect as a perfect beer can get, smooth, warmin, not too sweet, not too strong, perfectly a sipper. My first reaction is to sit at Teresa's and drink this all day, but then the ABV of it wouldn't let me drive home! This beer will be in my quest for greatness, I will search this brew out and gather it for posterity. Thank You, Tomme

03-06-2010 23:44:59 | More by thequeen711
Photo of AgentZero


4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

Wandered into Sheffields in Chicago and was shocked to see this on tap. Served in an 8 ounce snifter.

A - Motor oil black with no head to speak of. It definately does look thick.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, slightly oaky, very dark and deep smelling. Smells great.

T - I rarely give a 5 out for taste, but this is one of the best beers I've had in a long time. The bourbon is perfectly mellowed and blends nicely with the chocolate. Vanilla hints are there, the barrel influence is present but not in an overly woody or oaky way. Roasted malts and molassas give it a syrupy finish. Perfect.

M - The one complaint I had about this beer. It's just too thin, needs some more weight to it, surprising given the name.

D - It's a sipper, but could sip this all day until I fall over drunk.

02-24-2010 16:49:46 | More by AgentZero
Photo of MrDanno96


4.28/5  rDev -1.6%

Another treat from EBF 2010.

A: Pours night sky black with a thin ring of tan head. Very little lacing, which is not surprising based on the abv.

S: Reminiscent of the Black Tuesday I sampled earlier in the session. Lots of vanilla, bourbon, and oak meet the nose and are further balanced with some semi-sweet chocolate.

T: Again, similar to BT, but obviously not quite as strong or boozy. Chocolate, bourbon, a little vanilla, and some oak smokiness all make appearances.

M: This was the only real qualm I had with this brew. It was really only medium bodied and a big stout like this needs as much body as it can muster!

D: A fine sipper that would be best enjoyed on a chilly winter evening. With a little more body, this baby could perhaps rival BT as the best, boozy Bbl Imp Stout. As it stands now, it's still a great brew.

02-24-2010 05:36:45 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of Joeynocturnum

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%

Memphis Taproom Lost Abbey/Port with Tomme was amazing, my only regret is that I only had about an hour in change to hang and couldn't get at least one more beer in.

A- Midnight black with a tan head of foam about half a finger.

S- Was amazing... sweet smell of burbon, molasses and maybe some hints of chocolate and malts.

T- Blew me a away, I am a big fan of Ten Fidy and this was on a whole new level for me. It packed a punch but had a sweetness that hid the burbon very well. Slightly roasted taste with hints of molasses, coffee and malts.

M- Heavy and Smooth through and through perfectly balanced.

D- Definitely a sipper at 12 ABV, but very drinkable. I sipped for about 40 minutes on the 12 oz. chalice that I had and if I didn't have to drive home I would have had another.

02-23-2010 14:32:39 | More by Joeynocturnum
Photo of ccrida


3.33/5  rDev -23.4%

On draught at Brouwer's Big Wood, served in a snifter, Older Viscosity is black with a big-bubbled tan collar leaving no lace.

Smell is faint bourbon, sweet, with some vanilla and fusels. Never really opened up like I'd hoped it would

Taste is heavy on the bourbon. Very similar to the Angle's Share bourbon barrel I just had before, (caramel and raisins), but with more fusels and less roast, none really.

Mouthfeel is slick and dry, with very low carbonation.

Drinkability is average, too interesting, very one dimensional with the heavy bourbon, another over priced 'rarity' from these guys that I'm glad I didn't bother to track down, and regret even blowing the money on the draft price, which is at least discounted to the bottles. Will not seek out again.

02-20-2010 20:25:21 | More by ccrida
Photo of drabmuh


4/5  rDev -8%

Poured from a bottle dated 2009 into a Singha glass. Beer is black and forms almost no head, there is apparently no carbonation and no head. There were a few bubbles that were most likely the result of a rather violent pour that form some lacing. I guess I'm an unlucky victim of an uncarbonated Older Viscosity / Lost Abbey SNAFU. Thanks. It will affect my review since THEY are the ones that fucked up.

Aroma is like bourbon. Very sweet, very boozy, smells like a lot of bourbon barrel aged beers. Smells good.

