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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 2,313
Reviews: 707
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 503
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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: 2,313 | Reviews: 707
Photo of CruisaC
3.62/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Keg N Bottle Santa Barbara for $8.99 I think, picked it up b/c I've paid almost twice that.

Pours dark brown-black; a half inch head quickly dissipates. I can actually hear the carbonation form, somewhat akin to pouring a soda.

Smell is very heavy on the bourbon. I can maybe catch a whiff of vanilla on the tail end

Taste also fairly heavy on the bourbon. Some roasted coffee and malts as well but a bit too bourbon-y for me to like it on a repeated basis.

Too thin with the mouthfeel.

Overall, it's one I had been wanting to try for a while and I was let down a bit. Not bad by any stretch, but I probably would have been even more disappointed if I paid $15.99 a bottle.

Photo of fatmcb1
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend Keith who brought this back from Chicago

Pours pitch black with a tan head that fades and leaves a ring.

Great bourbon, charred wood smell comes first. There is also plenty of roasted malt and rich chocolate.

Taste is similar to the smell, with perhaps a bit less chocolate. There is also some vanilla. Alcohol is present.

This is very light, thin for the style, and would have benefited from added carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed the beer. It would have been much better if it had a more creamy, richer mouthfeel. This was overly thin.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this one up last time i was in chicagoland area.

a - opened and filled my dark lord inteligensia snifter. black as oil, thin bubbly off white/tan head that fizzed away in a few moments but could be resurrected with a swirl.

s - deep rich roasted malt. boozy chocolate covered dark fruit. indulgent. rich. bourbon wood.

t - boozy chocolate syrup with a strong alcohol sweetness. very boozy. a bit cloying, but not overly so. the booze is more vodka like than bourbon at first, but the 2nd pour from the bottle had more of the bourbon characteristic to the booze.

m - mouth jumped out as huge and very full bodied. coated the inside of my mouth with boozy chocolate syrup. sludgy...as advertised.

o - overall this is a boozy beer. the stouty parts are very nice, but the booziness is there. a bit thick and heavy. good beer. wasn't really blown away, but i enjoyed this beer. got better as it went and i found myself getting more impressed as i warmed up to the beer more. i wouldn't turn one of these down and might check it out again, but the price point is a bit tough to justify on such a small beer.

Photo of Srsly
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black black black. very small dark head that didn't hang around.

S - really awesome, can definitely smell the bourbon and the barrel as well as some coffee and chocolate.

T - starts big with powerful bourbon flavors and winds down to a smooth vanilla. The finish is mostly espresso, which I wasn't expecting but is a welcome surprise.

M - Not much carbonation, but enough for me to be able to enjoy it.

O - a really excellent beer, i absolutely loved it. For fans of barrel aged stuff or fans of stouts, this really does the trick. the price is prohibitive (at least for my income bracket) so i probably won't have another for some time, and that's a huge bummer.

Photo of 2xHops
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is DARK. It truly did look like motor oil when it was poured in my glass.

I really liked the flavors in this beer. It's oaky as you often see with barrel-aged stouts. The flavor is so rich and lively, it's impossible to not like this.

I think the drawback is for me, that it seems so flat, flat, flat in the mouthfeel department. It also seemed a bit thin too for me. A hint of carbonation will help it be a bit more lively.

Overall, I think it is still a fun beer for anyone to try. It certainly shows that the brewer have a very different idea of how he wanted to make his beer. It packs a punch, so it is good one to have if you wanted to take it slow and savor the abundant flavors.

Photo of afi4lifer
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a slightly chilled bottle into oversized wine glass.

A - This is one cool looking beer. Very dark, lets in almost no light and very little lacing to be seen. I'm excited...

S - A little flat but strong traces of booze, bourbon, chocolate and molasses.

T - Wow is all I can see. Socks you right in the mouth and makes no apologies. Big bourbon taste up front and pleasant finish on the way down. I happen to love bourbon and cannot get over how much I like this one.

M - Very chewy but drinkable, goes down a lot smoother than the ABV would lead you to believe.

O - This beer is simply outstanding, likely the best I have ever had. Port and Lost Abbey never fail to let me down and this beer is the cream of the crop in my opinion.

