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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,848
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 494
Gots: 571 | 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 Jmoore50


4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh my god this is outstanding.

The appearance is dark dark black. I poured vigorous, incredibly hard pour with a quarter finger head that disappeared very fast. The head was a dark brown. The lacing, well there is none. Instead of lacing it leaves a thick coat of alcohol. Beautiful.

The smell is what I wish sex smelled like. Chewy goodness. Chewy chocolate covered caramel. BOURBON. Chocolate bourbon. Just heavenly.

The taste is incredible. Just like the smell. Chocolate covered caramel bar dipped in a fine Bourbon. Oak dryness with an alcoholic burn from the bourbon that gets me just. . . excited. Raisin sweetness, maybe Bourbon soaked raisins? This just makes me so happy drinking this great great beer.

The mouthfeel is the lowest part because I feel a little more carbonation would make it really pop. This has the chance of being my favorite beer of all time if it was a bit more carbonated. I am just glad it was actually carbonated. A little light also on the mouthfeel, but with that taste, who the hell cares?

I could drink this all day every day. Amazing. Really really amazing. This is my first Lost Abbey brew and . . . wow. Just a bit more carbonation and I would devote my life to this great great brew.


Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 04:40:49 | More by Jmoore50
Photo of discovolante65

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston MA.

Appearance is light-absorbing darkness. I held it up to the light and the room got darker. Small, half-inch, coffee-milk colored head, fairly good amount of bubbles dancing around in it. Not much in the lacing department. More like a coating, or sheeting of liquid that eventually retreated back into the glass.

Aroma was bourbon, bourbon, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, bourbon, anisette and more bourbon.

Taste is a pretty complex wash. The whole thing really reminds me of maybe chocolate covered raisins chased with a swig of whiskey. I don't mean that in a bad way. Although I don't think the barrel aging and the RIS are blended together as well as others that I have had in the category. It is like two separate tasting experiences. I enjoy both. A small amount of bitterness and "heat" are also at play in the taste, slightly buttery.

Mouthfeel to me is surprisingly thin. I expected something thicker than this. I think the carbonation was pretty good for the style.

Drinkability is a tough call. I had one of these, I probably could have had more, but with 12% alcohol, it would have been met with disastrous results. I had a big dinner, and had this as a dessert. I sipped it for close to an hour and a half and enjoyed every sip of it.

Very enjoyable, almost cordial, I would have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2009 14:21:56 | More by discovolante65
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yyyuummm. This is a darn fine beer. I'm wondering on the style, though. In the end I think this is a bit thin and "woody" for this style as Imperial Stout. But, who cares? I could be wrong.

Richness in every category it seems. Appearance could use some more head for this style. It seemed a bit weak, but looked good. Dark pour, reddish sides.
Deep aroma. Dark. chocolate, caramel, alcohol, tobacco, fresh anise. Strong as I can whiff it about 10 inches away. Taste is addictive I think. It has a very nice blend of all the aromas, with some black plum and hints of pepper on the side. Easy drinking for the abv, a bit thin as mentioned. burnt wood comes in the end giving it a smokey, semi sweet finish. Very nice

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2009 06:31:16 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of TexIndy


4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got as a freebie from a great friend. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a pint glass. He had his a month or so ago and warned me that his had no carbonation at all. I read that leaving unrefrigerated for awhile might help so had in back of closet to cellar it warm for a bit. Didn't help. Cork came out with no pop whatsoever. Even did a very hard pour from high up halfway thru and no head at all - just a couple small bubbles in one corner. It was pitch black against the light.

The aroma was bourbon, oak, vanilla and some chocolate. I'm rating this one more to style than personal preference. For a bourbon barrel aged beer, the aroma had a strong bourbon smell that while strong didn't overpower. As it warmed, more of the base aromas appeared. The flavor followed the aroma closely. Strong bourbon but not overpowering and mixed well with the base beer. The oak and vanilla were definite highlights. Halfway thru you can really feel the 12% ABV but it's a slow build. Mouthfeel was lacking any carbonation and was very watery. Reminiscent of a flat soda after sitting out for most of day that had a bunch of ice in it.

