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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 2,240
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
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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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Photo of laituegonflable
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown colour, nice woody oaky hue with lacklustre head, just a thin ring of beige foam with some thin, but really decently sticky lacing. Not much to look at overall, really.

Smells very, very nice. Heavy underlying espresso note with nice oak-aging character, wood with bourbon-vanilla, touch of coconut, caramel and chocolatey overall. Yes, very pleasant, spicy, sweet complex aroma.

Taste is wow, I mean....wow. Amazingly smooth. Big booziness hits the olfactory just before you taste. But then it's all rich, creamy chocolate, with cocoa and creaminess, warm with vinous notes, brandy and bourbon as well. Develops coconut, vanilla notes and a big toffee character but it's all so smooth in the mouthfeel, with not a hugely erratic palate profile, just a glide along the contours of flavour. Vinous notes, maraschino cherries, hazelnuts, nutmeg, some oak wood, even some smoke. There's something musical; symphonic about this palate, rich and bountiful in complexity yet handled with such a deft touch. Marvelous.

Mouthfeel gets a slight boozey heat that is a bit harsh about midway. Otherwise it's smooth and just thick, and rich, as you would expect.

Cracking beer, wonderfully handled.

Photo of thagr81us
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Jerriko for sending me this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. Great flavors and aromas going on here. The alcohol was still very forward on this one in the flavor. have an Old Viscosity I plan to crack open to compare here in the near future. I could see this one aging QUITE well though if the alcohol toned down some to allow more subtle flavors to come forward. Definitely worth trying for sure!

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

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA.

A - Pitch black with a creamy mocha head. Great retention, very pretty stout.
S - Huge roasted malt notes, molasses, coffee, and some bitter dark chocolate.
T - BIG stout, lotsa malt, coffee, chocolate syrup with a bit of oakiness, vanilla, and caramel.
M - Very full and creamy, big beer. ABV shows up a bit in the finish.
O - About as drinkable as a 12% stout can be. Very nice.

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

Split a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance was not surprisingly, black as it gets with a tan head. Not much head retention of course but what do you expect?

Aroma was great with the usual high quality bourbon stout notes of vanilla, oak, bourbon, coffee, and some chocolate, in that order, but the key here is the balance between those. It's sublime - not too bourbon-heavy but it gets everything great from the barrel.

The taste didn't disappoint - I found the same flavors in the aroma and it was a good one. Not too boozy to finish either which I find a problem with many bourbon barrel aged beers.

Mouthfeel was quite thick, and I like it that way. Nice.

Overall one of the best bourbon aged beers I've had, it does rank right up there with BCS in terms of flavor and aroma. I'd gladly seek this out again.

Photo of mynie
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz thick stubby bottle with a Lost Abbey cork stuck in it.

Pours like motor oil, which is usually a lazy reference but I don't think I can be blamed since it's named "Older Viscosity" and there's a picture of a car on the bottle. It's like if you named your daughter August and she was a slut and I said "Man, August's gonna be hot this year." You could make the case that I should have been more creative in my sexist comment but, really, the bulk of the blame falls on your shoulders.

Smells like vanilla, oak furniture, and red wine. It's like if the Gingerbread man had a really nice bedroom set and he made sweet love to you on it after getting you drunk off Franzia.

Tastes like very much the same. I've never had sex with a Keebler elf. (I've even heard rumblings that such creatures don't exist, that they're actually just an advertising gimmick). But I assume this the same basic deal, at least so far as 3 of your five sense are concerned (sorry, ears).

This is fantastically done. My only complaint is that the back end is wee bit thin, which makes for an uneven aftertaste, but aside from that this is an excellent example of a very big beer.

Photo of philbe311
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A slight quarter of a fingers worthy of audibly fizzy dark brown head with a faint red hue dissipates in rapid fashion leaving a very sparse very minimalistic milky way like lacing in the center of the glass and an uber thin collar around the edge of the glass... Fairly still though a couple of small carbonation bubbles can be seen at the top of the glass when slightly agitated... A dark flat black color, though a bit of light leaks in at the top...