Beer is medium bodied, feels good in the mouth. Very strong from an alcohol point of view. Very sweet, some chocolate based bitterness. Overall its pretty smooth for this sort of beer. A nice blend all together.

02-16-2010 03:58:06 | More by drabmuh
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


2.88/5  rDev -33.8%

Had this beer Super Bowl Sunday, I'd been saving it for a couple month's for this occasion. It poured not even a black, but a dark brown, kind of grayish body with absolutely no head whatsoever, I even gave it a big aggressive pour at the end and still couldn't get anything. The smell is mostly a bourbony alcohol with some hints of maltiness and chocolate powder. The taste is about the same, I actually find it pretty bland. It's a slightly complex but dull stout covered in oak barrel. Mouthfeel is not as thick as the bottle's copy would have you believe, in fact it was nothing compared to say, Souther Tier's Choklat. Drinkability is alright, but a bottle was all I wanted...I'm very let down by this beer. Hopefully this was just a bad bottle. :(

02-15-2010 18:13:17 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of ffejherb


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 375ml bottle on 2/11/10.

A - Poured an oily black onyx liquid with a creamy burnt tan head that retained as a quarter inch cap on top.

S - Initial aroma suggests bourbon-soaked chocolate cake with a hint of coffee and vanilla bean. Alcohol presence is quite dominant.

T - Like the aroma, the flavor releases an intense bourbon character, quelled only slightly by a hint of vanilla sweetness. Coffee and bitter dark chocolate is also featured fairly prominently in the mix. Finishes with a bold alcohol sting and earthy hop bitterness.

M - Full bodied and viscous (obviously) with an oily texture yet lots of traction on the tongue. Finishes bitter and warm on the palate with pretty intense alcohol heat.

D - Really glad I got to try this stuff. While Old Viscosity is more drinkable, I found this to be a very good BBA brew that lives up to its name.

02-14-2010 16:18:55 | More by ffejherb
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This pours with the appropriately expected black color. A finger and a half of mocha brown foam makes the head. Retention is very good and the lacing is in thick strands and quite sticky.

Huge notes of bourbon and oak roll from this glass. A good amount of dark chocolate. Some tobacco. Light touches of dark brown sugar and caramel, with some faint traces of vanilla.
This is one of the more bourbon-forward beers that I've ever smelled.

Wow. The bourbon and oak notes really dominate this beer. Notes of chocolate, tobacco, molasses and a touch of licorice. Bittersweet chocolates and some very roasted malt notes. Nice vanilla notes. Light presence of dark fruits.

Full-bodied, but not quite thick. It has a nice oiliness to it though. Medium level of carbonation, which gives it a great touch of creaminess. Very smooth.

The 12.10%abv is quite well-hidden, but does a great job of warming your belly. I find this to be a nicely drinkable beer, if you've got at least 30 minutes to give to it.
I like it, very much.

02-11-2010 06:39:34 | More by coldmeat23
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4.88/5  rDev +12.2%

Draft, Toronado. I really love this beer. I've had it three times now and have enjoyed it more with every taste. This time, I got a glass to settle my stomach from a night of sours at Toronado's RR -tion night (a 16 oz pour for $6 - bless that bar). This beer pulls off thick and rich better than any other beer that I've tried. The bourbon note is big and strong, but it doesn't get in the way of the underlying stout. In fact, I find the oaky bourbon flavor balances the beer quite nicely. The beer is rich with coffee, cocoa, prunes and brown sugar, yet it's not sticky or cloying. It's definitely a slow sipper. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Fantastic.

02-10-2010 23:20:45 | More by popery
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Thanks to JW347 for setting me up with this one a few Aprils ago at DLD08.

Appearance - uncaps with a little 'pop'. Pours smoothly, a caramel brown stream with vitually no head formation. I'm using an MJ tasting glass, so I heighten the pour to 6-8 inches and get a thin wisp of mocha. Never quite gets the complete cover, but there is still a bit of a noticeable collar. A rare dot of lace here and there.

Aroma - huge barrel presence, the wood is all over the nose on this. Had a bit of port-like character at first, but now it's just the wood, caramel, and whiskey.

