Old Viscosity | Port Brewing

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Old ViscosityOld Viscosity

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Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black, brown-edged body with a khaki-colored head.

Smell: Rich, roasty aroma, with hints of coffee, chocolate, and anise. Deep within the scent are some faint notes of cherries.

Taste: The semi-sweet taste is an engaging mixture of black licorice, molasses, and cold coffee that would evoke thoughts of an imperial-strength root beer if it weren't for the ever-increasing roasted bitterness and hints of alcohol. Also, there's those far-off cherries carrying over from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated, with some alcohol warmth showing throughout.

Drinkability: While I would've preferred a lessened presence from the dark roasted grains, it was still pretty good!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

05/16/07- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Murky dark brown pour. Bucketloads of sediment. Looks like and extreme muddy river. I've never seen a color like this in a beer. Pours with a 1/2 inch head and leaves very light lace.

Smell-- Super roasted malted caramel. Decent grapefruit hop aroma with a boozelike scent as well.

Taste- Super intense bitterness from an overload of hops. Like an amped up Arrogant Bastard. Malt liquor like flavor with burnt malts. Flavor overlaod! Flavor overload!

Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation level. Ultra long lasting burning hop bitterness.

Drinkability- Damn this was harsh. A bit too much for me, especially in the hops dept. An interesting intense experience for sure though.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the great opportunity to taste Old Viscosity on tap at a new brew pub. I'm a big fan of American porters, so this seemed like a natural for my palate and I wasn't dissappointed.

A: Jet black, just like spent motor oil with a caramel colored, 1 finger head that disapates quickly to a single lacy ring. If looks mean anything, this beer looks like a strong ale, potent.

S: One of my favorite areas when sampling beers of this style. Rich, dark coffee, caramel, toasted nut-like notes and semi-sweet chocolate dominate the nose. Since I'm a big fan of these olfactory delights, I spent awhile just savoring the aroma.

T: Big, brash and bold. What a mouthful of flavor, roasted coffee dominates with semi-sweet dark chocolate overtones. Do I detect a hint of hazelnut perhaps? The alcohol presence is subdued, but you can taste it at the finish. Very tasty and one sip leads to another effortlessly as you enjoy your experience of this balanced ale.

M: Smooth, silky, actually a little slippery as it glides over your palate. I'd expected a thicker mouthfeel from the appearance, but enjoyed the sensation none the less.

D: You'd might think a strong ale like this would be "one and done", but the complexity of the nose, the great collection of tastes and the smooth finish begs for another pint, which I was quite glad to hoist to an excellent brew.

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Photo of immunoboy
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pour yielded a whispy head that struggled to stay afloat above the black and thick and syrupy liquid.

A sniff transported me to a a coffee house that roasts their own beans, with a hint of chocolate. As time passed, and the contents dropped lower in the glass, I almost smelt soy at the back.

The first sips result in coffee explosions - bold and dark with alcohol at the end ... you taste the alcohol at the back of your mouth with some hops. This one has strength to it.

The feel on the mouth is smooth and thick ... it coats your palette in a most pleasant way.

I'd like another, to savour with a friend.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another great beer supplied by the one and only Warriorsoul.

Pours dark brown--almost black. Kind of like thinned out engine oil. Rather flat in appearance. Nose is heacy and damp-like. Really clings to the old nose hairs.

Strange example of they style but quite nice. Kind of a stout/brown ale hybrid. Thick and heavy flavors: coffee, roasted malts, chocoalte and licorice but with a brown ale consistency. Alcohol is fairly well hidden but comes out a bit as the beer warms. Not as heavy a mouthfeel as I expected but the hop and coffee bitterness makes it feel thicker than it really is. Good beer for consuming slowly but not one I would have repeatedly in one night.

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Photo of rallison
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with a 1 finger brown head that sort of sticks around.

S: Lots of roasted coffee with some dark chocolate and dark fruits.

T: Tons and tons of espresso and dark chocolate. Lots of roasted flavors. Dark fruits. Hops back there to give some bite. A bit of alcohol at the end. Very tasty.

M: Thick, rich and delicious. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being dull.

D: I'll drink a bomber of this any day.

Highly recommended. Yet another great Port offering.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, nearly black & opaque color with thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is of clean, fresh brown bread, and refrigerated dark chocolates.

Palate is offered an initial pleasing roasty sweetness that quickly builds in chocolate and then an alcoholicy bitterness component at the top that bleeds into the finish. Body is medium, perhaps on the thinner side for a beer of this alcohol %.

