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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Reviews: 715
Hads: 2,450
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 5.12%
Wants: 502
Gots: 684 | FT: 55
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Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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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 reebtaerG
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at lost abbey on 4/3/14

A-Poured a thick oily black color with a small foamy tan head. Some lacing.

S-Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and toasted malts.

T-The taste is amazing! Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, hints of dark fruit, and oak.

M-Full body and medium carbonation. Rich, creamy mouthfeel.

O-Overall, this is an exceptional beer. It has it all, a complex palate and a full bodyied creamy mouthfeel. (423 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage

Beautiful looking beer. Does not look very viscous, however, but has a substantial creamy burnt mocha/espresso head that lingers through the duration. Pitch black in the glass - ruby, dark brown hues at the edge of the glass.

Very oaky - wet bourbon-soaked oak, vanilla - burn caramel, slight barrel sweetness of graham cracker and toffee. Some chocolate and very faint dark fruit. Has some barleywine characteristics as well. There is some roast and char that comes through as well. Very interesting.

Very good. (530 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Monks Cafe, Philly

A- pours pitch black with a big creamy dark-tan head that settles eventually, leaving thick patches of lace covering the entire glass

S- dark bitter chocolate aroma with lots of dark fruits; fig, prune and raisin. Sweet licorice, barrel juice and oaky vanilla, and sweet molasses to close it out

T- dark chocolate up front mixes with an immediate bourbon presence that gives off flavors of straight bourbon and a big oaky vanilla flavor, strong dark fruit dominates the finish with big fig and prune flavors, sweet caramel and molasses linger, with warming bourbon on the finish

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a super creamy mouthfeel and a velvety smooth finish, alcohol warmth lingers

O- loved the dark fruit and bold bourbon flavors, thick and creamy body made this super drinkable, despite the abv (864 characters)

Photo of jrnyc
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This stuff is fantastic! Awesome looking beer, great smell. Great taste of chocolate, with some vanilla this tastes like rocky road ice cream. Very underrated beer! (164 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Short lasting small head. Settles to ring bubbles. Near black color where no light shines through. No lace.

Dark malt aroma with a dark cherry touch. Think Kriek blended with a stout.

Rich, dark chocolate with a cream finish. The body is thick, like a rich dark cocoa. Low carbonation enhances this feel. It's like a dark chocolate with a bourbon chaser. Very thick body with a low carbonation. More sweet than most Imperial Stouts. Strong alcohol feel. Slightly burnt aftertaste. (484 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick oily black color with a small foamy tan head. Big boozy bourbon aroma, some oak, caramel, and dark fruit as well. Taste is much the same. Lots of bourbon and oak, and notes of toffee, roasted malt, and sweet dark fruits. Overall it is good but not quite what I was hoping for. (291 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark as sin. Not much head on this'un. Eh, she's 12%.

A more buttery bourbon note with some chocolate, vanilla, oak, mild whiskey, and light dose of coconut. Great nose.

Badass. Unashamed to show off the bourbon. Big oaky notes, spicy booze, perhaps some roasty rye to abut the spice, alcohol heat, burnt sugars, and some finishing vanilla. The body is remarkable. Creamy thick, like a beer slurry. Very smooth, with a tickle of spice, bitterness, and carbonation. Heat is next-level, of course. Recommended. (510 characters)

Photo of BumpyAZ
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage, poured from bottle

A: inky black, thin creamy coffee colored head

S: strong bourbon, vanilla, toffee, molasses, hints of roasted malt

T: boozy but not to hot, obvious bourbon upfront, vanilla, chcolate , toffee, coffee bitterness on the end

M: medium to slightly thick, not quite chewy but feels pretty good

Overall a pretty good BA stout. A little heavy on the bourbon in both taste and smell but not overpowering. If it was a little better balanced or cheaper, this would be a great value. (510 characters)

Photo of BSK_ONE
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pour from a cork topped bottle to a snifter glass. Very fluid, black color with hardly any head or carbonation.

