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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Reviews: 728
Hads: 2,563
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 524
Gots: 705 | FT: 60
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Port Brewing
California, United States | website

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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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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Photo of raynmoon
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of impending
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%


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

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.69/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of KarlosT
3.43/5  rDev -20.6%
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

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of timc100
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of jrnyc
4.75/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of BumpyAZ
4.06/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of BSK_ONE
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of spoony
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.