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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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724 Reviews
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Reviews: 724
Hads: 2,516
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 513
Gots: 700 | FT: 60
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.
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Reviews: 724 | Hads: 2,516
Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Darkness on the pour with a light brown head which fades rather fast
S - coconut, vanilla, chocolate & booze
T - tastes of dark chocolate, burnt caramel and a hint of hazelnut
F - full mouthfeel with some heat as it goes down
O - lovely beer and glad I got the opportunity to try it and hope to enjoy it again!

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Guest tap at FFF poured into snifter. Appearance is deep brown with no translucent edges. A small tan head forms, then collapses to a thin remnant that lasts the session - which took a while. This was a textbook sipper. The aroma is barrel-forward: coconut, charred oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and booze. Below that are coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and ripe plum. Taste is lead by toasted coconut and the barrel notes - all washed in alcohol. Moderate sweetness comes next in the form of vanilla, molasses, and chocolate. Some bitter licorice and oak flavors come late. Full bodied, thick, oily, and chewy texture, minimal carbonation, long sweet boozy finish.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slick and jet black in color, very motor oil-like with a nearly non-existent toffee colored head.

Oak, chocolate, roasted coffee, earthy, very mild bourbon spiciness, and slightly sweet.

The bourbon flavor I was really looking forward to is almost non-existent, heavily roasted malts, sweet chocolate, faint notes of raisins or another dark fruit, and the oak woodiness is definitely present.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, slick, sticky, semi-sweet, oak and roasted bitterness.

Overall, I was a little let down with this. Very little bourbon that I am so fond of in a BBA impy stout, thin and slick, but not viscous. Overly-hyped.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I made the mistake of putting this in the cellar for 1.5 years and it serves me right that it was less than stellar from the cellar. So, if you have one of these, drink it fresh. However, you don't know until you try.

The only thing that was off-putting about this beer was that it didn't have any carbonation to support it. I thought it was well made, albeit the nose was a tad muted, it could have used a bit more barrel, and there was a touch of oxidation, but nothing that would keep me from drinking this again.

Drink fresh, screw the rest! :)

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Photo of gatornation
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked caged bottle
A-pour a thick jet black color with a thin mocha head lots of lacing on the glass
S-Chocolate and wood with molasses dark fruit roasted malts
T-Yum its roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate with great wood/oak BB flavours dark fruit slight hops
M-smooth and creamy lower carbonation
O-a treat to drink with flavors of wood and malt and BB let this one warm up a bit great brew

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with practically no head what-so-ever, except for a thin halo of caramel-colored foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of roasted malt, imparting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses, brown sugar, some oatmeal, vanilla, a touch of licorice and smoke, some aromas of dried fruit, such as raising, prunes and figs, and woody notes of oak. There’s quite a bit of booze in the aroma as well.

Taste: Delicious! Strong flavors of roasted malt, followed by some boozy bourbon flavors of oak, vanilla and molasses. There are also strong flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, brown sugar-like sweetness, toffee, coffee and creamer and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as hell, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 12%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What a beer! Absolutely delicious! Strong flavors of stout blended beautifully with bourbon and oak. Spectacular!

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Photo of JC333
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The bourbon flavor is the main stage here. But what a smooth clean finish. Starts out a bit boozy but the chocolate and vanilla notes appear as the glass warms up. No head with a dark rich color

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Photo of ADZA
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow do much better than old viscosity, pours black with a chocolate one finger everlasting head, smell is bourbon , dark chocolate, oak,booze and irish coffee, lucious full feel with above moderate carbonation which makes this such an easy drinker with dark and milk chocolate being on the forefront followed by oak and finished like an irish coffee full of booze, dark fruit and coffee, overall what a stunner of a drop and well worth a taste cheers.

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Photo of Tele
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage
375ml Bottle Consumed 12.13.14

A: 4 Pitch black with almost no head. Seems to have lost most of it carbonation in the last 3 years.

S: 4.5 What it lost in carbonation it certainly made up for in aroma. Lots of chocolate, dates, and vanilla on the nose followed closely by a unique spiciness that only seems to come from Port/Lost Abbey strong ales. Caramel, cinnamon, and bourbon are also present, but are bit milder. As the beer warms even more dried fruit comes out, including figs and raisins.

T: 4.5 Fairly sweet up front followed quickly by spices from the nose. Very similar to the aroma with chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon a bit more in the forefront. There’s still a present fruitiness here too with more raisin than figs and dates from the nose. Very light bitterness on the end highlights the chocolate flavors and richness of this beer.

