Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery
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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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