Overall, the aroma and taste were very good for the style but the lack of carbonation really hurt the appearance and especially the mouthfeel. Got mine for free but sticker is $16.99 which is high for 375ml. Also, for that much, you expect the carb issues to be figured out or don't release the beer. For aroma and taste, the drinkability is around higher but the carb issues and high price bring it down some.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 17:04:18 | More by TexIndy
Photo of Reagan1984


4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this last night at Falling Rock Tap House.

Served in ½ pint glasses with a finger of light tan head that did fade quickly. The beer is a shiny dark brown color. A bit lighter than most Imp Stouts and it appeared to be a bit thinner as well. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma was fantastic. Bourbon, Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, black licorice, dark fruits. It kept evolving while you drank the glass but never lost it's punch. Fantastic.

The flavor was almost as complex. Lots going on. You can definitely tell the ABV is up in the 10%+ range immediately. Not in a "Hot" alcohol way, but rather it's warming qualities. Does drink like an after dinner drink. Bourbon, Vanilla, brown sugar, slight coffee, chocolate covered cherries for a moment, a touch of black licorice.

As mentioned above the body was a touch thinner than most Imp Stouts. Not really a problem. Slick, slight carbonation, warming from the alcohol.

One to enjoy slowly and with friends. A real pleasure to enjoy this....

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2009 12:02:38 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of rayjay


4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the brewery. Weak pop from the cork, and into the Delirium Noel goblet.

a- Weak carbonation, but I've had awesome beers with minimal CO2 so no discrimination yet. Tiny ring of tiny bubbles around the edges of a dark brownish-black beer.

s- Old school aroma of Courage RIS, sugar cookies, bitter dark chocolate, alcohol, oak, and dried fruits covered in chocolate.

t- Not a huge fan of regular Old Visc (too much butter and dumpster funk), but the ba version has more going on that I find appealing. Sugary cookie malts, sweet sticky whiskey, maybe even some booze-soaked cherry cordials. Very British in style. Bitterness and roasted grains are kept to the side while the big booze and overall sweetness run the show. No real alcohol heat.

m- Because of the old school beers I've had with minimal carbonation, I can relate to the mouthfeel of this beer. It's pretty flat but I kind of like the vibe it puts off. Sticky and velvety mouthfeel. Call me crazy but I think it works. If I called the shots I'd probably add a bit more CO2, but it's definitely a pleasant surprise.

d- Doesn't quite match the drinkability of it's British counterparts but it does go back easy and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 02:26:45 | More by rayjay
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this one in a trade with originalsin and split with a fellow BA IanL

A: Solid black with no carbonation or head, but it sits a very nice black.

S: Bourbon, slightly dry. Nice vanilla notes, chocolate, and caramel followed by some serious alcohol heat.

T: It starts chocolate, goes to bourbon and vanilla and then finishes chocolate again. Wow there is so much flavor in such a small sip.

M: Creamy and delicious. Plenty of heat on it, but it is not unpleasant.

D: Very easy to drink could have this pretty much everyday.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 19:42:43 | More by mikey711
Photo of kels


4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to pwoods for sharing this during my last visit to Cincy. Review is on the bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours the darkest chocolate brown with some of the thickest viscosity I've seen in a beer - very aptly named. It looks like motor oil, slick and completely opaque. Not much of a head to even mention on this beer. Thick sheets of alcohol slide down the sides of the glass, pulling the slightest touches of light, slippery lacing down into the liquid.

