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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 2,039
Reviews: 681
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 500
Gots: 611 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
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 womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

womencantsail, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jwale73, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of rhinos00
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

rhinos00, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

jrallen34, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Jayli, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of fropones
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

fropones, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of afausser
3.55/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

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.

afausser, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

CrellMoset, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown and pretty much opaque, with only thin chestnut edges. A few tiny light brown bubbles formed a thin collar. Tons of caramel and bourbon in the aroma, boozy and roasty, molasses, vanilla, and chocolate. Very sweet flavour with restrained bitterness. Notes of chocolate, roast, bourbon, caramel, raisin, dried fruit, vanilla, toffee, and alcohol. Slightly woody astringency, full bodied with smooth, low carbonation. It felt a little heavy with lots of warmth all over the palate. It was a little boozy, but very tasty with a rich flavour profile.

DrJay, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of oceanman
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep, dark brown with... one or two bubbles. Quite viscous. Mom notes, "That doesn't look like beer."

Smells of bourbon, soy sauce, dark chocolate w/ peppers, cherries.

Starts slow, then bourbon and alcohol kick in mid-palate, chocolate picks up on finish. Taste of bourbon accumulates greatly as beer warms. Overall, however, somewhat restrained for 12+% abv.

Thick mouthfeel, zero carbonation, reasonably smooth.

Unusual, intriguing, but somewhat lifeless brew. Would seek out on-tap, but absurdly overpriced in bottle.

oceanman, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of billshmeinke
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle
375ml caged and corked bottle poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Black with a half a finger tan head. Very nice chunks of lacing sticking to the glass, and really nice head retention. Couldn't really look better.

Vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel, toffee, tobacco, and smoky coffee. Very strong, delicious fragrance with a lot going on here. Sweet with hints of bitterness.

The taste is of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, smokey espresso, tobacco, a hint of leather, and a really interesting nuttiness. A vinous characteristic, raisins, coconut and oaky tannins. Again, incredibly complex. Quite sweet with a solid bitter backbone. A perfect desert beer.

Thick, syrupy, well carbonated. I'm serious, it is actually well carbonated. A nice (hop?) bite at the end. A little hot on the way down.

Uuuuh, I could drink this all night. Thank you Port/LA. Thank you for making Older Viscosity 2010 carbonated. One of the best beers I've had in awhile.

Poured from 375ml caged corked bottle into delirium tremens tulip.

A: Black. It looks oily. A few slightly big bubbles around the edge of the glass. 4

S: Bourbon, powdery mocha, vanilla bean, vague espresso, a ton of oak woodiness, slight licorice scent as well. Very big and complex nose. 4.5

T: Bourbon, intense oak presence, alcohol spice, dark chocolate, coconut, slight coffee, plumb, figs and some alcohol spice. A strong nutty aftertaste. Layered and complex. Very flavorful. Sweet and semi bitter at the same time. 5

M: Imagine a port wine with vague bubbles. Very full bodied. Slightly syrupy. Essentially no carbonation. Kind of oily. It's a little weird, but I find it interesting. 3

D: It is a beer nerd's sipper. Not the most drinkable for most. I find the drinkability good personally. I would spend a whole night with this beer if I could. Incredible flavor, decently balanced and I like the mouthfeel even though there is no carbonation. 4

billshmeinke, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of Bung
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

375ml. Deep black pour with brown around the edges. I'm not going to say there was carbonation, but there is the beginnings of it, a few bubbles here and there around the edge. I have slight hope that it is enough....
Aroma is quite strong bourbon, oak, molasses and some dark chocolate.
Taste does match this quite well, and there seems to be just a hint of bubbles to keep this from being a viscous syrup. I bet this is a real nice creamy mouthfeel with proper carbonation, as it is just a few prickles, but ok. Molasses, caramel good vanilla and toasted malt flavors. Finishes with some heat, mocha and espresso. The vanilla and bourbon like quality lingers quite a while.
Goes down like water, which leaves me wishing this was a little bit thicker.
A very nice brew, I'd be willing to put it up with my favorites of the barrel aged doubles, KBS and Bourbon County, in taste, but the mouthfeel keeps it down. Still in no way displeased with my purchase.
I bet this stuff is absolutely outstanding on draft. Will see how my other bottle handles some time.

Bung, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had @ big wood at brouwer's. totally black and thick like thighs, low carbonation. smells of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, little booze. the alcohol shows up in the taste but the aforementioned flavors are much more meaningful here..chocolate as well here. chewy. ended up getting a second glass of this to confirm its supreme deliciousness. a lovely sipping beer for sitting by the fire with a scientific journal or good friends. i just hope it's carbonated when i open my bottle.

olympuszymurgus, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft at Capone's on 11/28/2009.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque. Looks like thick motor oil but is completely still without any bubbles or carbonation which is strange since this was on draft.

Dark roasted malt aroma with hints of bitter sweet dark chocolate, subtle coffee and a dominant bourbon presence. Hints of dark fruit and sweet alcohol. Slightly vinous.

