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
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4.54/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.
A: Beautiful black pour, it sheens like an opal. Coffee colored head settles after a moment, but this is no surprise given the strength. Spotty lacing.
S: Chocolate chews, fudge sauce, chocolate cake. Waft of leather and smoke. Various stone fruits (mostly plum and currant) and red berry scents. Port wine. Perhaps the faintest pull of oak.
T: Fudge sauce, chocolate chews, German chocolate cake, cocoa, brownie batter. These flavors are pervasive and provide a solid anchor. Hints of smoke and espresso. Sherry. Plum and a burst of vinous red berries. Brush of alcohol. Spicy herbal/tobacco hops were not perceptible until the beer warmed to near room temperature. Sherry and lingering fudgey flavors on the finish.
M: Slick in texture, but not weighty or sludgey. It glides effortlessly over the tongue. Little to no carbonation. Mild astringency seems vinous in nature. Slight tingle of alcohol is all that alludes to its potency. Delightfully silky and smooth.
O: A marvelous interplay of vinous fruity flavors and fudgey malt tastes. Perfect in body and texture. Complex, refined, and an absolute pleasure to sip. Wine-lovers will appreciate it, as the vinous nature of it pulls through significantly. If Todd Mott brews anything like this when Tributary gets off the ground, the world will be a much better place for it.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 22:40:22 | More by ryan1788a5
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
Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
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