Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery
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Reviews by alcstradamus:
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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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
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