Older Viscosity | Port Brewing

Older ViscosityOlder Viscosity
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Older ViscosityOlder Viscosity

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

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

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Photo of Sammy
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle listed at 13.75% ABV. Despite tasting like a bourbon-aged RIS, it bourbon-aged Old Viscosity. And that difference dollar-wise: $60 bottle, tax, and tip at Beerbistro. And a 375 ml at that. Very dark, some creamy head, with aromas of wine and bourbon, coffee and roasted barley. Smooth, the bourbon had worked in to the taste profile and this reminded me of the 28-year old Kourage RIS I had last year, except less boozy in the nose.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No head on this one. Aroma is atrong with brown sugar, vanilla, roasted malt and chocolate. More of the same in the flavor which is a little too sweet for my liking. Mostly related to the vanilla, brown sugar and licorice notes. This one also has a subtle smokey note to both the aroma and flavor. Although it appears thick its actually thinner than one would expect. Light carbonation. A touch too sweet but very drinkable otherwise with the booze well hidden.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of jaydoc
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a small 1/2 inch dark khaki head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random spotting and streaking of lace forms all over the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark fruits, wood, vanilla, bourbon, and slight soy sauce. Taste is of dark roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, wood, and alcohol. There is a boozy burn in the back of the throat and a mild bitterness on the palate. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but you can definitely feel the 12% ABV while you are sipping on this one. A good beer to share with someone else for sure.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick viscous black with no head whatsoever. Literally almost looks like liquid tar or oil.

Nose is sweet dark chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla (oak) and a hint of the sweetness of assertive high alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full, bold, thick and viscous with a buttery character. Very light carbonation. (Candidly, I wonder what's going on with this producer. Too many brews lacking in carbonation; what's going on??)

Flavors are huge pure sweet black licorice that finishes with sweet black chocolate and intense espresso although with some noticeable alcohol.

Finish last many minutes as if you chewed an espresso bean. This brew is all licorice and espresso. I drank this while unconsciously eating a small bowl of fresh black cherries-it actually went well! This big licorice, chocolate, espresso brew will likely go with big flavorful desserts and would be wonderful with chocolate. Very good although you can't drink a whole lot of this one at one time!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is absolutely amazing. reminds me a lot of the angels share. pours thick and black, minimal tan head, dense as can be. smells like bourbon, old earthy wood, dark chocolate malts, licorice. flavor is equally complex, some toffee sweetness, plenty of boubon, vanilla, and dark chocolate flavors interplaying. the flavors keep unrolling one after the other, this is really an incredible beverage. the alcohol isnt even really that evident, but you will feel this one. mouthfeel is good, very heavy and full bodied, sticky, with relaxed carbonation that works well letting the flavors hang around and compliment one another. overall this was one of the best beers ive had in awhile, it was perhaps aided by the fact that this was compensation for my housemate crashing my harddrive, but im almost glad he did. its that good.

edit: recently had a four year old bottle, and it matures quite well. the flavor may fade a little, but so does the alcohol, so take the good with the bad here. smooth as hell. also, its funny reading this now, nearly forgot about the hard drive, what a bastard!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours out as a very dark looking black color. The light can barely get through on this one. The head wasn't very big but it did leave a light lacing. The smell of the beer is heavily roasted, a little smokey, some bourbon, vanilla and a bit of earth. The taste is strong with some booze, molasses, bourbon, chocolate, and some earthy burnt malts. The mouthfeel is pretty thick, very nice body on this beer. Overall I found this beer to be very good all around.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of metter98
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with an eighth of a finger high dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving only some bits of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of bourbon from the barrel aging in the nose. These become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of bourbon long with notes of oaky vanilla. There are some hints of chocolate from the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Apart from the bourbon, I don't get any taste of alcohol in this beer. As such, it hides its alcohol exceptionally well considering the strength. I love the taste of this beer and could sip it all night long.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tasty beer that bridges the gap between a Russian Imperial Stout and an English Olde Ale, except with bourbon barrel complexity and depth. Can you go wrong with that combination?

The beer pours an expectedly deep brown/black color with complete opaqueness. A thin yet froathy tanned head settles atop the beer and hold solid through the session. Lots of lacing along with light legging- the look certainly fits the bill.

Aromas display more fruit than malt up front. Deep berries, currants, grapes, plumbs and other rippened stone fruits set the stage while scorched toffee, deep toast and medium French Roast notes follow closely behind. A light twang of tannin, vinous, and booze also come into play late.

Flavors show a much more traditional Stout procession. Malt notes of strong coffee, toast, and toffee hit first with a deep and long linger into a grape, plumb, berry taste beyond mid palate. The woody, nutty, vinous notes show light sherry and soy sauce oxidation of melanoidins late and deliver more depth and complexity than off-flavors. This is a great tasting beer.