Taste - some good roasted grain, very briefly. Accompanying sweetness segues to dark chocolate and bourbon. Woody notes have a slight buttery aspect to them. A bite on the swallow provides balance and while the abv is warming, I don't sense 12%. Shades of chocolate and roast finish off the taste as the belly flares with warmth.

Mouthfeel - thick and full-feeling. The carbonation level, though skimpy on the pour, is more noiceable here. It is low-key but very enhancing to the flavors.

Drinkability - an excellent sipper, thanks Johnathan!!

02-09-2010 04:41:43 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of KJH


1.38/5  rDev -68.3%

I love Port Brewing's beers but this was a dud.

It did pour like used motor oil - dark and still. No carbonation whatsoever.

The oak/bourbon aroma was very evident immediately after pouting and it overwhelmed the taste buds upon sipping. In fact I could not get beyond the bourbon flavors. When the bourbon eventually faded I was only left with some hot alcohol flavors.

Overall I did not find the beer to be drinkable. I have trouble saying tha tthe bottle was mis-handled but something was not right.

02-08-2010 04:56:16 | More by KJH
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

4.83/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Thick jet black, it coats the glass like paint. The name is very, very appropriate. Nice brown sugar head.

Smell: Smells delicious, great bourbon element, along with brown sugar, dark chocolate, tobacco, french oak, raisins/dates, faint coffee/espresso, and vanilla.

Taste: Delicious bourbon, brown sugar, tobacco (perfectly done, fresh and moist), blackstrap molasses, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly full, perfect carbonation. Of all of the Sinner's club releases this will be the one I look forward to the most.

Drinkability: Rated to style, highly drinkable. I keep hoping they will blend it with red poppy.

02-01-2010 04:28:33 | More by craytonic
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8%

This was a solid Imperial Stout, sampled among several at a stout tasting event.

Poured a very ink-like dark black. Not much head, although given the high ABV and the shape of the tasting glass I didn't expect much.

Aroma was not as whiskey-like as I anticipated given the barrel aging. Lots of roasted malt and coffee. some licorice.

Taste was very good as well. My bottle was only a handful of months old, and I think this brew would benefit greatly from being put in the back of the fridge for a year or more to mellow out. Be that as it may, It was a tasty stout, full of the flavors you would expect. Again, I thought there would be more of a bourbon-like flavor, but it was quite hidden in the background.

This was warm going down; definitely could feel the high ABV. As previously mentioned, this was still rather hot and would no doubt soften as it aged.

Overall, a fine brew. I would recommend it, but also to let it sit for a while before opening.

01-26-2010 21:14:25 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of cassanoj


4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

On tap at Tria.

Pours damn near black, with a little baby head and not much lacing. Pretty high abv, hard to complain.

Smells like bourbon, wine, I fear the alcohol in this one... well done. Also, barley, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, and just a little touch of oak.

Mmm, tastes chocolaty in the front, backed up by the bourbon and some sweet vanilla. Also, faint touches of molasses, oak, dark fruits. This RIS is simply put, awesome. Well crafted, delicious, outstanding.

The mouthfeel is not that thick. Decent amount of carbonation. The taste is good enough to make up for a less than viscous mouthfeel.

Overall, incredibly well-crafted Russian Imperial Stout that I find way too drinkable.

01-26-2010 17:22:14 | More by cassanoj
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev -8%

Thanks to Blake for providing this bottle to the Bowling Green KY BA gathering. A solid beer - big, bold but not too far over the top as some trying for the uber-stout mark. Dark roasted malt flavor. The ETOH does not dominate and adds a gentle warming at the finish.

01-25-2010 14:35:44 | More by Brent
Photo of womencantsail


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

This is a bottle I swapped with Tomme after opening a couple flat ones.

A: The bottle opened with a slight pop and the pour was lowly carbonated, but did feature some bubbles. The beer itself is viscous and black with a minimal tan colored head.

S: The nose is very nice with notes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Perhaps a little bit of alcohol heat, but nothing overwhelming.

T: The great nose did not quite translate to the flavor. The flavor is very heavy on the bourbon, with the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors coming through more as the beer warms up. Unfortunately, so does the alcohol.

M: The body is full, and the carbonation is sufficient for the style, but could use some more bubbles.