Photo of Badbobx
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was camping in the San Juan mountains near Pagosa Springs a couple of weeks ago and had a bottle of Older Viscosity. I was sitting by the campfire and poured this into a clear plastic pint glass. In the moon enhanced fire light this had a wonderful dark brown motor oil appearance. There was virtually no head or carbonation.
The aroma was thick with malts, coffee, and oak.
The taste was very rich with smoke, ripe fruit, and a pleasant alcohol finish.
A wonderful experience with a truly great beer.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an evil black. It's completely opaque and has virtually no head, what little is there stays near the edge of the glass and is mocha colored.

S- Booze, loooots of booze. It smells like a snifter of bourbon. There's also some vanilla along with a good dose of chocolate cake and coffee lurking in the background.

T- The effect of the aging is most apparent up front, the flavor starts out with a big wave of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. As you approach the finish there's a second wave of dark chocolate, chewy roasted malts, coffee, and molasses.

M- Full bodied, low carbonation with a rich, creamy feel. Alcohol is pretty warming.

O- An excellent beer, packed with flavor and layers of complexity.

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

2010 375 ml bottle.

A: This poured an opaque black mahogany, with a bit of tan head.
S: It smelled like strong bourbon with tons of toasted oak and vanilla and coconut, along with some mocha and roasted earthy walnuts, and a bit of burnt molasses and alcohol.
T: It tasted like mocha and cream and vanilla and toasted oak, with some sweet prune and coconut and earthy molasses. It had a mellow and sweet aftertaste, with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick and viscous with a little carbonation. Very full and slick body.
D: This was one of the better bourbon stouts I've tried. The scent and taste and body were all great. Delicate and complex, but still plenty bold. The alcohol was noticeable but not too strong, and the finish was very smooth, so it was surprisingly easy to drink. The sweet and roasty/burnt flavors were well balanced in this impressive brew. Could probably improve with a few years in the cellar, but great fresh(-ish). Definitely recommended.

Photo of jnn4v
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark - almost pitch black except around the fringes when held to light. Otherwise opaque. No real head at all.

S: This smells absolutely fantastic - tons of chocolate and bourbon and ample coffee all at once. Coconut, vanilla, caramel, and candied pecans or walnuts. Did I mention it smells fantastic? Some dark brown sugar and molasses, hints of maple, and more chocolate, coffee and toffee.

T: Very smooth with little burn up front. Chocolate, caramel, coffee, and toffee on the first two tastes. Some coffee and cocoa powder bitterness develops after a few more sips. Butterscotch and caramel sweetness lingers from the beginning of the sip through the aftertaste. Not as amazing as the scent, but very good. Some alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

M: Silky smooth. Very fine carbonation, but plenty of it. Good
density. Pretty much as it should be for the style.

O: One of the best barrel-aged imperial stouts I've had, and I've had a LOT of them. Excellent scent and very good flavors and texture make this exceptionally well rounded. I wish I had tried it years ago when I first had the opportunity, but I had though it was too expensive at the time. Buy it if you get the chance, and save it for a special occasion. Like a Saturday. Or night time. Or your anniversary. It's that good.

Photo of azdback
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage. Poured into a small snifter glass. Ultra pitch black. Highlights are just as black and light repelling. Head is just a small half finger and light tan in color. Lace is probably, with the high ABV, not gonna stick around.

Smell is as if I crawled into the barrel itself. Huge vanilla, and bourbon. The sweet is of caramel and molasses. There is some smoke of maybe cigar smoke. Very complex and very fantastic.

Taste is at first the whiskey and charred wood. That is followed closely by the vanilla sweet and very fresh and ripe red cherries. Not all that tart but a sweet cherry. Alcohol vapors finish this up.

Mouth is quite smooth and even superior for the style. Loved every sip of this including the alcohol burn at the end.

Overall I think this is the closest thing I have had to The Abyss (my only 5 score). This is exceptional Barrel Aged Stout. I must thank matttyce for this bottle. Seek this out at all cost!!!

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A Pours a thick dark black color with a thin tan head that actually sticks around for a bit. Not a bad looking beer.

S Very strong bourbon up front. Followed by a slight vanilla note and a strong alcohol note. However the bourbon is by far the main point of the nose.

T Lots of bourbon and alcohol up front. Followed by caramel and vanilla and dark chocolate notes. Quite nice once you get passed the inital alcoholic bite.

M Not as thick as it looks, but still thick and pleasing. However the alcoholic burn is quite pronounced.

Overall I think this is a great imperial stout. Its thick complex and flavorful. The only knock I have on it other then the price is the sheer amount of alcohol you can taste in it dampening a complex palate. Would be interesting to see how this one would turn out after a couple of years in the cellar.

