Old Viscosity | Port Brewing

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Old ViscosityOld Viscosity

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DrewBeechum on 08-11-2004

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Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bruery tulip glass. Beer is black / brown at the corners. Forms a big head of small bubble that are brown. Carbonation is moderate to high and the head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Beer's aroma is mostly sweet with a slight roast and no alcohol. Smells good.

I really need to do a side by side with this beer and Older Viscosity. This beer is more bitter and more coffee. No sweetness up front, falls flat on the front end of hte palate. Beer is reasonably enjoyable still but not like the barrel aged version. This is definitely a case in which the barrel process drastically improves a beer. Beer is medium in body and has a primary bitterness from the roasted malts. It comes across as coffeeish and leaves a lot of desire in the front half of the palate. I would, however, have this beer again, I think its a decent strong ale? WTF? Stout methinks.

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Photo of nas5755
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a black beer with a tan head that seems to float atop the beer for an eternity

smell- Roasted malts, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla

Taste - Chocolate, dark roasted malts with a burnt character, layers of dark candied fruit, raisins, dates(Tomme Arthur is really the fantastic at bringing out these dark fruit characters in his dark beers), vanilla notes .

Mouthfeel - sold, not to syrupy but not thin. Kinda fighting how to describe this beer since the feel is far from medium and just as far from being thick, very nice on the mouth.

Drinkability - I really am enjoying this beer and could easily enjoy a night just drinking a bomber or two.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark black color with moderate carbonation evident and one finger of tan head that lasts for several minutes and a little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, and dark fruits. Smells great and no detection of alcohol.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, bitter hops, oak, and dark fruits. Hint of alcohol.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a really good beer. I thought it smelled amazing and well balanced. Would have liked the taste to be a little sweeter, but still a great beer from Port. Would have again.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber served into a tulip glass

Pours an inky black color. Fairly thin body relative to similarly colored beers (read: imperial stouts). The head came in at a generous two and a quarter fingers. It was very ashy looking. A light tan with overtones of gray. Good lacing. Good all around.

Various aromas come up here, most of them comfortably in the stout family. Cocoa powder, old hops, a tiny splash of balsamic vinegar, cigars, oak barrel, & firewood all play a part in this beer's aroma. It is appetizing and compels you to drink it.

There's lots of smoke on the palate. Bracing, bitter, tobacco-leaf, lump charcoal smoky flavors are all over the place. Smooth milk chocolate and subtle interplay of fig and prune help to balance the ashy astringency. Maybe a small bit of oxidation but it works here. It doesn't get more complex than that but it all works together so well. The balance and cohesiveness and clarity of vision is what bumps this up to a 4.5

The mouthfeel is tremendous for a strong ale. It isn't too thick yet has enough body to do justice to the strong flavors. The carbonation level (a concern for this brewery, I know) is on point. Old Viscosity feels silky on the tongue. All the flavors are carried to the tongue with the appropriate strength. Drinkability is also pretty great. You don't taste too much booziness and the mouthfeel is such that you can drink this and not tire of it.

Good-ass job, Port. This is a fine beer that I would never hesitate to purchase again. I'm sort of mad that I shared the bomber now.

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Photo of JoshRadTxist
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Snifter pour from 22 oz.

A: Ebony until the last half-inch, then dark amber.

S: Sweet-over-sour, coffee, boozy and faint Vulcan fumes. Buzzes you with a really deep whiff.

T: Malty, straight dark ale with bitter-sour overtone. Earthy hops there in the background, damn solid.

M: Silky, almost like buttermilk. I disagree with some of the other posters who say the viscosity is overestimated. The mix of heaviness and smoothness is amazing and must be tried if you can! Down the hatch, it tickles, though keeps the tastebuds interested thereafter.

D: Finishes crisp, as if inhibiting the salivary glands. Damn nice! Although on sipping, the headache-ability of the beer is apparent... knock off 1.0 for that.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber aged for I believe around a year into a Russian River belgian-style glass.

A: Oily black with a dark tan head. This is a sleek looking beer.

S: Malty, boozy, smoked cedar, dark chocolate. A really nice, robust aroma.

T: A beautiful, rich dessert beer. Chocolately mixed with luscious dark fruits, especially black cherry. I also get a huge oaky flavor. Bitterness seals the deal on this one. I hate "big" beers that are too sweet.

