Older Viscosity | Port Brewing

Older ViscosityOlder Viscosity
BA SCORE
95.6%
Liked This Beer
4.35 w/ 2,659 ratings
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:
#328
Reviews:
757
Ratings:
2,659
Liked:
2,541
Avg:
4.35/5
pDev:
8.97%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
520
Gots:
698
Trade:
52
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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

Photo of bshefftz
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  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bum4ever
4.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of akk14
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of burns3y
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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