Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery
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Reviews by WanderingFool:
4.18/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Kate the Great pours a midnight black into the glass with a hint of ruby around the edges when held to the light. The frothy tan head on top dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the beer leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.
The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, nuts and alcohol. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth and silky with just a mild fizz that tingles the tip of the tongue. The flavor is much like the aroma with chocolate, nuts, coffee and alcohol. At the end some hop bitterness is detected. It finishes dry and leaves behind flavors of chocolate and a hint of bitter hops.
Kate is definitely a great sipping beer. I wish I got a couple of bottles to age because I think it would be better if the alcohol nose and taste mellowed out a bit. Honestly though, I'm not sure it's worth all the hype.
Serving type: on-tap
02-11-2009 00:25:07 | More by WanderingFool
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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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