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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 2,132
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 497
Gots: 623 | FT: 53
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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 barleywinefiend
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a black color with a tannish head.

S: Nose is wood, roasted malt, cocoa and lighter bourbon.

T: Taste is almost charred with just the right amount of booze, plenty of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa,wood, bourbon and vanilla. Very tasty

M: Mouthfeel as has a boozy whiskey taste on the breath to finish. Very good brew.

D: Much better than the bottle version. The draught version really mellows out some harsh characters I noticed from the bottle.

barleywinefiend, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of muttyd
3.2/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

2009 Bottle.

A - Pours completely FLAT into an oversized wine glass. Sticks all over the glass.

S - Deep, deep chocolate, cherry liqueur, vanilla, and the dreaded soy sauce aroma. Smells very hot. Very, very hot.

T - Hot! Man, this beer is massive. Deep roasted backbone with an almost cloyingly sweet & alcoholic caramel/chocolate sweetness. Warming sensation going down. I gave this a 3.5 because I sort of know going into this beer that it was going to be a high ABV, alcoholic stout. However, I think Port could have done a better job to make the flavors work.

M - Probably the highlight of the beer. Low carbonation with a nice chewy mouth feel. I feel as though I should be eating this with a knife and fork. Very thick!

D - I wish I had split this bottle with a friend (or two). Not sure if I'm going to be able to finish the whole thing. Definitely a sipper.

muttyd, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of k3n
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, corked/caged, 2010 vintage, served in my Rastal tulip.

Pried out the cork, anticipating a healthy 'pop' but getting pretty much no sound at all. However, a vigorous pour produced about 1/2" of creamy coffee-colored bubbles which faded quickly, leaving very nice lacing down the glass. Subsequent swirling easily revives a sheet of finely bubbled foam. The beer itself is deep brown-black in color, tinging amber at the edges.

Smells of molasses, alcohol, burnt sugars, and sweet coffee.

Taste follows the smell, leading with the molasses. The finish is very long, ending with bittersweet chocolate, oak and black-coffee. Some alcohol heat in the middle.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light. Enough carbonation to keep the beer lively on the tongue. Superb drinkability.

k3n, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Machinehead
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not normally a stout fan, but this one is an exception. Very strong chocolate/coffee flavors. It's the Kahlua of beer. Very impressed! Not much carbonation, but neither is Guinness without that ball in there. Stout's aren't particularly fuzzy. In my opinion, it distracts from the beer anyhow. Don't really know why people cite that as a "con".

Honesty, this is one of the most flavorful beers I've tried. It's almost a "Christmas Beer", it's so rich and complex.

Machinehead, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of ricke
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, absolutely no head.

The aroma is big and bold with lots of nutty bourbon, roasted malts, cookie dough, caramel and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet and warming. I love the integration of the dark caramel and cookie dough malty backbone and the bourbon in this one. Notes of chocolate, almonds and vanilla. Ends warming and bitter with lingering notes of bourbon.

Full-bodied and chewy. No carbonation whatsoever, which is really a shame since it is obvious that the flavors are hindered by this.

This is a real treat, but it would be so much better with a little Co2.

ricke, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of garbercury
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes...Thanks Robertrunner, his first trade.

A--Dark, very little, if any carbonation.

S--So much going on, bourbon, raisins, vanilla, etc, etc, etc...

T--See above, this is a crazy beer, reminds in some strange way, of Bourbon aged angels share. I dig this one.

M--Not much carbonation, chewy to say the least.

