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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 2,274
Reviews: 702
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
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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.
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Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tulip glass at Al's of Hampden.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2010 Vintage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MF: Heavy and creamy with little carbonation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of degerbah
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with no head at all. The aroma has a little bit of a maple syrupy aroma which is mostly over shadowed by the whiskey booziness and wood. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than I prefer and this prevents me from rating it any higher than I do.

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

a. yep, it does look like motor oil. absolutely no head, even after trying with a straight down agitated pour. although i love a good head on any of my beers, the utter lack here is appealing - i.e. the motor oil look.

s. mellow, oak, vanilla, licorice and an alcohol burn/kick.

t. lots of flavor from the oak with vanilla and licorice and fig accents all melded perfectly - probably aided by its 3 year age in the bottle (a 2008 vintage). after taste is espresso and vanilla oak flavors with a tiny bit of bitter chocolate in the way back of the palate.

m. very silky and surprisingly light. medium bodied i guess i would say.

d. so much more drinkable than a standard stout, even such a strong oak aged one as this. the alcohol is nowhere to be experienced (except in the aroma and a slow creeping buzzz), its truly remarkable.

cheers to port brewing and to those of you reading

Photo of angrybabboon
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Alehouse in Amesbury, MA

Review adapted from notes taken 12/29/2009

Appearance: Very dark brown / borderline black - oily looking without much of a head at all - might actually be oil, not beer...

Smell: Lots of booze - Not just alcohol, but bourbon - wood, vanilla, molasses, burnt malts, burnt chocolate

Taste: Remarkably intense and potent - loads of burnt malts, charred wood, bourbon, burnt malts - lots of chocolate, but I detected even more vanilla - the mouthfeel is so incredibly thick that I thought this almost tasted like burnt vanilla ice cream with a shot of bourbon added (made sense at the time)

Mouthfeel: One of the thickest, sludgiest, most viscous beers I have encountered - and honestly, it not only works but it also somewhat explains and compensates for the lack of carbonation

Overall: Pretty much the definition of a sipper - only gets better as it warms - the ABV is high, but chances are this beer will be consumed so slowly that it won't matter

I actually had this on-tap twice. After reviewing it in my notebook I got it a few days later. In other words, this is good stuff. Older Viscosity is definitely unique and I hope to try it in bottled form someday.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.55/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to nickd717 for this a long time ago. 2009 vintage (yeah, that one).

We all know the legend of Flat Abbey and now it's my turn to participate in its uncarbonated history.

I thought I knew right away that this too would be uncarbonated, even after the two year incubation in the cellar, but...

2.0 A: ...a touch of carbonation had presented itself. But don't worry, your bottle isn't going to be the way it should be. By a touch I mean that even with a semi-aggressive pour, I managed only about 1/16 inch of head that was quickly pulled back into the black colored abyss. Also of note, a chunk of some sort of sludge fell into the glass about 3/4 into the pour. Images of Triple Bock plopped into my head as the sludge cake plopped into the glass.

4.5 S: I must say that I'm thoroughly impressed. This smells great and has plenty of power even without the aid of the carbonation to traffic aroma molecules to the surface. Bourbon is by far the strongest aroma. Leather, melon, vanilla, oak are all there in pleasant proportions. There's just a touch of underlying roastiness and some sweet caramel to enhance. I usually don't appreciate bourbon forward smells, but this is in perfect proportion and is hard not to enjoy.

2.0 T: For the taste, I'm not thoroughly impressed and indeed not impressed at all. The lack of carbonation took what would have been an okay beer and turned it into overly sugary and boozy watered down dram of bourbon. The bourbon blocks out everything except for the caramel sweetness and the priming sugar. This is just too damn sweet (but not cloying) and the only thing balancing it is astringent bourbon booziness. Lots of leather and vanilla with just a hint of the beer underneath. I like bourbon barreled beers, but prefer the bourbon to complement rather than dominate.

1.5 M: Heavier medium body. By this point I shouldn't have to tell anyone what the carbonation is like. It's not exactly zero carbonation, but it's 98% reduced from what I would want. Not particularly smooth due to the bourbon overload either.

2.0 D: Damn good nose that almost made the bottle a good experience by itself. However, nothing else is up to par. The lack of carbonation made a shitty appearance, a shitty mouthfeel, and a shitty taste. I had hoped that the time in the cellar would have improved this aspect, but alas it did not. I damn near love Old Viscosity, but it was hard to find any of it in the nose or the taste. The bourbon was too powerful to allow that to occur. Tomme should be ashamed of himself for releasing this to the public, especially given the gaudy price. I should also note that I absolutely loved Triple Bock. It was so unthinkably complex and the flavors meshed well together. This doesn't have that same kind of complexity or quality to warrant a good score in spite of being flat.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer a couple times now and in different vintages but this is my first review.

