Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery
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Reviews by LtCracker20:
4.88/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Had on-tap on Kate the Great Day, March 1st, 2010. Served in a Portsmouth tulip. From notes.
A- A two-finger head at the pour ( My wife and I sat at the bar so we were able to see them as they were poured, not when they finally made it to the tables). Head is a light tan color, could have been a little darker. Very slow to recede and left a cap on the beer. Pretty sticky lace.
S- Roasted malts, a little chocolate, and very little alchohol present. Just wonderful. The alchohol only comes out when it warms, which adds another nice aroma to this already great beer.
T- More of the smell. Chocolate, roasted and burnt malts. And again, the abv only comes out as this warms, but so does a complex array of flavor. Amazing.
M/F- It's like drinking velvet! I've yet to have a beer with this creamy of a feel to it. A great and full body complete this experience.
D- I only had two so someone else could get inside to try it, but could have had many more and would have loved them!
Notes- My wife and I got in line around 3:15 am in slushy rain and bitter cold to get our calander dates. Got our bottles at 9 am and then got in line to have it on tap. Got in around 1:20 and stayed to eat and have two each. I'm putting a bottle away to hopefully try a side-by-side with an '11 from next year. Looking foward to see how (if) a great beer can get better with age and review that as well! A great time talking to fellow BA's and a great experience!
Serving type: on-tap
03-04-2010 04:46:59 | More by LtCracker20
More User Reviews:
3.44/5 rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle of 2012 KTG opened 2-17-14. This is a good stout, no doubt, but nothing spectacular. Rather quite average. Thanks to mtbdonn for sharing this beer...it was definitely on my list of "must try" beers and I'm glad to say that I got the chance to try it. It was good, but nothing remarkable. I guess a lot of the hype is because of the limited-ness of the beer and potential for it to not be made anymore, but overall an average good stout. I would not go out of my way at all to get this beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 18:12:27 | More by 4thelvofbeer
4.7/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
330mL bottle into a snifter
450th Beer Advocate Review
My 94th out of the top 100 (based on the top 100 list at the time I started my quest to try all 100 of the beers)
A huge thanks to kdmcguire10 for sending this one my way.
A: Pours an opaque black with some browning on the edges when held to light. A thick sliver of tan colored heads builds and then fades fairly quickly. Leaves only a few small patches of lacing.
S: Quite sweet. Vinous, dark fruit notes, big licorice, chocolate cake batter, roasty, cinnamon, a subtle hint of booze. Just layers of complexity. Wonderful.
T: Chocolate, roasted malt and oak upfront. This is followed by a vinous component, which then fades back to an oaky vanilla thats reminiscent of some of the qualities barrel aging lends to a beer. I also get some herbaceous qualities, bitter coffee and cream. Again, its amazingly complex. So many wonderful layers to this one, and the flavors are bold, strong, and linger forever.
M/D: Full bodied, chewy, fairly smooth but carbonation on the heavier side for the style, which detracts from the smoothness slightly. Effectively no hint of the 12% ABV, and drinkability is so good that I have to make a conscious effort to slow down on drinking this one so that I can savor it.
O: Overall, this is an incredible beer, absolutely no doubt about it. Lives up to the hype, and well worth the wait for me. Arguably the best non-BA, non-additive infused Imperial Stout Ive ever had. The depth and layers of the aroma and flavor profiles are impressive. World Class.
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2013 03:56:07 | More by zac16125
Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.