D: This beer can be one of my absolute favorites, but this iteration of it is a bit disappointing. The alcohol comes through just a bit too much, unfortunately, but I would still recommend this beer and drink it any time.

01-22-2010 05:37:18 | More by womencantsail
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Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -13.1%

Thanks to Mauerhan for the one-upping - this one has been on my 'wants' for quite some time. 2009 vintage, corked and caged 375ml bottle, served in my Old Stock snifter (also courtesy of Mauerhan). Poured one shade shy of black with just a cluster of clear bubbles that gathered around the edges, with a soapy swirl cutting a swath down the middle. No lacing on this one. Nose is malty, bourbon, vanilla, mocha and booze - smells a little hot. Taste consistent with nose; however, bourbon quality is slightly diminished and a coffee character comes out, culminating in a boozy, almost ethanol-like finish. Well, as suggested by the cork pop (or lack thereof), carbonation is pretty much non-existent. Consistency is medium-bodied and a bit silky; however, the lack of carbonation makes it all feel pretty thin. Decent, but a bit of a let down. The mouthfeel really kills this for me. I would love to try a carbonated version of this offering.

01-21-2010 02:30:00 | More by Jwale73
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3.93/5  rDev -9.7%

Thanks to pecorasc for opening this one up. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark black color, think abyss. Produced a half fingers width of tan head and dissipated almost instantly.

S- Big aromas going on here. The sizable malt presence gives off a tremendous sweetness. Molasses is also unmistakable. Some toasted malts as well. Overriding all these scents is a bourbon, alcohol, booziness that dominates.

T- Much like the aroma. I was actually quite surprised as to how easy it was to pick up the molasses flavors. I picked up a slight burnt/toasted flavor from the malts. Also noticed a bit bourbon soaked dark fruit in the far background of this beer. And as in the aroma, the bourbon was really in your face and at the forefront of each sip. Definitely a little hot.

M- Thick and viscous, just the way I like it. Good carbonation. Coated the palate with sticky goodness.

D- While I don't mind bourbon flavors dominating a beer, this one was a little too hot. A slow sipper if I have ever found one.

Overall, a great beer that could definitely benefit from some aging in the cellar. I could see this one mellowing out wonderfully over the span of another year or two.

01-17-2010 16:31:16 | More by rhinos00
Photo of jrallen34


4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

I drank this from 2009 version 375ml bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a very dark black with hardly any light showing through on the edges. It looks very oily, and pours with no head what-so-ever which is disappointing.

The aroma is strong and awesome. Tons of malts attacking my senses. There is tons of vanilla, with a little oak, snd bourbon that burns your nose.

The taste is very nice, medium bodied and complex. It starts out sweet with vanilla and finishes with tons of vanilla/bourbon.

The feel is light, totally not as viscous as it protrays itself.

Very drinkable.

Overall, this is very good. One of the best oak aged RIS with tons of bourbon flavor. If you like that vanilla/bourbon this is where you go. For me to be world class needs a head, and better feel overall. Its very similar to GIBCS, but not quite there yet.

01-17-2010 03:03:28 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Jayli


4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

Had on tap at a tasting at Gordon's in Waltham - several 2 oz tastings

A: This one pours a thick, opaque black with about a 1/4 in of light brown head that recedes relatively quickly. Minimal spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is of caramel malts, oak, vanilla, espresso, heavy bourbon, and some dark fruit.

T: Taste is OUT-STANDING!! Based off the nose, I didn't expect this to be as well balanced and smooth as it was. Taste starts off with a rich but well blended oaked bourbon and vanilla bean. Middle is filled nicely with rich dark chocolate and caramel, something sweet - possibly molasses. Finish is somewhat boozy, but well blended and pleasant with a nice rich espresso tasting.

M: Full body, low carbonation, rich and creamy feeling, almost velvety on the tongue that quickly dissipates and gives a rather dry finish.

D: Fantastic beer, not too boozy, not over the top but just big enough to draw you in. Full bodied and maybe filling but it is so damn good, it doesn't matter! Booziness is somewhat there, but not overpowering. I only hope to get my hands on more of this...