Finish has a lingering toffee alcohol dryness.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As advertised it pours a jet black oil color with a one finger caramel colred head. Dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin film on top with a bit of head hugging the edges of the glass. Nestle chocolate milk aromas. Slight sweet caramel and burnt sugar notes. Robust and roasted malt notes. Slight smokeyness with a bit of vanilla thrown in for good measure. A very nice smelling brew. Bozzyness is spicy in the nose.

Robust and roasted malt notes. Big and bold. Thick unsweetened chocolate flavors are hefty on the palate. The sweetness takes on caramel flavors. Slight dark fruitiness comes through, but it's very subtle and plays a secondary role to the sweet caramel and nestle chocolate notes. Sharp burnt coffee bitterneess that continues in the aftertaste and well into the finish. Leafy hop notes skip in and out. Thick and full bodied with an almost impy stout like feel to it. Extremely smooth ont the palate---it's almost creamy, but just not to that point. High bozzyness is more apparent as it warms, but doesn't deter from it's flavor or aroma. Quite drinkable considering the high abv. This definitely isn't your dad's whimpy 30 weight. Get it if you can as you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had to try this beer, it just seemed to be staring me in the face at the store saying, "drink me!" Anyways, I poured it into my new weapon of choice, the same adams specialty Boston Lager glass. It poured a dark dark complexion (although not black enough so that no light made it through), with a white head that had nice retention all around. In th smell was a bit of must, cocoa, chocolate cake, blackberries, and a mild earthy grain. In the taste was lots of smoke and coffee, some dark chocolate. Carbonation was pretty high, serving to heighten the smoky character. Pretty big on the palate as well...not quite syrupy, but still a big beer. Alcohol was also well hidden, but with the extreme flavors going on in this brew, I suppose it would be. I felt that one bomber of it was more than enough for me. A fascinating beer that I wish I had tried sooner. Hopefully more from this brewery will make it out to us in Massachusetts soon enough. Cheers

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Photo of flexabull
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my friends brought this back from SoCal. Right on!

Pours a very flat black color, not a lot of head. But this looks like a mean beer.

Aromas are of dark roasted malts. A lot of coffee and dark chocolate coming from the nose of this beer.

Taste is dark, chalky, and with a deep stewed fruit flavor up front. Beer then settles into dry malty and smokey notes, the finish is bright and with a touch of hops. This is a complex and well balanced beer.

About the only drawback to this beer is the mouthfeel. It feels lean at first, but the finish is very nice.

Drinkability is great. This is an excellent and well made brew. Yum!

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Photo of macster
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slick, thick, viscous midnight black color; completely opaque.

Rich and luscious aromas of alcohol drenched figs, raisins, licorice candies and anise all swimming in molasses.

Palate is perfectly round, chewy, oily and subtlely carbonated; extremely velvety smooth and right on for its namesake.

Flavor abounds in sweet notes of black licorice, anise, blackstrap molasses, brandy soaked fruit cake, figs, raisins and plums. As the beer warms from its initial serving temp of 50 degrees the alcohol continues to come into the forefront.

This is definitely more to the style of an Imperial Stout than a typical Strong Ale, but either way a very enjoyable and extrordinary treat

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slick black, black, black. Lingering tan/brown head, foams up with a swirl.
Smells of roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, some cocao, fig and raisin.
Taste is not as sharp as I imagined. Smooth coffee and cocao mixture. A hint of sourness comes through a raisin-y flavor. A unique flavor with caramel and bitterness, haven't had that before. Slick feeling, smooth. Less filling, eh? Very drinkable. Very nice.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Received in the Double Trouble BIF thanks to boolshot and marvz.
True to it's namesake it's as black and viscous as used motor oil. No head and very little carbonation.
Aroma of charcoal and burnt coffee. Smells much better than it sounds.
Taste starts of with a deep roasted sweetness. Think burnt caramel and dark chocolate. A fruitiness lingers in the middle to lead a transfer of the flavor to a nice hoppy bitterness. Very interesting and very good. Lasting bitter aftertaste with an alcohol kick at the very end.
Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and coats the mouth. Some burning and warming of the alcohol.
This is a big filling beer. I couldn't even finish the bottle. That's not to detract from the beer though as it's an interesting and excellent overall beer.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty big roasted malt aroma. There are undertones of yeasty fruity aromas and a hint of the bourbon wood. If there were any hops, they've faded now. Mostly, it's the roast so it doesn't really have a lot of complexity.

Deep brown, barely translucent. Very small tan head dissipates quickly leaving just a little tiny bit of foam.

