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Older Viscosity - Port Brewing

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Reviews: 728
Hads: 2,567
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 525
Gots: 706 | FT: 61
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Port Brewing
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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 paco1029384756
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to emerge077 for the bottle.

Pours black with very little tan head and a nice ring of lacing.

Scent of oak, bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, molasses, and enough malts and an alcohol kick to keep it all together. This is a big scent with some great oak character, just a fabulous representation of a strong barrel aged beer.

Taste is heavy on oak and chocolate, roasted malts and coffee come in and tone the sweetness down, some molasses and vanilla are noticeable in the taste as well. Finishes somewhat dry with a great oak flavor and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is incredibly full and smooth, lovely.

I must get this beer again, it is just an incredible example of how barrel aging can compliment a suiting beer.

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Photo of hero27
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle
12% abv

"bring" hooked me up with this great brew, thanks again man!

Pours..well...motor oil black actually.. fitting.
consumed @ room temp..
Gigantic aroma of roasted malts and unrestrained bourbon..vanilla, oak, and dark chocolate are overwhelming to the senses and carry over into the flavor..beyond complex..the rich, swirling flavors penetrate each sip, and the alcohol warmth slips in perfectly. The generous display of toffee-laden malt & raisin mixed with....what the?....god damn, this is gone already?!...apparently that was my last sip.
I request a bigger bottle...or more of this stuff.. at once.

an expensive brew for sure, but a truly magnificent beer..a treat for any beer lover, and one of my new favorites.

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Photo of gford217
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle courtesy of jw347 poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in the glass as pitch black with a small tan head. It recedes to a ring quickly leaving spotty lacing.

The nose is massive and smells like the inside of a bourbon barrel. It's got the oak, vanilla and bourbon throughout with a big dark roasted malt base and even some raisins and chocolate thrown in.

The taste certainly follows from the aroma and has the barrel character from start to finish. There seems to be a bit more dark fruits, raisins and figs, not to mention the roasted coffee and dark chocolate as well. Very complex and with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is perfect - super smooth and slick with minimal carbonation leaving a sticky barrel presence in the mouth.

This is about as good an example of barrel-aging as I've seen in a while. It's extremely complementary to the base beer and doesn't dominate. A great beer.

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Photo of waltonc
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lost Abbey barrel tasting. Very dark if not pitch black. Carbonation was not evident in the pour I received. This is the second time I've had Older Vis, and I really like it. Dark roasted flavors with oak, vanilla, bourbon, and dark fruits. Very rich, complex flavor and smell. Mouthfeel was less carbonated than I would have liked, and seem to remember there being more carbonation I had in a bottled version last August.

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

375ml bottle acquired in trade with awaisanen (thanks!).

Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a very small sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, brown sugar, dark fruits, and chocolate. Bourbon is definitely there (good thing I used to drink and like bourbon). Medium alcohol in the finish.

Notes from 12/7/07

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Photo of egajdzis
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black color with a ring of tan bubbles that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma of roast, ash, chocolate, dried fruits, vanilla, bourbon, caramel malts, and alcohol. Taste of dark fruit, some tropical, sticky molasses, roasted malts, vanilla, and bourbon - alcohol. Stiff, and sharp, I like the Old Viscosity better.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Sixth Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer.

A - Pitch black, quick-dissipating mocha-colored head with big bubbles. This brew looks thick and imposing.

S - Whiskey, oak, toffee & coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt. A terrific balance of bitter and sweet flavors.

T - Hits you strong with the whiskey to start, then morphs into the woody oak flavor. Finishes with dark chocolate, coffee, and light touch of sweetness (vanilla? dark fruit?). Bourbon aftertaste.

M - Nice tingle, viscous and creamy. Warms you up the same way good whiskeys do.

D - It's strong (although I'd have guessed 9%), and I'd likely only have one (or even share a bottle with friends). Delicious & smooth to drink though!