S - Potent and completely intoxicating... The barrel aging is at the forefront, but isn't overpowering... Oak... Bourbon... Vanilla... A layer beneath our your more traditional stout aromas... Roasted malts... Milk chocolate... Coconut shavings... A hint of smoke... An absolutely terrific nose...

T - The barrel aging is surprisingly absent to start and the stout is featured... Roasted malts... A slight smokiness... Subtle brownie mix... Then out of no where the bourbon, vanilla, and oak rise to compliment the other flavors... At the very end a bit of alcohol induced heat rises and lingers, but never overpowers... Very nice...

M - Medium to full bodied... A bit of fizzy carbonation... A bit of stickiness... Slightly burnt texture... The finish is a tad on the dry side... Not bad, but a bit rough around the edges and not nearly as smooth as I was hoping or expected...

D - A defiant sipper... This is a testament to what barrel aged beers should be about... The barrel aging adds loads of depth and complexity without ever taking anything away from the terrific beer that lies beneath... My favorite Port / Lost Abbey offering... While the price tag is quite lofty, this one warrants the price...

Photo of sidetracked
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2010. Purchased at Binny's.

Pours black, with a thin, but decent, medium brown head. A thin film of head lingers on.

Aroma is similar to the '09 with bourbon and wood dominating and roasted malts, sweet molasses secondary.

Taste is bitter roasted malts upfront. Bourbon and vanilla combine with the roastyness at the finish. Lingering roasted malts with a light bourbon presence.

Full bodied and syrupy with some alcohol heat at the finish. Light carbonation, but better than the previous year.

Lighter bourbon flavor and aroma allow other aspects of the beer to come out. Really nice balance of your typical stout flavors and bourbon. If only it weren't price prohibitive...

L: 4.5; S: 3.5; T: 4; F: 4; D: 4



Bottle dated 2009. Received in a trade.

Pours black with a soapy, bubbly medium-brown head that doesn't hang around for long (uh-oh).

Wood and bourbon dominate the nose.

Upfront taste is wood and roasted malts. The bourbon really picks up at the finish. Bourbon and roasty malt flavor lingers on the palate.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and syrupy, but not as bad as the flat Angel's Share I've had. Some alcohol heat at the finish.

Kind of one-dimensional. The bourbon really dominates, which isn't bad, but some other flavors could shine a bit more. Quite enjoyable despite it's fault though.

L: 3.5; S: 3.5; T: 3.5; F: 3.5; D: 4


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

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA, then brought back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe, head-to-head with a bottle of Old Viscosity.

Pours a deep, oily black colour, with a filmy and very minimal head of deep brown. It looks very still and very heavy in the glass. Wonderful, for what it is.

Nose is redolent with smoke, vanilla and oak, giving pretty much the full and vibrant array of American Stout characteristics. Dark, but sweet, giving off lovely coconut and bourbon vanilla notes. It's so far superior to the Old Viscosity in this, and any other regard.

Taste is pleasant, but very light, and without a huge amount of complexity. It still beats out the Old, but still has that slightly characteristic thinness, that lack of sweetness and heft. Characters of port and booze come forward quickly, overrunning a pleasantly oaked vinous beginning. Very smooth on the palate, and still with that rich and dark, slightly smoky flavour, but without a lot of intensity or complexity.

This is clearly superior to the Old Viscosity, but perhaps not by as much as I hoped. This is rich and full, and has the advantage of some serious barrel aging, but beyond that, it seems to be a similar brew with more breadth.

Photo of joecast
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As black as any beer you'll see. Wonderful. Still forms a decent tan head. Little carbonation which is fine. Actually the head is much darker than tan, bordering on brown.

Insane aroma. That's what I expect out of a bourbon barrel aged beer. Vanilla, oak, wow. Heat starts to come through as it warms but retains all the goodness that goes with it. Sweet thick candy maltiness. Really that's about all you need to know.

