1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

Not Rated.
Older ViscosityOlder Viscosity

Educational use only; do not reuse.

2,308 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,308
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 504
Gots: 658 | FT: 55
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 12-03-2006

Imperial Stout aged for 12 months in new bourbon barrels.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 2,308 | Reviews: 706
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark, jet black, thick pour, and a big bubble head. Looks like this one has carbonation for sure, but I'm not sure if it will be too much, then again it is PP.

S- The smell is good, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and some butterscotch.

T- Very tasty, oak, and vanilla, chocolate, with a nice dark malt background. The butterscotch taste is good. I know when homebrewing I got dinged for having too much dactyl/butterscotch flavors in my stout. But yet here it is in this, and people love it. Strange double standards to what brewers can do and what homebrews get dinged for.

M- The carbonation is actually good, I was worried that it wouldn't be smooth carbonation, but chunky and frothy in the mouth.

O- Tasty, almost similar to a GIBCS.

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

Appearance: Dark brown color with dark beige head that slowly faded. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Bourbon, toffee, & vanilla. Nice aroma.

Taste: Bourbon, toffee, brown sugar, and vanilla. Some hints of alcohol creeps through in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: A prototypical Bourbon Bal-aged dark ale. I'm good with that.

2011 Vintage

Photo of Allpe45
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage on tap at the Hungry Monk
Pours pitch black with a fluffy, frothy light mocha colored head, dissipates at a moderate speed leaving a fair amount of lacing. Very bourbon forward in the smell. Boozy, with roasted malt, bourbon-soaked dates, and molasses. Taste is also very bourbon forward. Boozey dark fruits and bourbon up front, some vanilla woodiness and dark roasted malt, hints of dark chocolate and smoke, followed by bourbon in the finish. The alcohol heat carries through from the middle to the finish. Full bodied, low carbonation, rich and velvety. I've had this beer fresh, at 6 months, and at 12+ months. I found it most enjoyable after a year. Time balances this beer out so that the base stout can still shine through the bourbon and the chocolate becomes much more noticeable.
Unfortunately this is a review of a fresh one, so the score is not as high as it would otherwise be. If you score only one bottle of this brew, try to wait before opening.

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

This pours almost totally black, but at the very bottom of my oversized wine glass I can see just a hint of brown. The espresso crema head is half a finger and dies down to a ring and island. On the nose there is an amazing combination of subdued bourbon, dark, bitter chocolate, vanilla, and oak. In the mouth, the dark chocolate and bourbon dominates the lower-key vanilla and oak. There might be some molasses a bit deeper into the flavor profile, but dark chocolate and bourbon take the cake. The body is medium full rather than fully full, with a long, boozy finish that I found quite pleasant.

Overall, this is a fine brew, a great combination of a big ale and barrel aging. The bourbon at times dominated but never got to overpowering. I like the idea of taking a great beer and barrel aging a portion of it rather than the whole thing, so that the base can shine through a little more. This is a perfect example of just that.

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

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Pours a dark brown-black, thick like oil, little to no head, just a thin layer of bubbles. Big malts in the aroma, and bourbon-soaked oak right up front. REALLY packs a punch. Rich chocolate taste, molasses, tar, vanilla beans, and hints of dark, dried fruit. The 12.5%ABV is no lie, and you can feel and taste every bit of it. But it doesn't cut back on the general flavor at all. Thick, and viscous, full-bodied; strong, but very drinkable. I really loved this one.

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

on-tap, local option - chicago

appearance: served in a small snifter - completely sufficient serving size of this monster. motor oil, dark brown, shockingly not flat with evidence of chocolatey carbonation

smell: bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, lush and fierce

taste: taking Old Viscosity to the next level - bourbon overload, but smoothed by the vanilla and oak. could easily convince me this is a bourbon barrel strong ale, as the stout gets lost in all of the extreme flavors. very quality stuff - won't have to bite the bullet on the very expensive bottles to try this anymore

mouthfeel: smooth, moderate bitterness

overall: high quality

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

Growler from 5 Points Westside in Athens, GA. Poured into a Founder's Balloon Tulip.

Pours a heavy, dark black with a thin mocha head. Slight Lacing.

Nose is phenomenal. Heavy, sweet vanilla, oak and bourbon with a backdrop of sweet chocolate. Exactly what a bourbon barrel aged stout should smell like.

