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Older Viscosity | Port Brewing

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Older ViscosityOlder Viscosity

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged for 12 months in new bourbon barrels.

Added by SacoDeToro on 12-03-2006

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Reviews: 743 | Ratings: 2,612
Photo of SaulFox
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep black, half finger espresso colored head.
Chocolate aroma over powered by bourbon. Slightly maple syrup.
Bourbon goodness with chocolate and coffee.
Full bodied goodness.
Great brew, more coffee would do even more justice

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Photo of zonker17
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013, 375 mL bottle opened 8/31/15. Little carbonation and small tan head dissipates rapidly. Nose light but pleasing with almost no hint of barrel. Rich roasty flavor with slight trace or bourbon, chocolate. Finish a bit bitter. Thinner than expected mouthfeel. Thinking this beer may have been better when younger. Will need to get a fresh one.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours a deep black in color with slight mocha head and very little lacing. The usual smells and tastes found in Imperial Stouts: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla and bourbon....ah the delicious bourbon. The alcohol is awesome in this brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cherche
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: jet black with dark brown around the edges. Big mocha head with solid retention and lacing
S: oak, coffee, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits
T: smooth chocolate, coffee and oak...very nice
F: heavy with above average carbonation for a barrel aged beer
O: awesome beer. Well balanced and complex with a nice combination of the barrel, chocolate, coffee, toffee and dark fruits all blended together. Definitely worth seeing out.

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Photo of ljjpowers
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Leading with a bourbon booziness, the brew gives way to vanilla and dark chocolate that linger long after the last sip. Older Viscosity pours a murky chocolate syrup color and consistency that seems to hide the toffee and dark fruit that try to shine through. Port Brewing has really crafted a gem in this one. As an adamant supporter of The Bruery’s barrel aging program for stouts and porter, it is difficult for me to put any other stout and porter in the same category of the Weekday Stouts. While this one comes close, it does not quite attend the lofty standard set by the perennial champ of barrel aged stouts (crafted handily by Patrick Rue).

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black as night with no chance of light getting through this brew. A fingernail of tawny brown covers almost the whole top. Aroma of sweet bourbon, raisins, and fig is prominent, but not overpowering. I taste the sweet bourbon, raisins, and fig. The alcohol stands out in presence, but does not overpower the palate. There is a gentle,but firm warming in your mouth curtesy of the high octane alcohol.

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Photo of brureview
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark chocolate coffee color with a 3F head in a Brooklyn snifter.
The head resolved to 1F in a few minutes.

One of the most intense, deep aromas in any imperial stout I have tasted: deep chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and oak.

The aroma carries to the taste: deep chocolate-coffee, slightly sweet, finished with intense bitterness. Warming brings out the roasted malt and more intensity in the flavors.

Overall: my favorite beer from Port Brewing. Rich, intense and a deep character.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours black with just the faintest hint of mahogany. a finger or so a tannish head with good retention but leaves nothing behind. viscous brown legs are seen as you swirl it around. completely opaque.

Smell: huge bourbon aroma. brown sugar, dark sweet malts. light roastiness. oak qualities. light dark fruit.

Taste: opens with a slight syrup and molasses mixture. bourbon filters in strongly with alcohol and some oak. brown sugar, dark caramels and burnt sugar, dark fruits and roasted malts fill out the taste. ends with a bit more alcohol bitterness.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy. very molasses like texture, especially due to the bitterness of the alcohol.

Overall: both this and Old Viscosity are great brews. not quite the roasted burnt stout style but a super sweet and rich beer that is nicely balanced by the booziness.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage. Surprised at how "thin" this beer looked when pouring. Beautiful small mocha head that lingered around. Initially thought this suffered from the shit of under-carbing like always but after sipping was happy with it. Redonks amount of bourbon, vanilla and dark roast malts that played well with what hops still remained. Great mouth coating, tasty and actually pretty damn drinkable. Good stuff.