Powerful but smooth. Some beers manage to hide their strength so you don't get the real impression of what you ate drinking. This beer manages to just show enough of it's strength while allowing you to enjoy all that it carries. Yeah, way smooth. Slight vanilla and wood, sweet malt a bit of roast.

Extremely thick mouthfeel. A bit syrupy but that's what they are going for. And to be honest it still works pretty well.
Yeah, really happy with this. Thought old vis was good, but this puts it in it's place. Well done!

Photo of biglite351
3.61/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - no light through glass. Creamy dark tan head.

S - vanilla, bourbon and oak. Roasted malts and chocolate in the mix.

T - tons of vanilla and oak. Milk chocolate, malts and something like candy.

M - solid coating with a mild tingle on sides of tongue and an alcohol burn in the throat.

O - certainly would have one, but the vanilla heavy taste and alcohol burn would get old.

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

I poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into a snifter, jet black pour with a very thin tan head. The aroma is big on bourbon, oak and vanilla. The bourbon flavor is up front on the taste, rounded out by vanilla, chocolate, light coffee and light oak. It has a lingering bourbon finish. The body is full, light carbonation, very creamy. A great BA RIS, the right amount of bourbon. A bit pricey at $20 a bottle, but very tasty.

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

On tap at Als of Hampden on 3/30/11. Served in a tulip, this brew appears black in color with a finger of tan head that recedes to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Some darker brown clarity is seen through the edges of the glass.

The aroma of this brew is roasted malt burnt to the level of being char. There are notes of coffee, chocolate, toasted coconut, oak, tangy whiskey infused booze and an overall sweetness of vanilla. Very pleasant nose to this brew that really opens up as it warms.

The taste is big and boozy with tangy alcohol that packs a whisky kick, light astringency, flavor of charcoal meets heavily roasted malt. The softer side of this brew showcases oak, sweet vanilla, coffee and light characteristics of dark fruitiness.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is lightly prickly on the tongue. The roastiness of this brew coats the mouth encouraged by a slick almost sticky amount of booze. For such a big abv presence this is easy drinking. For once I didn't have to drive so I enjoyed 2 glasses of this and wanted more. I considered opening my bottle of this after getting home, I liked it that much. I like old viscosity to begin with, older is a completely different, deeper and more enjoyable mutation of that brew. Fantastic stuff.

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

I believe this was a 12oz pour into a Saison Dupont glass at Pinocchio's in Media, PA, back in December/January.

A It pours black and thick like motor oil with a thin brown head that doesn't want to stick around.

S Smells of rich chocolate, oak, vanilla, espresso, raisins, black cherries.

T The taste follows suit. Very nicely oaked with beautifully smooth chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Some very nice espresso comes through at the end.

M Thick and smooth with nice carbonation coming through in the middle and ending before the finish.

O This is a very nice sipper. Even for the strength and fullness, it's hard to put down.

This was pricey, but I've never seen it around on tap nor in bottle. I knew I had to get it, and I'm so glad I did. I really liked this.

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of large amounts of vanilla and butterscotch backed by lightly roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Also present are hints of molasses.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light roasted malt flavors kick things off and are overtaken almost immediately by vanilla and butterscotch flavors. Hints of spicy hops make an appearance midway through the sip, cutting the sweetness from the barrels. Slight amounts of boozy chocolate come into play near the end of the sip, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is the second time I've had this beer and it was good to know the pleasant experience the first time wasn't an accident. A very big and nicely done beer that's well worth a shot.

Photo of Pahn
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Can't make out the bottling date, but based on how I acquired it (birthday present in March) and that it's in a new style bottle, I'm guessing it's 2010.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch dark tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving short lived but thick lacing walls. Pours black with orange brown highlights. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Oof, that's a good smelling beer. Knocks you back a bit. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, but with a dominating toffee/cake note that colors everything else. If the price doesn't get your hopes up, the smell will.