M: Surprisingly thin. I was worried this beer would be a little viscous (no pun intended). Works well with the ABV and style.

D: The ABV matches up with the ease of this beer spot on.

Overall, a nice beer for a nice price.

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Photo of TommyW
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with some amber tints; bubbly, tan head that fades to a film.

S- Slightly roasted with some fruity, simple syrup sweetness going on; some alcohol vapors are also there.

T- Slightly roasted with some notes of bitter chocolate but the strongest flavor reminds me of fruit cocktail (fruity, cherries, simply syrup). A touch of alcohol is also there on the finish.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Really interesting beer; looks like a stout but the taste has a lot of things going on. Really nice, different beer.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visited the beer bistro in Toronto. Pours a dark black brown with a decent amount of head. Tastes very damn woody. Lots of oak flowing with the malty dark fruit taste this beer has to offer. Not difficult to drink at all as the alc % is well hidden. Definately more of a strong ale then stout. Good beer overall.

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Photo of Brez07
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Maine Beer Company logo glass. Purchased late 2009/early 2010

A: Black pour with brown/ruby highlights. 1/2 finger tan head that settles to a thin layer. No lacing

S: Strong nose which is a mix of raisins, cherries, chocolate, some roasted malt and oak. There is also a whiff of alcohol

T: Lots of bitter roasted malt flavor. Some dark fruit flavor makes it's presence known, barely. Alcohol is still very present. Definitely a beer that needs to sit for a while

M: Medium, bordering on thick. Slightly chewy, light carbonation. Slightly dry with a minimal bitterness left in the finish

D: Good now, but probably amazing after a few years. Gotta knock the drinkability down a bit for that, but will be keeping my eyes out for more bottles to age

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now, this is a real stout. Excellent pour, texture, perfect thickness, but not too much so. Great bubbly foam at the top that is delicious, jet black.

Taste is amazing to me for a stout, perfect combo of burnt coffee and malty goodness. ABV is very well hidden. Extremely rich, yet very drinkable. Complex flavor starts out nutty and then hits you with a pop in the end, an explosion of taste laced with bitterness.

Not sure how this registers as a strong ale, but none the less it is an excellent beer I am reviewing as a stout. Another win for Pizza Port...I like this brewery, and I recommend this beer.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a red wine glass after a pretty rough day of work. This was a very pleasant surprise.

Like others have said before me, it pours almost black, but actually it is very dark brown. The pour is slightly viscous and forms a thin layer of light brown head...much like the light brown M&Ms (remember those?). A swirl yields thick fast-dripping legs as well as big rings and thick streaks of foam as it stirs up ample carbonation from the depths of the dark liquid.

The aroma brings on a veritable bouquet of deliciousness. A strong dark fruit presence of dates and figs mix with some cocoa powder, alcohol warmth, toffee, and caramel. Great notes of vanilla and oak round out the nose. The taste follows suit closely, adding only warm roasty flavors and emphasizing the oak. The alcohol is a bit too evident here, but as this is a bottle from 2009, it could probably use a bit of time to mature and mellow.

The beer is very nicely carbonated with a creamy finish. This was really enjoyable and I would definitely seek it out again. Another very solid offering from Tomme Arthur.

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Photo of fartist71
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This glorious liquid given to us by Port Brewing poured from a 22oz bottle is gift that is greatly appreciated, thank you.

A: Black at first site but if viewed in the light the beer reveals a brown tint on the edges.

S: My nose grabs hints of chocolate and coffee, the latter of which being the strongest.

T: Same as the nose except the chocolate is the dominant flavor on the palette.

M: Thick and syrupy just like the pour no disappointment there.

D: As I have said in the past drinkability is relative to the drinker. That being said I could have another 22oz if I had one to drink.

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

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off chocolate and coffee scents with a hint of smokiness

T - Follows the nose roasted malt more coffee than chocolate with a good bit of smoke and some alcohol in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - For a big beer this is pretty damn drinkable it has an awesome taste this beer is worth trying to find to try

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Photo of eat
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ritzkiss for bringing this one by. My first from Port. Definitely the winner of the three dark brews sampled that night.

Pours opaque and black with a very thin cover of cream-white head with a ring around the glass; looks its ABV.

Smells of cream, caramel, milk chocolate, light earthy hops and roasty malt. Nice.

