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Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery

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Reviews: 489
Hads: 918
Avg: 4.51
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 2,680
Gots: 170 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bewareOFpenguin on 04-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of sliverX
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ms11781
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a thick, deep, dark brown with lighter brown hues around the edges and bottom of the glass. It looks almost black in the glass and if I didn't pour it in the glass and take a good look at it myself I'd probably think the same. Surprisingly, a thin 1/4 finger dark brown head develops but it's gone almost immediately and can probably be attributed to the end of the pour being a bit heavy. A tan ring of soap-like foam does collect around the glass. Very tiny wisps of foam do stick to the glass but they are few and far between.

The nose is extremely strong, almost overwhelming at first, but that's not a bad thing here. It takes a few minutes of taking it all in before I can get a good hold on all that is going on here. The aroma is very sweet. Chocolate is prominent as is a wood-like character. Dark roasted malt character is here, as is some molasses and a touch of alcohol. As the beer warms some dark fruits show up, cherries being one that peaks it's head out. As a whole the nose is extremely complex, especially as the beer is allowed to warm to room temperature.

The nose was outstanding and the taste actually kicks it up a notch. As with the nose, chocolate is again a dominant flavor. It's extremely rich and sweet. Dark roasted malt character mixes with some molasses underneath the good dose of chocolate and it gives the beer a very bold taste. The same dark fruit that were in the nose show up, cherries again being prominent. The boozy aroma that was in the nose never translates to the taste. Actually, it's not that it isn't there but perhaps it's masked a bit better by the bolder taste. The woody, oak-like character that was in the nose shows up in the finish here and lingers on the palette a bit after each sip.

The mouthfeel is huge. The body is thick and viscous. Each sip is extremely rich and velvety smooth. Slight warming from some alcohol, especially as the beer warms.

With all the hype surrounding this beer, it was going to have to be exceptional to meet expectations. After the first few sips it was apparent that this beer was going to exceed those expectations. It is extremely decadent, perhaps the most decadent, beer I have ever had. About as drinkable and enjoyable as 12% ABV stouts come. I can't say enough about this beer.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on Borefts beer festival 2011 at the Struise stand??? Yes I was surprised too, but a well informed BA buddy told me, it was correct. There is a project going on between Struise and Portsmouth. They are trying to make a new brew together, mixing Kate the great and Black Albert.

A - A beer without a head and pitch black in color.

S - A mixed smell between beer and port. There is some chocolate and burned malt in the smell as well.

T - This is beerwine! Very nice and smooth, so complex. Where is the alcohol in this brew? They must have hidden it somewhere. There is dark cherries, chocolate and vanilla in this brew with a lot of sweetness.

M - Nice and smooth again, this time on the carbonation.

O - A good brew, not the best dark beer I ever had but still very good and worth buying.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Thanks to rlmartin for opening this one up while I was in town.

A: Pours black with no head, just a ring of foam

S: Coffee and raisin aroma

T: Thick, heavy coffee hits you immediately. Later sips start to reveal a bit of dark fruit

M: mouthcoating, but not overly sweet. Low carbonation.

O: Glad I got to taste this. Definitely a top-notch stout, although I'm not sure I'd jump through the hoops to get my hands on a bottle myself.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle at ATLBeerdog's tap house. I've been wanting to try this one for a while.

A: Black as night with thin ring of head. Great.

S: Chocolate with burnt malt and light licorice.

T: Slightly oxidized chocolate and slight vanilla with good amount of roast. Lots of sweetness.

M: Thick mouthfeel with light carb - great.

O: Great chocolate taste - wonderful - I'm very happy with this.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges glass at a small gathering of NoVA BA's on 9/4/11
*From notes

-- Bill, I can't thank you enough for introducing me to Kate --

Vintage 2010

A: A hearty pour yields a .75 finger head and decent, yet unspectacular lacing. It's got an oxblood hue around the edges, and a rich brownie-black tint to the body.