D--Not exactly a session beer;) I really enjoyed this guy though, very tasty and unique. Wish I could get my hands on this again.

garbercury, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark, black color with cap off khaki head that diminished very quickly. Before its even near my nose, i can tell im in for a boozebomb... scent is of port wine and burbon, vanilla, prune, merlot, tootsy roll. I almost fear tasting it and think i can still taste it almost 12 hours later... very complex alcohol notes as given away by the scent, one of the firt beers where there is a multi-layered alcohol approach - port, merlot, canadian whiskey all present. Dark fruit, earth, oak, vanilla and tootsie roll-like chocolate. Smooth, creamy, coating but not a lot of lingering tastes on the tounge, it does linger in the belly though and i tasted it the rest of the night. A truly unique boozebomb which i may never want to face agaian.

rfgetz, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009, 375ml bottle...served in a DFH signature glass

A - worrysome "pop" with no oomph behind it...pours pitch black with just a very thin ring around the glass, seems like its one of the uncarbonated monsters.

S - intense dark fruits, plums, raisins...very port like. bourbon and oak come through along with a massive amount of alcohol.

T - intense would be putting it lightly. incredibly dark roasted malts, slightly charred, dark over-ripened figs, bourbon, oak. some more bitterness comes into play with dark milk chocolate, charcoal...balanced by sweetness of vanilla, molasses, and dark fruits. probably my favorite (to date) display of massive amount of dark fruits in an RIS. i absolutely LOVE the aftertaste of this, lingering charred malts, dark fruits, bourbon, alcohol....wonderful.

M - there is actually a very faint amount of carbonation here...and it works well, but I'm missing just that little tingle to get through the massively thick and syrupy body. coats the mouth and throat with each sip.

D - well, its a real shame about the carbonation issues, because this could be shaping up to be one of the best beers I've ever had. sipper only because of the massive ABV, this is delicious and hard to put down. i will make it a priority to find a properly carbed bottle.


2nd bottle - new (2010) vintage, just writing adjustments...

A - bit more foam here, quarter inch or so, creamy...khaki in color. much better.

S - heavy on the fruits again, though alcohol is hidden. bit more roastyness as well.

T - same as before...delightful

M - carbonation! though not a ton, this modest amount adds a whole lot of body to the bew and helps the flavors mesh a bit. much, much better.

D - a fine beer, one of my favorites for sure. only hindered by its availability (picked this up in Philly) and price. yum.

Stigs, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from errantnight, 2009 bottle opens with no evidence of carbonation, pours mahogany with a trace of tan head that fades fast. Traces of lacing & head retention

S: Plummyness, dark fruit, a touch of cherry & figs

T: Follows the nose with dark chocolate, booze bite & oakyness, & Bourbon notes. Dark chocolate, raisins, plums, plus booze bite as this warms, just a bit of leafy hops too. Finishes warming, dry & fruitty with a bit of carob & a kiss of Bourbon. Almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Warming, chewy more carbonation than the appearance lets on, a touch of oilyness is there once warm

Drinks a tad slow due some hotness, but I enjoyed this & would love to have access to this one. Having said that the little brother (old vis ) I probably like a bit more, will have to verify by looking at my rating,,, Yep the extra 2% abv didn't really do as much for me as the "smaller" version...

russpowell, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of squaremile
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an '09 vintage at a recent BA tasting event side by side with Old Viscosity, we did this one second. Pours an oily black with no head whatsoever. Almost dead flat save for a few little bubbles. Nose is vanilla, oak, and licorice. Taste is more of the same adding some butterscotch and very noticeable heat. Too some adjusting on my part, but after a few sips I really grew to like it. This is clearly where the complexity of Old Viscosity comes from, but needs considerable aging.

squaremile, May 31, 2010
Photo of portia99
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle (2008 vintage) poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - A nice medium pop as the cork is removed. Pours a thick, oily (as the name would indicate) black liquid with a creamy single finger of mocha foam on top. Head slowly fades over a couple of minutes to a thin layer with a nice collar that really clings to the side of the glass but leaves little to no lacing behind.

S - Nice bourbony aroma up front, a bit sweet with a light alcohol heat. Loads of caramel behind the bourbon and a strong raisiny and less prominent cherry aromas in there too. Some chocolate and to a lesser extent oaky woodiness and light vanilla notes.