Quite sweet but also balanced with a fairly high bitterness. Dark chocolate, dark earthy hops, a little smoke, very roasty malt. Lots of bitterness and sweetness; just what you want from a big 10% stout. Is this really a strong ale? More stout-like to me. Just a little warming on the way down and a bit of a boozy aftertase, otherwise the ABV is well-hidden. I seems to be missing that next level but is real solid anyway. I'd give it 4.25 but not sure it's really 4.5.

Decent body but not all that "viscous". Good medium body with mild to moderate carbonation.

This stuff is amazingly drinkable for 10% ABV. Tasty if not all that complex. Your standard, solid big stout. Isn't this a stout? I feel like my overall score should be higher but feel good about the individual scores. Good stuff, anyway.

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Photo of alkchrios
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 bomber and picked up from old town liquors in Temecula CA... I must say the guy who runs the store is an awesome.. awesome dude who really knows his stuff. He suggested this brew as I am from New Hampshire and cant really get this over there...Upon pouring the viscosity is rather apparent... pours with a couple inch caramel colored head. The brew is jet black. If anyone wanted to try Kate the Great 2010 but didnt get to... get this damn beer... it is very comparable to it. There are flavors of dark roast coffee with sweet undertones of caramel and roasted fruits. Old Viscosity is such a complex and wonderful brew. Drinkability... at 10 percent this one bomber is just fine but that speaks nothing of its quality. Soo Soooo good.


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Photo of ritzkiss
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber sent my way as an extra by G311 - thanks for hitting this want!

Pours almost jet black, just a very thin ring of brown when held to the light. One finger of head which recedes to a collar and leaves little spots of lacing down the glass.

This is a really well made and well integrated beer. Milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, a nice bitterness from the roast, a hint of smoke, rich and creamy, lush carbonation, slight lacto/milk stout quality to it, toffee, nice balance of sweet and bitter, hides the ABV really well, slight huskiness to it. Straddles the line between stout and old ale but who cares when it's this smooth and well made - a real winner.

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Photo of Phillyphilms
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Arrived deepest of browns almost black as.. well.. oil. Hence the name. The head was a foamy tan but faded quicker than I would have expected. Lacing was nice.

Roasted malt dominated the nose with coffee and chocolate and darkness all about. Very rich and enticing.

Amazing! Nice roasty malt upfront with a linger of espresso and dark chocolate. Can surely taste the alcohol and I guess at double digits that would be expected and not hidden but that serves this brew just fine.

Its a medium body with slight carbonation and a silky tongue coating that lingers after the sip. Well balanced and a nice sipper for a big boy beer. Something I'd recommend to have with a meal or by a fire as putting a few of these away will catch up with you.

Overall this was yet another masterpiece from Port and I find myself enjoying more and more of their beers with Old Viscosity being no different!


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Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Don't drink this on an empty stomach. This is din-o-mite! When poured the color was dark brown with plenty of tan foam and showed plenty of lace on the side of the glass.

The smell of roasted malts, with a hint of spicies and fruit were evident. Like a really complex of flavors that is hard to explain what they are. Nicely balance of semi-sweetness with the bitter finish to bring out the flavors and aroma's of this ale.

SECOND Time around and it is just tooo bitter. So bitter, that it lost a lot of its flavor. I would rate this 2011 (4,4,3,3,3). Just a big disapointment.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure exactly how old this one is, but it is at least two years.

A - Dark brown, near black. Thick, foamy brown head with decent retention and excellent lacing on the glass.

S - Dark malts, a bit of vanilla and a pleasant aroma of warming alcohol. A little coffee comes through as the beer warms.

T - Bittersweet chocolate and fresh coffee grounds initially. Bourbon comes through quickly with hints of vanilla and a touch of tobacco. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with a still lively carbonation. Sweetness has quite the lasting power.

I am once again very impressed by another Port beer.

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Photo of blackc5
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Had this on-tap, so it was served with no real head. Just a thin coating of foam that did linger. Nice lacing though, and it was surely the deepest of blacks.

S - Slightly boozy on the nose, but mostly dark roasted malts dominated by molasses, espresso, and dark fruit.

T - Well, this is no Older Viscosity, which I vastly enjoy more, but it is still a quite nice RIS (despite whatever it is classified as on here...). Like the nose, it surely has its boozy quality, but for the most part tastes like a very pleasant mix of espresso and dark fruit (dates and figs) with a bit of bourbon and grains. Molasses sweetness, but not too much. No real hops detected.