Photo of JayS2629
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a dark black with little head and lace.

The aroma is awesome. Full of charred oak and bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and rich caramel.

The tast follows with vanilla hints, charred oak, bourbon, bakers chocolate,, robust coffee, and deep caramel notes. Complex and delicious. A littel out of balance on the bourbon burn.

Mouthfeel is flat, but creamy and rich. Its a little boozy burn for my taste.

Overall, a delicious and complex beer.

Photo of ptykozoon
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Cork makes an audible pop? Intriguing, a few bubbles linger and then fade. Pours a few decibels before black. Nice legs - don't see those too often.

Bubbles or not this thing smells fantastic. Fantastic even from a distance - as soon as I unleashed the cage I could smell this thing from a few yards away. Deep dark chocolate fudge, raisin (lovely dark fruits), rich complex bourbon and alcohol. Caramel and even vanilla.

Wow. Uh...hmmm. Well yes it's flat but....God....this is good. Heat from the bourbon has diminished as it works mostly in the background. At the forefront are deep dark chocolate, notes of caramel, charred oak, roasted coffee and cinammon.

Smooth. No carbonation. With this ABV, the mouthfeel is exactly like a wine. Replace the grape with chocolate.

Is Tomme Arthur the new Dom Perignon? It may sound silly but it's certainly food for thought. It is largely a topic of comedic value to many beer aficionados the disposition of a flat beer. Unbeknownst to most is the unique and choice flavor, in extension possibilities of beer without carbonation. Some beers benefit from the bubbles, but to shun all of the beer born flat? By God, this beer has taught me not only enjoyability without the pang of the pop, but beer can still be simply world class. Lost Abbey may be the forerunner in a new breed of beer. In one way or another, bravo.

Photo of samie85
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a pitch black color with a half finger of light brown head.

S-Huge aromas of vanilla with some spicy bourbon and huge caramel.

T-Follows the nose with loads of vanilla, rich bourbon, a lot of caramel, and some dark fruit notes.

M-Medium bodied with low, but present, carbonation and a slick and slightly warming feel.

D-Pretty easy drinking for a 12% stout; the alcohol warmth isn't too aggressive and its right where I want it. A very solid beer that I'd love to have more than once, but cost is way too high to enjoy more than once a year.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Older Viscosity, bottle bought at Friar Tuck in Savoy-Champaign, Illinois, for $16.99 plus tax (WTF!). I have had the regular Viscosity and wasn't too impressed... let's check the bigger daddy out.

Appearance: Nothing overtly amazing here. Poured on a boring hotel glass (so what?), the Older looks mighty black and thick, appealing but somewhat average for an ale of this kind. A bit of a coffee-with-milk head that dies soon, leaving a rim around the glass and a chocolaty mantle.

Smell: Yummy! Oreo, cookie, molasses, bourbon. Chocolate and wood, a bit of anise. A tad of smoke. This is barrel heaven! Some skunk tail, horse piss and funk at the very end.

Taste: More yumminess follows, with chocolate-chip cookie, brown sugar, enticing booze, a bit of rum-soaked candy and vanilla overtones. Some dark fruit, maybe smashed prune and/or raisin juice. Burning oak log in a cabin by the lake in late autumn.

Mouthfeel: Very adequate for the style, with full body and flavor, medium-to-full carbonation and a good balance overall. Tingly, dry finish that stays in and around your lips for a long while.

Overall: Super drinkable! Tasty, delicious. I want more. I pounded a bottle of this in no time, barely feeling it. This is what barreled big beers ought to be, but alas, the price is an issue. $16.99 for 12.7 fluid ounces? Gimme a break!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a small 1/2 inch dark khaki head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random spotting and streaking of lace forms all over the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark fruits, wood, vanilla, bourbon, and slight soy sauce. Taste is of dark roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, wood, and alcohol. There is a boozy burn in the back of the throat and a mild bitterness on the palate. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but you can definitely feel the 12% ABV while you are sipping on this one. A good beer to share with someone else for sure.

Photo of s1ckboy
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very Dark, about a finger of head that quickly disappeared, leaving some small bubs around the edges.

S - Booze, molasses, dark fruits.

T - Same as smell. Bourbon, dark fruits, molasses in the end. Bit of a harsh finish. Bottle had about a year of age on it, could maybe use a bit more time.