Taste is on par with the nose. The sweetness of the stout is met with the heat of the bourbon to make a very well balanced HUGE beer.

Mouth is full and creamy. Could be a 5.0, but it doesn't quite match with the mastery of the nose and taste. Still, exceptional.

Overall, this is one of the best barrel aged brews I've had to date. It is everything that I want in a non-coffee barrel aged stout, and I feel extremely fortunate to have snagged this at the local growler station.

Photo of megahurts4
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Port Brewing Older Viscosity

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: malty sweet vanilla and oak.

Taste: liquid brown sugar, vanilla sweetness, and a chocolate-oak finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy yet smooth and easy.

The cork was difficult to remove by hand, but it was still accomplished. The aroma is very nice and suggests a complex brew. The taste is great. It has a great amount of flavor with a really nice delivery.

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

A: Poured a thick, almost black liquid into a Lost Abbey tulip. Second bottle we cracked I gave a decent pour and got a two finger head on it. Laces very well in the glass.

S: You can definitely pick out the bourbon from the smell. Very boozy, but not over the top. There also strong hints of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.

T: Amazing flavor from this beer. Immediate chocolate malt and vanilla tones which then fade to bourbon and coffee.

M: Heavy bodied and boozy. The bottles which I tasted had decent carbonation to them.

O: I love this beer. While it's quite expensive, it's definitely something I'll try to find more of.

Photo of Devi0us
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black as phuck. Even my LED Mag light wasn't getting through this. Had a 2 finger tan head that slowly melted away. Coates the glass nicely when swirled.

S- Did somebody say bourbon? Has underlying espresso notes with a touch of vanilla. A bit of oak finds it's way to your olfactory glands a well.

T- This one does not disappoint. I taste exactly what I smell. Bourbon, chocolate malt and subtle vanilla. A bit of alcohol heat catches you slippin' while your enjoying the complexity of this beer.

M: Full bodied and thick with light carbonation. Coates the palate well. Alcohol is hardy noticable.

O: This beer is a sipper for sure. For the amount of beer you get and the price tag, this is one that I won't be frequenting often but when I do, I'll be enjoying this Bad Boy by myself.

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

Appearance - Pours a murky dark brown almost black with dark crimson going around the edges. Almost non existent tan head with not much carbonation.

Smell - Has somewhat a smoke woody bourbon smell to it, but it's not overpowering. Hints of sweet chocolate and coffee lingers in the background.

Taste - Balanced tastes of sweet bourbon, nutty roasted malts, and brown sugar slaps you in the face as you sip this. The aftertaste of rich chocolate and roasted coffee lingers as you think to yourself what a great tasting beer this is.

Mouthfeel - Almost has a watery feel to it and has no traces of carbonation. Has no body to it at all, but still coats the mouth very well.

Overall - The flavor is excellent but the lack of carbonation may have held this beer back. If they change this, it may put this beer over the top.

Photo of snpub540
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle tonight to enjoy while baking some Yeti cupcakes.

Poured into a red wine glass a super opaque black hue. There were no highlights here and the head was basically nonexistent.

The nose was very intimidating. Alcohol, vanilla and dates made for a very tempting however scary aroma. This thing smells like a glass of fine port, it's that potent.

Taste is super smooth and amazing. Oaky vanilla notes upfront followed by some bitter cocoa flavors and some roasted malt notes. Raisins and other sweet dark fruits make up a warming alcohol finish as it slides across the palate.

Mouthfeel is slick and it does a nice job of coating the mouth. Its definitely a potent beer that needs to be sipped and allowed to warm up. I enjoyed this immensely.

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

483rd review on BA
Draft to taster
@Lost Abbey

App- This was black and I've seen some black stouts. Rich, creamy in the glass without a real head to it.

Smell- Huge barrel notes on this one and then rolls of scents come along with some chocolate, malt, grain and finally the coup de grace was the vanilla as it warmed.

Taste- Everything I hoped this to be and had heard it was. It was rich, filling and flavorful. The chocolate start with the bourbon notes were great and then finish was the best part.

Mouth- Full bodied and low carbed. A little bit of a milk chocolate and vanilla mash up residual plays along.

