Old Viscosity | Port Brewing

Old ViscosityOld Viscosity
1,982 Ratings
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 SargeC
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black colored brew with a frothy tan head.

Smell: Roast malt, burnt chocolate with a hint of mint and coffee. Good hop presence.

Taste: Roast malt, aggressive hops. Dark fruit. Alcohol evident in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full body. Chalky and dry finish.

Drinkablity: Tasty brew with intense flavor. A filling brew.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a stemless snifter.

Pours black as motor oil with just a tinge of dark brown lacing. Nose is a bit boozy and sweet, nice and roasty.

Taste is very sharp but surprisingly not boozy at all. Lots of roasted dark malts and some earthy/raisin notes with a good sharp finish. Overall a pretty easy drinker for such a big beer.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MASPuros for this one. 22oz bomber served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with a thin tan head. Big malt aroma with lots of chocolate. Some oxidation, but in a good, port-like way. There is a bit of alcohol in the aroma, but it doesn't really show in the flavor. Full bodied and rich. Flavor is more chocolate and roasted malt. Enough hop bitterness to balance it out. Long dry finish of coffee and chocolate malt. A great beer to sip on a cold night.

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Photo of scootny
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A black brew with a thick, malted milk, tan head. Nice stickiness along the sides of the glass with a good retention. You can't see through this stuff with a 10k lamp it's so thick.

Smell is deep and rich with chocolate malts and a touch of bourbon. This may be a strong ale but the aroma is chocolate stout. The faint floral hopping balances the sweetness perfectly.

Taste is just incredible. Smooth chocolatey goodness like the nose. A touch of mocha as a coffee like note sounds on the tongue. Light hop finish is clean and dry. A sweet alcoholic heat flow through and flexes at the finish bringing a faint quinine like metallic edge. Not a bad thing as it helps you remember that this stuff packs a punch. Feel is silky smooth and velvety soft. Carbonation is mild and gentle. Weight is winter thick while still wonderful for year round enjoyment.

Drinkability is too good. A sipper for sure but you can be forgiven for starting out on the session end of the scale. It just goes down that easy. You will slow down at some point or fall on your face. Either way this is a world class brew and one I will have to get more of in the future. No beer cellar is complete without a few of these on hand for special occasions.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick black body with a small tan head, and no visible carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet roasted malts on the nose, lots of chocolate, and a hint of coffee. There is a slightly bitter hoppiness just under the surface.

Taste: Lots of dark toasty malts, intensely bitter chocolate, and strong espresso. Very different from the nose, in the sense that the flavours are all powerfully bitter. There is a slight impression of black currant, which sits alongside a touch of hoppy pine towards the end. The finish provides the warming flavours of alcohol, which remain hidden until the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy and slick.

Drinkability: A tad too heavy to be very drinkable, and the emergence of the alcohol towards the end also hinders it. A really good beer though, and I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color us a dark black with nice light brown foamy head with some nice thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit dark chocolate flavor. Also has a bit of a caramel feel with some slightly nuttiness to it.

The taste is pretty dark chocolate flavored, some really nice bitterness as well. There is also a bit of a coffee flavor to this beer as well. A small coffee bean flavor does come out at the end giving into an aftertaste that is quick pleasant.

The feel of this beer is only slightly heavier than expected but still a good hearty beer. Is easy drinking with not too much carbonation. Avery flavorful, good drinking beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black and completely opaque without even the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source. Thin .5 foam coffee colored head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Very minimal lacing.

Roasted malty aroma with some spicy pepper, medicinal syrup, licorice and dark fruit notes.

Thick sludgy roasted malt flavor that has an interesting spice character and a bit of a syrupy body that lingers into a bitter dry hoppy finish. Pretty hoppy as most of their beers are with hints of roasted coffee, chocolate maltiness, oatmeal toffee, licorice, spicy pepper, cough syrup, bitter hops and some alcohol warmth in the finish.

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Photo of BigBlacke
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has an opaque black appearance. Really thick and creamy head.

The smell has hints of bourbon and even vanilla. excellent scent that makes your mouth water.