Pours a super black with no head and no lacing. Another flat looking beer.

Aroma is awesome. Lost Abbey makes some aromatic beers. Tons of dark fruit, bourbon, toasted and caramelized sugars.

Flavor is wonderful. Very toasty but caramel and toasted sugars. Dark fruits and bourbon in the finish with some booz and sugary roast. Fantastic.

Mothfeel needs more carb as usual with lost abbey beers but its not bad.

Overall an amazing beer that probably isn't higher rated because of their carb issues. Grab one if you can.

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

Reviewed from notes 2/17/2011

A: dark brown, almost black with no head at all, just a ring of tiny bubbles around the edge of the glass

S: the booziness hits you right off the bat, hints of dark fruits and vanilla

T: vanilla, oakiness, of course the alcohol, bourbon burn, the heat dissipates as the beer warms

M: very mildly carbonated, almost flat, thick on the tongue

D: more drinkable than Lost Abbey Angels Share Bourbon, becomes more drinkable as it warms


Photo of JLeege
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft ~ into a snifter

Appearance- Very dark pour, not pure black, but close. Has a small tan head, with ok retention, has decent legs, but just a little lace.

Smell- The bourbon barrel is very present. Some chocolate and roast from the base beer, with waves of bourbon; caramel, vanilla, oak.

Taste- Starts out with sweet chocolate and lightly roasted malts. A bit of a coffee taste, leading into the strong barrel. Vanilla and caramel assault the palate with a bit of woody oak as well. There is some heat to this as well. The lingering flavor is straight bourbon, and it lingers for a while. Delicious.

Mouthfeel- Full body with ample carbonation. A bit sticky, also it warms the cheeks.

Overall- It's a big beer and you can definitely tell. A great sipper. A definite step up from the Old Viscosity with more depth due to the full bourbon barrel. Highly recommended.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 375 mL corked and baged bottle poured into a tulip glass at room temperature. 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Midnight black with a small half a finger mocha colored head. Average retention.

Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla, and some toasted coconut notes. There is a touch of astrigency (I've noticed this with a couple of the borubon barrel aged beers I've had from Port/Lost Abbey) from the bourbon. The heat mellows after a couple minutes.

Taste: The vanilla and bourbon are definitely the dominant components here. The bourbon is much smoother than the aroma indicates too. Espresso, caramel, and toasted cocsnut add nicely the backing. I was really surprised at how sweet the bourbon and vanilla upfront are. I get very little bitter counterpoint and almost no chocolate or fudge notes that I expect in a stout like this. Still, I enjoy the how strong the barrel is integrated.

Mouthfeel: Definitely on the full end of full bodied. Just enough carbonation as well.

Drinkability: The 12% is nicely integrated even as this bottle is not aged at all. At $18 a bottle, I doubt anyone is having more than one of these.

Overall, a really nice barrel aged stout. The price tag is a bit ridiculous, but I enjoyed this nonetheless. The vanilla and bourbon notes really stand out and any harsh notes in the aroma really settle down after a couple minutes. Definitely worth a try for anyone who enjoys barrel aged stouts.

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

The 2009 batch was completely flat, and even though I despise flat beer, I still scored it a B-. That says a lot. Was very happy to hear my mate Doopie had scored a 2010 and wanted to share. Thanks mate. This is a re-review.

From a 375 cork and caged bottle into a snifter.
Vintage: 2010

Drunk immediately after Old Viscosity for comparative purposes.

APPEARANCE: Pours nice and black, yielding a thinner looking, one finger light brown head with decent retention. Black, opaque body with zero carbonation evident. Head fades to a ring and swirling wisp, leaving some dots of lacing down the sides of the glass.

SMELL: Bolder nose. Like Old Viscosity on gear and then bathed in bourbon. Still roasted and smoky from the base beer, but more oak on the nose, as well as bourbon and vanilla from the barrel aging. Bold and complex nose for sure. Very enticing, with lots of barrel notes.

TASTE: Again, Old Viscosity doused in bourbon. Burnt malt and smoky elements, with mounds of oak, bourbon and booze. Vanilla and some very faint bitter chocolate, but the oak aged bourbon bows to nobody. Bold and long lasting aftertaste with lots of barrel. A tasty and very enjoyable sipper, and the barrel aging has really left its mark.

