Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery
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4.53/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wants to Gots for Kate at the time of this review is 2021 to 115. Wow.
Not much going on with the appearance. Appears thin with a tiny head that quickly fades. Dark brown, looks like coffee.
The smell is absolutely amazing - chocolate, fresh coffee, almonds, more chocolate, plums, and dark roasts.
The taste is also great, but the smell is better. Sort of like mesenteric ischemia, the greatness of the smell is out of proportion to the taste - but again, the taste is wonderful. I get mainly coffee, some chocolate, sweet vanilla, nutty-toffee, and a nice roasty finish. This beer is very well balanced. Certainly not too sweet or too bitter. Not as sweet as Dark Lord, but not as roasty as Speedway Stout - right in the middle.
Mouthfeel also contributes to the overall balance. Not too sticky or too thick, but also not too thin. Usually I like my RIS as thick and heavy it can be, but for Kate, this middle of the road mouthfeel is just right.
Drinkability is very high. I can drink a bottle or two on my own no problem. No EtOH burn.
Overall, KtG really impressed me. Does it live up to the hype? Of course not - no beer with this much hype could ever live up to it. But, it was an outstanding beer for sure.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2011 03:59:27 | More by airohead2001
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