Smell: Aromas is deep, buttery and bourbony. The sweetness is creamy and tons of dry, oaky notes come through. It smells absolutely delicious, making it impossible to postpone drinking it any longer.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I notice the aftertaste more than anything in this beer. It is a really nice, warm, chocolatey, mochay, creamy, buttery delicious concoction. I think that the aftertaste brings out the layers of complex tastes more than the initial mouthful because it is comprised mostly of warm, sweet, oaky bourbon. It is quite tasty and satisfying on many levels. Heat is really nice and the alcohol is very smooth without any sharpness or without being overwhelming. Great drying effect after, and the feel is as flat, viscous and thick as the appearance.

Drinkability: Moderate at best - very refined, very smooth and a great beer to taste if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 22:13:30 | More by kels
Photo of sholland119


4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door. So awesome to be getting Port beers on tap here now.

A-Dark brown at the bottom, filling to an opaque black. The tan head quickly subsides but leaves nice lacing.

S-Caramel, vanilla and milk chocolate with a bit of molasses. Some booziness is apparent as well. Very nice.

T-Outstanding complexity and richness of flavors. Caramel, toffee, a bit of maple and vanilla and lots of dark chocolate. The somewhat boozy finish does not diminish the taste or experience at all. I am not typically a fan of hot finishing beers.

M-Moderately rich and creamy with smooth carbonation.

D-One of the best high ABV beers going. Remarkably smooth and tasty, flavors are diverse and intense.


Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2009 13:05:49 | More by sholland119
Photo of weeare138


4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at TND...
Appears a dark, midnight, used motor oil black with a small dark tan head that fizzles out. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of oaky vanilla, whiskey, death by chocolate, brown sugar, and cream. Heavenly!
Taste is of the insanely delicious aromas with a sugary, sweet, whiskey aged flavor pulling through with a raisin, prune, and tobacco flavor kicking down the doors of your palate.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, oily, slick, and warming.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2009 17:37:51 | More by weeare138
Photo of schinebd


4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage

A - Very dark, solid black. Held it right in front of a light bulb and the light did not illuminate this beer one bit. A small brown head forms and retains around the side of the glass with little paper thin brown islands floating on the surface The label talked a big game about "sludginess" but I'd say this one is pretty par for the course as far as high ABV Imperial Stouts are concerned.

S - Very strong smells of chocolate, bourbon, oak, currants, sugar, and, of course, booze.

T - The chocolate and vanilla really pound the palate at first with some light bourbon flavor. The bourbon taste in this brew is spot on - it doesn't drive the flavor, but rather complements all of the other flavors. After the swallow, the beer really works its magic. The dark fruit flavors become prominent in the aftertaste, balanced by some mild hop bitterness in the finish. Bourbon underlies everything. Complex, balanced, and well presented.

M - The light carbonation really makes the initial flavors pop, and the thick smoothness add to the drinking experience both by complementing the flavor and adding aesthetic appeal.

D - To thick, flavorful and high in ABV for more than one. Certainly a must-sip.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 02:38:29 | More by schinebd
Photo of bamadog


4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Special thanks to Pwoods for splitting this bottle with Kels and I. Review is from notes. Poured from bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a pretty solid black, entire opaque and leaves a very oily film along the sides; no carbonation whatsoever and the beverage is very viscous (gee, I wonder if that's got anything to do with the name?).

Smell: Tons of bourbon and oaky vanilla; chocolate - big alcoholic vapor in the nose wafting up through the nostrils, smells like it's going to be hot as hell...

Taste: Wow. Deep toasted and roasted malts of crunchy espresso bean nature; syrupy semi/sweet chocolate; big bourbon flavors complemented by an oakiness, but in reality it's quite smooth and drinks easily; aftertaste is full of the bourbon and dark coffee and chocolate flavors and lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: A nice viscous body but not "thick" in a creamy sense - body feels a tad gritty; mouth is left very warm and tingly; a slight coating throughout but something of a dry finish from the alcoholic warmth; body has no carbonation whatsoever, but it's so damn good it doesn't really matter.