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Photo of getkrunkhoe
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Naja's Place Bottle

As I poured my anticipated Older Viscosity, I noticed very little almost no head. Rich black color(viscous).

Aroma was interesting; Vanilla,Chocolate, maple(syrup almost), small hint of graPEFrUIT.

Mothfeel was nice n thick but not as chewy as I expected. yet Thick.

Finish was like a vanilla coke with little carbonation, that may not be a great desc. but thats what came to mind.but damn it was gooD. just not worth 25+ dollars

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Photo of srroos
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a corked and caged 375mL bottle from the 2007 Release.

A: Pours opaque black with a small, dark brown head.

S: Bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon, along with smoke.

T: Bourbon and dark fruits. The large prune presence is somewhat unappealing, but still good overall. Not sure if this is an effect of the aging.

MF: A little thinner than expected for such a big beer, but still very full bodied.

D: Noticeable alcohol presence, but nothing too harsh.

Overall, a very enjoyable, but intense, beer. I'm going to try to get my hands on the next batch.

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

I sampled this bottle with Stopper.
Pouring at cellar temp into a snifter the beer pours a dep mahogany/color with some chestnut hues at the edges. not quite as dark as I envisioned. A frothy beige head foams up and fades to an edge layer only. Aroma is bourbon and lite oak notes with molasses mixing in as well. No real hop presence. First sip reveals a THICK robust body with almost no carbonation and fairly syrupy texture. Flavor is big and malty with some booze too.
Molasses again shows up with some brown sugar as well.
The beer is very heavy and makes a definite sipper. better on a cold winter day than in the summer. QUite enjoyable and well crafted!

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Photo of bifrostguard
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - The definition of black with a moderate deep tan head. Pour is highly viscous, like (you guessed it) motor oil. Carbonation bubbles are noticeable as you drink it. No lacing.

S - The smell is phenomenal. Vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon and more booze. The oak did wonders for this scent. I had my nose buried in the glass all night.

T - Surprisingly, this didn't taste much like Old Viscosity. Tastes of vanilla, wood and caramel with a long and much desired alcohol burn. Bourbon is notable as well and warms you from the core.

M - Very nice. Not as viscous feeling as it looked but still very creamy. Dries your mouth out a bit, but I think that is a good thing with aged beers.

D - People say a bottle of this stuff is enough but I disagree. I could sip it all night and never tire of the flavor. It is so complex I pick up different accents with each sip.

Although I didn't care for Old Viscosity much, Older Viscosity rules. The barrel aging really did the trick for this strong ale and it is about as perfectly balanced as I could imagine for the style. I paid a lot for it, but it was worth it. I did not want the glass to end. The next bottle I will definitely share with others.

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Photo of tayner
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle, 07 vintage

poured black with just the slightest hint of ruby red highlights. tan head with 1/2 inch sticky foam. completely opaque beer. decent lacing for 12.1% abv.

nose is virtually all bourbon. lots of it. background of sweet maltiness, but 95% bourbon, even after 10+ months aging.

taste is hot still, lots of bourbon up front. the middle reveals strong vanilla and wood despite the heat and burning from the strong bourbon flavor. there is sweetness midpalate with the vanilla, but finish is hot. This could be described as if someone took a good porter, added some whiskey, a teaspoon of vanilla, and reduced it to make it thick, and stirred it with a wooden spoon.

This is thick and creamy, but not as thick as I expected from the bottle label and the hype surrounding this one. Still, very creamy and plenty of carbonation for a beer of this abv.