S: Best quality of this beer. Caramel, molasses, chocolate, and bourbon booziness.

T: Can taste the alcohol a little too much. Instead of the bourbon giving a nice warming taste, the booze overwhelms. Can taste chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

M: Thought mouthfeel would be best quality, but ended up leaving a lot to be desired.

O: Definitely not worth the money. Overall, it is a good, not great sipping beer. Better when warm. (547 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 375 ml bottle (2013 B Vintage is stamped on the neck) into a snifter.

A-The beer is surprisingly thin-looking for something with viscosity in the name. No head, just a dark brown collar. It is nearly black in color with an oily sheen on the top.

S-The aroma is an inviting mixture of caramel, light roasted flavors, milk and dark chocolate, and a good dose of warming bourbon-scented booze. There is just a touch of anise in there too. It reminds me of tawny port with the significant caramel and sweetness. Nice.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with big levels of burnt sugar, caramel, milky chocolate, and a lot of smooth bourbony heat. Despite the obvious alcohol flavor, this beer is smooth and never overwhelming. Again, it reminds me of port.

M-The feel -- like the look -- is a bit thin for something with viscosity in the name. It is medium body to light body for the style with very little carbonation.

O-This is a tasty beer that sort-of straddles the line between old ale, barley wine, and stout. The flavors are quite sweet, but never cloying. The alcohol is also very warming, but it adds a nice flavor characteristic instead of detracting from the flavors. The feel is a touch on the thin side, but not awful. This would make a very solid desert beer. (1,281 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'13 375ml into a CS snifter. This is not a stout to me.

A- Non-transparent black, with brown lacing. No head and thinnest of lacing with minimal legs.

S- Smells like a black ale. I am not getting much stout at all. Not sure where stout comes from.

T- Barrel-aged black ale qualities. I am getting ZERO stout qualities compared to a black ale.

M- Thin, but not too thin. Very little carb.

O- Probably not going to spend the cash to get this one again. After what I consider conquering the stout arena and then going back to this brew a year after; I will pass in the future. But count me in for CFH (606 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 375 ml bottle. Unsure of the vintage but I bought it at least three years ago.

Served slightly colder than cellar temperature into a tulip glass. Older viscosity is a dark reddish brown on the pour and basically black in the glass. It has a thick tan head that settles fairly quickly.

Aroma is rich and very bourbon-forward. It has vanilla from the barrel aging process but otherwise mostly just bourbon and stout.

Flavor is bold but wonderfully balanced. Like the aroma suggests, it's more bourbon-y than some others of the style but it works well with this very big stout base. Chocolate, nuts, molasses, and coffee also contribute to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is full bodied (highly viscous) with a subtle alcohol burn going down. It's surely mellowed over the years and in the barrel but it still has punch.

Overall a very good version of the style. Not one of the best but certainly worthy of honorable mention. (943 characters)

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black. Thin tan head. Oil slick like appearance.

Roasted malts and milk chocolate followed by a huge whiskey aroma.

Upfront flavors of baking coco, coffee, toffee, and milk chocolate. Lactic sweetness is tempered by the oak and whiskey flavors. Boozy finish.

Thick oily mouthful, befitting of the name.

Overall one of the more interesting stouts out there. Definitely a sipper. (400 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served slightly chilled into a snifter.

Pours a deep, rich mahogany color with very little light brown head and light lacing and surface layer.

Aromas of molasses, dried fruit and toasted coconut.

Flavors follow through the aromas with hints of rum and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is where this beer really shines through. All the rich flavors of a good imperial stout without the heavy body. Medium bodied with sweet but crisp finish and a nice touch of warmth from the alcohol.

Definitely a must try. Have a second bottle that I'm going to continue cellaring to see how it matures. (587 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011. Received this in a trade, though I can't remember from whom now - if you're reading this & you know it was you, many thanks!

Poured into a snifter: Black, sans highlights whatsoever, carbonation almost undetectable, save for some tiny bubbels rising around the rim.

