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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 2,231
Reviews: 696
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 djbreezy
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

08/10 vertical at By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA.

This review covers the 08 with notes about the 10.

appearance - dark and viscous, no head, brown/red notes on the subtle edges vs a whiter edge on the 10

smell - aromas of chocolate and vanilla followed by caramel malts, less rich and more of a burn on the 10

taste - vanilla, rich chocolate, oak and whiskey tones, some hops for bitterness, sweet chocolate and roasty malt notes and just the right amount of warmth; the 10 was noticeably more alcohol forward and less complex

mouthfeel - medium body, average carbonation, smooth and distinct, minor dry finish, the 10 was very similar but had less texture

drinkability - highly complex and enjoyable, rich and flavorful, truly a pleasure to drink, the 10 needed some time on it to cool down and evolve

Photo of caskstrength
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2010 bottle from City Beer Store in SF, made the trip back in my suitcase. Been trying to hold off, but what the hell.

Pours a typical black, some brown in the light on the edge of the glass. Thin layer of carbonation slowly recedes. A couple swirls gives another thin layer. Looks good.

Smells are sweet vanilla oaky bourbon. Brown sugar mixing in well (maple syrup too?) I spent a lot of time just smelling this beer, more than other bourbon stouts in recent memory.

Tastes mingle really well. The interplay between the vanilla, wood, brown sugar, and bourbon is intoxicating. Bourbon prominent, but prominent within the context of the other flavors, doesn't overwhelm or burn. Mouthfeel a bit thinner than expected, but I'm tiring of gooey stouts, and it worked well with the flavors. Slides down the back of the tongue, not sticking, just leaving clean tracks. Nice.

I liked it pretty fresh, and would drink it that way in the future. It's just going to get thicker and the sharp interplay between the flavors would likely start to fade as time went on.

Hard to justify 15+ for a 12oz bottle, however, even if it is this good. Quite frustrating it's not priced to compete with other bourbon stouts.

Photo of alpineclimber
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trucked this bottle back from San Francisco. Cork and caged 12.7oz bottle, that mentions oak barrel aging on the label.

Very black brew with a small tan head, the appearance does the name justice.

The nose is a combination of sweet malt and molasses, the oak barrel comes through quite strong.

Taste is of dark malt, licorice, bourbon and a fair amount of alcohol.

Good medium mouthfeel.

This is a great sipper. The bourbon barrel is strong in this one, I enjoyed the very strong bourbon taste. This brew is fairly hot and would probably be better aged for a year or two. I only wished I had a couple more bottles for the cellar.

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

Little cork and cager into a Snifter Glass

2009 Maltage

A- Pours like pure motor oil, black as black can beer in a beer. Small thin brown head on top that doesn't stick around much more than a few bubbles on the glass. Really nice alcohol feet on the side when you swirl it.

S- Really roasted dark malts with a nice sweet chocolate note behind it that's so inviting. Maybe some slight coffee in there as well but has a strong oak and bourbon to it as well.

T- Super creamy and thick dark malts with a nice strong coffee and chocolate flavor up front but after it goes down your swarmed with oak and bourbon with a nice sting of alcohol on the tongue.

M- Super thick full body, like syrup. Lower carbonation and slight bitter finish but not bad at all.


Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 11/13

*Note: This is a 2008 vintage*

A - Midnight oil black pour with a light tan head. Head slowly fades leaving a light halo along the glass.

S - Lots of chocolate and coffee as well as some bourbon notes. Not getting much of the oak notes though with this one.

T - Nice warming stout. Not much malts or hops or anything like that, but just pure flavour on this one. Quite delicious.

M - No carbonation on this. Feels like a heavy thick oily mess in my mouth that just coats it heavily. Would like even some faint carbonation with this.

D - Delicious aged stout. Pleased with only having to spend $12 on this experience.