Drink- There are only 3 beers I have ever said I want to take a bath in. 2 come from Lost Abbey. This was one of those beers. I suggest everyone buy a bottle.

Photo of jcartamdg
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my bruery tulip. No head and no lacing blacker than old viscosity. Aroma is bourbon, a very woody bourbon. Too much wood for my liking. Taste follows the nose, I like the bourbon but the oak Is too much. I love bourbon barrel beers but this one isn't my favorite. Mouthfeel isn't bad, neither is the carbonation. It's a good beer just not great, I'll stick with old viscosity.

Photo of jimixr
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer for the first time last week. I picked it up at a local growler station.

Pours a super black with a half finger brown head. The head quickly falls leaving a tiny ring.

Aroma is awesome. Another great aromatic Lost Abbey beer. Tons of dark fruit, bourbon, toasted and caramelized sugars.

Flavor is awesome as well. Very toasty but caramel and toasted sugars. Dark fruits and a fairly small amoint of bourbon in the finish with some alcohol present . A great tasting beer.

Mothfeel is good as well. The beer being force carbonated is a blessing. I know there have been carbonation issues, but I loved the beer from the keg.

Overall an amazing beer that I loved. I will definantly be picking one up in bottle form. I just hope the carbonation issues have been corrected.

Photo of HosP
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in NOOB Bif from stageseven. Poured into snifter.

A- Well it does pour like motor oil. Thick and black. No light coming or going. Very little head. What is there is dark khaki brown in color. No lacing, nothing but motor oil.

S- Very nice aroma with lots of smells coming from it. Pick out vanilla and expresso right away. Dark fruit aroma hints come in at the end. A little earthy smell to it too.

T- FLavor is smooth and more mellow than I would have thought. Nice earthy oaked taste throughout mixed with other flavors. Hints of vanilla mixed with expresso, dark fruits. Some bitter chocolate flavors come in at the end.

M- Thick full body with low carbonation to it. Slightly dry in the mouth.

O- A little intimidating with the pour, but a nice sipping beer. Higher abv makes a little warm, but not bad. Very much enjoyed this beer after a long day at work. Thanks Adam for the beer!

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottling. Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into one of my Darkness snifters.

A: Pours black as night with a thin tan head that quickly settles to a ring of lace around the edge. Lots of carbonation at first as well.

S: From the second I popped the cork on this beer, I could smell it's complexity, becoming even more intense when poured. Dark dried fruits, coffee, oak, and vanilla, with just a slight hint of coconut are dominant. Hops are very faint in the background.

T: Roasted malt lends flavors of espresso, toast, and a slightly bitter edge, followed by hints of prune and some fig. While there isn't much hop presence, the finish is sweet, with the barrel aging lending flavors of oak, vanilla, coconut, and just a hint of smoke.

Notes: The body of this beer is a little lighter than I expected, but even the smallest sip is a mouthful. Complex as a beer of this style can be, Older Viscosity is right up there with other barrel-aged Imperial Stouts. Drinkability is dangerously good, as one would not even detect it's 12% ABV. I truly wish this is what emerged every time I remove the drain plug on my truck!

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

A: Pours nearly jet black with a thin tannish head, it appears we have some carbonation here, hallelujah!

S: This smells pretty fantastic, sweet bourbon, oak and dark malts all come together in there. It's also got a little bit of alcohol in the smell, it's gonna be a big one!

T: Right off the bat, I'm shocked at how smooth and easy to drink this is for a 12% ABV beer. Very dangerous! It's damn good too, full of flavor: bourbon, oak and vanilla on the front end with some roasted malts on the back end. It's sweet, but not overly so. The flavors are very well-balanced. Impressive.

M: This is a nice medium-to-full bodied beer with a little bit of stickiness. Not too thick and syrupy, though, which could definitely throw this off. Carbonation is a little low, but I wouldn't say it's undercarbonated, it's definitely not flat.

O: This isn't my first time trying this one, but it's the first time drinking a whole bottle for myself, and I'm very impressed with how easy it is to drink a whole 12.7 oz. bottle. It's still a sipper, but not as much of one as you might think given the style and the ABV. This is a pretty great bourbon barrel stout, one that's a little light on the roastiness and heavy on the bourbon/sweetness, which is my ideal kind.

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


to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,308 ratings.