S: Some deliciously dark fruits hit the nose before the glass even gets there. 65% dark cocoa weaves it's way around the nostrils, creating a wonderful bouquet.

T: Wickedly different then my expectations. The ruby port (in which the wood had soaked) has an absolute vice grip on the flavor profiles of the brew. There's a lack of balance here, as the char, malt, hops...heck, just about anything else take a backseat to the dense red fruit. When discussing this with billab914 (who had it on tap at the release), he said the beer is not how he remembered it, and that he doesn't like where it has ended up. To be frank, he said, he preferred it fresh. As this is my first time flirting with Kate, I can only say that yes, this properly cellared, 2010 vintage is dominated solely by the ruby port's one-note, dense red fruit character.

M: Kate certainly feels good, but I can't say she felt great. The weight's decent, and both the texture and carbonation were on-point, yet I felt something was lacking here. It came off just a touch uninspired.

O: Portsmouth's Kate the Great vintage 2010 is a very, very good beer that just didn't live up to my lofty expectations. But really though, how could it? Considered the Holy Grail of RIS's, I can honestly say that I've had better, and I've absolutely had a whole hell of a lot worse. I'm really looking forward to ticking the 2011 next week, and will be sure to post my review.

I'm sure many of you are asking: Is she worth it? Is Kate worthy of dumping the entire cellar, for one measly bottle? That, my fellow BA's is up to you, though I'd heartily recommend thinking twice before doing so. At least for the 2010 vintage.

UPDATE: 9/23/11
As expected, we cracked the 2011 vintage at my 30th Beerthday Bash. From the moment the cap came off, it was apparent that the 2011 was head and shoulders above the '10. The port barrel character was in perfect balance with the beer, it really was one of the best RIS's I've had the pleasure of drinking. The room was deafening before the pour, and once the bottle circled around and their glasses were full, it was dead silent. We all took a moment and looked at each other, realizing we were drinking what may be the perfect beer. The following are my reviews of the '11:

A: 4 S:4.5 T:5 M:4 O:4.5

The moral of the story: DRINK KATE FRESH!

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Photo of augustgarage
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Post-birthday I think it's time to bring out the big guns. Thanks to ShogoKawada for this lovely 2010 vintage bomber. Chilled lightly and poured into my Portsmouth tulip (natch).

Deep seal brown liquid is capped by a low pearling lumberingly active fawn head. A surface slick unfurls like a massive amoeba in the glass. This beer is alive. Very delicate lacing, and not a lot of legs surprisingly.

The aroma when you pop the cap is superbly potent - Vanilla, toffee, prunes, blackberries, maple, grape must, brown sugar, and maybe the slightest hint of oxidation which comes across as faint port aromatics. Cinnamon and allspice come through over time as well.

Incredible depth of malt, toasty, roasted, charred, biscuity, syrupy...myriad elements blend into a superior whole. Like other really great RISs, the base reminds me at times of a baltic porter albeit accompanied by much richer flavors. Bourbon, treacle, maple, oat and wheat bran, carmelized hops (grassy and earthy with a vague hint of grapefruit), and more lead into the finish with whispers of tobacco. Somewhat sweet, but the phenols and alcohol balance the sugars very well. Low but present bitterness throughout.

Velvety, full-bodied, though not heavy. Well carbonated with a very gentle fleeting astringency. ABV is dangerously hidden.