Soft carbonation up front followed by slightly chewy medium roasted malt body. Lots of sweet bitter dark chocolate, toffee, subtle coffee and hints of dark fruit, especially grape, prune, raisin, plum and fig. Slightly vinous with sweet alcohol notes and a strong bourbon presence that lasts throughout. Subtle earthy oak tannis with a good bit of vanilla that helps cut down the bourbon heat but the flavor is pretty much dominated by the prominent bourbon character. Sweet and surprisingly not too hot at 12%. ABV decently masked but the bourbon presence gives it a lot of liquor taste. Overall pretty drinkable.

corby112, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

2009 Vintage

A: After the cage was removed, the cork practically fell out. Pours a pitch black. No head, bubbles, or lace.

S: Awesome aromas of toasted coconut, bourbon, charred oak, molassas, cherry, and booze.

T: Dark chocolate, bourbon, char, roasted malt, dark fruit, molassas/brown sugar, booze, and tobacco.

M: Completely flat. Only zing comes from the prodigious booziness and burnt barrel.

D: Yeah, we realize that this style isn't meant to be massively carbonated, but come on! This style isn't meant to be completely flat either!

GbVDave, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my review of this was deleted when the site crashed, but I remember it pretty well. pours thick and black with a dark brown head. the smell is dominant with bourbon and oak. there is also a lot of chocolate and roasted malts present.

The flavor seems less complex than old viscosity. the bourbon kind of takes over and doesn't allow the great flavors of the regular version to shine. still, there is chocolate, caramel, molasses, and burnt, roasty malts. very hot on the palate and in the finish. pretty damn good overall, but old viscosity is better.

mouthfeel is disgustingly undercarbonated, which is difficult to do with a RIS. it is nice and thick though.

jdklks, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- beautiful deep dark black. Faint touches of foam around the glass but no head to be had.
S- huge roasty malts, tons of chocolate, raisins, dates, over ripe blackberries. Bourbon and vanilla, molasses and brown sugar. But that fruit and sweet bourbon really take me.
T- wow if that stuff don't taste exactly like it smells. Just amazing. I got to really get in to this stuff with two glasses in two days. It starts with the raisin and bourbon vanilla then a nice brown sugar and slight alcohol. The oak and roast are in there really showing the barrel aging.
M- super soft and smooth just enough carbonation to keep thing lively. Slightly syrupy but not too much.
D- well had one friday and needed another one on sunday like a junkie. I can't say that I could drink it all day but a few would be no problem.

oglmcdgl, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this through a trade with a061183. Thanks dude!

A- Pours a deep opaque black color. Even with an aggressive pour there is virtually no head or lacing left behind.

S- Huge aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Some very noticeable alcohol and dark bittersweet chocolate.

T- Nice roasted malt flavor with waves of bourbon and vanilla beans. Some caramel and cocoa that comes through in the finish. The alcohol is apparent but not over the top.

M- Full bodied with NO carbonation. Extremely flat feel.

D- This brew is interesting to say the least. Nice big bourbon flavor but the lack of carbonation really seems to take away from the overall experience.

projectflam86, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: After several months of praying to the gods of all things carbonated, the 2009 Older Viz was finally cracked open. Much to my delight there was an audibly recognizable release of gas when the cork was popped. Dark brown/black body with a faint, timid khaki cap. Forms a tight ring with some skim in the middle. Very, very, very spotty lacing.

S: Rich bourbon, oak and vanilla highlight a rich, slightly bitter chocolate and roasty malt base. Inviting and strong, yet not "i might as well bang my head against the wall because I sense a hangover coming" strong.

T: More bourbon, oak and vanilla atop a thick, creamy semi-sweet chocolate. Good amounts of caramel, and burnt brown sugar. Slightly boozy. I was expecting some coffee/espresso notes, but they weren't there, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

M: Slightly still. But honestly, it wasn't a bad thing. If i could "improve" the beer, sure I would add a bit more bubbles to my brew, but it works the way it is. Its got a nice weight to it, but it doesn't sit like a rock.

D: Quite enjoyable. Not the pinnacle of the style, but a damn good one that contributes nicely to the available brews. The 12.10abv is nicely managed here and the small bottle size is a treat. No need to slug through a massive bomber or 750 when I can get a nice single serving and move along.

Maybe I should have waited longer??? But it probably wouldn't get much more carb out of it.

Update: Enjoyed 09 Older Viz on tap shortly after the bottle review. Improves slightly in terms of appearance and mouthfeel from the increased carbonation. Somewhere in between a 4.0 and 4.5. So a slight up-tick in both categories.

callmemickey, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 version. 12.7 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Comes in at 12%.

A-Even before pouring, it is important to note that I did get a better than expected "pop" when I pulled out the cork. It pours black with a pathetic head that is really just a small ring with a few bubbles. There is such a small amount of bubbles that I actually could have counted how many there were in total.

S-This is one of the strongest bourbon barrel aged beers that I have ever come across. Lots of bourbon and oak are present and dominate every sip. A little bit of chocolate and vanilla appear after it has been in the glass for awhile.