T - A lot going on in this one...Up front I get lots of coffee and dark roasted malts (something I didn't pick up in the aroma at all). Some sweet bourbony flavors with only a very mild warmth (this is really well integrated and smooth). Caramel, oak and vanilla are all in the mix and well blended. Excellent.

M - Thick and full bodied with light/medium carbonation. Carbonation with a mostly creamy feel with a touch of foaminess. A touch of alcohol heat and a lasting coffee bitterness after the swallow and a nice light citrusy flavor kicks in too.

D - Very smooth for a 12% beer. There is a bit of alcohol warmth, but it remains incredibly smooth. Haven't had this fresh, and this one has a couple of years on it now so maybe the age has helped smooth this one out. Flavors are really complex and well integrated in multiple layers of flavors. One 375ml bottle is plenty for me in a sitting, but this one is pretty nice for the style.

portia99, May 23, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

review #600

2009 vintage 375ml corked and caged bottle brought back from a family members trip to san diego. bottle reads 12.0% alcohol. drank from an oversized snifter.

A- the cork comes off with a very quiet hiss. the beer pours out a black colored body with basically no head on it. very thick and oily looking. small rings of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

S- dark roasted malts are the first thing that i notice. after that comes a more than typical amount of boozy cherries and plums. a slight amount of vanilla hints that it was aged in a barrel. milk and dark chocolate. lots of alcohol.

T- the taste opens up with a strong whiskey/bourbon presence. one of the strongest ive encountered. after that comes the dark roasted malts and lots of chocolate, both milk and dark. the fruits i could smell are still here, but they take a back seat to everything else thats going on here. pretty complex.

M- full bodied and thick. flat (insert tomme arthur joke here). the lack of carbonation definitely takes something away form this, but its still a great beer.

D- at this strength, one 375 is a perfect amount. im glad i choose to be selfish with this one and drink it all by myself. theres just too little to share. i really wish i could find a fully carbonated one of these to try. drinking this treat is making me want to try the regular version.

jwinship83, May 06, 2010
Photo of 4000qtrap
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Amazing, deep ripe black cherries, booziness (not alcohol) with a dark caramelized honey edge. Intense dark chocolate that is rich and reminiscent of heated chocolate/maple/oaky syrup which becomes more intense as it warms.

Taste: Dark chocolate (and associated bitterness) with intense ripe black cherry flavor. Wow! Hugely boozy and cocktail-like at times - especially as it warms - but its quite pleasant since the alcohol balances the huge sweetness. This tastes like its 10% bourbon, but gives it a wonderful underlying smokey, burned leather (yes I like bourbon) goodness. Dark honey, caramel, a hint of vanilla, but overall not too roasty. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Deep, dark malts provide a solid foundation. Finish has a bourbon burn - I'm not kidding, this tastes like 10% bourbon - Chocolate (like the booze filled chocolates you wish were good, but in this case it is good).

My only complaint is that there are few flavor changes throughout each taste and there isn't much nuance. But you've got to love how over the top, no holds barred, intense this is. What a ride! Also, even at 12% ABV this has way more alcohol than anything I've tried (incl. Samiclaus, WWW stout, etc).

4000qtrap, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of natelocc787
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Minute head upon vicious pour. Carbonation is there but barely, which suits this beer well. Very different from Old Viscosity, much thicker, more bourbon and more complex. Heavy molasses and caramelized brown sugar, espresso is there once looked for but mostly molasses, oak, bourbon and dark chocolate. Well done, could use more carbonation but not much. Extremely drinkable for the style and abv.

natelocc787, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of lightindarkness
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drink1121 for this.

Pours jet black with zero head. Syrupy looking, but not too thick.

Smells wonderfully of chocolate, whiskey, leather, raisin, and molasses. Fantastic blend of sweet, earthy, rich, and dark.

