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Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

879 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 2,685
Gots: 171 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bewareOFpenguin on 04-07-2005)
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

06-10-2012 14:47:29 | More by DaveHack
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Steasy66

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

03-13-2012 02:56:42 | More by Steasy66
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dvsbizzyb

California

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

09-11-2013 07:47:39 | More by dvsbizzyb
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vissai

California

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

06-15-2014 02:51:56 | More by vissai
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

01-16-2012 04:14:43 | More by whartontallboy
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BS68280

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

12-18-2011 16:10:12 | More by BS68280
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aasher

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh sweet Katherine. This bottle is the infamous 09 vintage. It pours a medium bodied midnight black in color with a slight beige lacing around the glass. It smells of roasted malts with smooth chocolates with a slight buttery component. Uh oh. It's not bad but I feel this MIGHT be infected or on its way. The flavor too is slightly tainted butter. You get smooth and light chocolate with moderate sweetness and an interesting roasty finish. The butter though is something that's hard to stop thinking about. Overall its ok but this was from a questionable batch. Interesting beer and I was glad to try it. I'd love to try another vintage.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 23:40:00 | More by aasher
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Steamhead

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 and 2010 side by side, 12-25-10.

2009- typical dark brown stout color, nothing out of the ordinary with good carbonation. The taste was creamy, medium-bodied but finished extremely wine-like. Sourness and tannin mingling in a strange and unpleasing way. I justified this in my mind and to others as not being infected, but the influence of the supposed port-soaked oak spirals used in this beer. However, upon tasting the 2010, which was completely absent of this sour note it seemed considerably less complex. It was a smooth, slightly sweet in its malt profile, well-balanced, better than average, but certainly nothing remarkable. One must wonder what is the real profile of this beer, but the consistency of such a lauded beer must come into question. I would like to believe that this beer is living on the glory of the 06-08 period. I am certainly not intrigued enough by this beer to ever seek out any other vintages. Now, I just wish I had that 20% barrel-aged, bourbon bomb back that I traded for it. Oh well, trade and learn.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 15:54:21 | More by Steamhead
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MrVonzipper

California

3.55/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

09 bottle. Infection check.

Pours a fairly viscous dark brown. Just a bit of fizz for head for a sec.

Nose is fantastic. Big sweet fruit, maple syrup, brown sugar. Big nice sweetness.

Flavor follows the nose for a sec and then turns just a bit tart. Not fully sour, but I think there is a small infection. Hard to tell cuz this is my first Kate and it's not a major infection.

Mouth is medium bodied, a touch dry and low carb.

Seems infected. Not major but it must be. Still drinkable. Not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 18:41:09 | More by MrVonzipper
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Goliath

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pure black and completely opaque with a thin dark brown head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is decent. There's a nice bitter dark chocolate with a dying hop aroma. There's a bit of vanilla and caramel as well.

The taste is ok. There's a big malt showing with some bitter dark chocolate and some bitter coffee grounds. There seems like there's almost a light smokiness, though I could be imagining that. Again, there is a bit of a dying hop presence as well. I'm actually pretty under whelmed.

The mouthfeel is a gigantic disappointment. The carbonation is quite low which is what I look for in a good RIS. However, the beer is entirely too thin. It seems slightly viscous when it first enters the mouth but then quickly feels a bit watery as I swallow.

The drinkability is moderate. The ABV is high, but well incorporated which is a plus. I personally feel the nose, taste, and mouthfeel fail to live up to its reputation. I'm pretty disappointed, but still happy for the chance at it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 20:27:23 | More by Goliath
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puzzzl

New York

3.63/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle from BrianK. Finally a chance to try the #3 beer! A bit of a disappointment it is. Warm, caramelly aroma is very one-dimensional. Pretty plain but clean and refined stout flavor. Buttery. Lacking in complexity. It sits in that perilous place between being too big and not being big enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 03:01:58 | More by puzzzl
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badbeer

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a beige head, decent retention and lacing. Some milk chocolate, cream, roast, sweet caramel, and a little coffee in the aroma. Sweet caramel, cream, milk chocolate and dark chocolate, some vanilla, and a touch of roastiness. Heavier than medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth. An amazing beer, I need more of this. Thanks to Adam and Cole for the sample.

Update: Had this multiple times now. Smell has had some burnt plastic in every subsequent bottle. Taste has that as well, but not as much. A pretty smooth beer, but just not that big of a fan. Give me a Smuttynose IRS, please. More detailed notes to come eventually.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 00:55:19 | More by badbeer
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digita7693

Germany

3.68/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very interested in finally trying the somewhat elusive Kate the Great.