The body is deep, full, and robust. The carbonation, attenuation, and alcohol keeps the beer feeling lighter, air-ier, and more evaporative than actually is- this is a good thing as it keeps the entire weight of the beer from leaning on the tongue too much. Alcohols are present but seems balanced well against the intensity of flavors and gravity of the beer.

A very nice Stout that allows the vinous barrel-aged qualities to rival that of the Stout-like qualities. Thanks Mikesgrove!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Port Brewing 4 oz taster glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given this beer's reputation as well as the brewery and my own experience with Old Viscosity.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as (in spite of the brewery's reputation) no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

I forget exactly where I got the bottle; I think it was Wally's Wine in Westwood, California.

The cork doesn't pop hardly at all when I dislodge it, indicating undercarbonation.

A: Pours a quarter finger slight tan colour head of no real cream, okay thickness, and awful six second retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. If yeast particles are in there, they're not visible on account of the opaqueness. Though the ABV is 12%, the combination of the poor head retention and lack of cork pop makes me suspect it's undercarbonated.

Sm: Heavy bourbon dominates. Alcohol. Dark malts. Oaky wood tones. Chocolate. Molasses. A strong aroma. Not particularly appealing, but certainly bold and powerful. It has presence, anyway - even to me broken nose. But that doesn't make me excited to try it.

T: Molasses, a heavy dominant bourbon tone, and a coffee and slight chocolate finish with hints of mocha. Dark malts - some caramelized, others more clean. A strong oak wood tone. Sort of thin-bodied for the sheer complexity of the flavour. Not a flavour profile I'd call subtle by any means, but the wood tones and impactful flavours do cooperate well. There's layering here. Hops are minimal, at least compared to the other tones. Yeast comes through, though it's overtaken. It's certainly tasty, and very little alcohol gets through, which I find impressive. I wouldn't call it malty in a Spanish lager sense, but it's certainly got a fair bit of malt packed into its body. I haven't ever had tobacco, but I imagine one of the notes I get from this is indeed tobacco - sort of an earthy rich-but-bitter vibe. Shoe polish. Light cacao. Clumsily balanced, with heavy boldness and experimentation to its credit. Built well overall. I don't know that I can call it unique, but it's very close. Certainly a special beer.

It's structurally brief, with the open and finish feeling rather truncated compared to the second act. It doesn't stay on the palate very long, even in the aftertaste.

Mf: Viscous, but not to the extent they might want us to think. It's thick but stops short of unpleasant syrupy consistency. Surprisingly smooth and wet. The beer has presence; that's for damn sure. I can't help thinking some coarseness and dryness would suit her better. Undercarbonated. Heavy on the palate, but (again) not to the extent the label suggests.

Dr: It's certainly a manly beer. It hides its high ABV quite well. Not quite a sipper for me, but very close. I think the bourbon and oak tones are fantastically handled, complementing the flavour profile nicely. I'd have it again, preferably with a good book or amongst friends for the craic. Not a beer I'd want to drink a whole lot of, or particularly frequently. But certainly a beer I'd return to. I'd recommend it to friends, but it's definitely a beer you have to be in the mood for. From what I remember of Old Viscosity, I think I prefer this.

Might pair well with a cigar or some high cacao chocolate.

Drank very nicely out of me Port Brewing taster glass. I recommend a low volume taster (even a snifter is probably too large) for this beer.

Low B

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a viscous (dare I say it) dark brown color with a modest tan head that, not surprisingly, fails to persist but does lead a pattern of dots and other shapes along the sides of the chalice

Smell: Rich, oaky bourbon (but without the sweetness of some other barrel aged beers); dark, dark chocolate; vanilla; charcoal; and some espresso

Taste: Roasted coconut, up front, and then it sits on your tongue like a dark chocolate bar, adding rum-soaked prune and licorice by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate returns and is joined by the oaky, bourbon flavors that linger, smoothly, through the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with low carbonation

Drinkability: Is this ever impressive! Deserves all the accolades and then some (particularly in the bottlings that are properly carbonated, and I have had some that aren't)

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Photo of oline73
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter. I think this is a 2010 bottle, but the date rubbed off.

Appearance: Pours a thick black color with just a small layer of tan head that goes away really quickly and leaves a thin ring.

Smell: This beer smells wonderful. Lots of smooth roasted malt with chocolate notes and some dark fruit. There are also some oak, vanilla, and bourbon notes. Not much alcohol to be found.

Taste: This is a very sweet beer, but it's not cloying at all. There is a nice balance between the sweet malt, the smooth bourbon, and the roasted malt bitterness. I'm getting the bourbon with vanilla and oak. Dark chocolate with a slightly burnt note from the malt. The finish has a slight burn, but the age has muted it.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish. I thought this would be under carbonated from looking at it, but it really isn't.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. There was a bunch of complimentary flavors that combined and made it quite interesting. The oak and vanilla bourbon notes were very smooth. I would have more given the chance.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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