Photo of BeerStine
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like oil with a medium almond colored head. Smells of sweet milky chocolate. Not too heavy - much lighter than other beers of the same pour and smell. Something a little weird in the taste. Overall I would definately order this at a bar. Not sure I would drink a lot of them but still a great beer.

Photo of JamesMcPolin
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to purchase this 2009 release, on a trip down to the actual brewery in San Marcos, back in late-March 2010. Continued to properly cellar until now, on the brink of 2011.

Poured from its diminutive 12.7 ounce bottle into a snifter. Slight 'poof' upon uncorking but no smoke. Poured first half the bottle somewhat aggressive, but still no real head to speak of. Pure black, completely opaque. Thick and gorgeous looking.

Wow! Really aromatic. Smells heavenly even while cold. Oak right away, plus that familiar vanilla that comes with it. The nose is just so bold and exciting. No joke, I can tell I'm going to really enjoy it before it even crosses my lips. Dang it smells good! (P.S., as I nurse my few, final, warm sips, I am finally getting a little bit of chocolate in the nose.)

Impressive on the palate. Taste follows the nose, definite oak and vanilla but also a well-balanced sweet dark caramel. Interesting how far the roasted malt and chocolate flavors are in the background. They seem to play a distant supporting role to the oak. I wish I had tried this batch in '09 upon first release just to have a mental comparison with this cellared bottle. The 12% is very pleasant, very gentle at the end. (Just as with the nose, in my last few room-temp sips I'm also getting more of the chocolaty notes. Man this is a good brew.)

Great body. Mouth-feel is viscous, warm and dry. (I know 'mouth-feel vocabulary' comes from the wine world, so I'm not always sure if I'm using it correctly, but I mean to convey with all three of those words nothing but positive connotations.)

What else can I say, extremely tasty. A 'must try' for lovers of big and dark, bourbon barrel-aged brews. Actually feeling guilty now that I popped this without my lady, who loves exactly these types of brews, but I had no idea the OAK was going to be so center-staged.

One last thing, I think the reason I am so surprised by this brew is because I'm pretty sure I originally found out about it on BeerAdvocate (even though I live so close) which is awesome. But now that I've had it, I feel pretty confident in saying that I believe it's incorrectly categorized as an imperial stout. I feel confident in saying this because imperial stout is the one category that I'm not shy to say I know my $h!t. This delicious brew belongs more to the American Dark Strong Ale type style. Just nit-picking though, much love to THE BROS and all other BA members. Cheers!

Photo of codewarrior
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

LA Cork and Caged 375mL Poured into a Balloon

So, just to set expectations right off the bat. For a Cork and Caged 375mL out of California, at a super $10 price-point ... you pretty much need to destroy the standard Russian River sours just to be worth the cost. At $14 for this bottle, we're in super Temptation range, and in fact the only bottle of this size I've dropped more on this year was Deliverance, from the same brewery ... and that beer ... also sets a very, very high bar.

L: Jet black with the tiniest bit of wispy cream head. Doesn't pour nearly as thick as the title would suggest.

S: Sweetness starts gently and then is wholly overwhelmed by whiskey, in the extreme. Tail is hyper-sweet with a lot of bourbon.

T: Similar to the smell, but a lot more booze. Maltiness with a touch of smoke and meal blends in with a towering sweetness. Bourbon is present throughout, almost overwhelmingly so.

F: Thick, but not thick enough, a lot under-carbonated (this is the 2010 bottling, not the 2009) to my taste.

D: Not bad, a sipper for sure and a bit heavy on the bourbon and off in the balance.

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

Poured from tap into a tasting tulip glass at TJs iin Paoli PA.

A: A deep dark black color that lets no light through. The think light brown head leaves nice lacing in the glass.

S: Bourbon and vanilla dominate the nose with some toffee, cream and slight wood smells.

