Older Viscosity | Port Brewing

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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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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of augustgarage
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Poured from a 375mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Bruery tulip. Served lightly chilled.

Opaque bistro body with a thin light khaki collar. Minimal lacing, vague legs (not as viscous as you might expect from the name of the beer).

Aromatics are dense and complex yet restrained. Stewed fruit, charred cocoa, brown sugar, bourbon, coconut, vanilla, fresh tobacco, faint cloves...

The flavor is intense and multi-layered. It comes across as chocolate ganache frosted flourless chocolate cake drenched in booze. Bourbon, rum, and brandy notes all seem to be suggested at different moments. Nearly acrid at times, there are substantial notes of charcoal and fusel alcohol. The flavor profile evolves slowly, and mysteriously, finally condensing to a dusty raisin-laden dryness.

Creamy, velvety, medium-bodied mouthfeel - light on carbonation but never sticky or oily.

A rustic slumbering monster of a dessert beer which cellars well (the disparate elements become better and better integrated, while the alcohol burn dissipates somewhat).

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Photo of Kevin73
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

HOLY -- FREAKING -- COW! This just might be beer ambrosia. I have been a fan of Port Brewery's Old Viscosity for some time now. It has been one of my 'go to' stouts for years. But I had not tasted, let alone heard of, the legend which is OLDER Viscosity until just last year (2012). Both the Old and Older Viscosities are bottled, but the Older is absurdly hard to find, where as the Old is down right common. In fact I had to frequent a favorite bottle shop of mine in Redmond, WA called Malt & Vine, for months before finding just two bottles of the Older marked at $17 a piece. Naturally I bought them out despite the price.

The Older pours a Powerfully Opaque black with a sturdy tan head and tons of lacing to let you know its there and not going to leave you alone. The bourbon flavor is among the least assert that I've experienced in a bourbon barrel beer, but this is a GOOD thing! Bourbon and beer were truly born to be together, but sometimes the bourbon can over assert itself. The Older Viscosity however is a blend of very strongly flavored bourbon-forward beers with weaker varieties. The result is a blend that allows the bourbon and vanilla notes to come out just perfectly without tasting like a shot of whiskey. This is why it's so unbelievably tasty.

I recommend Older Viscosity unreservedly. Although absurdly expensive, I will not hesitate to buy this beer again whatever the cost. THIS is my new #1. Well done, Port Brewery! Truthfully a remarkable beer.

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Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
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