M: 4.25 Despite the lack of carbonation, this beer still feels a bit lively and satisfying. Also, the mouthfeel isn’t particularly thick, yet it has a very substantial quality. Not perfect in this area, but definitely better than I was expecting.

O: 4.5 I’m very pleased with this beer and it’s held up very well. There are a lot of great flavors going on and, despite its problems, its still very enjoyable and satisfying. I had one of these fresh recently and it did not have the same complexity and richness; it could be the aging or batch variation, but it’s drinking great now after 3 years.

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Photo of 49ers
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

5W30 and the word viscosity came to mind, without looking at label. Very heavy, thick, oil like. A nice 12% DIS but definitely one that will take a while to drink.

Notes of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and actually smooth. Better than the old.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

2010 bottle. The Older smells so f'n good, so much coconut, vanilla, oak and milk chocolate. Tastes of dark fruit, booze, vanilla and toasted coconut. Wow. The older is awesome.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of myy favorite beers of all time. Very thick beer with little carbonation, with great coffee, chocolate and a nice underlying bourbon taste, all blended together wonderfully. If you like stouts and find this on a shelf, buy it. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage poured into a teku glass.

Pours thick and viscous, but not quite as dark as other imperial stouts as it has lighter hues, at least on the pour. In the glass, a thin oatmeal-colored head quickly forms and dissipates into a sticky and persistent lace. It's a dark temptress that I'm looking forward to drink.

Deep malt aromas meet red wine and work their way to my nose. Heavy oak, vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate all interplay to suggest a slightly boozy oatmeal cookie. I need not emphasize what a splendid aroma that is. 4.5

While still reminiscent of an oatmeal cookie, there's more heat on the flavor and a red wine and port flavor that combines with the oak and barrel flavors for some splendid taste. Not to be missed in these potent characteristics are some subtler dark chocolate and faint yeasty esters. 4.5

Creamy and viscous on the tongue as in pouring and just as low in carbonation, which makes this incredibly smooth and easy to drink. It's impressive. Only a slight bit more heat than I'd want or expect, but I'm still sipping away blissfully. 4.25

This beer is tasty as all hell. So many different flavors find their way into this beer. It's pretty awesome. The heat is a slight issue and the other is the $16 price tag. This think costs more than a dollar an ounce in the bottle, which is pretty wild, I think. 4.5

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Photo of 57md
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a head that is fluffier and bigger than most barrel-aged offerings. The nose has rich bourbon notes. The bourbon is upfront in the flavor profile as well but never becomes "too much." There are also nice chocolate notes that blend well with the bourbon.

My only criticism of this tasty offering is that the base beer seems to lack a real roastiness and the body is a bit thin for a big stout.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured into a Surly goblet...

A - Pours oil black with a thin brown head.
S - All I can smell is coffee and booze.
T - Boozy up front with a caramel sweet finish.
M - Thin mouth feel surprisingly, not sludgy like the label (jokingly) suggests.
O - To my taste buds, this beer is not as complex as I had hoped for. It's mostly just a very boozy stout. That does not make it bad, and I'm glad I tasted it. But I won't be a repeat buyer.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour, believed to be a 2006 (but may have been an '11). Nose, taste, look of an amazing barrel aged imperial stout, but the mouthfeel was thin. Nonetheless, a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Ontap, pours a very dark brown with a reddish hue. The head is brown and overall it's a very good looking beer .
Smell : Inviting notes of bourbon and dark chocolate.
Taste: Drinks much like a barrel aged stout with malty cocoa and bourbon soaked barrel coming through nice. Roasted malt body with distinct oaky bourbon notes .
Feel : Full bodied, thick ale. Sticks with you.
Overall: No doubt about it, this is an awesome beer

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black brew pours a strong, large, dark tan head. Very firm, with impressive retention. Nice scattered lacing.

First notes from the aroma display strong woody barrel characteristics: vanilla; a slightly sour, slightly hot edge; and relatively mellow bourbon. Behind that is a nice malt profile of chocolate and roasted barley.

Flavor hits every box: chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, roasted barley, dark fruit. It all mingles well together, with occasional highlights: chocolate and vanilla up front; fruit showing toward the end; oak and bourbon lasting through the finish.