Tastes come in dense waves with a lot of complexity. Packed into the mix are doses of strong carmel, fading into vanilla and chocolate mixed with distinct whiskey notes enhanced by chocolate cake, deep faint toasty grains, and a nice dark fruit mellowness that adds just the right backdrop for character. Detraction: tastes a lot like the barrel. Plus: it has more character than a lot of barrel aged big beers, including the pronounced dark fruit notes.

Feel has the faintest carbonation tingle, but has a nicely medium heavy body. A little slick and oily.

Fantastic beer. Sipper for sure, and while it's fantastic, notably above some other very similar beers, it doesn't require much drinking, but a light sipping enjoyment for an evening.

lightindarkness, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling enjoyed April 2010.

Poured opaque black with no head, and only a faint rim layer of small bubbles. As observed on the palate as well - another carbonation problem, and it has suitably impacted the appearance and mouthfeel scores.

Nose has an appetizing bourbon-boozy vanilla/caramel note. Once on the palate a rich dark sugary caramel comes through and also reminds me of coconut. Virtually no carbonation on the palate. Flavors continue to the finish with plenty of bourbon booziness.

yemenmocha, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3rd beer at Stoutfest. Black with a small brown head that turns to a ring over time, leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is mostly a bit of the average roasted malt you'd expect of a stout, a bit of vanilla and bourbon coming through as well. Taste is huge and complex. Has a big bourbon/cocoa element that is great especially in the aftertaste. Roasted malts, milk chocolate also apparent. A bit of dark fruit and sweetness in there somewhat as well. My palate was a little weary at this point I think. A little boozy but not too bad considering the alcohol content. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Drinkability is decent for 12%, but a big price tag here that I'm not sure is worth the quality and the booze taste is a bit much. 1 glass was definitely enough. Worth trying just for the great bourbon/cocoa element. Definitely the highlight of Port's catalog for me so far.

Chico1985, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to masterchiefMD for sharing this at my most recent tasting.

2008 vintage. Consumed March 19, 2010.

A: Black with a decent head and great lacing.

S: Bourbon, rich creamy stout, buttery and sweet.

T: This is a creamy, buttery stout with a very prominent bourbon component. It is done quite well. The 12% ABV is present, but the beer is not overly boozy. The bourbon does slightly overrun other aspects of the beer, i.e. rich roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, etc.

M: Silky smooth and creamy with little carbonation.

D: A small sample was plenty. Sweet bourbon stouts can be a chore to drink by yourself. Great for splitting with a friend or two.

Huhzubendah, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes in December 09. On tap at Monk's Cafe.

A - poured intense black with ruby hues in the light. Quick 1/2" brown head. 4.5

S - intense bourbon, vanilla, and blackberries. Chocolate malt and caramel/toffee. Damn this is good. 5.0

T - Holy Crap. Bourbon and roastiness supreme. Lots of figs and licorice and alcohol. Expresso and dark chocolate in the aftertaste. 4.5

M - Medium/full bodied, well carbonated. Mildly sticky/chewy 4.5

D - For its abv, it's HIGHLY drinkable. Definitely a highlight of the night. 4.5

DmanGTR, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of maximum12
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to jessethehutt for sending a 375ML bottle of this brew my way this past summer. Heard a rumor about something, something, carbonation, so have left this close to room temp & shook it vigorously at times to encourage the little critters. And the noble 'hutt warned me as well before we conducted the swap, so my eyes were open.

Well, cork comes out with a tiny pfffft of released pressure, so that's a good sign. Fourteen microscopic bubbles form on a hard, straight into the middle of the snifter pour. Comes forth the promised chunky black. Smells are a corroded combination of bourbon & fruits/malts that had been soaked in bourbon.

Older Viz comes at you with a shiv of bourbon, filling both the nose & the taste buds on first sip. But it's a taste leavened by plenty of other knick-knacks. Dark, bloody fruits are very much in evidence & intertwine interestingly with the bourbon. Vanilla & wood from the barrel separate from the bourbon & add another layer to the cake. Bits & pieces of dark chocolate, molasses.

