Older Viscosity | Port Brewing

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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
Ratings:
2,656
Reviews:
753
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
9.03%
 
 
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518
Gots:
699
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4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shanrath
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Virby44
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccg
4.06/5  rDev -6%
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 +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Radcpa
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CoreyC
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keeling
3.52/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bum4ever
4.99/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of akk14
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of burns3y
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Soneast
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jphipps83
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is pitch black, tan head that disappears pretty quickly. Smell is all bourbon, don't get much else from the nose, but figured I was in for a treat. Taste was just OK, really boozy to me, but that's what you expect from a 12%'er. The bourbon is very prominent, but not much heat from it. I didn't catch any notes of anything else. Good taste, just wish there was a bit more substance to it. Mouth feel was moderate thickness.

Overall, a good beer and one I would drink again.

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