Old Viscosity | Port Brewing

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4.15/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States
portbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DrewBeechum on 08-11-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,569
Reviews:
887
Ratings:
1,986
pDev:
8.92%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
173
Gots:
303
Trade:
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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkalix
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/7/14. Paid $6.99 at Island Grocery. Label says they won't claim what kind of beer it is, and label it as a dark ale.

Dark chocolate-coffee bean pour with a sudsy tan to red head. Head retention is good.

Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, licorice, and some oak barrel.

Flavor is much more bitter than expected, very hoppy, but yields a nice espresso roast character with some molasses, horehound, alcohol heat, oatmeal, tin, and barrel. I think the hoppiness and the tin gets in the way of the other flavors which could have imparted a much sweeter, more molasses-focused old ale style.

Feel is creamy and smooth, with a proper carbonation level, heavy bodied, and has a hot finish.

Overall, the beer has held up well over the last 3 years, but the taste profile leaves a bit to be desired. My first Port beer, but probably not my last. From what I hear these guys can really brew some outstanding brewskis.

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Photo of Tony210
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

** Purchased in 2015 **
Pours very, very dark, quite thick with a foamy head that hangs around a while. Lots of burnt malts on the nose, bittersweet chocolate, some espresso. Thick, creamy, chewy, lots of bittersweet chocolate at first, burnt sugar, big roasted malts, bitter espresso finish. Perfect carbonation makes the beer feel bigger and fuller - excellent! Overall this is a nice imperial stout, the barrel doesn't come through until you swallow it and feel the tannins in the back of your tongue. Glad I tried it!

1/5/18
Bomber, no date, purchased in 2015
4 rating

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chrispy_Creams
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattboyer182
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monkist
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply crazy. An awesome imperial stout? porter? strong ale?
Amazingly heavy, amazingly intense in flavor, with a complex, full body. Most admit that I don't really like porters nor stouts but this one is something special. Something coffe-y, something roasted, aged in oak barrels... wow. This is good ole' viscosity, like the picture shows, old engine oil drained into a glass... "not your dad's 30 weight!"
This is a real heavyweight champion!

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Photo of bshefftz
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sephyrott
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 13.57 (Including shipping)/bomber ($ 0.617/oz) from Blackwell’s, San Francisco, CA.
Undated bomber at 42 degrees. Served at 57 to 61 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – caramel and a hint of chocolate. Fades to nothing.
Head – Enormous! Maximum of eight cm, aggressive pour. Light brown, high density foam, creamy with a few rocks, average retention. Diminishing to a wide irregular creamy ring varying from five to fifteen mm and a heaped creamy partial layer with rocks.
Lacing – good. Thick wide partial rings of mostly tiny to small bubbles.
Body – dark brown to black, opaque.
Flavor – begins with a slight malt bitterness and a caramel and chocolate taste with definite overtones of alcohol as it warms in my mouth. Gastric burn quickly follows. Neither hops nor diacetyl are tasted. Oak barrels, you say? I’m not detecting any vanillin or tannin either.
Palate – full, creamy, lively carbonation.

A good imperial stout, just not detection any barreliness. At $ 7/bomber (Prior to shipping costs), this is a bargain.

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

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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManBearPat
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YvesB
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of buschbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
2013

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of mocha head.

I get aromas of chocolate and roasted malt.

The taste has chocolate and coffee with some oak. The finish is somewhat dry and woody.

Full mouthfeel and medium carbonation

This is a very nice stout. I like the dimension that the oak adds to it. I can definitely tell it has been in an oak barrel. I was a little worried that I hung on to the bottle too long. I think it aged well and would not hesitate to buy another bottle.

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Photo of Bammer21
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeBogert53
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakecattleco
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reema
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 22 oz bomber into a snifter

Pours a deep crimson brown, essentially black. Smell is of heavy roasted malt, espresso, slight vanilla, and darker chocolate. Taste reflects the smell perfectly. Initial dark chocolate and heavy coffee like roastiness lead into a slight vanilla taste with a lingering roasty bitterness. Feel is thick and the end of the drink is slightly grainy feeling, very pleasant. Overall this is a fantastic stout that is is easily found.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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