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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,966
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 501
Gots: 599 | FT: 54
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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 Mauerhan
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so after some growing up I think my palate is a bit more apt to take on a beer like this.

dark brew with a fantastic one and a half finger head that sticks like crazy to the sides of my glass. awesome looks.

smell is rich. i get a variety of smells. this is complex. cocoa with hints of dark fruits and a slight barrel funk. i could sit with my nose in this beer all night but what would be the fun of that.

taste is smooth. chocolate. figs. booze. some nice oak tones. this beer tastes awesome.

mouth is thick and creamy. solid carbonation. this is a fantastic beer.

im not sure what happened with my first experience, weather it was palate fatigue or just lack of experience or if it was simply a contaminated bottle but this beer is completely different. glad to have cracked it among good friends.

-ORIGINAL REVIEW-
poured into a chimay glass. black pour. almost like motor oil. very minimal head to the point of being none at all. a tiny island of foam in the middle of the glass. next to no lacing.

smells are heavy on two things. dark fruits and booze.

first taste is big on dark fruits, i taste plums and figs, but mostly raisin. very strong alcohol finish. not very appetizing. slight sour taste. if that was what port was trying to do i wish that they would have pulled a jolly pumpkin and gone all the way with the sour rather than just tickling the idea of sour.

mouthfeel is sub par. my mouth gets dried out the more i drink of it. very low carbonation.

drinkability is ok. its a beer that i am happy that i could have tried but to be completely honest i dont think i will be visiting older viscosity any time in the near future.

Mauerhan, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of flexabull
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the currently dormant, but very generous metallitone1. This was an extra in a trade! Thanks again!

This bottle is from the fall of 2007.

Pours a deep, dark, flat black color, with a nice tan head.

Aromas are of dark fruits, booze, oak, and dark bitter chocolate.

Taste is a bit hot up front, but not overly so. Some really bold and dark chocolate flavors, a bit of bitterness, a touch of bourbon, booze, and oak. Finish has a touch of heat as well, but it just completes the balance of flavors. This is an excellent beer. The flavors are bold, complex, but not too overpowering. I would have never guessed that this one pushed 12% ABV.

Mouthfeel is very full, thick, and about perfect for a big bold stout.

Drinkability is great. Wow! This is the best beer I have had in a while, and easily one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I have ever tasted. Track this one down, especially if you are a stout fan.

flexabull, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, slight opacity in the pour but pitch black in the glass. A dark brown head forms for all of 60 seconds before fading into a ring. Eventually, even that disappears. This stuff is appropriately named.

Smell: This one's got a massive bourbon barrel aroma of vanilla and caramel, with a touch of butterscotch and roasted malt. There's a a sharp note of alcohol when it's cold, but as it warms and opens up more the oak and bourbon overpower it.

Taste & mouthfeel: It's striking how unlike Old Viscosity this is. The abrasive bitterness and resiny hop attack have been softened by the months in bourbon barrels, replaced with sweet vanilla and caramel flavors. There's still a firm roasty bitterness in the finish, like a piece of charred bread sweetened with blackberry jam, but it never overtakes the bourbon and malt. The mouthfeel is full, almost syrupy, and the low level of carbonation only further contributes to that. As with anything Tomme Arthur puts in a barrel, this is simply stellar stuff.

largadeer, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of ASymon13
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had been looking forward to this beer for months, but was waiting for a special occasion to open one. Tonight, a slow Saturday seemed like such an occasion.

This pours a very deep black, with no light passing through, and with a small amount of tan head that disappears rather quick. There is a lot going on in the nose of it, but first and formost is the bourbon. Vanilla also plays a prominent role. There are some dark fruits in there, and a tiny hint of anise as well.

The first taste is huge. This just has a ton of flavor to it. The bourbon continues to dominate, but it is never overpowering and comes off extremely smooth. Vanilla and a distinct roastiness balance it rather nicely. There is a very slight underlying fruity sweetness to it, and I'm really not detecting hops much at all. The alcohol, at 12%, is quite apparent, and I think it is drinking a bit hot and would likely get even better with a few years on it. The mouthfeel is quite heavy, with the carbonation not overbearing, but still pleasant. Overall, it's an excellent beer for a special occasion, and I think it will only get better with age.

