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Older Viscosity | Port Brewing

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4.35/5
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Older ViscosityOlder Viscosity
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
Ranking:
#353
Reviews:
757
Ratings:
2,659
pDev:
8.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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518
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 2,659 |  Reviews: 757
Photo of teraflx
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Claydoe4
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 375ml bottle from the brewery last summer for about $15. Just now drinking it after about a year in the bottle. Pours jet black as advertise with little carbonation.
Smell is slightly sweet and chocolatey with alcohol prevalent. Taste is very malty with some coffee and chocolate. Goes down fairly easy for such high ABV but aftertaste has a bit of a burn. Not as heavy or full flavoured as I thought it would be. More of a roasted malt bomb of stout. Not syrupy like some BB stouts with decent feel and body. Overall a huge disappointment for such a rare, expensive beer.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body, light brown head and forms a veneer. Cork & caged mini-bottle is sexy. A few dots of sediment on the bottom of my glass. The nose and taste are a miasma of licorice, whiskey spice, oak, dark chocolate, and molasses. The alcohol makes its presence known on the tongue with a taste of ethanol and a warm finish, but it doesn't get wasted and cause as scene at this party. Great balance between all the big, dark flavors and smells here. Feel is thick, heavy, oily, and creamy, but, especially for the name, it needs to be thicker.
Great double stout, it had body, flavor, and "the look". Perhaps a bit heavy on the alcohol notes. Just need more body!

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Photo of my_knew_craft
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tgates
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kborning
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregaroo
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4-13-16 - Whoa. Sit down. 2014 Taster at the brewery in San Marcos. Dark dark brown with mocha colored head. Chalk board for the current version says "black as night & sludgy, like used motor oil". First time for me, but I'm guessing that this one has aged very well. Great! Get it whenever available.
Updates:
4-17-16 - Picked up a bottle last week in San Marcos. Enjoying it righ now on the way into Coachella day 3. 2015 vintage bottle. Nice and smooth, just not as boozy as last week's '14. Definitely a sipping beer. Super way to start the afternoon.
5/31/17 - 2013 bottle. Black, no head, flat, not too bourbony, no lacing, nice odor, not too sweet. Tasty, but maybe not properly stored.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a tough one to grade here. On tap, it comes close to a perfect 5. Out of the bottle, it can be as low as a 2 because of the lack of carbonation. But it also can be decent and pour something slightly resembling a thin head.

Either way, its always jet black and thick. The aroma has a less than average bourbon barrel quotient, which also brings the vanilla and char in a lighter way. Good amount of dark fruit and chocolate malt feels. Good at absorbing large amounts of alcohol, earthiness.

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Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason3125
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is of oak, bourbon, and bit of bakers chocolate. The taste is bakers chocolate and bourbon mellowed out with some mild sweetness. The mouthfeel starts off thick and quickly turns to a coca cola type of feel. Not a pleasant finish. Overall a solid beer that did not stand out as anything special.

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Photo of arusso13
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furlinator
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage (what the hell was this doing in my basement this whole time?)

L - Dark as night with no head at all. Good alcohol legs. Looks like flat coke sitting in the glass.

S - After almost five years, the bourbon is still insanely huge. Following after is lots of oak, black licorice, tobacco, dark chocolate, and some coffee grounds. Really damn nice.

T - Everything from the aroma is here, but subdued - almost as if it is on Quaaludes. Bitter dark chocolate and sticky bourbon up front with trace amounts of the coffee and oak had very little presence. Again, it's all here, just dialed down a few notches.

F - Actually a little thin for a massive 12% BA stout. Some moments of alcohol warmth, but no real sting. A sipper for sure.

O - A great BA stout. Maybe a fresher vintage will yield more pop on the taste, so I may have to re-visit in the future.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TravisMason
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheDole
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RPM3334
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erik-P
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woemad
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz corked and caged bottle given to me three or four weeks ago as a gift by Anthony, an outstanding bartender at Jones Radiator, a wise beer man and all around great guy. I’ve had the “standard” Old Viscosity, but it was some time ago.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was the color of Donald Trump’s heart, and about as sludgy as the substance implied by the name of this beer. Big, mocha colored head initially, and while it retreated in relatively short order, a nice foamy collar hung around for a while.

Big, bourbony and woodsy aroma to this. There are also aromas of chocolate and cocoa. The chocolaty aromas managed to impersonate rich dark chocolate and milk chocolate, but it’s not a cloying sweetness.

Wow. The taste is both redolent with bourbon flavor and yet surprisingly free of boozy heat. Initially, it drinks surprisingly easy for something that’s 12% alcohol. Such qualities creep up as it warms, yet it never seems alcoholically “hot.” The sweet-bitter combination coming from the bourbon barrel aging leads the charge, with the chocolaty sweetness implied in the aroma pushed more to the background. Interestingly, I also get the tannins of a robust red wine, kicking in around the midway point. It doesn’t seem to end on as sharp a hoppy note as some beers of the style, but that may simply be because this beer has so many other qualities that grab that palate’s attention.

Full bodied, with a luscious mouthfeel. This beer could teach a clinic on mouthfeel for the style.

I can’t imagine having more than one of these in a session, but it’s a fantastic beer to consume after dinner. I just hope I’m able to pack up for going out of town tomorrow with this in my system. I may just stretch out on the coach and doze off before the basketball game I was going to watch even starts.

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