Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery
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4.25/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
an EXCELLENT russian imperial/american double...too bad this isn't more widely available because this is by far one of the best of style ive had (much better than the highly overrated victory storm king, which is inexplicably on top 20 lists all over the place)
straight appearence, smell, taste, mouthfeel review won't do this offering justice, too complex and really attached to personal perception
what you're looking at is a jet black beer with subtle red/orange hues, thin dark tan head that retains well...smell and taste is well, incredible, high malt presence with good hop backbone but definately a slick chewy sweetness up front with the bitterness very subtle at the back and sides of the tongue, excellent balance...coffee and subtle chocolate notes with fruity undertone of berries, plums, raisins, and more...mouthfeel is excellent, full and chewy but not offensively dense or syrupy
drinkability is stellar for this style, with such complex character and high alcohol, doesnt "offend" at all, alcohol isn't "hidden" but certainly isn't in your face, with a late subtle warming effect that i think is crucial for a good imperial stout, one of the most impressive things about this beer, in fact, is how well the alcohol is hidden under all those complex layers of taste and character...that being said this a serious beer that will put some hair on your chest
Serving type: on-tap
07-13-2006 01:38:58 | More by dturchin
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Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.