ASymon13, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a complete black with almost no head or lacing.
Smells fantasticly of dark fruit, lots of sweet malts.
Taste is massive, tons of sweet dark fruits. Slight banana, lots of plum, raisin, dark burnt caramel. One of the best stouts in the world in my opinion.
Sticky and thick as hell. Coats the glass with its richness. I could sip this all night. My rating might be influenced by the fact that I sipped it by a bonfire on a nice cool night. It was damn near perfect.

kirok1999, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Milk chocolate colored bubbley head epuals two fingers but fades fast leaving no lace. Body is jet ink black. Nose is lovely with huge bourbon and toffee notes wraped around some creamy chocolate tones. The bourbon feel is first to hit with carmalized malts and buttery toffee. Some big soured dark fruit in in the middle of the palate. Really creamy and mellow as it warms on the mouthfeel. Bourbon is slightly warm but not harsh at all. Mouthfeel is very inviting of the next sip. Another bourbon lovers joy from Port. Sip wisely and enjoy all night.

SPLITGRIN, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled at Lost Abbey for RBSG 08. Poured into a wine glass. Black color with ruby red highlights. Small cocoa head with wet lacing. Aroma is straight bourbon with a leather note. Flavor is dark chocolate with a roasty undercurrent and complex notes of vanilla, oak, bourbon (without the alcohol sting), and molasses. Long finish from the rich body.

illidurit, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of JoeMayo
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the richest beers I've ever tasted

A- Pours very thick and black with a quickly dissipating head.

S- Very sweet-smelling. Molasses and maple are in the foreground, accentuated by aromas of dark fruits, vanilla, and brandy

T- Even sweeter than I expected. Molasses, Figs, stone fruit, brandy and vanilla are the main flavors I can pick out. There is a slight smokiness in the aftertaste

M- Decadent, thick, and mildly carbonated

D- You need to take your time with this one between the richness and the alcohol

JoeMayo, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fl oz. Corked and caged olive green bottle > Chimay Goblet

totally black, with a deep brown 1" crown that's lively and thick, dissipates really fast with only some slight outer-ring foam is left. A classic "aged" look.

This thing has massive malt aroma's that include, Earthy, musty chocolate-covered grains, chocolate fudge, peanutbutter cookies, old leather and vanilla. Ripe, red fruits whiff's just on the edge. Intense and very pleasing aroma.

This beast is off the hook when it comes to malt complexity. Maple syrup, deep, rich chocolate, light peanutbutter, toasted oats and grains with big currents of wild berries, figs & blackberries. The balance is achieved with fresh green hops, and dried, hot earth flavored hops. A massive, whiskey-ish heat is actually very mellow because of the massive sweet, thick malt feel.

Full and heavy feel, nearly the headiest stout I've ever had. Only a few can compete with this one.

Mind blowing complexity, and I can't even imagine how good it will be after a full year or two in the cellar.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of badbeer
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Midnight black color with a rich tan head that retains very well and leaves good lacing. Large amounts of bourbon in the aroma, with some vanilla also joining it. Some nice chocolate-y roastiness is also in there, maybe a bit of charcoal too. Thick, chocolate-y, roasty, liquid crawls down my tongue with a very smooth bourbon flavor and finishes with a little bit of alcohol warmth. Body is extremely full bodied with medium carbonation levels. Just a splendid beer to drink, I wish this was more available. I've yet to be disappointed with this brewery; great stuff! Thanks for the sample, Tomme.

badbeer, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of younger35
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this beautiful baby from ncvbc in a trade some time ago. Have been waiting for some special reason to open it and apparently the Home Run Derby is it?!?! Drank from my Ithaca tulip.