Drinkability: Medium at best - while it's got amazing flavors and superb mouthfeel, the ABV is pretty high - makes for a nice after dinner treat though.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 01:17:37 | More by bamadog
Photo of PatronWizard


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

First of all, I'm a big fat fan of Old Viscosity. Couldn't wait to try this. And I can't remember if it was OlieIPA or Mauerhan who popped this since both of those meatheads practically drowned me in delicious limited releases durning my final six months of college. Bastards.

Pours a gorgeous creamy tan head over deep black. Real nice.

I smell a little fruitiness (might be Kris) and maybe just a bit of sourness (might be Mike), some milk chocolate.

Flavor is huge. Little bit of barrel, some very nice red licorice not present in Old Viscosity. Hard to describe - not really 'stoutish' - more like - I don't fucking know - but very good.

Sickenly velvety smooth. Really impressive. This beer catapults to my short list.

Overall: absolutely awesome!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 20:41:08 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 375mL bottle, corked and caged. After reading all the recent threads I was prepared for this to be as flat as it was. I even shook the bottle before opening to see what might happen, and a few bubbles appeared on the surface. But despite that the cork pulled out slow and there was no "pop" sound. I poured vigorously into the glass but only achieved a few bubbles at the glass line. The beer is dark brown/black and opaque as expected, and had no head at all (unfortunately also expected). Despite its appearance this beer smells pretty damn good. The bourbon aroma is STRONG, it smells like a beer/liquor hybrid. Also some chocolate, really good. The taste is just as good, lots of bourbon and mocha and some alcohol flavor too. This seems >12.1% ABV by taste alone... The mouthfeel is poor with almost no carbonation, I'd hoped it would seem cask-like or something. But it wasn't, I'd like this beer much more if it had carbonation to counter the heavy body.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 16:28:03 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of snaotheus


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

5oz sampler, on tap for a limited time at Dog & Pony in Renton, WA

Looks like tar with a sizeable dark tan head. Smell is sweet, smokey, molassesy, a little cherry.

Taste is very, very strong -- hefty beer. Alcohol is quite noticeable and is a pleasant offset to the strong sweetness. Oaky molasses is on the forefront.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for such a heavy beer -- it doesn't pour like gelatin.

Very impressive beer, but such a strong flavor I'd have trouble drinking more than one. It's a slow sipper, but well worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 00:00:28 | More by snaotheus
Photo of nyrangerfan

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, just like everyone else, my bottles of 2009 are flat as a pancake. I was hopefull when I popped the cork and got a *little* pop, but I even poured it aggressively and no head at all. Poured jet black with a few bubbles that disappeared within a minute.

This is my first Older Vis (although I have a 2008 in the cellar) and it is STRONG! *VERY* strong overpowering alcohol smell. taste is good, but a little too strong for me and weird with no carbonation. I can usually drink any beer pretty quickly (I'm just a fast drinker) but this is definitely taking longer to put down. For reference, I love and can put down other stouts that are 10-12% ABV. Honestly, it's work finishing it. I'm very curious how the 2008 is with carb, aged a year but it will be a while before I open it up.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 03:52:06 | More by nyrangerfan
Photo of fiver29


4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sparky27 for this gem! 2008 Bottle pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma is a mixture of oak, bourbon, and dark roasted malt. They are all blended together very well with not one characteristic dominating the other. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is oak, vanilla, subtle bourbon notes, dark roasted malts, and finishes with a touch of hop spice. This is a fantastic brew. I know there has been a lot of criticism of this brewery lately for a variety of reasons and this brew is one of the best out there. Period.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 20:11:25 | More by fiver29
Photo of GRG1313


3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick viscous black with no head whatsoever. Literally almost looks like liquid tar or oil.

Nose is sweet dark chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla (oak) and a hint of the sweetness of assertive high alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full, bold, thick and viscous with a buttery character. Very light carbonation. (Candidly, I wonder what's going on with this producer. Too many brews lacking in carbonation; what's going on??)