01-16-2010 03:50:20 | More by Jayli
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3.93/5  rDev -9.7%

Had on tap at the Blind Pig 1/14/10

A - Pours black with no head

S - Reminds me of SATB. A bit autolysed with some bourbon. Very strong.

T - Lots of bourbon with some toasted malt. The taste isn't as autolysed.

M - Thick and viscous. Chewy with low carbonation. Mouth-coating slickness.

D - Drinks pretty nicely for 12% abv. A bit of a sipper.

01-15-2010 16:23:57 | More by fropones
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3.55/5  rDev -18.4%

Got this one from GregoryG and split with CrellMoset. Thanks!

A: Oh....this can't be good. Totally and completely flat. There's no head and no visible movement. The appearance (or as much of an appearance as you can have when there's no carbonation present) is still pretty decent considering all this. Very slight cream lacing as it's drunk, but very oily in consistency. The color is actually just about exactly what I would have expected from the packaging--a very dark and inky (and I particularly find "inky" an accurate adjective for how it's sitting there) blue-grey.

S: Heavy smoke, wood, spice, and earth, as well as dark fruits and alcohol. Prunes and raisins, rum and bourbon.

T: Very heavy bourbon and chocolate tastes, but also some vanilla. There's also a roast coffee present. Pretty decent even without carbonation. There's something slick and syrupy about it--maybe a hint of maple?--but it's a little hard to tell.

M: Absolutely terrible. As the appearance indicated, there is very little to no carbonation.

D: I can't rate this particuarly high because of the mouthfeel, but I think that it's pretty remarkable that the taste still holds up fairly well absent carbonation. I wonder if maybe it would have been a 4.5 or 5 if the carbonation had lasted. What a shame.

01-09-2010 14:38:23 | More by afausser
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3.7/5  rDev -14.9%

375 mL bottle courtesy of a generous trader lost to the annals of poor record keeping. Poured in to a 12 oz. snifter.

Appearance: A difficult cork finally gives way to the slightest of audible pops. A mildly aggressive pour suggests my greatest fears - this one's flat as Sharon Stone. Absolutely no semblance of a head emerges, so Lord only knows what the head retention is like. The body itself is attractive, a deep near-charcoal with the thinnest of delicate foam collars. The lacing - which comes from agitation rather than the natural fade of a head - is glittery, runny, and the color I imagine the head would be, a moderate tan.

Aroma: Earthy char and soy sauce meld to suggest a well-done steak, a vinous, tawny green note melds with dark fruit-like sweetness to suggest rum-soaked raisins and or plums, and bourbon melds with itself to suggest deliciousness. The spiciness of the bourbon is strong up front but melds well with the array of heavily dark toasted malts presented here.

Taste: Huge, sweet cocoa - powdery in places - is the most dominant base-beer note here, milky and authentic, to the point where I wouldn't be surprised if I found out this one was brewed with cocoa nibs or something. Huge toasty malts that range from light caramel to a full array of toffees to coffee to a faint kiss of char are complimented well by barrel notes, faint coconut and earthy, light, estery green wood. The earthy bourbon is wonderfully well-integrated though lends a definite kiss of spice, particularly in the finish. Faint rum-soaked raisins and the slightest amount of hop bitterness round this one out.

Mouthfeel: Dead dead dead, and it could not be more disappointing. It seems like an even a small amount of even, fine carbonation would make this a creamy, rich, brew, and though this is a style not known for its high carbonation, having none whatsoever makes this one a bit of a chore.

Drinkability: This one has all the makings of an amazing, highly-drinkable, life-enriching beer (ok, not so much on that last part). But it seems like it's a great, straightforwardly traditional RIS - that is, tons of complex, heavy, toasted malts, moderately sweet, low hop bitterness - aged expertly in bourbon barrels. And then, this one falls short of the finish line. And not, like, stumbles, but more like, trips and breaks both of its ankles on its way to a career-ending injury before losing all of its endorsement contracts. The carbonation on this one shoots about half of its glory straight to hell, and more than being upset with Lost Abbey/Port about releasing the product like this, I'm upset at the world for allowing such an otherwise great beer to not reach its full potential.

01-04-2010 05:16:34 | More by CrellMoset
Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,906 ratings.