Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery
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3.9/5 rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Update for 2010 vintage. Dropped my taste score down to a 3.5. I just don't find the flavor profile to be all that noteworthy. The flavors from the port oak spirals just add an odd sensation.
2009 Vintage, thanks to John for the great trade.
Pours black in color with a finger and a half of head in my tulip glass. Nice lacing left behind.
The smell starts off with toasted malts, lots of earthy hoppiness and some dirt, alcohol heat, dark fruits, some wood even though I'm not sure how much this touches any barrels, faint hints of marshmallow. Pretty nice.
Hmm...wow, the taste is unique to say the least. Didn't really get the huge blast of roast and fruit that I was expecting based on the nose. Instead, this is a much more balanced and complex blend of many different flavors. There is an odd tartness/sourness present that I can't pinpoint. I say "odd" not necessarily in a bad way, just merely pointing out the uniqueness. The dark fruits and earthiness are present, as well as a boatload of bitter dark chocolate. Every sip I take gives my tongue a weird stinging sensation, probably from the sour notes.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and seemed extremely creamy on the first sip which would be perfect, however my tongue started to numb about halfway through due to the flavor profile and it started to feel a bit thinner. Doesn't feel overly carbonated, but perhaps some carbonation sting also contributed to that palate fatigue.
Drinkability on this one is a tough call. It really didn't have the type of flavor to really excite me...however, due to the uniqueness of it I continued to reach for the glass and take sip after sip. I guess maybe I was searching for something more, something I was missing...but nonetheless the glass started to disappear quickly. I definitely understand how someone would love this beer, and also how someone would hate it.
My overall thoughts on this beer are that it is a good imperial stout, not quite jumping the border to great. Perhaps more fitting to throw it in the class with the Berserkers and Siberian Nights of the world rather than the top dogs. I hope more people can get the chance to try it and come to their own conclusions.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2011 01:10:43 | More by alcstradamus
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