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Older Viscosity | Port Brewing

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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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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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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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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.