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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DrewBeechum on 08-11-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,502
Reviews:
885
Ratings:
1,982
pDev:
8.92%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
174
Gots:
302
Trade:
18
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Ratings: 1,982 |  Reviews: 885
Photo of IntriqKen
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like used motor oil...deep black with a half finger tan head that melts to a capping thin sticky lacing.
Aromas are wonderfully typical....dark fruits, sweet malts, raisins, plums, prunes...nice. As it warms, very strong coffee notes. Delicious.
Ahhh...sweet malts and dark candied fruits fill the mouth with wonderful desert flavors. Nice alcohol burn follows it all as you swallow.
After taste is surprisingly clean but reminiscent of the sweet candied dark fruits and warming alcohol.
This is much more like an old ale to me than merely an American Strong Ale.
I absolutely LOVE this!!!!

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Photo of bradford
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Monument Wine and Liquor in Concord, CA
Looked good out of the bottle, inky black with a large tan head that dissapates slowly
Smells very good, roasty malts and burnt coffee
Taste was good. Many different flavors coming through the entire experience
Mouthfeel was good, nit great, but pretty close. If this brew was slightly thicker, it would be phenomenal
Drinkability was very good, dangerously so. At 10%, it is easy to let this beer get the best of you. Highly recommended

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

Appearance – This is a deadly brown in color with some light ruby hues around the edges. The booze killed the head, but there’s still lacing on the glass because the thick malty liquid coats it like grease in a pot.

Smell – This is fine malt in its purest form. It’s made up of some light baker’s chocolate, very light coffee bean, a hint of vanilla, and raw burnt grain. The sugars are mostly raw brown but they are mild. The alcohol is elegant and light, like the kind you get from a Godiva liqueur.

Taste – The blackened grain comes out wonderfully at the taste. It leads the way for the other characteristics from the nose. The booze is a little stiffer but not harsh; again like a fine chocolate liquer. The chocolate itself turns super-dark.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full and the alcohol is slightly stinging but not harsh. The beauty here is its namesake – the viscosity. It is so slick and greasy in the cheeks you get the feeling of what an engine experiences after a can of Slick 50.

Drinkability – Are you kidding me? This is one of the best ASAs on the market and certainly one of the most drinkable big beers that I’ve ever had.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Snapped up for #3.99 whilst stopping off at the Pizza Port San Clemente location for an IPA charge after the Stone 10th Anniversary and Celebration Party weekend. 22 ounce Bomber has a pale gray label with the words “Port Brewing Old Viscosity Ale” in blue text around a black & white picture of an old 1930’s style truck which is having its oil drained by a chap laid underneath it. The label looks like the original (750ml) one pictured on BA from the time this was brewed in Solana Beach, but it has a more colorful look to it on the Bomber. This is one of a handful of brews to be released from the newly named/located Port Brewing Company (a.k.a. Lost Abbey) in San Marcos. All this goodness is sealed off with a shiny silver crown cap which has a black PP logo on it.

Described as “Not your Dad’s wimpy 30 weight! An enormous & luscious dark ale that’s as opaque and dark as the most well used motor oils”.

Listed at 10% “acl.” by vol. (….yeah, the original was boasted at 12%, but look carefully and you’ll note that they spelled ‘alc.’ wrong!!!! Hahahaha, sack the label proof reader!)


Appearance: The thick black oozing mass gloops into the glass, it does indeed look like used motor oil, not least because of the fact that its surface is utterly devoid of any agitated foam and offers no respite to the look of a stagnant molasses pond. Minimal carbonation, actually none that I could detect with even a vigorous swirl. Despite this it has a look that begs closer examination and just “looks like the business”.

Nose: Mmmmm, lovely, rich dark exotic and intense, yeah intense, a word I keep returning to when I think of this brew. Bonfire toffee, smoked peaty malts, burnt barley. Big bold aromas that are not scared to take you on. Dark fruits, figs and dates tend to emerge as this warms.

Taste: Intense liquorice and a prevalent aniseed soaked in black treacle (Lyon’s that is) and a darker toffee middle. Swathes of bitter roasted coffee also angle the latter third, the sharp cutting bitterness is actually quite attractive. Finish is as intense as the start was - lots of liquorice in this one.

Mouthfeel: A molasses thickness supported by a distilled Marmite body runs with a syrup-like yeast extract texture. Vegemite pops up here and there, has a very Russian Imperial Stout feel throughout

Drinkability: Yeah baby, it quickly slipped my mind and I readily forgot that this was 10%. The intense (what’s that now? Four or five times I used the term??)

Overall: Lots of potential to be a Classic…..but what style is it??…..I love the dilemma created by not listing one on the label, interesting to see how the style geeks struggle with that…..Russian Imperial Stout, American Double Stout, American Barleywine or an American Strong Dark Ale…..well thinking for myself I’ll settle with a…..aaarghh who cares what I think, just get some!!!

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this on tap each time I make it into the Pizza Port in San Clemente.
Very dark beer upon pouring. 2-3cm light brown head. Smells delicious; carmels abound. Tastes fantastic, more carmel. Barely any trace of alcohol in the taste, I would not have guessed it a 10% beer unless I had seen it on the bottles they sell. Since I am new to reviewing (as well as beeradvocacy), I don't know what else to say. I do know that I typically enjoy darker beers, and I absolutely adore this beer. It is listed as a "RIS" on BA, but on the bottle I have, it just says "ale." But either way it's really a great beer. If you are ever in a Port Brewing location, i highly recommend at least getting a taster. Fabulous fabulous beer.

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Photo of scottoale
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very special cask of a very special favorite of mine...three words that best describe the difference between this and the standard OV : smoother, mellower and boozier.

Served in a pint glass, thick, blacker than molassas with a film of cocoa- brown cream head and no visable carbonation...it looks like a sipper.

Sweet dark roasted malt, rich dark fruit undertones compliment chocolate, coffee and licorice that just reel you in for the taste.

The taste...incredible! This is a gourmet meal and dessert in a glass. It tastes just like the smell, only better. I can't get enough of this stuff even though it took 45 minutes to finish one pint!

Big body with big ABV and a smoother than silk mouthfeel, I can't recommend this one enough...Cheers!

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a limited edition (2002) vintage bottle in 2004

Pours a deep black with a lnted brown head that drops quickly away.

Aroma is of dark ripe figs that have begun to dry mixed with espresso and a burnt caramel syrup

Flavor is of a really dark stout like barleywine with some of the roasted figgy flavors of an imperial stout, but softer on the roast and with more of the caramel hop approach of an American barleywine.

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