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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Reviews: 715
Hads: 2,450
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 5.12%
Wants: 503
Gots: 683 | FT: 56
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Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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

Imperial Stout aged for 12 months in new bourbon barrels.
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Reviews: 715 | Hads: 2,450
Photo of 49ers
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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. (245 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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. (178 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (1,354 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -7%

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. (439 characters)

Photo of IMFletcher
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (181 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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 (440 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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)

42/50 (693 characters)

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.13/5  rDev -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. (498 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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. (439 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.6/5  rDev +7%

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. (160 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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 (753 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%

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. (1,484 characters)

Photo of RPH2327
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%

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. (431 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap, 2013 vintage.

Very peppery and sharp on the mouth. Almost felt like it was aged in tequila barrels, as it carried the same characteristics.

On the aftertaste was where the beer shone. Lots of chocolate and vanilla. Reminiscent of cookies. (250 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Pours thick viscous and sticky. Head is thin ad tan in color with good retention.

Smell has nice aromas of chocolaty malt, vanilla, cookie dough, slight musk, and finishs with some oak barrel and hints of bourbon.

Taste Has more chocolate malt forward. Oak barrel presence is much more notable in the taste with some very slight tannin dryness. Vanilla and bourbon alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly highly carbonated accentuating the dryness from the barrel and thinning out the body significantly. (509 characters)

Photo of impending
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%


indeed black as if old engine oil, appropriately low carb, no lacing but leggy

wonderful rich strong ale forward bourbon with backing solvents
so many wonderful scents, some I imagine are imagined
great oak, vanilla molasses yum

everything the scent promised - delivered. an nice roastyness is revealed
sweet yields to mild bitter
not nearly as thick as the label sells, not nearly
fabulous at room temp
jd (418 characters)

Photo of frenchblood21
3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in small tasting glass. Date of review is 7/21/14.

Appearance- Nothing special whatsoever. A deep dark brown fills the glass. A semi-hard pour results in no head at all. Lack of lacing is present too.

Smell- Sweet malt, bourbon and vanilla in that order. Brown sugar and green apple present themselves as well.

Taste- A bit sweeter than I expected. Also, I get the alcohol burn, but it's 12% ABV what do I expect. Bourbon and vanilla are the two most dominant flavors.

Mouthfeel- Way way too thin for a beer called Older Viscosity. It disappears as soon as you take a sip. It does,however, leave a pleasant sweet taste in your mouth.

Overall- I had this beer a few years ago and I remember it being fantastic. This time around, it was below average for a barrel-aged stout. I will not seek this beer out again. (838 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into snifter, vintage 2013A bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a small fairly dense tan head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing fairly quickly. Some slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and roast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisin, prune, and roast/oak earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness/spicy alcohol on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,442 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage poured from bottle

Jet black, thin creamy head. Significant bourbon presence plus vanilla, toffee, molasses. Creamy through and through. Pretty boozy and very vanilla intensive almost to this beer's detriment(almost, not quite). A tiny bit of coffee bitterness on the end? Somewhat thick but not chewy. (316 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Brothers Provisions.

This was served with barely any head. The body was super dark, near pitch black. This stout had an easy going aroma. The usual roasted malts, with vanilla, coffee, sweet bread, and chocolate. The taste was heavy and had a cloying sweetness. I didn't taste much bourbon, I wish there was more...For me there was a good amount of prune and raisin taste near the backend of each drink. The mouthfeel was not memorable, not bad, just nothing special. I will say this stout was viscous and syrupy. This was nice to try. I likely would not seek it out again, but would give it another go if it was immediately available. (657 characters)

Photo of KarlosT
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aged bourbon barrel. a strong ale, with hints of vanilla, caramel, and dark chocolate.

I was not a fan of this beer. I did not finish the glass. There was an alcoholic flavor to the beer as though one had added additional vodka.

Had this as part of a flight at the Grill Next Door in Haverhill MA (298 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours black as night.

S - Vanilla and bourbon, rich caramel malts, maple syrup, coffee cake, toasted coconut, bourbon soaked wood.

T - Bourbon, scorched caramel and toffee malts, vanilla coffee, slightly acidic, some faint figs and currant in the background. Finishes dry with some spicy alcohol.

M - Viscous!! Smooth and silky feel, low to medium carbonation.

Awesome! The bourbon is strong but I loved every drop. (427 characters)

Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.