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Photo of Sark
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you're into big ol' boozy imperial stouts, this has what you're looking for. Loads of sweet on the nose and brutally intense malt boldness. I'd like to get another one of these to age.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Jet black with a dark tan 2 finger head. 1 minute of head retention. No lacing.

S. Aromas of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Coffee a bit. But booze is what shines here.

T. Smooth. Not alot up front but the aftertaste is very nice. Lingering dark chocolate, Coffee and hazelnut. And of course some nice charred oak. But not as intense as the aroma.

M. This is a 6 out of 10 on body which is welcome for this beer. Luscious and velvety. Slight carbonation. Clean but slight boozy finish making you want more. This part is very well done.

O. A very nice BA stout. I'd say close to bcbs. Very happy to have tried for my first time. I think it could have a little more upfront flavor but this also has a year on it so it could be that. All in all. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of oak and alcohol
Head small (<2 cm, aggressive pour), diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque; some sludge in bottom of bottle
Flavor very heavy vanillin and alcohol; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

great beer. a little thin. could use some more head for this style. highly recommended and glad to check it off the list. probably would not do again though.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says Vintage 2014 B.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Initial shot of dark roasted malt plus some booze and oak. After that, there's some vanilla and dark chocolate. There's also this weird mustiness that's not so pleasant.

T- Decadent dark chocolate and vanilla notes plus some caramel. Pretty sweet but also somewhat bitter and roasty with the oak rounding everything out nicely. ABV is very well-hidden. Little bit of raisin and a trace of coconut in the aftertaste.

M- Silky smooth and chewy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Smells a little off but the rest checks out just fine. Smooth and rich with lots of chocolaty complexity. The oak presence is moderate which adds to the high drinkability.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Strong bourbon notes with the oak, vanilla, and some chocolate coming through too. Real nice dark brown color accented by the reddish amber hue along the edges. Not much in the way of a foam cap but spotty slight lacing is there. Beautiful bourbon flavor intertwined with oak, vanilla, and cocoa. Pretty full bodied on the palate with a creamy feel finishing with some heat. Absolutely wonderful whiskey barrel aged stout!

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Photo of drpimento
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive beer. It's in a characteristic profile that's not to my personal taste - lot's of dark ripe fruits like dates, raisins, figs, plus molasses with very dark/black malts/grains.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml corked and caged bottle poured into The Lost Abbey Teku glass

A: Black, no light comes through, creamy mocha head with lots of tiny bubbles, some carbonation, some minor lacing, head stuck around for quite some time, looks really good.

A: Big chocolate and roasted coffee aromas up front, alcohol, malts, dark fruits, more on the roasted side than the sweet side, but the smell is really coming off the glass, I am picking up the aroma about 6 inches from the glass, big aroma.

T: Big chocolate, coffee, roasted and toasted malts, not getting much of the bourbon, it's slightly there, chocolate and coffee come through more than the bourbon, bitter on the back end with the alcohol noticeable.

M: Viscous, creamy smooth mouthfeel, slight dry finish, alcohol burn that lingers, slight carbonation on the palate, very nice.

O: Very impressed, I would like to have more bourbon character on the nose and flavor but this is really tasty, nice creamy mouthfeel and at 12% ABV, the alcohol is well hidden, not sure when this was bottled but it's very pleasant. Price is a little steep but this will not disappoint.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 bottle, opened 2015

A - Pours a flat coca cola black. Trace bubbles around the rim.

S - Sweet, rich, smooth Scotch infused with prune, molasses, vanilla, bright wood, and rum-soaked fruit cake.

T - Rich and sweet. Silky smooth with umami teriyaki, spiced rum, oak, molasses, caramel, and burnt toast. Ends with rich roast coffee, cognac, and milk chocolate. Fantastic integration.

M - Thick, smooth and slick with a full frame.

O - Not surprisingly the beer held up fantastic. The 4 years really added some really nice balance and integration.

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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 wisrarebeer
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've tried this beer (vintage 2010) twice and both time I wasn't impressed. Decent enough beer but not well-balanced. I paid $16.99 for a 12 oz. bottle and it definitely was not worth the price.

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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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