This is a sipper for sure. the whiskey makes it that way for sure. Any more than 375 and I would be hard pressed to finish it, and probably wouldnt be able to walk afterwards. nice after dinner sipper, but wish I would have shared it with one other person.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so after some growing up I think my palate is a bit more apt to take on a beer like this.

dark brew with a fantastic one and a half finger head that sticks like crazy to the sides of my glass. awesome looks.

smell is rich. i get a variety of smells. this is complex. cocoa with hints of dark fruits and a slight barrel funk. i could sit with my nose in this beer all night but what would be the fun of that.

taste is smooth. chocolate. figs. booze. some nice oak tones. this beer tastes awesome.

mouth is thick and creamy. solid carbonation. this is a fantastic beer.

im not sure what happened with my first experience, weather it was palate fatigue or just lack of experience or if it was simply a contaminated bottle but this beer is completely different. glad to have cracked it among good friends.

poured into a chimay glass. black pour. almost like motor oil. very minimal head to the point of being none at all. a tiny island of foam in the middle of the glass. next to no lacing.

smells are heavy on two things. dark fruits and booze.

first taste is big on dark fruits, i taste plums and figs, but mostly raisin. very strong alcohol finish. not very appetizing. slight sour taste. if that was what port was trying to do i wish that they would have pulled a jolly pumpkin and gone all the way with the sour rather than just tickling the idea of sour.

mouthfeel is sub par. my mouth gets dried out the more i drink of it. very low carbonation.

drinkability is ok. its a beer that i am happy that i could have tried but to be completely honest i dont think i will be visiting older viscosity any time in the near future.

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Photo of flexabull
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the currently dormant, but very generous metallitone1. This was an extra in a trade! Thanks again!

This bottle is from the fall of 2007.

Pours a deep, dark, flat black color, with a nice tan head.

Aromas are of dark fruits, booze, oak, and dark bitter chocolate.

Taste is a bit hot up front, but not overly so. Some really bold and dark chocolate flavors, a bit of bitterness, a touch of bourbon, booze, and oak. Finish has a touch of heat as well, but it just completes the balance of flavors. This is an excellent beer. The flavors are bold, complex, but not too overpowering. I would have never guessed that this one pushed 12% ABV.

Mouthfeel is very full, thick, and about perfect for a big bold stout.

Drinkability is great. Wow! This is the best beer I have had in a while, and easily one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I have ever tasted. Track this one down, especially if you are a stout fan.

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Photo of largadeer
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, slight opacity in the pour but pitch black in the glass. A dark brown head forms for all of 60 seconds before fading into a ring. Eventually, even that disappears. This stuff is appropriately named.

Smell: This one's got a massive bourbon barrel aroma of vanilla and caramel, with a touch of butterscotch and roasted malt. There's a a sharp note of alcohol when it's cold, but as it warms and opens up more the oak and bourbon overpower it.

Taste & mouthfeel: It's striking how unlike Old Viscosity this is. The abrasive bitterness and resiny hop attack have been softened by the months in bourbon barrels, replaced with sweet vanilla and caramel flavors. There's still a firm roasty bitterness in the finish, like a piece of charred bread sweetened with blackberry jam, but it never overtakes the bourbon and malt. The mouthfeel is full, almost syrupy, and the low level of carbonation only further contributes to that. As with anything Tomme Arthur puts in a barrel, this is simply stellar stuff.

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Photo of ASymon13
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had been looking forward to this beer for months, but was waiting for a special occasion to open one. Tonight, a slow Saturday seemed like such an occasion.

This pours a very deep black, with no light passing through, and with a small amount of tan head that disappears rather quick. There is a lot going on in the nose of it, but first and formost is the bourbon. Vanilla also plays a prominent role. There are some dark fruits in there, and a tiny hint of anise as well.

