Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery
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Reviews by masterhomebrewer:
4.83/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Props to Portsmouth Brewery for brewing this bad boy. Went up on KTG Day hoping to walk away with a couple bottles. Tapping was at 1:20. I arrived at 1:30, saw the line of a few hundred, and realized I'd be lucky to even get a taste. The bottles were sold out by 10am, I learned. Plenty more on tap, though, and I finally got my glass from the tap at 4:30pm.
A -- Black as death. One inch head of loose bubbles that slowly faded to a thicker 1/2-inch head.
S -- Aroma was more faint than I expected -- and the 9.5% ABV was well hidden. Some creamy coffee/chocolate notes.
T -- Big, dark and chocolatey, sweet coffee, toffee and caramel. Closes out with an amazing sweet, salty chocolate that lingers for several minutes, offering more and more. Just unbelievable and unprecedented.
M -- Think and chewy, no doubt, but a slight letdown against the huge mix of intense flavors. Hard to live up to all that flavor, so it felt slightly thinner in the month.
D -- A leg up on other Imperial Stouts, as I could actually drink several glasses in one sitting.
Overall just an amazingly well-crafted RIS, and far and away the finest American-produced beer in my experience.
Serving type: on-tap
02-10-2009 01:50:41 | More by masterhomebrewer
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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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