Appearance- Pours a super dark blackish brown with dark brown hues around the edges that allow a small amount of light. A wimpy quarter inch head recedes really quickly leaving zero head, small thin collar and no lacing.
Smell- Holy nose! That unmistakeable big bourbon woodiness that seems to be in all in the beers I've drank lately is most definitely in this one. Loads of thick rich coffee and sweet sticky caramel are just as intense as the vanilla from the barrels. Rich dark fruits (plums, raisins and definitely figs) are more than present along with a bit of booze. Some chocolaty bitterness is vaguely noticeable as the beer warms a bit.
Taste- Dry and bitter with loads of coffee that's been sitting in the pot for weeks and condensed to a thick, gritty concentrate. The wood and bourbon are noticeable and delicious but I think the coffee profile is in the driver's seat here (unlike the nose). Loads of bitter baker's chocolate and slightly sweetened condensed milk make for a bit of a grainy milkshake. Molasses and black licorice are discernable but definitely take a backseat to the coffee and bourbon. Small amounts of cherry and cane sugar add a bit more sweetness and fruitiness toward the end. Lingering cocoa and vanilla finish the beer superbly.
Mouthfeel- Thick and viscous and gritty with a slick warm finish. Very little carbonation but not much is needed IMO.
Drinkability- This is a really a wonderful brew that I really, really enjoyed! The alcohol gets a bit more noticeable as it warms but even that isn't such a bad thing. The big creamy body and coffee/bourbon/chocolate goodness are fantastic. Big thanks to Walter for sharing the love!

younger35, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A:Just a shade short of jet black. Nice looking mocha head. No lacing but that is ok.

S: Bourbon and wood. coffee and roasted malt. Insanely complex. At times more bourbon than beer but still damn good.

T: Follows the smell. Tons of bourbon and wood. Again insanely complex. coffee and roast. Bourbon. Basically think the best darkest beer you have had but more mellow.

M: Damn thick. Perhaps not the best beer for July but this was good despite the heat.

D: A sipper no doubt but damn was this good. Spent 2 bones on this at Monk's cafe in Philly and it was worth it. Still have not had a bad beer from Lost Abbey.

aerozeppl, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml Bottle

2007 Bottling

Received this in a trade with Stoneman78, thanks! Older Viscosity glops out the bottle with the weight of a heavy motor oil. It's difficult to even get a soft pour as the viscous body gurgles from the neck. Needless to say the body is as black as the ace of spades. The pour produced a minimal beige head of about one finger that fell to a thin cap and fat ring after a few minutes. Each sip leaves some lacing behind that eventually falls back into the body.

The nose has a great depth of complexity. The oak barrel aging plays the most significant role with notes of slightly damp oak and hints of vanilla. A touch of bourbon flashes through along with dark chocolate, brown sugar, and cocoa in that order. The bourbon presence grows as this beer warms. I'm not really pulling much else out of the aroma but what is there is very appetizing. It would get a better score if there was more of a beer profile than so much of a bourbon and oak profile.

The flavor runs along the lines the aroma suggested. There's alcohol heat from beginning to end. Now I love a solid alcohol presence in some of my bigger beers but this one is just a little too hot. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, and cocoa all come back in the aroma rising and falling as it works its way through. Again, it's the bourbon barrel aging that takes this beer over. Bourbon, alcohol spiciness, damp oak, and mild vanilla are the most common denominators of this beer. As it gets close to room temperature it melds slightly better but it's still a touch too hot.

The mouthfeel at first sip seemed a little on the thin side but as this beer warms it allows the body a chance to thicken up and become as viscous as the label suggests. The body is coating and rich with minimal carbonation which lets the body work through at it's own pace. The heat works its way through my mouth, nose, and down my throat, warming my cheeks on its way.

The drinkability is limited by the alcohol presence. This is a very good sipper whether it be an after dinner drink or a cold weather beer this is one to enjoy slowly. It took me over an hour to finish the bottle and it just kept getting better.

I had high hopes for this brew and while it delivered on some aspects it fell short on others. There is a little more bourbon character then I'd like but it is very good. I wouldn't mind having a few more to see if they cool down over time.

joe1510, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Cigar City Brew and ibrew2or3 for bringing this one to the tasting it is one I have been after for quite sometime.

A: Pours darker than squid ink with an average to small khaki colored head. The retention is okay and lace is spotty.

S: Ahhh I see why I have wanted this one for so long. Tons of aroma comes pouring from the glass. A perfect amount of booze can be noted. Hints of bitter and sweet chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of smoke as well. It is so complex with each sniff you pick up something else.

T: WOW! quite possibly my favorite barrel aged brew. I loved Old V, but the barrel has made this a totally different beer. Tons of nice sweet chocolate up front. The barrel comes thru with hints of oak, booze and vanilla. Coconut can be tasted along with some smoke and for the first time ever pretzels??? GREAT BEER!

M: Nice thick, slick, creamy, smooth, oily.... should I go on?