Distinctive, delicious, and obviously sought after for a reason...I could see some finding it just a touch sweet...but it would be difficult to improve on this beer...it has left me wearing a huge grin.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 22oz bottle of the most recent vintage, thanks to a generous trader. Of course, there isn't a label on it.
A: Poured an opaque, thick black with a slow developing (yet thin) steadfast dark cream head.
S: Calm vanilla, strong raisin and molasses, nice woody and green notes with some oxidation with figs. Very dark chocolate and a good espresso and nice roasted notes. This smells excellent.
T: Chewy molasses and raisin turns into a thinner brandy-like acidity (very nice with the roast) and pecans, with bitter sweet chocolate throughout. It sticks to your teeth with a sweet brown sugar while the hops a bright green in the back. Alcohol doesn't really bite. It's almost too sticky and thick to be pleasureable, kind of like a toned-down Bourbon County Stout. It's not overly complex. I'm not a big fan of the finish, which comes off like sweet wort of a stout (oily and a bit thin). It's not overly complex, either, but it's damn solid.
M: Very thick, with some relief, but then a lingering silkiness.
O: Bourbon County without the heat or extreme thickness, and not quite cloying, but more bittersweet chocolate forward than Abyss. This is up there with the big guns and this will be one I'll be on the lookout for.

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Photo of boralyl
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage.

A - Black as night, with a 2 inch dark tan head. It has nice retention and leaves some great lacing. Beautiful imperial stout.

S - Medium roast and a slightly boozy sweetness, possibly port. Very different then most imperial stouts I've tried. The aroma really opens up as it warms.

M - Full in body, light carbonation, slightly syrupy, but it still contains a nice creaminess.

T - Some sweet malts up front with some boozy Port sweetness. Chocolate and oak flavors make up the middle of the beer. It's sweet and roasty on the finish, but not overly so like many big stouts.

An extremely complex beer full of character. This beer actually lives up to the hype. Very glad I got a chance to to try it.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Blaine for the share; the beer is hype-worthy, in my estimation. The brew has an average look for an RIS; if anything stands out, its that it is more brown than black, and it has a more airy head than usual. Dark chocolate, smores, graham crackers, light nutty caramel, candied dark fruit, fudge and a plethora of other specialities of a chocolatier come to mind, and all of these elements are expressed with the utmost sophistication. The nose is the very definition of decadence; the flavor is lesser in intensity, partially owing to a thinner body, but this lends itself to a more vinous-tinged character than the aroma suggests, and it works out in the favor of added complexity. Lots of lingering oak and booze are noted on the finish, as well as lots of raisin. The beer is too hard to get, obviously, but it is a hell of a brew if you get a crack at it.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle, 2011 batch poured into snifter reviewed on 8/27/11.

A: Pours black with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Sweet dark malt with dark fruit, carmael and molasses with a hint of alcohol.

T: Starts off with sweet dark malts, raisins, figs and molasses. Leaves a pleasant lingering taste of dark fruit.

M: Super smooth and creamy full body, low-moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

O: Very interesting and extremely drinkable for an imperial stout, the sweet dark fruit character really seperates this from other big stouts that are available. Easily the best non-barrel aged imperial stout that I have had.

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Photo of julian
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200. Been waiting for awhile to get this one in :)

A: Pours a near black with beautiful dark brown head from a slow gentle pour. Nice curtainous lacing all the way around. 4

S: Lots of fruit, fig, dark plum, raisin mixed with some booze, and residual molasses sweetness. 4.5

T&M: This is very interesting. Lots of fruit, some sherry like sweetness, molasses, raisin. Mouthfeel is thick, super creamy and incredibly smooth. 4.5 / 4.5

O: Wow, did not know what to expect from this but pleasantly surprised. I’m not sure if it’s just a ton of Special B or the Port oak aging, but this has a very unique dark fruity flavor. Exceptional. I love it. 4.5

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Photo of ditmier
3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1500th Rating, this 2010 bottle is thanks to the S tag team of JohnGalt1 and SAS - very much obliged!!...Pours kinda thin and almost black with a small tan head...aroma is full of rich roast and bitter cocoa, light plum...flavour is carob and cocoa, lightly tart all over the palate, caramel and vanilla add some depth, coffee peeks thru as well...really tasty and glad to try this legendary brew...

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a tasting... Finally getting around to typing up my notes from my iphone.

Had the privelage of trying the 08 and 10 side by side... and later the 11 at DLD.

