Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Older Viscosity | Port Brewing

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Older ViscosityOlder Viscosity
2,659 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,659 |  Reviews: 757
Photo of cvm4
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours very similar to old viscosity. Very deep, opaque brown. Tan one finger head that leaves a ring around the glass shortly after.

S - Bourbon for miles! You had me at the smell :-) Load of bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar. Nice roasted malt background.

T - Lots of bourbon. I love bourbon barrel aged, so I'm biased. There's a lot of bourbon and malt, some vanilla/brown sugar sweetness but not overpowering.

M - Perfect for this segment. Not thick and chewy, just like its cousin but gets around the palette well.

O - You had me at bourbon barrel aged! Leaps & bounds better than older viscosity.

 608 characters

Photo of closisinthehouse
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of julian89
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifters.

Appearance: Pours the same as Old Viscosity just a bit more viscous. A dark opaque body with a small cream head and barely any retention.

Smell: A strong, roasty aroma with the wonderful bourbon notes, vanilla, and dark brown sugar. Of course the chocolate and coffee come through in flying colors.

Taste: Begins with a roasted coffee and chocolate taste. Then a subtle smooth caramel and dark sugar sweetness. Ends with a very smooth vanilla and smoked wood taste and a great alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Once again, oh so smooth. Medium-full body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: An excellent bourbon barrel beer, although I don’t think it was worth the $15 for a 500mL.

 718 characters

Photo of Nightrain87
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jlove5
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of sammo
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of abeerdude
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mikecharley
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of marine1975
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of pisano
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: deep dark brown, not quite black, opaque, half finger tan head is quick to dissipate, nice lacing

s: caramel, toffee, vanilla, molasses, milk and dark chocolates, oak, bourbon, slight alcohol

t: similar to the nose but heavy on the chocolates, vanilla and bourbon

m: mouthfeel is on the lighter side of heavy, low carbonation, slight alcohol burn, drying

o: fantastic. dangerously delicious and drinkable at 12%. highly recommended for the barrel aged imperial stout enthusiast.

 485 characters

Photo of philerman
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of wolfeman007
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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!

 1,089 characters

Photo of howard12
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of edwardprung
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into a goblet

A - Pours pitch black and couldn't get a head on this one to save my life. Very little carbonation lacing on the side.

S - Sweeter on the aromatics than I was expecting but has a very pleasant vanilla, molasses, charred wood aroma backed by a subtle malt sweetness.

T - Starts off neutral with a slight sweetness before all the flavors kick in. First is a sweet vanilla, roasted marshmallow, light molasses and oak flavor. It moves to a darker bourbon spice flavor without much heat and finishes with a great barrel char and mellowed out bourbon flavor. Fantastic.

M/O - Very viscous for a beer and damn near flat with just a hint of the right amount of carbonation. Finishes semi-sweet and slightly dries the palate. Slight chewy malt flavors stick around with a roasted wood on the palate. In summary, a great example of a barrel treated stout without anything else added. One of the best.

 928 characters

Photo of Mister_Joshy
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of KBennall
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. "Vintage 2011" printing on the side. I bought/drank it May of 2012.

A: Minimal soda like head. In fact if it we're for some lacing, it would look like cola. Body is pitch black, though.

S: Mixture of dark malts (soy sauce, some chocolate) and some heavy booze. Hints of wood. One of the only times I've actually smelled the charred wood in a barrel aged beer.

T: WOW, there's no mistaking this is aged in bourbon barrels. Up front there is an aged stout character, followed soon by a hit of whiskey, which moves into the finish. A slight sweetness lingers with the harshness of he whiskey in the aftertaste. Intense.

M: Carbonation is low, but exactly what this beer needs. Otherwise the body is slightly thick, but not sticky. I think the extra alcohol helps wash it away.

D: Overall, this is an over the top unique beer. This is taking barrel aged stout and running with it. A sipping beer, or one to split, even at 12 oz.

 969 characters

Photo of dlello2
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared bottle between myself and my dad

A - Black with hints of red and brown. Not at all cloudy. Thin cream colored head.

S - Bourbon. Sweet black coffee. As it warms up there is a TON of butterscotch and coconut coming through.

T - Excellent. Bourbon up front, then a toasted coconut sweetness, caramel and butterscotch. A touch of alcohol burn in the middle. End is a woody, earthy chocolate.

M - Medium body. Perfect thickness and carbonation.

O - Really nice beer here. Worth the ridiculous price tag? Probably not, but I'm glad to have been able to try it anyway! Maybe another year of sitting on this one would have helped smooth the taste to perfection.

 666 characters

Photo of Romulux
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of BentLegBrewer
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of jjanega08
3.12/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

2009 Vintage

A= Pours a flat black color in the glass and a dark brown color coming from the bottle. Totally flat with no head.

S= The bourbon barrel character is much more dominate in this beer than the old viscosity. A nice vanilla oak and bourbon character with a bit of roast to sort of support the barrels.

T= The flavor reflects the nose with a much more dominate barrel character than the original version. Nice bourbon and oak character with a decent amount of vanilla and roast.

M= Flat as a board and even so not as thick as I expected.

O= Flat beer from a professional brewery is inexcusable. This is an avoidable beer if you ever see it. The flavors are good and I actually think despite being flat it is more enjoyable than the original version but hey.... it's flat.

 785 characters

Photo of BostonHops
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz corked and caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours an opaque jet black tone with a nice finger and a half of a mocha toned head, soon lapses into a collar around the glass - forgiveable given both the style and strength of this beer. decent lacing.

wow, nose is a straight wallop of bourbon, might even exceed bourbon county stout. roasted and chocolate malts are hanging in the background. very nice follow through on the flavor front; a big bourbon presence is obviously a player, but the roasted and chocolate notes are more pronounced than i anticipated from the aroma... picking up on a vanilla presence and a bit of coffee... warming, boozy finish. very tasty.

full-bodied mouthfeel, smooth and viscous. low carbonation. pretty drinkable for a beer this big. great brew; not convinced it's worth the price tag, but for an occasional treat OV is a hell of a beer.

originally reviewed: 11-22-2010

 924 characters

Older Viscosity from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 2,659 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.