The first taste is huge. This just has a ton of flavor to it. The bourbon continues to dominate, but it is never overpowering and comes off extremely smooth. Vanilla and a distinct roastiness balance it rather nicely. There is a very slight underlying fruity sweetness to it, and I'm really not detecting hops much at all. The alcohol, at 12%, is quite apparent, and I think it is drinking a bit hot and would likely get even better with a few years on it. The mouthfeel is quite heavy, with the carbonation not overbearing, but still pleasant. Overall, it's an excellent beer for a special occasion, and I think it will only get better with age.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a complete black with almost no head or lacing.
Smells fantasticly of dark fruit, lots of sweet malts.
Taste is massive, tons of sweet dark fruits. Slight banana, lots of plum, raisin, dark burnt caramel. One of the best stouts in the world in my opinion.
Sticky and thick as hell. Coats the glass with its richness. I could sip this all night. My rating might be influenced by the fact that I sipped it by a bonfire on a nice cool night. It was damn near perfect.

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4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Milk chocolate colored bubbley head epuals two fingers but fades fast leaving no lace. Body is jet ink black. Nose is lovely with huge bourbon and toffee notes wraped around some creamy chocolate tones. The bourbon feel is first to hit with carmalized malts and buttery toffee. Some big soured dark fruit in in the middle of the palate. Really creamy and mellow as it warms on the mouthfeel. Bourbon is slightly warm but not harsh at all. Mouthfeel is very inviting of the next sip. Another bourbon lovers joy from Port. Sip wisely and enjoy all night.

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Photo of illidurit
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled at Lost Abbey for RBSG 08. Poured into a wine glass. Black color with ruby red highlights. Small cocoa head with wet lacing. Aroma is straight bourbon with a leather note. Flavor is dark chocolate with a roasty undercurrent and complex notes of vanilla, oak, bourbon (without the alcohol sting), and molasses. Long finish from the rich body.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the richest beers I've ever tasted

A- Pours very thick and black with a quickly dissipating head.

S- Very sweet-smelling. Molasses and maple are in the foreground, accentuated by aromas of dark fruits, vanilla, and brandy

T- Even sweeter than I expected. Molasses, Figs, stone fruit, brandy and vanilla are the main flavors I can pick out. There is a slight smokiness in the aftertaste

M- Decadent, thick, and mildly carbonated

D- You need to take your time with this one between the richness and the alcohol

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fl oz. Corked and caged olive green bottle > Chimay Goblet

totally black, with a deep brown 1" crown that's lively and thick, dissipates really fast with only some slight outer-ring foam is left. A classic "aged" look.

This thing has massive malt aroma's that include, Earthy, musty chocolate-covered grains, chocolate fudge, peanutbutter cookies, old leather and vanilla. Ripe, red fruits whiff's just on the edge. Intense and very pleasing aroma.

This beast is off the hook when it comes to malt complexity. Maple syrup, deep, rich chocolate, light peanutbutter, toasted oats and grains with big currents of wild berries, figs & blackberries. The balance is achieved with fresh green hops, and dried, hot earth flavored hops. A massive, whiskey-ish heat is actually very mellow because of the massive sweet, thick malt feel.

Full and heavy feel, nearly the headiest stout I've ever had. Only a few can compete with this one.

Mind blowing complexity, and I can't even imagine how good it will be after a full year or two in the cellar.

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Photo of badbeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Midnight black color with a rich tan head that retains very well and leaves good lacing. Large amounts of bourbon in the aroma, with some vanilla also joining it. Some nice chocolate-y roastiness is also in there, maybe a bit of charcoal too. Thick, chocolate-y, roasty, liquid crawls down my tongue with a very smooth bourbon flavor and finishes with a little bit of alcohol warmth. Body is extremely full bodied with medium carbonation levels. Just a splendid beer to drink, I wish this was more available. I've yet to be disappointed with this brewery; great stuff! Thanks for the sample, Tomme.

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Photo of younger35
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this beautiful baby from ncvbc in a trade some time ago. Have been waiting for some special reason to open it and apparently the Home Run Derby is it?!?! Drank from my Ithaca tulip.