T: Flavor follows the nose. The bourbon is there from taste one as it just jumps right out at you. It's followed by the mellower huge vanilla flavor coupled with some sweet cream flavors. A touch of cocoa and some slight woody tones give way to the sweetness. Sweetness is caramel, toffee and vanilla cream. The alcohol flavor creeps in on the finish but is very welcomed. Finish is very creamy and smooth...Wow.

M: Full, creamy, lasting, alcoholic and just overall satisfying.

Overall this is probably the best bourbon barrel aged beer that I have ever tried. I even said that in my bottle tasting and it is supported by my tap tasting. Such a kick ass beer, just outstanding. Wow.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive already gotten 3 of these this month but Im not complaining! Thanks to all the guys in the Birthday Club BIF as well as Prufrock.

A- Pours out pretty thick but it doesnt seem to live up to its name quite as much as I had hoped. The beer has a deep root beer color on the pour. The carbonation looks really low, as such there is hardly any head.

S- Quite a potent aroma of cappuccino, chocolate, dark figgy fruits, vanilla, brown sugar and a gentle spike of bourbon. Its pretty low key for a bourbon barreled stout which actually works really well here. Its rounded and smooth.

T- Keeping with the smoother, more mellow theme, this beer is strong on cappuccino, milk chocolate, vanilla and oak.

M- Very low carbonation makes for a super smooth beer that rolls off the tongue.

D- I really like this stuff. Im glad I have 2 more.

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

I had this on tap at Tj's Restaurant and Drinkery's 7th Anniversary.

A black opaque ale with thin medium tan cap and frothy appearance w/ tiny bead. The smell has sweet aromas of toffee and roasted scent with an almost immediate bourbon presence in the nose. The mild cocoa and caramel hint w/ light vanilla scent seems to outpace the mild coffee element. The feel is full, strong and rich with moderately high sweetness and viscosity, coating the palate with full-on alcohol and moderately carbonated the finish is sweet with mild roasted texture it is pretty viscous throughout.

The flavor is very good with strong toffee and caramel flavors with a vanilla note from the wood and big toasted flavor w/ cocoa and bourbon swirling about haphazardly. The slight coffee tinge is mild with toffee, caramel and mild creamy cocoa dominating and the bourbon only slightly adds to the dense, complex array of flavors. this is a slightly syrupy tasting with drenched malty quality, yet the concentrated wort effect is way more bourbon influenced as it warms w/ dark toast coming forward too. The drinkaibility is good as expected for the style and abv of this malt monster. The kind of beer you could enjoy for hours on a cold winter night by the fire, lots of complexity, almost too much, I am glad I got the chance to sip & enjoy this.

re-review at Al's of Hampden
a -4 s-4.5 m-4.5 t-4.5 d -4
Thanks to Al's of Hamden for putting this on
The color is deep cocoa with a short lasting tan cap with very tight bead is tight and lace collects like speckles on the glass. The clarity is very opaque. The smell has a strong vanilla element with light smoke and plenty of coconut and nutty candy odors with mild cocoa and smooth roasted scents. The feel is great with smooth as hell malt and rich with bourbon accents boozy with slight malt astringency and highly carbonated which lightens the feel from viscous with a semi dry finish

The taste is super tasty full and smooth with chocolately taste and light coconut and alcohol flavor with slight woody astringent and smoked element with prominent bourbon effect. bethany says " like an almond joy" I love the chocolaty finish eith bitter end whcih has plenty of tangy barrel notes and slight malty sweetness in the finish. The drinkability is wonderful -delicious and intense -12% makes it hard to have more than 1 in a sitting, but you really want that 1 - the smoothness and the quality are high, a trojan horse Barrel aged stout incredible how well it hides such high abv, heads and shoulders above Angel's share to me.

Photo of JAXSON
3.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple vintages of this, just recently the '08 vintage which is supposed to be the best. From a bottle, pours black with a mocha head. Charcoal, vanilla, oak, some bourbon in the nose. Not overly roasted, which I had remembered from other vintages. Flavor is some roasted coffee, vanilla, a bitter briney kind of quality, green olive. A lot of barrel in the flavor. Though the nose on this was decent, the flavor was weird and seriously lacking, quite bitter and astringent.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's last night.