Taste carries through with strong vanilla, wood, most of the same notes as in the nose, caramel & toffee, coconut, resting with a firm booze that just kind of trickles down through the end & snowballs, settling firmly &. squarely. Like a bourbon ball or a rich, boozy truffle. The alcohol is bordering on hot, but stops just short of that.

Smooth, full-bodied, & you can feel the alcohol, though I still wouldn't call it "hot". Would actually like a little more carbonation, though I guess that's what sitting on it for almost 3 years will get you.

Great, great beer. Nothing that would normally jut out & stick you (heat, bitterness, sweetness) - it's all melded very well. The carbonation, really, is my only critique. I normally don't like a strong alcohol presence, but here I think it works great & ties everything together without getting fusel or unwieldy. (1,149 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a Snifter

A - Dark chocolate brown with just a side amount of foam on the sides

S - Chocolate, covered caramel, vanilla and chocolate up front before you get a hint of oak spice and slight cinnamon and sweet bourbon

T - Up front is thick milk chocolate, light dark cocoa, cinnamon, slight oak spice, caramel and vanilla. The finish has bourbon, which is sweet yet has a slight alcohol burn as well as spice. This is a big and complex beer that brings full flavors as you sit and drink

M - Medium body beer that isn't too thick or thin. It doesn't have a lot of carbonation but because the body isn't too thick it is not as much of a deterrent as it is in some other Lost Abbey beers.

O - Even with all of the newer BA stouts out there, this one still impresses. It has a ton of flavor and it is well balanced. You get chocolate, caramel, and vanilla sweetness while still getting a nice oak spice presence. Everything just works together well in this one. (980 characters)

Photo of markchristenson
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. It doesn't seem to get the love of some of the other imperial stouts, but for my palate it is just so darn good. It dials back the crazy, super-high alcohol, noticeable oak/barrel/spirit elements of beers like BCBS and BT, but still provides a load of flavor and complexity. It has a bit of an "iron fist in a velvet glove" character. Plenty of concentration and flavor, but not the borderline syrup/high viscosity apparent in other stouts. Don't get me wrong--I love BCBS and BT, but this is another take on the style that is just as good. (558 characters)

Photo of mpcrump
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2013 vintage bottle.

A: Dark black with little to no head. Looks like older viscosity.

S: Bourbon, hints of coffee and chocolate. For me this beer did not have a strong odor. No complaints just an observation. I got mostly bourbon with hints of the other flavors. Decent whiff of the alcohol.

T: Very different than the smell. Good strong bourbon up front. Alcohol from beginning to end. I can't decide after the bourbon but hints of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Good alcohol burn. Not overpowering but not a beer to drink but in sips.

M: Upper moderate to heavy feel. Definitely some sweetness at the end.

O: Very good. This was recommended to me while I was looking for Angels Share and/or Deliverance. This comes very very close. I don't drink bourbon barrel aged beers often but they do make a great choice on occasion. Great beer but not for the weak hearted. (903 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

$20 bottle purchased from Wines and More in Mansfield, MA. Poured into two snifters to share with my Dad.

Pours a deep, viscous (oh really?) black. Small, maybe quarter inch head forms. Decent sticky lacing all down the glass.

Smells like bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and wood.

Tastes really great. Lots of bourbon, very bourbon forward. Chocolatey, vanilla, oak, some coconut, with some slight acrid roasted malt flavors that pull things down a little bit.

Medium bodied, could be slightly thicker. Not bad, though, just could be better. Low carbonation.

A bang-on BA stout. A few things, namely the body and the acridity of the roasted malt, could be improved, but it is still quite tasty and I really enjoyed it. (722 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage, enjoyed Feb 25 2015

Appearance: Pitch black, thin tan head OK lacing. Passable for corked bottle, 12% and at least a year old.

Aroma: Rich semi sweet chocolate, bourbon, oak.