Starts out a little sweet, like a cross between molasses and dark caramelized sugar. But that gives way quickly to a lot of roasty flavor and a good bite of hop bitterness. Lots of dark ripe fruit fermentation like ripe plums and raisins. There's a little bit of citrus hop flavor but it's really in the background and a little in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is really the only place I pick up the barrel aging. It comes off as slightly woody and vanilla. Nice in that the wood is subtle and adds a little something instead of taking over.

Full bodied with a light but lively carbonation level. A little bit warming in the mouth from alcohol.

A nice big beer that's a little too hoppy to be a Stout, but has a lot of similar character. Very nice and worth seeking out.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger, light tan head that slowly fades leaving a good lace. Nose is roasted coffee. Midnight black color. Light carbonation and very heavy bodied. Flavor is burnt coffee and some alcohol, nice beefy strong ale. $8.30 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of bgraney
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looked brown during the pour but settled into a very dark black with bubbles rising along the side of the glass and a one finger cocoa foamy head.
Caramel dominated aroma with a background of roasted chocolate.
Sweet caramel flavor with a strong alcohol follow through. Rich, robust flavor dominated by chocolate and roasted coffee.
Coats the tongue with the caramel flavor and the alcohol tingle follows down the center of the tongue and into the nose.
The alcohol presence is very much in the front so for me this is a "one glass to be paired with food" experience.
After doing my review I read the BA Mag review and was surpised they said the alcohol was "barely noticeable." Maybe it was different palattes or different cellaring times/conditions but for me there was no doubt this is a 10%-er.
Great beer!

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to HimerMan for getting me this bottle a few months back.

a - like the label says, this pours like used motor oil, very thick and black, little to no head

s - distinct graham cracker smell, dark fruits, cherry, raisin, deep roasted malt, sweet chocolate, slight alcohol

t - nice dark fruit sweetness up front, body is roasted malt with some bitter chocolate, finish is sweet but also has some bitterness/dryness

m - full-bodied, coats the mouth well, very creamy, no carbonation

d - not overly drinkable, very big beer, one bottle is enough mostly due to the style

As others have said, this is not what one typically thinks of as an American Strong Ale, but it's a damn fine brew, regardless of the style. Well worth seeking this one out.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick dark XXX with coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste with my eyes closed is certainly imperial stout. Smooth and drinkable but I am getting stout first and foremost.

A large bottle found at a well-stocked grocery store called Minute Shop in Solana Beach that I have tried to add, to heads up other BAs.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black color with a medium sized brown head. The head fades moderately quickly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a very robust roasted malt aroma. I smell a good coffee aroma. A slight bittersweet chocolate aroma is present as well. No aclohol aroma is present in this one.

This beer tastes sweet. The roasted malt flavor is huge. I taste the chocolate as well. Some hints of coffee are also present. It has a sweet caramle flavor as well, mixing in with some molasses.

This beer is very full bodied. It goes down surprisingly smooth, however. It leaves a massive roasted malt aftertaste. It is carbonated just right.

This beer would not be the best session beer. It is very aggressive, and would be hard to drink all night. Also, t is rather high in alcohol, so drinking too many would be imposible.

Overall: I really like this beer. Everything from Lost Abbey is always great.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Blithering Idiot for the sample...

Unique unto itself, Old Viscosity is neither a barleywine nor an old ale, although if you'd have to choose it's more like an old ale. But it's also nicely chocolatey and slightly roasty like a porter... but bigger and richer and fuller. Yet not a Russian Imperial. In fact, not a stout at all. But not an Imperial porter either. It's, shall we say, a hybrid?

A rough pour will bring up a short head of frothy dark tan foam, but even that is hard to coax. As it pours from the bottle, the stream is dark and reddish, but once the glass is filled it's black without question. Some deep mahogany highlights can be seen when held to the light, but that's it.

The nose is restrained, and this beer doesn't really come into it's own until it reaches close to cellar temperature. There's a bit of oily dark malt, a note of licorice due to the combination of dark malts and hops, some deep dark chocolate, some softer fudge, an air of delicate roastiness, a waft of alcohol, and some grassy hops in the background.

The flavor pretty much follows the lead of the aroma, but it's just slightly fuller. The alcohol is more present, and becomes even more apparent as it warms; and the hop flavors seem to rise to the top as the roastiness subsides. The chocolatey character turns a bit vinous with a bit of dark black cherry and red wine, and the bitterness rises. The softer caramel notes get pushed aside. Over the course of the glass it goes from dark-sweet to dark-bitter; and it finishes semi-dry with a lingering dark chocolate note, a subtle astringency, and a lingering deep-roasted, almost-burnt, acrid edge. As you progress, and your palate fades and it warms and becomes a bit tar-like.