Thick, thick stout! Impressively creamy and dare I say chewy. A little hot from the 12% ABV. Very lively. Long wet and hot bourbon finish. Brew thins the more I drink, but it's still very smooth.

This is a very good BBA stout. It isn't quite up there in BCBS/Parabola territory, although the appearance and mouthfeel are incredible for the style. It's a very good beer worth seeking out for a try.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

A Black and viscous: motor-oilesque, but a little bit of carbonation in there (3/3)
S Wow, alcohol and chocolate--powerful indeed (9/12)
T So much flavor packed into this strong ale: chocolate and dark malt dominate with a noticeable alcohol after-taste (17/20)
M Very thick but a little bit of bubbles. Really dries out the tongue at the end. (5/5)
O The amount of chocolate in this beer surprised me. To contrast a similarly strong stout, there’s a lot more malt and chocolate to balance the booze. Certainly strong, but if I had to reach for a strong beer, this would be the one. Share this guy with a friend, I don’t think most humans should try to tackle this alone. (8/10)


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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

'13 Vintage, drank 09/22/14.

A - Very much has that classic stout appearance, albeit at the browner rather than blacker end of the spectrum.

S - Chocolate, vanilla, oaked bourbon.

T - Primarily getting roasted malts, but not much in the way of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, coffee or barrel character.

M - A little tepid and flat.

O - The alcohol is hidden well but it needs a greater depth of flavour. I found it a little weak-flavoured and watery. No residual sweetness. Price is extortionate.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Vintage 2014, corked and caged 12.7 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep black body with a thick nearly two finger dark tan head. A little lacing.

Deep oak aroma accompanied by strong vanilla and lighter dark malt notes.

Rich flavor with roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and oak being the primary flavors.

Very thick mouthfeel and only a minor note of alcohol. Delicious Imperial Stout that I think will only improve with age.

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Photo of gtermi
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

These beer pours motor oil black. The smell is of sweet booziness. The flavor is sweet with a nice bit of bourbon and dark malts. I absolutely loved this beer.

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Photo of stumac
4.75/5  rDev +10%

I was in Illinois, I think, at this liquor store called Binny's, I looked over at the stash that the beer guys had tucked away, saw this brew in the stash, and snagged it. I used to be a beer guy. You can't leave your stash box sittin out for the public to find.

Pours up black with quickly dissipating head. No lacing. Nose is bourbon straight up. All the characteristics that go with bourbon were there. Vanilla, leather, heat, molasses, burnt caramel. Taste is the same way. Huge bourbon, almost too much but not too much if you smell what I'm fartin. Same characters from the nose. It's a simple yet complex brew. Thick body. Not as thick as some brews I've had which makes the drinkability go up. Sticky lingering finish. Very mellow carbo. I dig

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%

Picked this up a while ago, finally getting around to this during the last days of summer. I had the Old Viscosity a few nights back and figured that this would be better. Without a doubt, it was and as far as Stouts aged in Bourbon Barrels go, this was about as good as it got. With a recessed amount of alcohol, a smooth mouthfeel, and wonderful array of flavors, this felt much lighter than it was an actuality and wasn't harsh to the taste at all!

Strong pour to this from start to finish - with a "motor oil" look, strong aroma, and a tan head that offset the liquid nicely for not being terribly thick. A good amount of bourbon in the nose along with some molasses, caramel, and vanilla. Those were enhanced by dark fruit and bitter chocolate in the taste, which went well with the other flavors. Full, chewy taste and not a lot of carbonation made this quite smooth and the alcohol lent a nice warming quality to this as well.Not a fast sipper because of the strength of this but a treat for those who enjoy bourbon by itself.

This was strong and made no bones about it but this was one of the few beers where a decrease in alcohol would serve as a distraction. Just a good amount of stickiness and smokiness were found here but it served as proof that that was no ordinary Stout indeed. Worth enjoying, even if it has to be split with a fellow imbiber. Can't wait to give this a go again when the winter comes - this would be a perfect beer to celebrate the holidays with.

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Photo of RPH2327
4.84/5  rDev +12%

A- Deep, brown/mahogany. Quickly fading tan head.

S- Bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon! Maybe some coffee.

T- Much the same as smell. Bourbon with some coffee, cocoa, and licorice.

M- Dense and thick. Like drinking a cup of mud and oil. Except it tastes better. For the record, I've never drank a cup of mud and oil.

O- Hefty price, but worth every penny! This is one of the best bourbon barrel-aged stouts out there.

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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.