Flavor: Sharper oak and roast than the aroma. Still big notes of semi sweet chocolate, some booze.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, luschious, lasting warming booze. (352 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage poured from a 375ml bottle. Black in color with a small head of very fine bubbles. Aroma features ripe, dark fruit with barrel-aging notes of cherry and vanilla. Some fusel presence follows. Ripe raisin and plum notes. Great bourbon barrel character without too much booze.

Flavor is very nicely balanced, hardly too sweet and/or boozy. Roasty, bittersweet dark-chocolatey character. Dark fruit and barrel notes take over from there. A bit of a syrupy texture with soft carbonation. Not all that viscous for such a big stout. Some lingering oak and vanilla on the finish.

Reminds me of sister outfit The Lost Abbey's The Angel's Share but with more barrel, booze, and chocolate. An extremely good, if pricey, barrel-aged stout. (742 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Poured from tap into sniffer at capones in norristown pa. Deep oily thick black color with huuge sweet dark fruit and sugary aromas. Boozey bourbon and vanilla notes. Sweet dried fruit and chocolate toasted malts...vanilla and caramel. Really a lit going on. Awesome brew for sure...one of the better. (315 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the Secret Bunny ’09 BIF so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. It also means the bottle is nearly 5 years old. Unlike some aged beers that I have reviewed, I was fortunate enough to try one of the first releases of this beer fresh on-tap to be able to draw a comparison. Poured from a caged and corked 12.7oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit and licorice.

T: The taste starts out with sweet with flavors of chocolate, licorice and dark fruit. Then a very hearty roasted malt character quickly follows along with a decent alcohol sting. The hops presence is extremely mild as you would expect for this type of beer, especially given the beer’s age. The balance seems to have waned somewhat though compared to when it was fresh. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp, very smooth and quite viscous, medium body, light carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, very strong kick, very good representation of style, I like this beer better fresh and I like the original “Old” version better, but this aged “Older” version is a very good beer to sip on for a long time. (1,346 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-12-03 in Paoli, PA at TJ's. Had this again on 2013-11-26 from a 2011 bottle I'd been cellaring. Comments below have been amended per the most recent tasting.

A - Not quite opaque dark brown with almost no head. Moderate lacing and good alcohol legs.

S - Bourbon, plum, burgundy, maple syrup, boozy, charred grain.

T - Medium-dark roasted grain, plum, sour cherry, chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, pretty boozy and reasonably-hopped.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Rich and smooth but with some alcohol burn.

O - It's a nice take on an Imperial Stout but with the barrel aging adding a vinous quality to the expected bourbon barrel flavors. It reminds me of a cross between a port and an imperial stout with more fruit/plum than dark roasted grain. It's a big beer and a nice sipper but I'd rather have a Parabola. (846 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a- deep brown black, wisp of a head

s-coccoa, licorice, bourbon

t- sweet coccoa, oak, vanilla, raisin with a lingering bitterness. boooze

m- a huge mouthfeel but not overly viscous. carboantion is tight and present but pefectly tuned.

o- just a hair's breeadth short of perfection. The bitterness was not my favorite attribute. To compare- I think KBS is great but a touch too sweet. I think Older Viscosity is a step up from KBS in complexity with very little sweetness and a dose of bitter. If your taste runs to bitter chocolate roasted malt, you will love this. I wish it was a little sweeter, but the true " organic" nature of the brew shines brightly. This masterpiece makes other flavored stouts feel contrived or engineered. The flavors here are arrived at by roasting and barrelling- tastes more "real". As we get deeper into the hour spent with this beer- the bitter aspect of the profile becomes more of a positive. It is never cloying, sweet. or "quaffable" . It DEMANDS respect at every sip. I will age the other bottle for a while, which I don't usualy do with barrelled beers.

If you are wondering what I consider perfect- Eclipse. Price is equivalent.

Is Older Viscosity worth the $ 17.00 for one 12.7 (375 ml) oz corked bottle? I had to get it mailed from California. Yup, but not for everday consumption. (1,328 characters)

Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
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