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:
2,658
Reviews:
756
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
9.03%
 
 
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698
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.68/5  rDev +8.3%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jondeelee
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Older Viscosity opens to a boozy, malty, yeasty aroma that is in a very large part bourbon, vanilla, charcoal, and char from the barrel aging, but below that is an incredibly thick, mealy Imperial Stout bearing massive coffee and tobacco notes, as well as heavy portions of dark fruit esters (black cherry, fig, prune, date), touches of heavy cream and caramel, and thick, dark, black breads – the kind that are a meal in themselves. It’s immediately obvious that, even without the barrel aging, this would have been a good Imperial Stout: the aromas are intense, varied, fully developed. The barrel aging simply adds a wonderful, catalytic layer of bourbon, vanilla, and charcoal that plays well off of the stout notes, emphasizing them and mingling with them in a wonderful generative swirl. But not overpowering them: think heavily-creamed world-class coffee with a dollop of bourbon and Irish Cream, sipped in a smoke-laden diner, finished off with a homemade caramel candy, and you’re getting close. In a word: intoxicating. One of the better smelling Imperial Stouts on the market.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a shot of jet-black coffee, ash, and tobacco, joined quickly by a boozy layer of bourbon, and tempered by molasses and brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. Excellent fig, prune, date, and black cherry fruit esters add to the complexity. Tongue-tingling swirls of black pepper add further texture. Small touches of lemon and pine from the hops. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the ashy underbelly rears up and fills the mouth with smoke and tobacco. The aftertaste is more ash and smoke, with lingering sugars, and a straight-shot-of-bourbon-strength alcoholic vapor. Mouthfeel is a surprisingly light medium (given the strength of the flavors), but oily in consistency, and carbonation is very light.

Overall, this is excellent Imperial Stout, and a must-try for fans of the style. The care and passion that has gone into this beer is palpable, and the skill required to so excellently barrel-age an already fine stout is commendable. As a whole the flavors are well developed, finely nuanced, nicely balanced between ash and sugar, bourbon and bread, vanilla and caramel, with only a slightly heavy alcoholic vapor and a strangely average mouthfeel marring the experience. Well worth the price.

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4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. 2008 vintage.

A: Pours black with a very thin layer of bubbles that dissipates very quickly. Minimal lacing as well.

S: Lots of bourbon in the aroma, some vanilla, brown sugar, and molasses, with faint dark fruit aromas.

T: Upfront there was some caramel and brown sugar mixed with some vanilla in the middle along with some roasted malt. The bourbon held up nicely in this older bottle.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation, abv hidden nicely.

O: Quite tasty, liked it more than Old Viscosity for sure. Pleased to see this bottle held nicely over 4-5 years.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Altenor
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure of the vintage, no date anywhere in the bottle but I would dare to say it is from an old vintage since it cost me $10 at Toronado SF and the description in the label is shorter than the one pictured here.

A: Dark, dark brown, almost black. It is heavy and no head at all. Only saw a little of carbonation when I poured it, other than that, it is completely still. What is amazing is the legs this thing has. It may not seem very viscose, but once you see the film it leaves and grabs on to the sides of the glass you know why it's not your dad's 30 weight.

S: Nose is full of meat for me. Lots of wood, toasted caramel, vanilla, molasses, raisins, bourbon, and a touch of chocolate. It's a very interesting smell. Something I would expect more from a barley wine than a stout. It kind of reminds me of Black Albert but more intense and with bourbon. Not my style but have to accept that it is great smelling beer.

T: This is where the money is. This beer is one of the few that tastes almost like it smells but the experience in the palate is just incredible. So much going on. You get all the fruity sweetness at front (dates, prunes, raisins), then the oaky vanilla notes in the middle, and it ends with the roasty, chocolately, bitterness, topped off by the warm boozy feeling and slight taste of bourbon. Wow. This must definitely be at least a couple of years old, if not older since the alcohol is almost unpercibable. I had tried it before and it was a bit too boozy for me but this is just phenomenal. Once it warms up you get some milky flavors as well.

M: Silky, smooth, with a melted butter sensation that covers your palate. Some stickiness and a little tingling, peppery sensation in the tongue. Can't get better than this.

O: At first I was a little doubtful but I feel this beer tasted much, much better at room temp than cold. It is almost like drinking wine or port. I enjoyed it more and it got more interesting as it warmed up. I prefer a little sweeter stouts but I must say this is a great, great beer. This is one that should be cellared for some years. I can't believe how much it changed with some time. A must try for BA stout lovers, but I must say it still had that Barley Wine taste in it.

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4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12.7 oz bottle from the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa in late March for 14.49. Finally get to savor the vaunted Older Viscosity!

Beer poured black as night with a little bin of a tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is very nice, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, and bourbon dominate.

Taste is comparable to the nose, notes of vanilla, dark fruits, slight coffee, some cocoa, roasted malts. Bourbon heat and flavor were very strong with the first sip and slip nicely into the background.

Mouthfeel is lighter than anticipated, somewhat smooth, definitely sip-able.

Overall this is a very delicious beer as Old Viscosity is solid on its own. Aging stouts in bourbon barrels for 3-6 months seems to be the optimal amount of time. Port hits it quite right with this one!

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Photo of John_M
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Normally don't do multiple reviews, even in different formats.... but thought I would add this, as it was a two year old version.

Picked up at the bottle shop at Blue Dog following the wealth of riches.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and light lacing. This is another BA RIS that had the look of a beer that has spent considerable time in bourbon barrles. The nose is quite attractive, as I pick up bourbon, dark chocolate, light vanilla and a hint of coffee. I'll admit I'm a complete sucker for these bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts... especially when they're done as well as this one is. In any event, the flavor profile replicates the nose, with the bourbon and chocolate dominating (there's some noticeable milk dud as well on the palate, that I didn't pick up on the nose). The mouthfeel is this beer's best attribute. Mouthfeel is full, soft, plush and endless. It's almost silky on the palate, and the finish is lingering and nearly endless. Alcohol is noticeable, but frankly, it's exactly what I would expect in a beer like this.

Just delicious. Have had this beer on several occasions now, and it's always a treat. Furthermore, as this bottle well shows, the beer is quite ageable as well. Altogether excellent. I believe I just may need to have a second glass.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight up pour and only a thin brown head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Very light carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is alcohol, almost like cognac and flavor is sweet oak and alcohol. Some alcohol burn at finish. Expensive at $17.99 for a caged & corked 375ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
4.32 out of 5 based on 2,658 ratings.
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