M - Quite smooth, thick and chewy. Medium carbonation. Pleasant.

D - For the style, pretty good. it surely tastes great and finishes easy enough. You do feel the ABV and there is a bit of the alcohol burn as you drink. Not enough to take away from it being a great beer however.

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Photo of Walken
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Port Brewing Company, Old Viscosity (Tasted 06/16/10) (Bottled 10/06/09)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter, slightly lower than cellar temperature.

Appearance: Inky black beer with a surprisingly solid looking brown cap of tightly knit bubbles that leaves nice rings of lace on the sides of my glass.
Odor: Big mocha and espresso aromas from the roasted malts, tiny hints of bourbon and dried fruit, yeasty nuttiness.
Consistency: Full end of medium body, pushing full. Malt, alcohol and carbonation contribute heft, astringency and creaminess to the feel, respectively. Caramel malts contribute the requisite oily texture for this beer to live up to its name.
Taste: There many big flavors going on in this brew. Roasted malt comes on with espresso notes, dives deeper into day old dark chocolate cake, then fudge territory. Some caramel notes poke through, mostly dark fruit, which couples with the estery alcohol character. Bourbon flashes in now and again. Finish is all roast, long and mellow with the same progression of flavors, leaving a ghostly smokiness and fudge on the palate. Big warming alcohol, big big big.

Q: "What would double gravity Old Engine Oil taste like"?
A: "Port, Old Viscosity"

I love this beer, the depth of roast flavor is hard to beat and somehow, at 10%, with everything going on, this beer is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. into a Duvel Tulip.
Look: Black with an enormous tan head that leaves thick chunks of lace behind.
Smell: Plum and Raisen, something sour. A little tobacco and a bit of alcohol.
Taste/Mouth: It tastes nothing like it smells. Dark smokey malts are the first thing I taste. It has a nice earthy taste that follows. It's sweet but mildly so. A nice warm alcohol throughout the whole time. Hard to decipher the taste. I would say that it feels and tastes more like a double/imperial stout as opposed to the label on here of American strong. Smooth, creamy and warm going down.
Drink: I had no idea what to expect when I picked this up, it was just one of those random, 'Gee, that looks interesting,' buys. What a pick, I loved it. I'm inclined to go pick up a few more (especially @ $6.49 a bottle.)

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 22oz. Bomber.

Smell: Chocolate with a spicy edge, fireplace residue and fresh wood, bran muffin,

Taste: Rich and thick dark malts up front that are neither too sweet nor too bitter. Pretty roasted but still smooth and has a chocolate edge and cleaner than you'd expect. Not too much carbonation.In the middle the wood comes through, slightly charred but more like fresh wood as hinted at by the nose. Towards the finish the flavors lightly sweeten and crescendo into that classic spicy, woody, slightly vanilla high note of good oak aged beers. The finish is molasses, booze, and a long lingering roastiness.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Sprecher snifter.

A- Pours pitch black with no light getting through. A mocha colored, finger's worth of head that leaves decent lacing on the glass.

S- Toasted malt, brown sugar and some alcohol dominate the nose right away. I also pick up some cinnamon and jst the slightest hint of wood.

T- Toasted malts right off the bat, some spicy notes to go along the kick of the cinnamon. The alcohol hides pretty well behind the bitter dark chocolate.

M- I would have to say with a name like Old Viscosity, this one falls short. Lighter bodied than I was expecting and more carbonation than I would have thought. What they say on the bottle is true.

D- The 10% ABV hides itself pretty well but I would consider this more of an RIS than a strong but that is just me. A good sipper though and I was glad to try this.

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Photo of JTahoe
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Basically black with caramel-tan head, nice stiff consistency with lots of nearly uniform tiny bubbles. Sheeting lace leaves little sticky patches.

S - Subtle, but not in a weak way. Roasted grains, cocoa, figs, a whiff of fresh pine or perhaps fir.

T - Rich, complex malt flavors (cocoa, molasses, toffee, chocolate brownies, some faint coffee and milk chocolate) with charred wood, dark fruit, peppery hops, some vanilla and even a hint of tootsie roll.

M - Rich and thick on first impression, though surprisingly light in the middle... largely thanks to the carbonation... nice effect! Finish is quite dry and astringent.

D - Really smooth and dangerously easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden, so this is a sipper to be sure. More please... but probably some other day.

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Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,985 ratings
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