The taste is delightful. So many different flavors hitting your taste buds, its hard to distinguish them. Love the caramel taste though.

Very heavy on the palate, hence the name viscosity. It stays with you for a while.

If you can handle it, it goes down easy. But keep in mind its high ABV.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bomber. Pours black with a thick light brown head that dies rather quickly. Leaves decent lacing. Smells of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, and a bit of brown sugar. Loads of alcohol, which detract from it. Big roasty malt in the taste as well. Sweet, but the roastiness adds a bit of astringency. Heavy-handed with the hops. Molasses. Warming, alcoholic finish. Full body that is closer to syrupy than velvety. This one has a shit-ton of everything--too much, really--which makes it a bit disjointed.

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Photo of jdklks
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely an imperial stout. pours an impenetrable black with slight amber edges and healthy looking medium brown head that "sticks" around for a bit and slightly laces the glass. the smell is great, with dark, roasted malts bordering on "smokey". dry, bitter coffee, caramel and molasses.

i would give this a 4.25 on taste if it were possible, so i'll round up. It is very well done, but doesn't do too much in the way of "going beyond" what you'd expect from an imperial stout. a cherry and dark-chocolate sweetness up front gives way to a punch in the mouth of roasted malts and finishes with a dry, bitter roasted coffee and chocolate flavor that definitely keeps you reaching for more.

The beer foams a little too much on the palate, though it is nice and thick/chewy. it does leave your mouth watering for more, so points for that! drinkability is great. wish i would have picked up more when i had the chance.

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Photo of joshuadlight
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle doesn't want to pigeonhole the beer by placing it under any name, but this very Imp. Stoutish. Deep black with a nice tan head, pretty substantial for a 10% abv beer. Malty, burnt chocolate, with some vanilla notes and a bit of espresso. Chewy texture, even a sip is a mouthful. And believe me, you want to sip. My first Pizza Port offering, and I enjoyed thoroughly.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle. Black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, wood, caramel, and coffee. The flavor is smooth dark chocolate and coffee with light caramel, some wood and vanilla. Almost no alcohol and medium sweetness. Full bodied but not very heavy for style. Much better than I remember and honestly ridiculously good. An imperial stout if I've ever seen one, and very nice.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thick, deep opaque black with a 1-finger chewy brown head that laces the glass copiously. Aroma is of dark fresh espresso, chocolate, rum, and dark fruit over some oak and vanilla tones. Quite enticing.

Taste is impressive and huge with tons of coffee and chocolate over dark fruit. Oak aged Scotch, vanilla. Well balanced on the hop angle, very stout and creamy. Some dark pumpernickel bread coming out a bit more as the ale warms.

Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy with ample carbonation. A meal in itself. Not so drinkable, due to how ludicrously "big" it is and the high ABV. Very nice to sip, though.

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Photo of csmiley
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown and really comes close to black once it's in the glass. No light gets through the dense body at all. Looking good so far. The medium tan head tops out at just over half inch and sticks around for a couple minutes. It settles to a nice thick cap that really makes the beer look even more appetizing. Thick webs of lace coat the inside of the glass.

S - Cocoa powder comes through really strong first. A light whiff of coffee bean follows quickly and seems to be overtaken immediately by a chocolate syrup sensation. Vanilla comes in midway and stays for the duration. Some cherry and fig is in there too. Alcohol has a whiskey heat to it and actually works well as the beer starts to warm.

T - Big cocoa and milk chocolate flavors sgt things going. Alcohol is warm...very warm. The other big flavors do a good job of keeping it in check though. Fruit is more pronounced in the flavor. Notes of cherry and raspberry come and go. Chocolate absolutely abounds in this brew. It shows multiple facets which keeps it very interesting - cocoa, milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, ets... Smooth vanilla and dark bread finishes it up.

M - Full bodied with a nice smooth carbonation. Creamy overall with a warm finish that gives it a dry feel at first. It hangs out on the palate for a while and finally ends up on the sweeter side.