Flavors are huge pure sweet black licorice that finishes with sweet black chocolate and intense espresso although with some noticeable alcohol.

Finish last many minutes as if you chewed an espresso bean. This brew is all licorice and espresso. I drank this while unconsciously eating a small bowl of fresh black cherries-it actually went well! This big licorice, chocolate, espresso brew will likely go with big flavorful desserts and would be wonderful with chocolate. Very good although you can't drink a whole lot of this one at one time!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 06:12:45 | More by GRG1313
Photo of nomomentwasted


4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on cask tonight at O'Brien's, immediately following Sinner's Blend. My palate was not thoroughly wrecked, so went for it.

Appearance: Dark. Poured like motor oil, as described, but the pump from the cask led to a thick, spa-water style head of off-tan coloration. Just jet black, laced decently, and altogether some high viscosity brew.

Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee-like smell of some roasted malts and some barrel-aged smell. You can simply smell the strength of this beer from the nose, and it's going to hit and hit hard.

Taste: Bitter coffee notes of chocolate and bourbon, with a boozy quality to it. Not overly complex, but thick and intense flavors to say the least. Heavy is about the best way to describe it. Caramel, roasted quality that is almost like molasses. Didn't love it taste-wise, but it was certainly very good, just didn't really think it to be head-and-shoulders about other double stouts.

Mouthfeel: Cask carbonation was nice to start, and the molasses style finishes viscuous and thick. Not too dry, just heavy, thick, and creamy.

Drinkability: There's no masking this boozy brew. Heavy and every bit of the ABV, but that's not to say it's not drinkable and enjoyable. While I didn't consider this to be a world-class stout, it's one that I would certainly be happy to have again, and the bottle I'm aging will serve that purpose well.

Serving type: cask

08-15-2009 06:07:26 | More by nomomentwasted
Photo of Halcyondays


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle, 2009 version,

A: Pours a murky dark, dark brown with some tan bubbles and a little lace, the head is pretty much nonexistent. Looks like motor oil.

S: Bourbon, wood, bark, chocolate, vanilla, very enjoyable.

T: The taste heavily centers around deep, dark chocolate, a little mocha as my cousin picked up on. The bourbon is evident, but it's in the background for the most part, but does lend a real nice vanilla note. Ethanol is noticable, the beer can be a tad hot at times, but it melds well with the whiskey character and the other flavour components.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, but the lack of carbonation makes it a bit watery, the booze can stand out at times.

D: This is certainly a tasty beer, but it is very expensive, and at the end of the day I prefer regular Old Viscosity more, especially with it's nicer carbonation, body, and the fact that it is considerably cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 17:27:11 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Overlord


3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I feel like there should be an additional option for Lost Abbey beers in the "Serving Type" arena. It should also add: "Bottled (2009 version). Cause way too many of these beers are uncarbonated.

Here is my original review:

Pours a dark black, with a deep brown ring on the top and a dark tan head that quickly, quickly settles down into the merest crust. Not much carbonation.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy: one of the thicker beers I can recall sampling. Perfect for this style.

A very strong smelling beer, this one hits you with bourbon, oak, some dark roasted fruits/chocolate and ... rum/molasses? Interesting to say the least. The taste is explosive. At first I was disappointed this wasn't a 750 ml bottle, but you don't need more than this size. Gigantic bourbon/oak flavors, huge chocolate overtones (not much coffee...strangely), and I swear there is some rum or molasses mixed with roasted cherries or currants in here. I could be wrong, this is a very complex stout. It is so different in character from Old Viscosity I wouldn't believe it was based on it.

This is a difficult beer to properly review. The taste/flavor is so strong and particular, I couldn't see myself sitting down and ordering this for all occasions. But, you seldom see this kind of amazing robust flavor from any beverage, and it should be treasured for that.