There's an alcohol charge to the beer that nods its head at the bourbon opening & escalates all the way through to the end, when it cascades into a chest-cavity-warming crescendo. Dry, woody, it leaves an almost wine-like aftertaste that reminds me strongly of a day spent sampling in Napa Valley. Where this suffers is thinking of having another of these - uh, no thanks. As advertised, this is thicker than cough syrup, & I'll get through this 12.7 ounces, but more would be overkill with a nuke.

Well, I'm having trouble attaching scores to this beer. It's hands-down unique, which I love, the bourbon is a bit forward, the lack of carbonation means it's heavy & tough to swill. Overall a very, very good beer. Would carbonation have made a difference? I think it would. Maybe I'll see another bottle someday & get to judge again.

maximum12, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Chambic
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black, barely any head

S: definitely boozy, like bourbon or even port

T: vanilla, maybe a bit of raisins, some roasted malt, with a beautiful finish of coffee bean

M: big, big, big, but balanced by the carbonation that keeps it from being too heavy

D: very drinkable, although I don't know how much my liver and stature can handle

Chambic, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of maltlikker
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Vine Street Pub for Stout Month in February.

Very dark brown/black with some tan foam around the edges, but no 'head'. Swirling the glass produces some sticky lacing from the foam.

Vanilla bourbon aroma with molasses, plums, roasted coffee and booze - delicious smell!

Flavor is bitter chocolate bourbon coffee with a touch of vanilla from the oak, incredible beer! Medium heavy mouthfeel, but not syrupy at all.

This was my third Imperial of the session and it blew the others away - followed it with an Avery Czar (which I love) but the Czar just didn't compare, so I had another Older Viscosity... and then tipped over.

maltlikker, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Sheffield's. Pours a deep, dark brown with the only remnants of a light brown head clinging to the sides of the glass. Smells like coconut and cinnamon, signifying oak, and also smells of bourbon. The malts smell very dark and toasted. Coffee and chocolate dominate the palate with the roasted flavors coming through on the back. The alcohol is present, but it is a little better integrated than other beers of this style I have had young on draft. The palate is very big, but not oily. The finish goes on for a long time. This is a very high quality beer, and I love this style with some more age. I hope to pick up a bottle for cellaring.

wedgie9, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of northaustin
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a dark brown/black with no head.

smell: an alchoholic ballistic missile wrapped in a thick coat of caramel, a smooth subtle chocolate, all rounded off by heavy biscuity bready type malt smell.

taste: the smell without alchohol. alchohol shows up later but has a bigger effect on the mouthfeel than the flavor.

mouthfeel: slides down amazingly like some sort of thin syrup. it leaves your mouthwatering. an alchoholic essence creeps up in the back of your throat and warms your heart.

drinkability: i highly enjoyed this one. very appropriate for a northaustin style session beer.

northaustin, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of blackc5
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Collins Pub as part of the Strong Ale fest. I tried a sampling of schooners that night, and this was by far my favorite of the three.

A - Was a very deep brown/nearly black with almost no foam or bubbles, and little lacing left behind.

S - Oh, this is going to be something interesting and unique. Lots of bourbon whiskey on the nose, and definitely lots of vanilla with some dark chocolate.

T - Yep, this is a winner. The bourbon flavors come through perfectly - exactly what you would hope for in a mix of whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit and a bit of oak. Some molasses'y sweetness balances it all out, but does not over power. Lovely - can't get enough. Well, at 12%, I guess I can, but damn this is good. A wonderful sipper.

M - As the name implies, viscous. This is a thick and chewy beer, and the carbonation (low) is perfect for the style.

D - Well, it tastes great, and the alcohol is fairly well hidden - beyond the bourbons flavors that is - only a bit of burn. Definitely a sipper, but one that pleases the entire time.

blackc5, Mar 11, 2010
Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,132 ratings.