With time, the boldness of the smell fades a bit, but it's replaced by a dominant note of vanilla offset by booziness, still colored by that distinctive toffee note. It's a bit less complex than at first, but just as intoxicating and inviting. A smell so good it heavily improves the (already great) flavor.

Taste: At first, follows nose almost exactly, which wins me over immediately. I've had amazing smelling beers and then been shocked/disappointed by what happens when I finally sip the beer... the first sip here reassures you: no, the beer really is this good.

Flavor is a giant medley of complimentary, well-balanced flavors: bourbon, coconut, vanilla, American oak (so oak forward you can definitely tell the type), a little fig, the myriad pastry like flavors hinted at by the dominant toffee aroma, firm bitterness and roasted malt through the middle. Just enough bitterness, heat, and dryness to tame the richness and sweetness; it doesn't give an impression of "sweet" or "hot" or "dry" or "rich", because all those things are working together.

There's lots going on, but everything helps everything else. The complexity doesn't let up. Notably, the beer has a long, satisfying aftertaste, characterized by coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, and bourbon. A beer of this ABV (and size and price) wants to be savored, and it gives you exactly what is required to take 12oz~ of beer and drink it over the course of an hour or so.

I won't say too much more, but this really is a remarkable beer. It's bitter enough, sweet enough, dry enough, incorporates so many elements so well. I don't like throwing out too many 5s, but the flavor and aroma are flawless.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of full bodied, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish. Very good, but occasionally a little watery and sometimes a bit sugary. Minor complaints that drop the mouthfeel score down but don't really get in the way of my enjoyment at all.

Overall: Excellent beer. The flavor and aroma soar. Rewards every second you spend drinking it.

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

Received from a fellow beer-knerd in NJ. Thanks Jimbomill for the care package! Poured into a DFH snifter.

Appearance - As the name would imply, pours the color of motor oil. Nothing escapes, not even light. A slight head formed but quickly dissipated to a very thin ring.

Smell - Nice malty nose. Vanilla and brown sugar come to mind. A few swirls and I can catch some chocolate and bourbon notes as well.

Taste - Anything this big in ABV needs to be consumed close to room temp. A little cool is fine. Cold isn't. I've found more barrel-aged beers open up in both aromas and taste once you get past the cold that tends to shock your tongue. That being said, here we go. The opening is sweet and leads to a caramel and vanilla second act. In this 2nd act, the alcohol makes its appearance along with the bourbon contribution and some chocolate/cocoa notes. The sweetness lingers, close to the point of cloying. The 3rd act opens more vanilla and closes with a caramel and clean finish.

Mouthfeel - A dense beer. Lush and chewy. The carbonation does save the day by attempting to detach the bonded flavors of this beer from your tongue, opening it up for the next sip.

Overall - After having just experienced (and reviewed) Lost Abbey's Deliverance, I was curious to review this offering. Where Deliverance was missing some sweet middle game, Older Viscosity was the equal distance away from the fulcrum in the opposite direction. A bit drier would have worked for me. However, do not turn away from this beer if there is a sighting. Nicely done Tomme, nicely done.

Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tulip glass at Al's of Hampden.

A: Pitch black, this stout comes with a wispy white head. No lacing or head retention here.

S: The nose is bourbon sweet amongst the dark entrails of a stout. Roasted malts, a thick presence amongst the bourbon, are not the main attraction. The barrel aging accentuates the bourbon's vanilla anc booze.

T: Bourbon is the centerpiece, having pushed its way into all aspects of the ale. Vanilla, wood, and coconut all take their time coming through, getting stronger as the ale warms. The stout body, while heavy, is an afterthought, serving a supporting role to the barrel. The bourbon improves as the ale warms, blooming into a rich sweetness that isn't weighed down by booziness.

M: Mouthfeel? You mean how does a stout feel after it's been laid down in bourbon barrels for an inhuman amount of time? I'll tell ya. It tastes like nothing you can imagine.

O: On tap? Really? What can I say, I get lucky sometimes.

Photo of grittybrews
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep cola brown into a tulip with a finger of extremely dark mocha head. Hot, boozy aroma of bourbon and molasses.