D: We shared two bottles of this between the group, but I would have sold my soul to have an entire bottle to myself. The beer is so drinkable, and the Yum factor is off the scale.

It is a great beer that should be sought it. It also happens to be review number 500 for me... fitting? I think so!

tpd975, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of paytoplay
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tough to say this has "drinkability" as it's huge, black as night, and built for the long haul. Though I don't remember a sweet type flavor as I have in other beers of this color and viscocity. Smoke, dark malt, and a long finish. But Damn! this stuff is so tough to find.

paytoplay, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of ralflord
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The dark motor oil poured smoothly into the glass. Wafting smells of booze and beer nestled into my nose, creating an anxious sense of taste.

This beer was very tasty. Mixture of the barrel with all the flavors you expect from a big imperial stout. Smooth taste, which was well balanced between alcohol and the other flavors

Another exceptional outing from Tomme and the Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Company. Highly recommended.

ralflord, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MiScusi for a great trade.

12.7oz brown bottle, corked and caged, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours solid black and true to it's name sake. 1/2 inch of light khaki head forms and holds for a minute or so. Some dots of lacing.

S: Lots of bourbon, alcohol, and molasses. Very sweet and rich.

T/M: Rich molasses and deeply cooked sugar. Bourbon swims throughout this taste. A light coffee note with stronger, velvety chocolate and caramel and nutty tastes throughout. This is probably 6-8months old and the alcohol is still pretty damn potent, but I wouldn't say gets in the way. I'm sure it probably would if it was fresher. Body is full and a bit chewy with just enough carbonation to keep is somewhat smooth.

D: Obviously a slow sipper but one that you'll savor and finish without complaint. This was much better than the plain Old Visc and I'd recommend it.

pwoods, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of sfoley333
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from release in Nov. 07. I had it on tap that day and havent opened a bottle until know. Poured into Duvel snifter, poured black with two finger tan head. Smell is bourbon oak, vanilla, molasses, and boozy dark fruits. Taste is dark fruit, some chocolate powder mixed with slight coffee roast, with a real bourbon oak complex dryness on the finish. Mouthfeel has a lot more carbonation than last year batch which is almost completely flat. Really a nice sipping beer especially after dinner but one or two would be it for a night.

sfoley333, May 27, 2008
Photo of RustyDiamond
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle- 2007 release.
Blacker than black pour into a tulip glass. Black liquid trickled into the glass from my really slow pour. One finger of Milky Way nougat colored froth slowly rose to the rim. Huge aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla and hops somehow. Big hop flavor which transcended nicely into the bourbon taste. The hops became less apparent as the glass warmed, but the bourbon started to shine. Strong yet balanced flavors of dark chocolate-bourbon-vanilla. Just a touch of hotness in the mouthfeel, which surprised me for a 12% RIS. Bourbony oaky finish...very smooth. The nice head dissolved into a milk chocolate colored film that stayed throughout the experience.
And what an experience this was. Really big flavors, yet really balanced and so damn drinkable for a beer of this caliber. I gave this 5's across the board without thinking twice.

RustyDiamond, May 18, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from CA:

Cork-caged 12.7 oz. bottle:

Pours black with a thin, light brown head that lasts. Nice retention for the style/abv.

The smell is of chocolate, licorice, some tar/acidity, dark fruit, oak, bourbon, caramel - one complex aroma, here - and an awesome one, to boot! Strong.

The taste is chocolate - more bitter than in the aroma. Compexities just as present in the taste as in the aroma, but with a sweeter, boozier touch. Bourbon-barrel adds a nice vanilla touch.

Slightly understated carbonation, a bit of a swishy feel. Full-bodied.

Dangerously drinkable - this is complex and delicious, despite the alcohol making itself known. A wonderful brew!

jwc215, May 17, 2008
Photo of genog
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to sample this over the weekend after having samples of Dark Lord 08, and I gotta say this one held up pretty well.

Poured a very black color with a beautiful tan brown head sitting on top that fizzles and leaves a little behind. Aroma was very full with bourbon and vanilla notes side by side with dark fruity tones. Taste did not let me down either with a lot of coffee and chocolate with the sweet fruit notes. Mouth feel did provide a slim warming presence but not too overwhelming. Overall I found this to be a great balanced example of a top tier Russian Imperial Stout.

genog, May 02, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to one of these bottles, released in Nov 07 if I'm not mistaken and I've traded quite a few of these without getting the chance to try it myself. Really looking forward to this one. I put this bottle in the fridge for about 20min.