D - Drinkability is impressive. This one is a sipper, no doubt about that. High abv and big flavors make this one "tough" to drink. Oddly enough, that is actually a very nice compliment. This is a really special brew on all fronts. Put all the categories together and it catapults this one to a world-class status. Even though Port doesn't distribute to Ohio, this is a beer that I will have again. Oh yes, I will have it again.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I realized, after making Koopa's Birthday Blend, that I hadn't sat down and reviewed a bottle of Old Viscosity. Purchased for $6 at Monument.

A: Pours a pitch black body with minimal (half a finger) of light tan head, that recedes quickly into a light swirl of bubbles on top of the brew and a long-lasting donut. Some trails of lacing down the sides. For a 10% beer, and especially a Flat Abbey related beer, this thing looks fantastic.

S: Cocoa, espresso, rum, roasted malt, and raisins (Tomme really loves those, doesn't he?). Light bourbon and oak.

T: Starts off with a traditional RIS profile, particularly in a roasty coffee way, with a subdued cocoa / chocolate component. As it warms, they recede slightly and develop a rummy / dark fruit character that is complemented nicely by raisins and what might be figs. I can't tell. The finish is tannic with a caramel / bourbon character as it warms, and the vanilla really stands out with temperature. To say that this is a subtle, well-integrated flavor profile would be an understatement. Well done.

M: Well-hidden ABV. Closer to full-bodied than medium. Light carbonation that supports the body nicely without suppressing the flavors. A relatively clean finish despite the complexity.

D: Tomme, you old dog. I always suspected that your flat $30 barrel-aged blends were some sort of practical joke or elaborate commentary on the hype-driven nature of the craft beer movement. Who knew that your best, most properly carbonated beer would be an unassuming $6 bomber? You have trolled the entire beer community very well.

I'll buy this again, provided it remains the same price (I have no tolerance for price increases from a company with a history of so many QC fuckups) and develops none of the carbonation issues that have plagued everything else Port / Lost Abbey puts out.

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Photo of jdg204
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wanted to find a special brew for the opening of the 2009 PSU football season, so I headed to Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem. After a bit of research (and advice from Emma), I settled on my first offering from Port Brewing.

A: Ink black color with a healthy mocha colored head that stuck around for the ride and provided nice lacing.

S: Dark roasted cocoa beans mixed with rum-soaked dark fruit.

T: Starts with a strong, dark roasted, high cacao chocolate flavor with some dark fruit tones and a touch of coffee. Flavor then morphs into a nice undertone of citrus sweetness and a nice hoppy bitterness. Provides a surpisingly good balance as it warms (like a Stout with a touch of IPA).

M: Thick with moderate to low carbonation and a solid after-taste.

D: Penn St. won their game big and I won big with this gem! Pretty sure there's a picture of this brew next to "big, thick beer" in the dictionary, this a mighty drink not for the faint of heart. Reminded me more of a Double Stout than a Strong Ale, but there was a bit of IPA in there so I understand the confusion. You can count me as a Port Brewing fan and I'm sure a Hop 15 review is in the near future. Find and try this unique and extraordinary brew!

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Photo of drpimento
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa! This is a seriously good beer. Got the bottle at Sam's in Chi a few months ago. Poured with a great tan head and some lace. Color is an opaque brown. Aroma is earthy, caramel, toffee, chocolate, a bit of yeast and a hint a hops. Flavs are all a that and more. This is a divine product. I have been blessed. Finish is great. Body is excellent with fine carbonation. Almost a session beer in spite of its obvious power. Pat, Kevin, Rick, Tim, an Roger give it their stamp of approval. Hosanahs.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with rustydiamond on 6-1-08 and lovingly cellared since then.

A: Black. It looks like you might get some light through it but when you hold it up to the sun all you get is fail. Nice coffee colored head with some lacing.

S: The vanilla/oak and bourbon are nothing short of heavenly right now. Little bit of roast little bit of chocolate. A touch of burnt molasses. The more it warms the more that luscious bourbon comes out.

T: Nice. The oak and the bourbon are excellent and in perfect balance. It lacks the kick the older viscosity has but that makes it more of a drinker. Creamy as part of the taste for sure. You get a little bit of chocolate and roast in the middle.

M: Really nice light mouthfeel. As light as a 10% bourbon beer can be that is. Carbonation is spot on.