M - Medium, a little on thiner side for an imperial stout.

O - Great beer, I would think at maybe 2 years it would be even better.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Option in Chicago. Pitch black color. Tan frothy head disappears rather quickly, but leaves a few nice spots of lace.

Great nose, full of roasted malts, oak, bourbon, toasted coconut. Burnt sugar & molasses.

Roasty, with a big alcohol kick. Bourbon, oak, with some vanilla. Oak tannins come in and dry things up at the finish.

Lighter body, but a good amount of carbonation very complex. Alcohol is certainly felt, but not overwhelming. Amazing beer.

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

Pours jet black with a fizzy white head. On the nose: Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, with some coffee and a bit of burnt wood. On the tongue it is hot up front from the bourbon but it gets sweet from the chocolate and vanilla. Bourbon kicks back in at the end. The chocolate coats the tongue and is very nice. This is an incredible Imp stout. The balance between the flavors is awesome, the only problem is the $!! GRR!

Photo of DCon
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought THE LAST 375 mL Bottle of this brew @ Stone's Bistro & Garden in Escondido, CA for $22. Poured into an 8oz Tulip Glass and enjoyed with the Pfoodman.

Aroma- Starts very complexed but has tons of Bourbon and Oak at the first sniff. Later on, there is a bit of cherry and espresso with rich maltiness. Intense and perfect for the style!

Appearance- Pours a dark brown, .5 finger head and has the deepest brown color body. Opaque, and leaves no lacing. No lace, no prob.

Flavor- Starts with an enormous rich malty character and caramel is evident. Big time bourbon and bittersweet tastes throughout the drink. Has a DEEP double espresso shot characteristic but very thick. High bitterness and all these attributes are aggressive and stronger than ever!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Almost chewy (but not quite), Nice alcohol warming present, and low carbonation.

Overall Impression- Very strong, very real, very much need to get Port distributed to Missouri! This beer was the best I had on the CA Road Trip by far! Huge bourbon and espresso attributes and one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had thus far. I would recommend but you may have trouble getting your hands on this brew. Can't get much better than this!

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

A - Very dark. No light coming through the edges. Very thin head with tiny off white bubbles that fades to a ring around the edge almost instantly.

S - Dark fruits, oak, coffee, slight hints of chocolate. Everything you would expect from this style. Dark fruits are very prominent though, mostly plum and fig.

T - Very unique. I can't quite place it. Definitely some alcohol in there. As the taste fades, it's mostly coffee and dark chocolate. At first it is

M - Very thin for a stout. Carbonation is very light too. It's a slightly watery mouthfeel from the alcohol. Finish is sweet with dark fruits.

O - This would probably do better with age. I liked it, but it seemed like a lot of the flavors weren't blending well enough together. I'll try aging one next time.

Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Black on black on black. Just a few espresso colored bubbles make for the smallest head imaginable--I'm hesitant to even call it a head. Thick and black--though cliched, it looks a lot like motor oil.

A divine aroma. The bourbon is front and center, and from that comes huge waves of vanilla, wood, and molasses. There's a touch of chocolate and coffee underneath it all. The barrels really play a heavy hand here, nearly completely covering up Old Visc's aroma, though, fortunately, the barrels impart a tremendously pleasant aroma into this beer.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, though it doesn't seem quite as spectacular. The bourbon, molasses, and vanilla flavors are all present and do marry well. The alcohol heat is strong and impossible to ignore, though it's not something I particularly mind in a beer like this--definitely a great candidate for aging and sitting on for a number of years. In fact, I think I'll do that with my next bottle.

Medium mouthfeel and a touch prickly. Not quite as full, oily, and thick as I would have predicted or hoped for. Even though the beer doesn't appear well carbonated, it actually tastes, and feels, like it is.

A really interesting and delicious sipper with an astoundingly good aroma. Next time I have this, I'll make sure it's a bottle that's been put away for a while.

Photo of
3.26/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 Bottle

a-jet black with a tan head.

s-some coffee, wood and alcohol. average at best.

t-some coffee, alcohol, barrel, anise. Not a ton going on, but is drinkable.

m-carbonation was good, felt a little light for a stout.

o-not super impressed with this beer.

Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bomber bottle into a four ounce tasting glass. Served cool.

A-ink black body and a thick tan head.

S-woody, anise

T-grainy, sweet, licorice is pronounced

M-full, very slick

D-very nice. I would drink this beer again. The beer is a nice representation of the style.

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