PALATE: Medium-full body with higher levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with some heat and a bit of a burn after the swallow. Finishes slightly dry on the palate. Same as Old, but perhaps even creamier and slightly more heat on the swallow.

OVERALL: Was very happy to try the 2010 batch, which ended up destroying the 2009 version. A little bit of carbonation goes a long way, and the feel and look of this one was leagues ahead of last year's. In many ways this one reminded me of Old Rasputin XII, which is a big complement in my book. Worth checking out if you get the chance, despite the hefty price tag. Thanks again Doopie for bringing this one along. Recommended.

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

Poured into a New Belgium Globe

Poured very dark brown, no head on this one with very few bubbles cresting the rim of the beer. Smells of roasted coffee and a waft of booziness reaches the nose. Tastes like coffee and very bitter dark chocolate. The tinge of the 12% comes and goes with every sip and over powers at points but does not put that much a damper on the beer.

Photo of brotherloco
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage. 375ml Bottle.

Having just tried Old Viscosity last night for the first time, this was a perfect time to pop open an Older Viscosity and compare notes.

Very good looking pour, as dark and thick as you expect. It smells very nice, earthy oaky barrel room with a real obvious bourbon presence.

The flavor is even better. Rich, creamy, sweet. Chocolate and Port. Oaky vanilla bourbon mixes in and makes this a beer cordial. Dessert in a glass. Just fantastic.

There's no getting around the ABV, but it blends well and suits the style. Quite drinkable given the strength.

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

on tap at The Drafting Room.

Older Viscosity gives off the bitter scent of dark chocolate and sweetness of creme brulee. It had the dark, opaque appearance that you would expect from a double stout. Mouthfeel was creamy and chewy. It tasted fantastic! Sweet with a strong chocolately finish, with hints of roasted coffee and vanilla. The taste was deceptive- I wouldn't have guessed the ABV of Viscosity was 12% until I finished the beer and felt the punch that it packed. Very enjoyable.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice thick black with a slim tan had that laces the glass as it recedes. the smell is roasted malt and bourbon up front with hints of vanilla. the smell is very close to the taste with the rich sweet bourbon flavor stealing the show, with the malts slightly subdued by the bourbons sweetness. the mouthfeel is good, this beer has a full body feel to it, and is very drinkable especially when you consider the abv.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was definitely a "wow" beer for me. I liked Old Viscosity, but found it to be a little on the sweet side for what I am normally in the mood for. For some reason, adding bourbon to the mix makes it LESS sweet. It's odd, but it works for me, this one came out with a beautifully balanced and complex flavor--showcasing molasses, lightly roasted malt, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Chocolate notes make a strong play too, which I'm not sure I expected. Velvety mouthfeel--pillowy and creamy. This one went away far too quickly, I loved every bit of it. If this sold at the price point of GI BCBS, I'd drink it every day.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer, definitely one of my favorite Strong Ales out there, thats how I think of it even with the double stout rating up there. This beer sort of defies categorizing I suppose.

Pours very dark with brownish highlights, and a ring of dark brown head. Looks super viscous as the label implies, and has nice lacing to boot.

The smell is huge, with intense oak, vanilla, maple syrup, charred currant or other dried dark fruit, thick molasses, and some sweeter roasty notes as well, maybe thats how it got put in the stout category on here. Huge, again.

The taste is amazing, I give it a 5 since it's in the top 5% of the Strong ale style for me so far in my experience. Very malty molasses bomb, sugary taffy, barley, huge oak notes, alcohol sweetness and complexity, bitter chocolate, licorice, prunes, dried fruit, and then that maple thing is hidden within all of that. Very complex, one of those beers you get different tastes from each time you sip.

Mouth is great, super smooth and thick, but not quite perfect since even with a little bit of an older vintage the heat is there.

Drinkable because of how tasty it is but, this is a sipper and I could not drink more than maybe 6-8 oz of this before I'd be done with it! Great beer from the brewers at Port.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, out of my DFH snifter. Hopefully better than the 2009.

A- Pitch black. Tan Coffee colored head, but not very much of it. Maybe a 1/4 finger that dissipates very quickly

S- Smells really quite nice. Bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and some soy notes. Not overboard boozy for the bourbon scent. Some touches of vanilla and oak.

T- Coats the mouth with a pretty heavy boubon initial flavor. I definitely get some more soy notes, before it flattens out to some bourbon and oak. Could use some more time to mellow.

M- A little light in body, and the heat is still a little strong. Has some potential, and at least has SOME carbonation.

D- More of a sipper, but leaves a nice caramel aftertaste in my mouth. It's a real solid beer, but is crazy expensive for the size bottle.

Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,274 ratings.