**one last thing: there is no way this is only 12% alcohol.

I gave it a 4.4, with a 5 for flavor. Well, what am I giving it now? The beer I poured last night was utterly flat, and with such a heavy, heavy beer, it needed some carbonation. Just some. So much of the complexity was lost, and it just became a flat, heavy sitting sipper.

I guess I'll round the scores.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 03:05:45 | More by Overlord
Photo of bret27


4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had at port brewing/lost abbey on tap in plastic glass. Could not fully appreciate head or carbonation issues, because carb was fine on tap. Being a strong ale category seems very similar to an imperial stout just slight differences in tastes and smells. Very dark brown w/brown head and a little redness shining through. Fades quickly. Some chocolate, caramel, bourbon heat(not too much), and dark fruitiness coming through. Very full mouthfeel. Very similar to old viscocity just slightly stronger. Would have to say it's better than the previous but for the bottle price, not that much better.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 03:45:26 | More by bret27
Photo of Murchmac


2.48/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2009 it says on the bottle.

The pop out of the cork was like a hot dog being thrown down a hallway. No pop, no head, poured like water, but a very dark black with some brown highlights. Lacing around the edge of the glass like its got legs.

Got some bourbon, some heat smell, some roasty toasty dark choc o latte.

First taste of mixed bourbon and hot chocolate, then a lingering bourbon aftertaste. That stinging feeling is not carbonation but alcohol.

Good beer on tap I can only imagine, for 12 bucks, buy something else. Close, but no lumps...

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 04:38:14 | More by Murchmac
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Review #400

Thanks to Mikesgrove for this 12.7 oz bottle! A big time want!

2008 Vintage

Opened with a nice big pop, always good to hear. I was worried about the no carbonation issue and LA.

Poured into Boulevard Smokestack Glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of dark cocoa colored head. Color is a deep black. Very good retention with some splattered lace. So far so good.

Aroma: Oh the sweet smell of bourbon, I haven't smelt a beer that is so rich as this in a long time. After the bourbon comes a huge chocolate and oak mixture. A nice vanilla texture to it as well. There are also some dark dried fruits mixed in there as well. This beer is so far not letting me down.

Taste: A big chocolate flavor hits first, then the bourbon mixes in. Such a good mixture. Then the dark fruits start to blend in. I get dark cherries and raisins here. A nice oak and vanilla flavor compliment the fruits well. This beer is really complex and everything fits together here well. Wow, I love the bourbon. One of the best part about the taste, it is only a tad hot and it is hot in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied to start out. Next, people say LA beers are not carbonated, well I this beer has an amazing amount of carbonation for the style. I am really loving it as it rolls around my mouth (if that doesn't sound awkward). The beer is rich, smooth, and only the slightest bit hot, but I dig it big time. Ends with an oak flavored, slight dry aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is nothing but goodness. From the start to the end it continued to impress me. I love how it is over 12% and hardly hot at all. The bourbon was amazing and I want more already. I will have to try and trade for a few 09s. This beer is a must try if you enjoy big BA beers. One of my new favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 01:39:03 | More by mothman
Photo of slayer3604


3.25/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 vintage

A-flat black....flat being there is no head...thanks again lost abbey and port. Black body with cardboard colored outline against the glass. zero retention, zero bubbles and zero lacing.

S-Bourbon, oak, spritzy and caramel. Kind of like Angel's Share, except this was supposed to blow AS away.

T- a tad of day old coffee, one metric shit-ton of bourbon, alcoholic heat, chocolate, and a wet carboard taste to accompany the cardboard hues mentioned in "appearance".

M-a little fuzzy around the palate, which indicates a slight amount of carbonation. thick and cloying. not appeasing.

D- OLD VISCOSITY, which you can get for 6 dollars a bottle, is way way better than this 16 dollar bottle. I wasted my money tonight and I am not happy with the brewing efforts of port. The day this company comes through with carbonation, and lessens up on their price range, I will welcome them with open arms.

Serving type: bottle

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