Appearance- Pours a super dark blackish brown with dark brown hues around the edges that allow a small amount of light. A wimpy quarter inch head recedes really quickly leaving zero head, small thin collar and no lacing.
Smell- Holy nose! That unmistakeable big bourbon woodiness that seems to be in all in the beers I've drank lately is most definitely in this one. Loads of thick rich coffee and sweet sticky caramel are just as intense as the vanilla from the barrels. Rich dark fruits (plums, raisins and definitely figs) are more than present along with a bit of booze. Some chocolaty bitterness is vaguely noticeable as the beer warms a bit.
Taste- Dry and bitter with loads of coffee that's been sitting in the pot for weeks and condensed to a thick, gritty concentrate. The wood and bourbon are noticeable and delicious but I think the coffee profile is in the driver's seat here (unlike the nose). Loads of bitter baker's chocolate and slightly sweetened condensed milk make for a bit of a grainy milkshake. Molasses and black licorice are discernable but definitely take a backseat to the coffee and bourbon. Small amounts of cherry and cane sugar add a bit more sweetness and fruitiness toward the end. Lingering cocoa and vanilla finish the beer superbly.
Mouthfeel- Thick and viscous and gritty with a slick warm finish. Very little carbonation but not much is needed IMO.
Drinkability- This is a really a wonderful brew that I really, really enjoyed! The alcohol gets a bit more noticeable as it warms but even that isn't such a bad thing. The big creamy body and coffee/bourbon/chocolate goodness are fantastic. Big thanks to Walter for sharing the love!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A:Just a shade short of jet black. Nice looking mocha head. No lacing but that is ok.

S: Bourbon and wood. coffee and roasted malt. Insanely complex. At times more bourbon than beer but still damn good.

T: Follows the smell. Tons of bourbon and wood. Again insanely complex. coffee and roast. Bourbon. Basically think the best darkest beer you have had but more mellow.

M: Damn thick. Perhaps not the best beer for July but this was good despite the heat.

D: A sipper no doubt but damn was this good. Spent 2 bones on this at Monk's cafe in Philly and it was worth it. Still have not had a bad beer from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml Bottle

2007 Bottling

Received this in a trade with Stoneman78, thanks! Older Viscosity glops out the bottle with the weight of a heavy motor oil. It's difficult to even get a soft pour as the viscous body gurgles from the neck. Needless to say the body is as black as the ace of spades. The pour produced a minimal beige head of about one finger that fell to a thin cap and fat ring after a few minutes. Each sip leaves some lacing behind that eventually falls back into the body.

The nose has a great depth of complexity. The oak barrel aging plays the most significant role with notes of slightly damp oak and hints of vanilla. A touch of bourbon flashes through along with dark chocolate, brown sugar, and cocoa in that order. The bourbon presence grows as this beer warms. I'm not really pulling much else out of the aroma but what is there is very appetizing. It would get a better score if there was more of a beer profile than so much of a bourbon and oak profile.

The flavor runs along the lines the aroma suggested. There's alcohol heat from beginning to end. Now I love a solid alcohol presence in some of my bigger beers but this one is just a little too hot. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, and cocoa all come back in the aroma rising and falling as it works its way through. Again, it's the bourbon barrel aging that takes this beer over. Bourbon, alcohol spiciness, damp oak, and mild vanilla are the most common denominators of this beer. As it gets close to room temperature it melds slightly better but it's still a touch too hot.

The mouthfeel at first sip seemed a little on the thin side but as this beer warms it allows the body a chance to thicken up and become as viscous as the label suggests. The body is coating and rich with minimal carbonation which lets the body work through at it's own pace. The heat works its way through my mouth, nose, and down my throat, warming my cheeks on its way.

The drinkability is limited by the alcohol presence. This is a very good sipper whether it be an after dinner drink or a cold weather beer this is one to enjoy slowly. It took me over an hour to finish the bottle and it just kept getting better.

I had high hopes for this brew and while it delivered on some aspects it fell short on others. There is a little more bourbon character then I'd like but it is very good. I wouldn't mind having a few more to see if they cool down over time.

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