T-It is sweeter than the nose lets on. Lots of sweet chcolate and vanilla start it off. That is followed by lots of bourbon flavor and oak. There is some caramael and toffee that add to the sweetness. I found on the second pour that it was a tad roasty.

M-The lack of carbonation does hurt it somewhat, but it does not kill the beer. I found it not to be as thick and syrupy as I was expecting.

D-It is a definite sipper. A little carbonation would really kick this up to another level.

Carbonation issues aside, this is one great beer in the aroma and taste departments. I look forward to cracking open my 2007 bottle that is prpoperly carbonated.

mjl21, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
3.3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Plop... And so it begins. I was pretty stoked to try this beer, but it opens with a sad little whimper. Looks like I'm another carbonation victim.

Appearance - This stuff is black. The comparison to motor oil is apt. However, I can count the number of tiny bubbles. They disappear in moments, leaving it looking like a very dark wine. Sad. Needless to say, no lacing.

Smell - It is evident the moment the bottle opens. A nice deep molasses with plenty of oak and a hint of vanilla. Lots of dark fruits. Cherries and currants are evident. Plenty of bourbon. It really smells excellent.

Taste - More or less follows the smell. Plenty of nice bourbon and vanilla. There is plenty of oak goodness. However, there is also a burnt roast aspect that isn't my favorite. A little bit like burnt coffee. A little hot and boozy with that bitter roast finish.

Mouthfeel - Just terrible. It's nice and silky, but the complete and utter lack of carbonation makes this literally tough to swallow. It just sits there limply. Sad.

Drinkability - Hard to gauge. It's nice, but the lack of carbonation is a real issue.

Sad. That's all I really have to say. This is a pretty good tasting beer. But the lack of carbonation is really a problem. It makes it just hard to drink. I'll re-review if I find a good bottle, or get it on tap. Until then, I'm going to be pretty gun-shy when it comes to Lost Abbey.

callmescraps, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
3.35/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got hold of this bottle courtesy of beermerchants.com. It's a 2009, so very young. I have another I intend to cellar.

Appearance: Worrying little pop when I removed the cork. It pour thick and black, with very little head. Unsurprisingly, there isn't much carbonation there.

Aroma: Lots of bourbon in the aroma, intermixed with a heavy vanilla presence, and a forest of wood. There are notes of bitter coffee, and a sweetness that you get from chocolate liqueurs.

Taste: The flavours are dominated by bourbon, it is heavily oaky and has an abundance of whiskey hints and alcohol. There is a bit of vanilla coffee and earthiness. There is also a slight sweetness, a tiny bit of cocoa, and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy and super thick, with a silky texture.

Drinkability: The alcohol is a bit too apparent, which makes the heavy going. This is definitely a beer that needs aging, in a few years I can see it mellowing and the flavours really developing.

PartyBear, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once at GABF 2009, then again at the Lost Abbey Barrel Tasting, then again at the Bistro Barrel Aged fest in Hayward. I'm sitting on two bottles but have yet to crack it. No literally, I'm sitting on them - I hear it helps them carbonate.

Pours dark brown from the carafe, slightly translucent if you hold it up to the light, with a foamy tan head.

Aroma is bourbon, roast, caramel, and vanilla. Really smells incredible. All these characters listed really assert themselves.

Flavor is complex and excellent with roast, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, fig, raisin, and of course bourbon.

A little boozy, but damn it, I like it. Viscous on the palate (who would have guessed?) with low carbonation and a slick, syrupy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good, although the bourbon stops it from being very high. Great beer overall.

nickd717, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a black with a blood red tint, no head, and a little lacing.

smell is of alcohol, cocoa, and brandy.

taste is strong, thick, dark fruits, and cocoa, ends dry and a little bitter.

very good for an imperial stout, just a little too much on the strong side.

froghop, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.25/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big thanks to mlaroche for bringing this over, another want and another top 100. I really enjoyed Old Viscosity, we'll see if it's older brother is any better.

I went into this trade knowing that there might be carbonation issues, but I've really been wanting to try this beer for a long time, so here it goes...

Pours a dark black color, virtually no head but there is indeed a bit so huzzah!, no lacing whatsoever, light cannot penetrate.

Smell is (holy heck!) bourbon-ey, some roasted malt, but pretty much this beast is all barrel aromas, unfortunately it's not too complex because of it.

Taste is sticky but not sweet, a lot of heat that lingers long after, very strong bourbon presence which virtually blocks out any other tastes, there is hardly any carbanation but I wouldn't call it completely flat, more like absentmindedly lazy.

I can see how others might like this, with some age this would be really good as it might dull down some of the bourbon and heat to bring out more complexity, add in more carbonation and we'd have a winner. I really wish I had an older bottle (or a chance to try it on-tap) because I feel this could be a better beer than what's been bottled in 2009. Even though I've had stronger beers I'm glad this is only available in 375ml bottles, but at the current cost you can easily find much better imperial stouts.

deltatauhobbit, Nov 15, 2009
Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,039 ratings.