Moderate carbonation and a surprisingly light mouthfeel with a very well-balanced feel on the palate. Lots of hot alcohol up front followed by bourbon, oak, licorice, and molasses. Mild sweetness is balanced by some lingering dark chocolate bitterness on the finish, which is once again dominated by the hot bourbon character.

The feel isn't overly heavy, but this brew sure packs a wallop with plenty of flavor and then some. Nice to try once, but the overall flavor balance seems a little too heavy on the hotter aspects of the barrel-aged character.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.31/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12.7 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 12% ABV, 2009 Vintage (oh, the joy).

Due to contractual obligation I must extend thanks to my tick-sponsor, Beerwolf77, for this beer.

A - Completely black with a loose tan had, there is no retention cause there's no carbonation! Weak.

S - Thick, syrupy bourbon barrel aroma overshadows the rest of the beer. Deep roasted chocolate malt and notes of molasses. Hints of almond-slivers in there too.

T - Spoiled grapes hide behind big booze and bourbon with notes of nuttiness and molasses. The flavor isn't bad, it's just obstructed by the feel...

M - ...of completely under-carbonated, down-right flat and thin texture. Surprisingly not anywhere near as thick as it seems like it should be. Epic failz.

D - Compound the boozy nature with the lack of carbonation and you've got yourself Older Vis, a beer that doesn't drink very well.

Photo of BBP
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage.

A- One of the thicker looking stouts I've ever seen. Has a thin mocha head and good carbonation. Slight lacing.

S- Licorice and molasses. The 12% is sort of made known from the aroma. Slight notes of chocolate as well. The first thing I actually smelled was dark fruit. It was like blackberry.

T- The first taste is sweet and caramel and loaded with oak and bourbon. There's a candied taste to it which fades into hops. The taste profile brings nothing but richness to the front of your palate. I think this is fairly appropriate considering the price tag. Despite it smelling like blackberry, prune seems a better description. It almost begins to taste increasingly bitter after you haven't drank for a while. Not IPA bitter, but after the sweetness falls away, the hops seem to hold on a little. There's enough heat in this to warm you up for sure, but it isn't boozy in the flavor. There are little bits of rich coffee and some subtle gum notes to this as well. It's really quite complex, and I'm beginning to wonder how this differs from one batch to the next.

When I first started drinking it was like two experiences. First I would taste rich sweet flavors, and then it would all fall away. Soon after a second taste would pop up. After drinking it for a bit, my palate became coated with it and it became more of a single experience rather than two. It developed a bridge between the two flavors.

As it warms it becomes smoother. This is good and bad. The flavors fit together better, but it's harder to pick apart. I can say that the aging brought a tremendous amount of character to this while not conflicting much with the other flavors though. I only wish I had more time to enjoy it.

M- Feels perfectly full. It's not entirely chewy, but it looks and feels pretty thick. The carbonation is just where it should be, and it leaves a slightly dry, sticky finish. I want to say that the finish isn't so dry, but I find myself swishing around moisture to try to was that taste off the walls of my mouth onto my tongue.

D- Far too drinkable to be served in a bottle this size. I should almost penalize them for that. I find it's as drinkable as you'd want a beer to be. I don't feel like I'm drinking it fast, but I don't feel like I'm drinking it slow either. I did find a bit of booze to it, but it's not making it less drinkable, but rather more easy to keep from chugging it down due to it being delicious.

The best way to improve this would really be to increase the size of the bottles. Aside from that this left me quite content, and validated the hefty price tag.

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

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a Bell's tulip.

A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall java colored head, dissipating down to a thin film, leaving spotty sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Quite a bit of bourbon up front mixes with some sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak/wood, dark roasted malt, and a bit of booze. Pretty well balanced even with all those flavors competing for the lead.

T - Plenty of chocolaty sweetness up front giving way quickly to a mix of bourbon heat, vanilla, and dark roasted malts. Finish is a bit hot with plenty of lingering sweet roast. Nice balance of base flavors and the woody bourbon from the barrel. Very good stuff.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, roasty, heat both in the feel and the finish.