Jet black with a dense dark brown head, retention is great and lacing is moderate. . Nose is big chocolate,bourbon, some vanilla, a little coconut, plenty of heat. Pretty much what I remember it smelling like, and exactly what I wanted at. Palate opens plenty of bourbon, vanilla and heat. Chocolate, low roast, no licorice. Has that bourbon char that the better batches of Angels Share have, strong, boozy and moderately alcoholic. Charred oak flavors are present, but the tannin character is rather low. Moderately sweet, low in tannins, high bourbon character on the finish. Excellent, though a little difficult to drink, my one 12oz glass was plenty.

**Edit 15 Jan 2012**
2007 vintage that I received in a trade with udubdawg. Thank you, Michael.

The nose has mellowed out wonderfully, and gained a fruity acidic tinge, The coconut notes here have mellowed out, leaving just some bourbon and vanilla. The palate is sweet, moderately bourbony but just medium-low in booze character. Dark fruit, cocoa, chocolate, a fruity/berry character, particularly in its initial acidity, are all present. The oak has really been integrated into the flavor profile here. Silky smooth,this beer is astounding on the palate. One of the more positive cellaring experiences I've had. Excellent stuff. 4.25/4.5/4.75/4.5

Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle - consumed on 12/2/2010

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with no head to speak of at all. There was some light brown sudsy residue left on the sides of the glass.

S - Smelled of booze, roasted malt, toffee and burnt molasses. Slight floral hop presence.

T - Leads off with roasty malt, chocolate, molasses and toffee. Good bitter bite to match the sweetness. Boozy flavor builds as it warms.

M - It was smooth and soft. A medium bodied beer with a chewy mouthfeel.

D - This is a really good beer. I feel it was a little flat but stil delicious.

Photo of davod23
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 edition. Flipping great. Poured from the bottle into a trusty Bruery tulip.

Pour is as expected. Deep, dark brown, almost black. A tan head emerges briefly before receding. For the first half of the pour, the cap can be rekindled with a swirl - after that, though, it's flatsville. Seems pretty thick on the pour, but not to the extent of others I've had (e.g., Dark Lord, Hunahpu's, BA Speedway).

Smell is delightful. Deep, dark chocolate mixed with milk chocolate and raw cocoa powder. Vague aroma of dark berries. Obviously, the barrels play a role too, but the bourbon is smooth and soft on the aroma, unlike other bourbon BA beers.

Taste is truly exceptional. I will preface this by saying that I've had several vintages of Older Viscosity, and this blows every other one out of the water, without question. Smooth, oaky, vanilla, bourbon characteristics. Rich sweet chocolate overlaying everything. A bit of booze, but given the strength of this beer it's very well-integrated. Roasted coffee notes play a role in the background.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. Long finish, sticky, but not cloying.

Drinkability is fantastic for a stout of this strength. Truly one of the best beers I have had in a while. The 2010 vintage is bone fide.

Highly recommended.

Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opaque and motor oil brownish black with a frothy head of light brown foam that has a tough time kicking up and settles out quickly.

Aroma of cocoa and espresso, brown sugar and molasses, some malty sweetness. Sharp flavor of roasty malt and raisins, burnt leaves and brandy, sharp espresso bitterness, mild currant and cherry. Strong and boozey.

Thin mouthfeel, acrid ashey finish, warm and numbing on the tongue. Vapors rise up the back of the nose. Tasty sipper, but it's packin' heat, which lowers drinkability.

Photo of kfsv034
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with evan007, GOGANGE and electrobunny.

A - Pours black with no head at all

S - carmel, vanilla, chocolate, oak and some sweet sugars.

T - Follows the nose, chocolate and oak with vanilla and carmel on the back end. really delicious.

