Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery
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4.88/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A: Pitch black pour with a dense chocolate milk colored head. Smallish head despite the aggressive pour. Despite the smaller head, retention is rock solid and it leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.
S: Super creamy, almost milky character mixed with wonderful roasted malt. Milk chocolate with some cocoa powder; some char and hints of espresso.
T: Super strong roasted malt character takes me by surprise. It feels even bigger than 12%. Huge stinging coffee and ashy bitterness. More bitterness in the form of dark chocolate in the middle and through to the aftertaste. I get a little bit of black licorice and some wonderful vanilla in the finish and aftertaste (especially as it warms). Once it warms I'm getting a little port wine in there too, adding a bit of dark fruit. You can taste the lingering waves of bitter roasted malt long after the swallow.
M: Huge, thick and creamy. Leaves a syrupy, almost oil-like residue behind. Possibly the #1 mouthfeel of any beer I've had. It sticks with you for several minutes after each sip.
O: A surprisingly bitter and huge RIS. I say surprisingly because most breweries leave lots of residual sugar behind in their big beers, making them (sometimes very) sweet and balancing out all that roasted malt. This beer is made to highlight the roasted malt character. No bourbon barrels, no chocolate or coffee beans add, nada. It's complex in its simplicity, you can really make out all of the aspects of the roasted malt as they are very strong yet bare. I was really surprised by this brew. Pleasantly so.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2012 04:13:29 | More by Dope
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