Older Viscosity | Port Brewing

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Older ViscosityOlder Viscosity
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged for 12 months in new bourbon barrels.

Added by SacoDeToro on 12-03-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#373
Reviews:
760
Ratings:
2,669
pDev:
8.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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520
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Photo of grapeshops
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wshinevar
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheGent
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2014

A: A black stout with no visible carbonation and no light passing through. After an aggressive pour, the light brown head dissipates into a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Barely any sticky lacing as I drink the beer.

S: Dark chocolate and espresso coffee dominate, followed a hint of oak. These dry aromas are balanced nicely by sweet vanilla, coconut, and dark dried fruit including raisin, date and dark chocolate covered raspberry jelly. A pinch of cinnamon. Booze comes through pleasantly and warm as cherry cordial. This does not smell like an overly sweet beer or a overly woody beer.

T: This is an espresso coffee and semi sweet chocolate forward stout with enough vanilla and coconut to let you know that it’s been aged in a bourbon barrel. The dark fruit aromas mentioned above really come through on the palate as the beer warms up.

M: Flat and aqueous.

D: At 12% ABV this bourbon barrel aged stout is highly drinkable. The alcohol adds to both the aroma and flavor profile with out being unpleasant or distracting. This is not the thickest, most barrel forward BBA stout out there. But that’s what makes the beer so great. The array of flavors, most notably the dark fruit, raspberry and cherry flavors and delectable, and pair heavenly with the coffee and chocolate.

This beer has been stored in my basement that hovers around 60 degrees all year round, without being moved at all. Zero oxidation or off flavors. Safe to say that time has done this beer well. If I had any more, which unfortunately I do not, I would drink them right now.

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Photo of bobv
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2013.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields no head, no lacing with a black body. Nose of roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, and booze. Taste mirrors nose with a rather thin feel. Finish is very nice bitter chocolate and a bit of bourbon. Overall, I guess I may have waited a tad too long to open this. Live and learn.

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4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of baggedlunch
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tony210
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***2014 Vintage***
Pours pitch black, minimal tan head. Aromas of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, faint coffee, anise. Big chocolate : bourbon barrel flavor up front, an interesting anise flavor in the middle, plenty of brown sugar and vanilla that lingers after you swallow. Decent carbonation (especially for a 3 year old beer), fairly full bodied and creamy.. Overall this is a nice example of the style. ABV is well hidden.

1/29/18
375 ml bottle
4.5 rating

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amguerra305
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid ba stout. Pours thick with a dark cola colored head that quickly dissipates and leaves almost no trace of its existence except for a few whisps. Smell is classic ba stout; a touch of vanilla, woodsy, booze and roast. Even though the nose is classic, the barrel presence is not overt. Taste is chocolatey and bittersweet. A little bourbon booze on the back end but still pleasant. A little too carbonated for the style and my own tastes but others would probably find it right on point as it is silky and thickish. Overall I would have liked more out of the nose but is still one great ba stout.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a pure dark black color with a nice looking finger’s worth of off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Adequate messy lace. The aroma had some roasty coffee beans up front with a slight milk chocolate, and then dark chocolate, quite robust. Vanilla and some woody sweetness round it out. The flavor pulls a drying sweetness from the blend of the wood to the coffee beans and malts to play with a rugged semi-sweet and bitter aftertaste. Leads with a semi-sticky sort of roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sipping quality about it. Good carbonation. ABV felt right as where the brewer said it does. Overall, really nice Winter sipper if anything, I'd have again.

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Photo of BNarc
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shanrath
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Virby44
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccg
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Older Viscosity bottle purchased at Binny's in Chicago in 2015. After that, it sat in my makeshift cellar in Alabama for a year. Opened in Texas in April of 2017. This bottle has been on a long journey with me. For no particular reason, I decided to dome it on a random Saturday night.

It's a thick-looking beer, but what little head it has disappears immediately, leaving a flat-looking stout behind. If I tilt it or swirl it, I can see thick legs, which is not surprising, given its 12% ABV.

The smell is mostly chocolate, oak, bourbon, and booze. Normally, that would be perfect for me, but for some reason, the smell is strong initially but disappears almost immediately.

The flavor also contains chocolate, malt, oak, bourbon, maybe a dark and savory fruit like raisins or figs, and alcohol. The alcohol is warming but borderline burning.

I can feel the alcohol as much as I can taste it. It burns the tongue a bit. Also, the beer feels just as flat as it looks. I'm used to barrel-aged stouts having less carbonation, but this one seems almost lifeless.

I remember drinking this for the first time on tap at the South Loop Binny's in Chicago back in 2015. Even after drinking a couple different vintages of BCBS and a Bourbon Barrel Plead the Fifth (all on tap there... it was a good night), I remember being impressed with Older Viscosity. I still think it's a good, solid bourbon-barrel-aged stout, but drinking it on its own tonight, I feel like it's missing something. I'm glad I got to drink it more than once, but this 12.7oz bottle cost me $18.49. At that price, I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of paresis
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Standard looking imperial stout. Pitch black with a red Brown head that provides slight lacing at first but doesn't coat the glass as it warms.

Huge nose of fine, well aged bourbon. Absolutely delectable combination of dark chocolate, nuttiness and a syrupy quality that blends into the oak character.

Taste is absolutely divine. This beer is beyond a treat. Insanely boozy, first sip was like drinking straight bourbon. But upon further inspection chocolate, deep and rich roasted malt flavor, coffee, toffee and maple syrup sweetness. All of these wonderful, delectable flavors arrive in the thickest, most rich, luscious, glorious mouthfeel imaginable.

I literally adore this beer.

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Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CoreyC
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pitch black with a solid tan head.
S - Strong bourbon scent with vanilla.
T - Taste is delicious - vanilla, chocolate, toasted coconut. Very smooth with no burn or bitterness.
M - Nice sticky mouthfeel.
O - Overall this is an excellent BA IS and somewhat different than most of the other high end BA ISs - but very expensive.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keeling
3.52/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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