M - Thin

D - not good at 12% idk how many i could drink

Photo of wcudwight
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure what vintage this is. It comes in a corked and caged 12.7 oz bottle. As black as black gets with a brown sugar colored head that forms more of a rim around the top than actually rising to a head. Some spotty lacing and foam on top. Wonderful aroma of a bourbon, red wine and dark chocolate mixture. Very complex, yet balanced flavors. Rick dark bitter chocolate coats the tongue and stays there. Bourbon bites you and there's kind of a red wine bitterness that adds much life to the flavor profile. Black molassas and vanilla round the flavors out. The mouthfeel is as advertised. Thick and viscous that coats the mouth. This is a fine, fine beer. I love it when barrell aging is done right.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. A pitch black body holds up a thin, dark-tan, film that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Lots of beautiful bourbon notes on the nose with vanilla, oak and chocolate. I find myself wanting to describe the nose as creamy. A touch of floral honey from the bourbon. I really like the chocolate and vanilla on this one. Even has a hint of caramel/toffee.

Chocolate, vanilla and bourbon soaked wood wash across the tongue. Well roasted dark malt. Not extremely complex, but very well done. Tomme seems to be pretty good at barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice level of warming alcohol. Carbonation is spot on. My only complaint is that the body seems a tad thin. Still robust, but the barrels may have thinned this out a bit. I remember Old Viscosity (regular version) being a little thicker and more fitting of the name.

Drinkability is quite good. This is a great sipper. Port Brewing has a delicious BA stout on their hands with just the right amount of bourbon. Definitely seek this one out. A bit expensive like Deliverance, but quite tasty.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked 525mL bottle poured into a tulip

Sludge. Oily black and thick as hell. A small, bubbly one finger cap rose and fell rather quickly. Swirling this a little leaves a thin coating on the inside of the glass.

Whoa, this is about as bold as it gets. Heavy bourbon, vanilla, licorice, milk chocolate, molasses, dark roast and charred oak. A good amount of fruit as well--dates, plums, and cherries--that mixes with a hearty dose of ethanol.

The flavor is very much in line with the nose. Charred oak holds steady while bourbon and fruit come to the forefront. The vanilla, chocolate, licorice and molasses poke and prod their way to supporting roles.

Full bodied is an understatement. Heavy bodied? That sounds better. Thick and rich with a lingering flavor of booze and fruit.

I found this beer to be utterly delicious however it is just so damn thick and the booze really builds over time. Granted I'm not really complaining, it's just a little tough to get through a whole bottle on your own.

Photo of jmerloni
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Dark jet black. Incredibly thick looking. Really oily with a nice tan head. Very, very, very impressive. I've never seen an Imperial look more badass than this beer does. Truely exceptional.

S - Wow. Wow wow wow. Oaky coffee and chocolate....and BOURBON! Lots of bourbon!

T - Really really robust and really bourbony at the same time. Instead of a hop/malt balance, this beer has a flavor/alcohol balance. The most warming beer I've ever tasted. Wow.

M - I've never understood what people meant when they said a beer was "chewy" but I do now. So so so thick. Filling. Delicious. Not too dry, but this beer gets a 5 from me for its extraordinary thickness.

D - Super heavy and heavy alcohol content. Had a hard time drinking one, but this beer is so well crafted that I wish I'd ordered another. So impressed. Very, very good. I would recommend this to anyone.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.55/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'll start by saying I had high expectations for this beer. I had heard it won best of show at a recent Barrel Age festival in IL and if Port is going to charge $15.99 for 12.7 FL.OZ anyone would have higher expectations.

Beer poured into a snifter:

Appearance - Black with a light brown surrounding the edge of the glass. Light penetrates the brown some. I expected midnight from the name and how the bottle refers to oil.