A sipper for sure, this oddity could use a touch more refinement in its formulation, but is nevertheless a pretty decent goblet at the end of a long day.

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Photo of sleazo
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Old viscosity.

A-blackness. I held this up to the light and I got a reflection. No head but nice lace.

S-sweet rice like smell. Some slight piney hops

T-oh wow this is a big beer. Chocolate covered cherry sweetness. Alcohol peaking through with the bitter hop roasted malt aftertaste

Mviscous. Very chewy and rich

D-not too high. I'm getting drunk off of one

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Photo of jletts
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 22 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, California, at the recommendation of one of the employees, and served in a tulip glass. I asked for a good local brew, something I couldn't get in Seattle, and this was highly recommended.

Poured a beautiful mahogany from bottle to glass with a smallish, bubbly head that dissipated rather quickly. Appeared peaty brownish-black in the glass (that's a 10YR 2/1 for you geologists out there!). Following several tastes, the head completely disappeared. The only hint of it that remained was a swirling surface lacing that moved about as if it had a life of it's own as the beer slowly warmed.

Initially, during the pour, it smelled strong like a protein shake with lots of vanilla (seriously!). The smell melded into a pungent aroma of sweet chocolate-covered cherry, aged burbon, and maybe a little raisin and kiwi fruit. Unreal. Many, many layers here. As soon as I started pouring and smelling this I knew immediately it would be a brew to be reckoned with! Despite the quickly vanishing head, the beautiful aroma remained. The smell is completely out of control. It doesn't get better than this.

Wow...just...wow! The taste was very complex, a little sweet and smoky, some burbon, just a little piney, with cherries and again dark chocolate (but not as a major player like a porter or stout often is), medicinal (almost a nighttime cherry cold medicine hint), black malty, and roasty. I'll need several more tastings to figure out what freight-train-of-flavor just smacked me upside the head.

Old Viscosity...and viscous it is! Syrupy but smooth mouthfeel, reminded me of Old Stock Ale in that respect. Very nice!

Alert! Approaching a barley wine here. Though it doesn't resemble one in appearance, it does share some characteristics of smell, flavor and mouthfeel. Still an Old Ale/Strong Ale, but there is really only one way to classify this brew, and that is damn excellent! Port Brewing has their shit together for sure. This rivals the near-by Stone brews in complexity and taste. Strong! But I'd still drink 2 or 3 bombers and crawl home a happy man. Please pick this beer up if you get a chance. You owe it to yourself.

Second review:

Old Viscosity, late 2007. Reviewed on 5/20/08.

This version poured black-coffee in color with sturdy uneven lacing and a stratified latte-foam head. Coffee cake, vanilla, rainier cherries, alcohol, and raisins were discernible in the nose with tart apple cider tingling in the effervescence; a touch of cloves emerged as the beer warmed. Flavors of dark molasses, burnt caramel, and over-ripe plums melded into deep cherry-oak and baker's chocolate with a peppery tongue-numbing alcohol finish. An exceptional, silky mouthfeel caps off this beer experience.

This is one of the most interesting and complex beers I've had and it only gets more interesting and complex with age. I can't wait to try the early 2007 version I have stashed away.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Sampled February 2007
As I pour this brew a mix of rum, molasses, Madeira, rum, and sweetened espresso greets my nose. The beer pours with a thin, light brown head and a pitch black body that shows a clear, deep chocolate brown color when I hold the stream of cascading liquid from the bottle up to the light. The head disappears fairly quickly, which is not unexpected from a brew of this strength. Big aromatic notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee beans, malt balls jump out of the glass. I can't believe how much dark chocolate character is packed into this brew. A nice toasted biscuit character is found here that also tends to accentuate the chocolate character in some way. Alcohol is evident in the aromatic finish, but never really detracts, instead add a bit of almost balancing sharpness and even, dare I think it, a bit of blackened cherry like fruitiness. It has a huge dark malt driven aroma, but without all that harsh, burnt, acrid, astringent, grain husk character that is found in many dark malt character brews. The malt aromatics come across as being so smooth and enticing. The aroma is like an espresso soaked, rich, flourless dark chocolate cake; decadent, rich, satiating and smooth, I can't wait for my first bite, err, I mean sip.