The beer is dark and viscousy in the legs with some red hues in the legs. Minimal tan head becomes a whisp of clouds.

Nose has some molasses and a slight hint of black licorice and a little dark fruit note.
Some chocolate and a touch of booze appears on the flavor. Some sweetness up front dries out with hints of anise srpinging from the molasses and the finish is drier than expected-- but it works.

The body has a little carbonation than I expected, but it is nice.

Overall-- this is a well made beer.
Is this the best stout I've ever had? No, but it deserves at least an A-
Numbers for the 10 and 08==
A- 4
S - 4
T - 4
M - 4.5
D - 4

Now, those would be my review numbers but I was sooo impressed with the 11 when I had it fresh at DLD, that the numbers are being bumped up. I will not try to age any Kate again-- it was so smooth and well-balanced when it was fresh, that I loved it. The appearance and nose doesn't change much, but the taste certainly went up, as well as the overall.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I have been patiently waiting to crack this whale for a special occasion. I tasted this on my birthday, July 17th. As it turns out, this will be my 350th review as well. Just uploading some backlogged reviews now. Mega props to 603BeerMe for helping me land a few of these. Vintage 2011 into snifter.

A - This gem pours an inky black with only about an inch of mocha brown head. Several horizontal lacing streaks stuck with the glass after the head dissipated.

S - Lots of smooth milk chocolate, molasses, tobacco, prunes and raisins. A port like booziness with black licorice.

T - Lots of dark fruits of raisins, figs, and dates. The light espresso coffee was balanced with sweet gourmet chocolate. The port booze was present but subdued. Tobacco, some ash and a bit of brown sugar rounded out the back end. Incredible flavour profile.

M - By far the smoothest, creamiest beer I've had. The alcohol is not noticed at all. It's like drinking molten silk. Wow.

O - I have waited for this in anticipation for a long time and it did not disappoint. Totally worth the effort it took to get this. Absolutely amazing beer.

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Photo of rvdoorn
2.72/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look: the beer pours a deep black color with almost no head.
Smell: Coffee, sweet molasses, tobacco, chocolate and roasted malts
Taste: follows the nose. Very nice and sweet beer, with a bitter coffee finish
Mouthfeel: medium body and very low carbonation
Overall: I had the 2008, 2009 and 2010 version of this beer now. Al of them were completely different, ranging from sour, to flat dull and boring. The carbonation of the 2010 was way too low for my liking. Brew with consistency please. A world class beer should be world class year after year. This is average at best.

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Photo of claspada
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Adding review of 2011 sampled 1/20/12 with HimerMan. Just as amazing as I remember. Even better actually. Aromas are ridiculous, berries galore. Everything remains true that I described below. Mouthfeel was better than I remember, carbonation was slightly higher in this more recent example, maybe the freshness... Adjusting ratings, this is as close to perfect as a beer can be.

Bottle courtesy of rlmartin at our most recent tasting. 2010 edition. My hand is shaking as I pour the bottle I am so nervous. I have been waiting to try this beer for as long as I can remember.

Pours a dark brownish black, not the darkest I have ever seen, with a nice small dark brown head that you don't see all the time, which quickly recedes leaving some minimal lacing.

Aroma is ridiculous. Waves of initial complex smells; raspberry/blackberry jam, dark and milk chocolate, lesser darker and vinous fruits as well. I am really getting a lot of dark chocolate covered strawberry here. I have never experienced such a berry presence in a beer. Port barrels did this... interesting, wow!

The tastes directly follow the nose with waves and waves of dark chocolate covered strawberries, lesser sweet milk chocolate bar and tons of raspberry jam and a little vanilla in the background. I have never had a stout with so little roasted/coffee presence and so much dark fruit character but I am 100% in love with this, with KATE I guess, whoever she is!

Mouthfeel is soft and sweet and velvety. Low-to-medium carbonation which I normally dislike but I couldn't care less here. This is full yet almost dry in the finish.