D: Never had this fresh and I never will. This beer is excellent with a year on it. Not quite older good but damn close. Thanks to rustydiamond for this gem before it was available on the east coast.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage served at cellar temperature. Poured inky black with thick head with very large air pockets throughout.

Sweet malty nose. Real licorice and tobacco.

This one's a sipper for sure. Tastes of roasted malt and licorice (more subdued than in the nose)

Actually grew more drinkable as time progressed.

I may have violated an unofficial rule of beer reviewing by having a cigar with the beer, but I only lit up about halfway through. The cigar and the beer paired well, bringing out the tobacco notes in both.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle. Been down in the cellar for almost two years. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears an opaque black color with at least two fingers of creamy ecru foam. Nose and flavor consist of dark roasted grain, bittersweet and dark chocolates, some mocha, deeply caramelized malt, dried cherries, molasses, a touch of smokey char. The alcohol has ebbed nicely. Certainly full bodied and amply carbonated. A very tasty, rich sipper.

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Photo of slk22
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Opaque and black-brown in color with a red-brown head that quickly dissipated. Aroma was complex including malt sweetness, smokiness, roasted malt, and a certain tanginess that did not seem to mesh well. Taste had a strong burnt flavor up front, a scotch-like flavor in the middle, and a dry finish with lingering notes of scotch. Alcohol was also present both in flavor and providing a warming sensation. The scotch flavor was more than I would like, although it seems to mellow a bit as it warms. Body of this brew was medium, smooth, with light carbonation. Overall an interesting experience, but given the strong scotch flavor and high ABV, I would not have more than one of these.

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

Appearance: I can definitely see why they call it "old viscosity" as it was pretty slow to pour. There was a very little head on the glass, but the beer was so thick...it doesn't surprise me. After the head settles, there is a small ring of bubbles that settles around the edge of the glass that seems like it is going to be there for a long time.

Aroma: I get lots of dark grains in the aroma that give me a liquorices impression. There is Chocolate with some spice from the alcohol mixed in that makes it seem like it is a candy or something. After the beer sits for a while, it smells as much like a Porter as anything.

Taste: The flavor is much more mild than the aroma suggested. At this point, it is coming across to me lees like a Porter than it is like an Old Ale. This beer has a defined malty balance but it does not finish Hot at all. I seriously don't pick up the 10% ABV either in the flavor or the finish. The viscosity (no pun intended) is so much with this beer that it coats the palate so the alcohol or any defects are undetectable.

Opinion: I really like the balance of this beer and it surprises me. I know what the stats are on this beer, but the flavor and mouthfeel are not indicative of this. I have analyzed a lot of beers, and I must say that this beer is somewhat of an anomaly...it doesn't come across like you would expect. I would certainly drink this beer again and recommend it.

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

Pours a deep black with a dark brown head. Nice thick head with tight lacing.

Smells good, though not particularly strong. Roasted notes and coffee notes.

Taste is excellent; light coffee flavor, roasted notes, oak, and bitter chocolate. Not as much bourbon as I'd like, but that's my personal taste. I like it to taste like a shot was dropped in there, like a Goose Island BCS. This is fantastic anyway.

Nice and thick, coating the mouth, with more than enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

It's strong; I'm struggling through a 22 oz on my own. It's very tasty but very strong.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass. I know I've had this bottle for a while and the numbers on the bottom of the bottle look like this beer is from January 2006.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a thin light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of rich roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty and very stout-like with flavors of chocolate, dark fruits and a tiny hint of smokiness. The sweetness is not overdone and is at just the right level to let a mild hops presence creep in to achieve a good balance leave a slightly sweet after-taste.

M: Crisp and very smooth, dare I say "viscous", medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, I had become a bit disenchanted with the bigger darker beers out there but this beer has restored some of my faith, this is an excellent beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a new belgium goblet black with a thin off white head. Great lacing all the way down. Smell is of strong burnt carmel with a little high alcohol scent. The taste is all malt, roasted malt. Lots of carmel taste to it. The mouthfeel is almost perfect for this style. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Thanks to AndrewK for the bottle.

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Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,982 ratings
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