Poured a nice dark color, pretty much like the regular Old Viscosity, with a good inch of foam.

Smells a bit hot with lots of bourbon and dark fruits. I'm taking my time smelling this beer and I'm still getting a wall of alcohol and dark fruits. After forcing myself to try and smell past this wall I get some aromas of vanilla and chocolate. There's some milk chocolate, milk with kahlua, roasted barley, charred wood and a bit of black cherries as well.

It does have more chocolate in the taste than the aroma and the heat is there too. The second sip is a little more pleasant and the balance of the chocolate and dark fruits comes through. Cherries and raisins begin to show themselves in the mixture of fruits this beer has, as well as some cocoa powder.

Very good mouth-feel, not overly thick or cloyingly sweet but still soft and just the right touch of carbonation.

Don't think I can drink more than this 375ml bottle but it does go down somewhat easy.

seaoflament, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly pitch black, a medium tan head settles to a ring over the darkness. Smell is very, very big and rich. So much going on. Big oak, woody scents. Some great bourbon scents come through that are stunning. Doesn't seem like this is beer. Great vanilla bean and roasted, charred scents. Some light buttered, toasted bread in the mix. Taste retains most of the characteristics of the smell but brings forward some great rich chocolate and coffee flavors. It starts off with a little oak and bourbon, somewhat charred flavors again. The dark, rich chocolate flavors come through toward the end. Also present is some fruit flavors...black cherry, raisin, etc. There is just way too much to this beer. You'd think the taste couldn't get much better but it goes farther than the smell to me. Mouthfeel is very rich and velvety smooth. Perfect carbonation and it goes down quite easy. There is a slight burn as it warms but this one is a great drinker for such a beast of a brew. What a superb beer...not enough can be said but I think I've given myself an idea of what this was like.

Big thanks to tayner, seaoflament, and Nitrogen for a bottle of these. I shall savor them!

ncvbc, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled January '08 poured from the 330ml caged and corked bottle into a Belgian goblet. Thanks go out to mcallister for sharing this with me for his pre-birthday party.

Appearance- Beer pours a thick brown black with a finger high head that quickly dissipates to a voodoo tatoo swirl across the top. Yeast lingers in the goblet almost a finger thick. Beer exhibits very ample legs and lacing.

Smell- Smells of cherry brandy, smoke, charcoal, oak, bourbon, black malts, fig, dates, spruce... My god is there anything NOT in this beer?

Taste- Tastes of burnt malts, I would wager black patent. Warming alcohol, prunes, light sherry, single malt scotch, chocolate, charcoal, tobacco, merlot grapes, no real hops, buttered bread, licorice, black cheryy, brown sugar, and even more dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Chewy, gluey, thick, clinging, warming, excellently carbonated, and quite full bodied.

Drinkability- Warming, wonderful, chewy, I love this beer more than anything but it's way too high gravity for normal drinking.

blakesell, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like this review (#299) will elevate me to BA Zealot status! 2007 vintage poured (finally) into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is super dense black-brown hue, nice layer of brown creamy head dissipates to a thin layer of spotty bubbles, thick lacing on the glass

Smell is initially characterized by absolutely delicious chocolate malts accentuated by stiff bourbon, woody oak, vanilla extract, and molasses, also present are tones of coffee and roast malts, dark fruits, and toffee, absolutely amazing!

Initial taste follows the nose and is comprised of cocoa-sweet malts, bourbon-whiskey wood, and a tinge of dark fruits, espresso-like malts enter midway along with vanilla, cherries, caramel, toffee and brown sugar, finishes with an emphasis on the dark fruits and bourbon

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, silky velvet-like texture takes and edge of the omnipresent bourbon edge, mild-moderate carbonation

Drinkability is high despite the 12%abv, an amazing profile of malts leads the charge here and is balanced out by the dark fruit and bourbon/wood accents, I can see this beauty only improving over time as the hotness will likely subside, no surprise here, I have drank the Kool-Aid and readily admit that Older Viz lives up to its billing, get some if you can!

Stoneman78, Apr 20, 2008
Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,966 ratings.