Port Brewing Old Viscosity

Port Brewing Old Viscosity

Rated 3.933 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Port Brewing / Lost Abbey

San Marcos, CA, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

10.5% Alcohol by Volume

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"Not your Dad's Wimpy 30 Weight is how our original label used to describe this massive chewy and thick beer. Code named by our brewers-"The Big Black Nasty," this is monstrous dark ale is brewed to no particular style. Thick and sludgy like oil from the crankcase of a wheat threshing combine, Old Viscosity blurs the boundaries of Porter, Stout, Old Ale and Barleywines. A blended beer that mixes old and new brewing traditions into one finished beer, Old Viscosity starts out with 80% of the packaged beer produced from a stainless steel fermentation. It then joins another 20% Barrel Aged Old Viscosity (from a previous batch) that has been aging in bourbon barrels. The blend of the two beers yields an incredibly rich and luscious ale that reveals chocolate and cocoa notes melded to silky body of burnt wood, vanilla and ash. Malts- Two Row, Wheat, Domestic and English Crystal, Carafa III and Chocolate Malts Hops- German Magnum Yeast- White Labs California Ale and Proprietary Yeast Strains Original Gravity- 1.092 Terminal Gravity- 1.014 10.5 % ABV Draft- Available in Southern California and Arizona 22 Oz Bottles and Cases- At Port Brewing San Marcos and Pizza Port Carlsbad, San Clemente and Solana Beach and wherever better beers are sold.

ID: 9267 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank224
Overall Percentile99.6
Style Rank9 of 799
Style Percentile98.9
Lowest Score2.9
Highest Score4.8
Average Score4.015
Weighted Score3.933
Standard Deviation0.429

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  • PORTERHOUSE 544 reviews
    rated 4.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Wow! This is the real deal. Pours like black pancake batter. Bubbly rich head. Smells stout. Super thick mouthfeel. Rich grain taste. Lingering burnt grain finish.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bought in Oct 2011, opened yesterday. Unexpected nearly black pour with a creamy brown head--looks more like a stout than an old/strong ale. Tons of molasses, vanilla, oak, chocolate and caramel with a bit of coffee, roasted/smoked malt and dark earthy fruit in both aroma and taste. Sweet, sticky full body. Very good although the sweetness gets a bit cloying right at the end.

  • GGRUMET 311 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Thanks to slowrunner77 for this one - I've had the 'Older' Viscosity, but not the blended base beer. Bomber into a snifter at cellar temp, jet black with a brownish head that dissipates and laces the glass. Aromas of chocolate, toffee, and tree bark/earthiness. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected with a blast of carbonation. Flavors weave the aforementioned chocolate, roasted barley, and a slight oakiness that helps the mouthfeel. Great beer, slightly overcarbonated.

  • SLIM_JIM 80 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    The beer is dark and sweet with a tan head. Flavor is rich with coffee and chocolate notes. Properly aged, you can detect the oak, but everything is well balanced and comes together as it should.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Interesting beer, almost barley wine meets impy stout if there is such a thing. Aroma is intriguing, almost smokey chocolate notes mixing with alcohol. Great rich black-brown appearance in the glass. Not as full bodied as you would think by looking at it. Flavor is oaky, caramely and some bits of impy but with no roast notes. Well aged and balanced and it's no wonder they don't know what to call the style, it's not like anything else I've tried.

  • FLASHPRO 1175 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    I never had a Port Brewing beer before, so when I saw it locally I had to snatch it up. Pours as I expected, very dark and a nice brown head. I was surprised how long the foam stuck around on this high strength beer. Started very sweet and nutty with chocolate. Full body and very tasty as it warmed up. Very well done!

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 4.4 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Bought this in San Luis Obispo (at Sandy's) while visiting my brother. Saved it so I could share it with my buddy who loves this dark, thick sh!t. Tonka dumptruck load of dark chocolate in this one. That is the most overriding flavor. As it warms up, it takes on a very bitter character. The more it warms up, the more difficult it becomes to drink...it seems to thicken up and becomes hard to swallow. The label doesn't lie...this pours like used 50W oil. I recently discovered that there is an "older" viscosity; I will have to try that if I can find it, but I will drink it cold.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    I was disappointed in this beer, as I have been with most Port Brewing beers. This is more of a barleywine than an Strong ale. A dark brown pour, no head. The flavour was a bit on the wsweet side, and not very well balanced. Too much alcohol.

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 2.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Sigh………………………………………….yet another legendary beer that has failed to live up to my expectations, but this might have been cellared to long (13 months, properly). First off got to say, American strong ale? Really? This has Porter written all over it. Ok time to stop bitching and on to the review. Dark dark brown with an ok cap, this is not what I was expecting. Aroma is almost nonexistent, what the hell?!?!? This beer is smellless!! I’ll let it warm more I guess. Five waiting units later…….. Aroma has appeared and it’s not great, cold coffee, weak bakers chocolate, some random harshness, I sometimes get woody alcohol. I taste some of the oak ageing but not to confidant in saying that, ash, cold coffee, wet dirt, and mild alcohol I do taste. Nameless hops can be tasted along with a random spice. I’m so disappointed in this beer so my marks are probably lower than they should be. Why do I let myself get hurt like this?

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 10

    Rich aroma has smoky tones of roast quality coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and molasses with just a touch of sweetness. It absolutely screams DRINK ME!!! Comes out of the bottle a nearly opaque reddish sable just a couple tomcat whiskers above black with a thick, fluffy, fine-bubbled light beige head. Flavor is - um, you sure this is an American Strong Ale and not a porter or stout? I LOVE stouts and porters, and this sure tastes like one! OK - mouth-filling flavor has tones of semi-sweet chocolate, quality coffee, caramel and licorice with a subtle hint of citrus. Texture is fizzy and lively, leaving behind a firm and pleasant tingle. This just might be Port Brewing’s best, outside of the Lost Abbey series!

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