Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery
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4.6/5 rDev +1.1%
2011 vintage shared with "The Core"
Big thanks to Tom for making this happen
A: Pours pitch black with a faint ring of mocha head. Decent amount of alcohol feet when swirled. Looks great.
S: Dark chocolate and espresso dominate. Faint hints of vanilla and dark fruit,cherries to be specific. A bit of alcohol but not much. Very complex aroma.
T: Much like the nose but with some molasses in there as well. The fruitiness comes through a bit more than I expected and it is almost a port like flavor. One of the more complex RIS I've ever encountered.
M: Creamy Swiss chocolate comes to mind. Very light carbonation. Slight alcohol sting but not unpleasant at all. Emphasis goes to the smoothness of this beer. It is above average.
O: This beer lived up to some hefty expectations. The hype is justified in my opinion. Very complex and delicious.
10-21-2011 02:30:32 | More by Pdiddey3d
4.72/5 rDev +3.7%
Kate the Great '11
A: Pours thick and syrupy, with only a tiny mocha head that lines the edge of the glass. There is very little lacing as it drinks.
S: Smells mainly of brown sugar, molasses, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. There is a slight alcohol presence in this beer, but it's very subtle.
T: Tastes exactly like it smells. Roasted malt, molasses, and brown sugar. I also get hits of raisin, plum, cherry, and vanilla. This is a really complex beer. I'm amazed at how much is going on here. It's absolutely delicious.
M: Full bodied beer, that coats the palate and hangs on for dear life. Slightly sticky and chewy, but that fades.
O: This beer is wonderful. It totally lives up to the hype.
10-17-2011 16:11:16 | More by trxxpaxxs
4.47/5 rDev -1.8%
2011 Vintage. 22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. split with fellow BA's.
pours out with pretty much no head, but a nice thick syrupy looking opaque black that left some really thick brown legs on the glass. a little lacing as well.
the aroma was a dark chocolate cake batter like molasses syrupy smell. roasted malt, it becomes a little hot as it warms. not far off from many other good examples of the style.
a very thick syrupy molasses, sweet burnt sugar taste. just some wonderful roasted malt flavors, a hint of some dark fruits. a very nice tasting finish, chocolate cake batter comes to mind. slightly bitter.
wonderful thick syrupy mouthfeel, you can tell the FG of this was very high. minimal carbonation.
overall, this lives up to the hype for me, but theres still a very small part of me that maybe expected a bit more. im super excited i got a chance to try this, defiantly the perfect example of the RIS style for sure.
10-17-2011 01:29:25 | More by dogfishandi
3.53/5 rDev -22.4%
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.
10-16-2011 23:40:00 | More by aasher
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
4.58/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured pitch black, not much head other than a brown ring around the edge.
Smell burnt malt, brown sugar, molasses.
Taste takes the nose and amps it up ten fold. A bit boozy but holds up to the hype. Dark fruit notes at the end, burnt brown sugar.
Mouthfeel smooth chewy perfectly fitting.
Overall excellent beer do I need to murder people for it no but its pretty darn good.
10-16-2011 22:49:51 | More by sliverX
Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
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