A about what youd expect from an IS, dark as night, with maybe a finger of brownish tan head that disappears rather quickly. I'm really impressed with the ISs that can retain a bit more head and even have some lacing.

S the smell is quite wonderful. Dark chocolate, some coffee, dark fruits (raisins) and some malty sweetness

T follows the nose a bit. some chocolate with a splash of coffee, raisiny sweetness, very sweet, not what I was expecting and a bit too sweet for me.

D almost sickeningly sweet and too little carbonation, half of a bottle was more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 09:25:24 | More by digita7693
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a jet black with ok carbonation and a dirty white head

S: Some funk, wood, dark fruits, tobacco

T: Has aome light funk, dark fruits like fig and raisins, wood, tobacco, vanilla

M: Has sordove a diminsihng feel on the mouth like the beer just feel flat on its face after initial taste

D: Very good

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 04:31:40 | More by barleywinefiend
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with a little bit of cherry cola and tan looking head to it. Lots of soy sauce type aroma with this one, but it pulls through to still remain enjoyable, thanks to the additional chocolate and what seems to be tobacco.

Lots of plum in the taste, more soy, raisin, dark belgian sugar taste. Very sweet tasting, not dry at all. Didn't really pick up on any coffee at all in this one. It does hide the alcohol quite nicely.

The chocolate/cocoa doesn't stand out in a massive way, very underwhelming presence, the sugar and soy sauce feel really have too much presence to be considered one of the super elite imperial stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 19:04:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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tarheels86

California

3.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

651mL 2010 Ed thanks to jblauvs. Pours clear deep maroon not black or ink. Bubbly, aerated, weak head. No real thick creamy foam. Nose is tawny, oaky, spiced graham cracker, moderate dark chocolate and cocoa. Taste is earthy, silky, tangy, mild tart acid, mild soil and dirty earth. Finish is sharper and tangy. Seventh bitter. Not overly sweet. Mostly dry. With warning the decanting the nose opens up to show rich dessert complexities: more cinnamon sliced graham cracker, vanilla, moderate bourbon expression, spicy vanilla. Really nice aroma. In taste, very oily with mild brown sugar. Dirty soil and hints of iron metallic off character separate this from the worlds best imperial stouts. 5/27/2012 8/3/7/4/15=3.7

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 17:28:04 | More by tarheels86
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sendsilk

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

08-21-2012 14:21:29 | More by sendsilk
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TheCrowsNest

California

3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

10-14-2013 15:45:41 | More by TheCrowsNest
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SchuStar

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

03-19-2012 17:07:22 | More by SchuStar
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pschul4

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

05-02-2012 15:02:03 | More by pschul4
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Romulux

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

05-20-2012 20:58:01 | More by Romulux
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denimdemon

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

09-23-2012 18:10:36 | More by denimdemon
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TotallyHosed

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

12-18-2012 01:54:06 | More by TotallyHosed
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage shared earlier this evening with shadowane.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slghtest hint of lighter color when held to a light and a frothy one finger dark beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Nice roasted malt aroma with lots of silky chocolate, toffee and oatmeal. Slightly smokey with a prominent barrel character. Subtle coffee bean and nut with some bittersweet dark chocolate and vinous dark fruit. Strong red wine presence but it doesn't overpower the other elements.

Medium bodied with a good balance of roasted malt, vinous dark fruit, sweet barrel character and dry oak. I'm not picking up any off flavors or signs of oxidization/infection. Soft carbonation up front with a heavy barrel character giving off hints of vinous dark fruit, especially grape, dark cherry and plum. Lots of red wine flavor with subtle earthy wood and
vanilla. Underneath, there is some smokey, roasted malt with hints of chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee and oatmeal. The mouthfeel becomes more chewy/viscous as it warms but it's a bit to heavy on the barrel character. A bit too sweet and could use more of a prominent malt presence. The ABV is well masked with only some slight heat making this pretty quaffable. There's more alcohol flavor than burn with a decent amount of warmth in the chest.

Overall, I was pretty happy with this one but feel that it is a bit overhyped. A good beer but not even the best stout I've had today and I've only had two. This is supposedly the off batch so I would like to try other vintages to compare. If only it was easier to get.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 05:31:21 | More by corby112
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miketd

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with an ok brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and toffee. Roast coffee like flavor...slightly bitter. Medium full body and creamy. Highly drinkable and good brew for sure. Would be interested in trying this at the brew pub one day.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 22:58:35 | More by miketd
Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
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