D - Pretty high all things considered. I have always liked this beer. The combo of dark stout and bourbon is really nice. The only drawback is the high ABV. as it really does prevent you from enjoying multiple servings.

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

10oz pour from Zeno's for $7... not bad considering the price for a 375ml bottle!

A - This is a very thick and black looking beer... as it poured from the tap it represented an oil leak more than a beer. The color certainly fits this as well as its hard to discern much out of this body. Very little head on this beer, and what was there is soon gone. Lacing as well is minimal, only slight clumps stick to the glass.

S - For how dark the beer is, the smell is actually a bit lighter than o would've expected. The two main things I'm getting in this beer are sweet malts, coming through in a very rich chocolate flavor, and bourbon. Additional depth is provided by the barrel in the form of vanilla and oak.

T - As in the nose, there are two major distinctive flavors in this beer but much more complex. The initial flavors rush by the tongue delivering the chocolate so prominently promised by the nose. It's as sweet and rich as ever here, which makes it so complementary to the huge bourbon that comes afterward. While not as balanced as other bourbon stouts, this beer certainly brings a big alcohol kick to it. The flavor itself is reminiscent of Brooklyn's Black Ops, but with a harder punch. It also has a bit of astringency to it as well, which leads into a strong, yet warming alcohol heat.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with moderate carbonation. This beer puts a new meaning to "coating the palate" and the finish is absurdly long.

D - Drinkability is high. For a beer this alcoholic, its insanely easy to drink. The only thing keeping me from demolishing this beer is the bold flavors that I want to savor. Awesome beer and if not for the price and availability, a mainstay.

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

Had on tap at Zeno's Pub for their West Coast Showdown!

A: Opaque, black, nothing getting through this guy. Small, light brown head that forms a film along the rim of the top. Nice lacing.

S: Wow this smells good. Bourbon and a nice oakiness. Some chocolate and toasted malts in the background. Smells thick, but sweet.

T: Bourbon up front, followed by a nice combination of vanilla and chocolate. A nice warming alcohol sensation closes it all off, leaving a dry aftertaste.

MF: Heavy and creamy with little carbonation.

D: The bourbon is balanced nicely, the alcohol isn't overpowering, it's just wonderful overall.

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

Thanks to generous trader nickd717 for this beer!
Caged and corked 12oz. brown bottle, with no date evident
Poured into a Terrapin snifter

A: This beer is black, very black, with no light piercing its black heart. Engine oil indeed. Less than 1 finger of tan head on top

S: Wow - very intense aromas here! First impression is the strong oak/wooden notes, combined with the bourbon and alcohol smells. Also dark, roasted malts of a stout combined with rich, dark ripened fruits, such as raisin and fig and even ripe bananas. A joy to smell.

T: Very rich and creamy, with a roasted, almost burnt malt character, combined with the taste of bourbon and vanilla. Definitely a malt-forward brew with heavy chocolate and caramel flavors. Lots of alcohol warmth.

M: Full bodied beer, with a thick and chewy feel. Medium amount of carbonation. Aftertaste is of dark chocolate bittersweetness.

D: An intense beer, definitely a sipper though. At 12% I was feeling the alcohol after just half a beer. Highly enjoyable and recommended!

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

A massive thank you to augustgarage for being such a great west coast trader! Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours jet black, a small dark head that dissipates very fast.

S- You can smell this from a mile away. Lots of chocolate and balsamic, a small amount of toffee, soy sauce, oak, vanilla and bourbon.

T- The oak bourbon barrels are up front, there are great oaked vanilla notes. After that, there is a lot of chocolate and toffee.

M- Very viscous. Little to no carbonation. I like my beers a little more on the carbonated side, but this beer does very well with such little carbonation.

D- It is a huge beer, for the alcohol and huge assertive flavors, this beer is very drinkable.

Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,240 ratings.