Overall, words cannot describe not pleased I am with this beer. Usually the hype train is off course but this beer is worth it, holy S! I wish I had more. I am considering moving to Portsmouth now is how good this was. Highly recommended, track it down, trade for it, just WOW!

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Photo of seeswo
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle enjoyed with a few experienced BAs.

Pours black with a little off-white head. The nose is big maraschino cherries, roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, wood. The taste is huge sweetened cherries again, roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate and wood. There is no vinegar or acidic notes accompanying the cherries, but it is a big flavor, similar to a cherry stout. Totally unexpected, but well integrated. Hard to say that it is infection, but hard to believe that this very strong flavor was intended. Big body with nice, light carbonation. Overall this beer was enjoyable, but not quite as advertised. If nothing else, the port is a dominant flavor in this beer. Hard to rate as such, so I rated the taste straight up and docked the overall.

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Photo of SierraNevadaGlis
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First Review: What better way to do a first review than review one of the best!

A - Nice black appearance with nice shade of brown. I endulged in this fine serving with Dnice555 on his creeper porch on a fine sunny day. Bottle was properly stored to enjoy 6 months after braving the freezing rain and snow to enjoy Kate.

S - Chocolate, cherry, vanilla all hit the palate. Smelled just like it tasted.

T - Chocolate, complex but smoother than a Guido on the Jersey Shore

M - Well balanced stout, smooth going down the palate and easily drinkable

O - This is my first review of a beer on BA and I have to say this is simply one of the best I have ever experienced in my life. Once it hit my lips it felt like a party was happening in my mouth!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.94/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared this wonderful, ridiculous brew recently with friends, vintage 2010. Have to say big thanks to TCassel1 who traded me this beer over a year ago now, thanks a lot man hope to trade with you again soon.

A: Very dark with small tan head that dies to a ring. Little bit of lacing, pretty good look.

S: Super dark smell with tons of roast and notes of the port and dark fruit shine through. Leather, fudge, musty cellar, maybe a little bit of woodiness come through as well.

T: Super tasty beer with the port shining through nicely on top of the roasted malt notes. Coffee bitters that linger are very nice with some sweeter chocolate and alcohol notes. Caramel, A dose of dark fruit with maybe the slightest tartness, a little leather-soy (in a good way!), a tiny bit of oak, and burnt oak too. Some sweet tastes of candy plum and brown sugar are nice as well. Super complex and worth the hype.

M: Super viscous and just enough carbonation. Great.

Overall an outstanding beer I hope to have the honor of drinking again. A triumph.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to Jonathan for sharing this one - 2010 vintage

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a dark tan head and pretty significant lacing - not super thick, something I've come to expect from a lot of these big Impy stouts

S: Smell is an awesome mix of port and chocolate - never smelled anything quite like this, and I am really looking forward to the taste

T: Best tasting non-BA stout I've ever had, hands down. It's somewhat sweet, but not too sweet, with flavors of cocoa, port and dark fruit. Not really roasty at all - this is my kinda stout, incredible and unique.

M: Kinda medium-bodied and mouth-coating, not nearly as heavy as other stouts of this size.

O: This is fantastic and unique. I've never had another stout quite like this, but I personally think that this one truly lives up to the hype. An amazing beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle shared by Jonathan, thank you!

Pours a silky chocolate, dark brown with a wispy light mocha head that quickly fades to a tin crown with minimal lacing. Aroma is amazing blend of sweet oak and wine with milk chocolate, char and brown sugar. Flavor is initially sweet and dominated by by the port oak, dark fruits and red wine. Much less reliant on the chocolate and malt in the body than the aroma, though the finish offers a much more complex blend of the flavors from the aroma. Mouthfeel is perfect. Medium body with soft carbonation and an everlasting and evolving silky smooth finish. Big, bold, complex, smooth and balanced; a remarkable, unique RIS.

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Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.