Smell - BOURBON - almost scotchy. Unlike BCS where the bourbon is unmistakeable, there is a scotch profile I find in here as well. Some dark fruits but mainly booze. The more I smell seriously, my nostrils burn. In a fairness, this beer is young and it's easy to tell it's going to be a booze bomb.

Taste - Here's where I'm thinking it would be more fair to review after it's had a year + of age on it bit you bottle it, it gets reviewed. HOT BOOZY BOURBON. From start to finish. It drowns out anything else going on in this beer. Dark fruits are there and hints of mild chocolate, maybe even a little liquorice but but bourbon dominates so much so that it's like I just got done taking a shot after each sip. Good thing I'm a huge fan of bourbon.

Mouthfeel - Very Good. CARBONATION!! Horray!! Not overly so but solid for the style.

Drinkability - Too hot. I split this bottle with my father the night before Thanksgiving, giving myself just a little more than him and I was fine with the amount I poured. Wasn't looking for more.

Final Thoughts - I like Port Brewing and love what they do for the industry but at the price Port charges for this beer, I'd have to tell them to get over themselves. Really? $8 for 6 oz pours? The beer needs to be in a class of it's own at those rates. I say that with a disposeable income. Money is much better spent on Parabola, Goose Island BCS, KBS, uninfected Abyss off the top of my head...

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

12.7oz corked and caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours an opaque jet black tone with a nice finger and a half of a mocha toned head, soon lapses into a collar around the glass - forgiveable given both the glassware and strength of this beer. decent lacing.

wow, nose is a straight wallop of bourbon... i thought BCBS was a bourbon bomb; this exceeds it. roasted and chocolate malts are hanging in the background.

very nice follow through on the flavor front. a big bourbon presence is obviously a player, but the roasted and chocolate notes are more pronounced than i got in the aroma... picking up on a vanilla note... warming, boozy finish. very tasty.

full-bodied mouthfeel, smooth and viscous. low carbonation. pretty drinkable for a beer this big. great brew. not convinced it's worth the price tag, but for an occasional treat OV is a hell of a beer.

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage. Cork popped with just a very slight pop. Poured pitch black and color and very thick looking. Unfortunately there was barely a trace of any head or carbonation to it.

The aroma shows off the barrel characteristics very nicely. Lots of woody oak and some vanilla notes as well. The bourbon is a bit reserved, but still adds some nice flavors of it's own. Roasted malts, rich dark chocolate and a bit of a burnt flavor come through as well. I get a hint of dark fruits to it as well. Very flavorful and well rounded aroma. Lots of action going on in it.

The taste Starts off a lot lighter and thinner then I expected it to. It quickly gets better from there with that bold dark chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla and oak all showing up. The bourbony alcohol lingers along with some of the chocolate and flavors. It didn't start strong, but it finished very nicely. Very bold flavors and also a lot of depth to it.

The mouthfeel is where things don't go so well for it. I really do enjoy low carbonation beers for this style. This however is no carbonation. Unfortunately it makes it feel thinner then it should and just not as pleasant to drink. Just a few bubbles would have been nice.

Drinkability is OK, it had a very appealing aroma and some great flavors but the lack of any carbonation definitely hurts it some. Overall it was a beer that had some great potential but just fell short of my expectations. Add just a bit of carbonation and this would be one of the best.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the barrel aged festival, and it confirmed much what I expected from the people complaining about lack of carbonation in the bottles. . . it isn't supposed to have much carbonation, as this one straight out the tap was very reserved in its carbonation amount. Very black, seemed actually less viscous than regular old viscosity.

Aroma of bourbon dominates, subtleties of vanilla are there ever so slightly. Dark fruit abound, plums and cherry, again, slight in relative comparison to the booziness on the palate as well. Really didn't seem super thick. Hides the alcohol taste very well, despite its massiveness in the nose.

Just the right amount of sweetness, counterbalanced with tobacco, this one has a lot of elements of a good RIS to it, a middle ground between the American and Russian styles.

Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,231 ratings.