Nice and creamy feeling up front, yet still not too heavy or sticky on the palate. That huge, smooth, dark chocolate character is certainly found up front, but the roast / burnt grain character really is much more noticeable in the flavor. Black, approaching acrid, dark roasted espresso notes finish this beer off with the corresponding burnt acidity and sharp black coffee notes one would expect of a typical Imperial Stout. While these notes do not go away, they certainly become a bit more smooth and in control after the first bit of palate shock. The flavor of this beer remains so smooth and chocolate-like up front, yet somehow manages to morph by the finish to a dark, concentrated, even almost unsweetened espresso drink by the finish. I can't help but wonder if this is a good or bad thing. On the one hand the up front, smooth character is so enticing that you want to hang on to it for as long as possible. Too quickly though the rough, burley espresso notes take hold, and in the end beg for you to balance that lingeringly, astringent burn character out by taking another sip so you can experience that smooth Imperialistic, hearty stout goodness again. Of course the cycle then starts all over again. What a dynamic brew, the dichotomy is such an interesting experience. Is this what I want in a brew? I don't know, but it is certainly an enjoyable ride.

That fact that this brew can be so easy drinking, yet so (in a balancing way really) sharp and, dare I think it, harsh makes this such an engaging experience. This beer could certainly survive a lot of years in the cellar. There is an ample hop bitterness here, that while secondary to the roast malt character, is no slouch in its own right. Also there is a sharp alcohol note that adds a bit of a "shot of rum" type kick to the finish that can only smooth out a bit with time. In fact the finish at times seems to down-right suck because it can be so harsh.

Ultimately this beer is such the consummate sipping brew. The combination of rich chocolate, creamy malt character up front and the sharp, roast dominated character in the finish makes for a brew that just can't be quaffed. This is despite the fact that this is certainly not the biggest bodied of Imperial Stouts (though it is certainly no slouch either). I still haven't quite figured out what to think of this brew. I am only part way through my first glass of this brew. In the end it is so dynamic and engaging that I can't help but be excited with this brew. There are a lot of things "wrong" with this beer, but they somehow add up to a totality of an experience that I can't really knock it in the end. The aroma says this brew is magnificent, while the flavors, taken as individual components say this is a train-wreck, but in the end this dichotomous flavor profile just works as a total experience, or better yet it is a roller coaster, which just has to be experienced. Part of the experience of this brew for me is that I can't quite place this brew; is this brew a jarring train-wreck of flavors, or is it an absolutely stunningly awesome brew because of it flaws? I still can't quite answer the question, but the experience has been so engaging and though provoking that I just can't help but love this beer.

Purchased: Park Lane Liquor, Lancaster CA

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Photo of Zorro
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in the glass this is a thick black colored beer with a wispy head formation.

The smell is sweet with a strong scent of Bourbon whiskey and chocolate. The smell of this is quite boozy and it is similar to the Bourbon Barrel Stouts that are quite popular right now. Bourbon, chocolate and Kahlua that is exactly what this smells like!

The taste begins much like the smell with Bourbon at first that is eclipsed by a strong coffee flavor that gives way to a pleasant Bourbon and vanilla aftertaste. Reasonably sweet this tastes like Bourbon Barrel Stout more than an Old Ale to me. Flavor doesn't change much this is a taste clone of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

Quite a thick beer.

Nice tasty ale here and really this beer is another in the current fad of Bourbon barrel beers. Really tasty ale but this is a very big beer that you really chew more than drink.

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Photo of uberabr
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Color is pitch black, with deep red hues around the edges. Head is minimal- half-finger, but dark tan. Carbonation and lacing are decent, some hop oil up top.

Smells like petrol, but in a good way - deep, rich, delicious dark oil. I'm not sure if I've ever smelled a beer like this before. Rich molasses, bread, and butter, and an almost arrogant solvent-like quality that, when mixed with a rounded, floral, piney hop, straddles the line between offensive and seductive. It definitely works for me.

Taste is truly unique and definitely noteworthy. Like a bastard child of a Russian Imperial Stout and a robust Porter, this brew is rich and creamy, dark and decadent, chocolaty, with deep espresso boldness, vanilla-beans, a woodsy, nutty oak, and a moderate but noticeable bitter hop bite with hints of pine. Not a hint of booze- Awesome.

The butter diacetyl adds well to the taste, it makes the mouthfeel a tad on the sticky side. However, this is one of the most daring and amazingly well rounded brews I've tried- and it goes down so easy, maybe too easy. I would definitely drink this one again.

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Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
4.14 out of 5 based on 1,978 ratings.
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