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Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 2,692
Gots: 170 | FT: 8
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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5/5  rDev +9.9%

mcintire78, May 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

JitsuBrew, May 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

chippo33, May 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

marine1975, May 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

tourdot, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

ejimhof, May 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

xxcarpxx, May 04, 2013
Photo of davey101
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick notes. 2011 vintage, 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to Doug for sharing a pour with me! A really big want of mine which I've heard far too many grumblings of it being "overrated".

Pours a dark black body with a quickly fading mocha head. The aroma and taste on this beer is really unique as the port does leave quite an impression. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, molasses and an almost dark fruit/black grape acridity. Rich and creamy mouth feel. Its rich and decadent and the dark fruit element that the port brings to the table really works. This exceeds all hype for me as I found it to be one of the best non barrel aged stouts I have had. I really hope this recipe carries on with Mott's new brewery as I would love to try it fresh.

davey101, May 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

MattKane, Apr 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Noyt, Apr 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Davihaw, Apr 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Davelucas88, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.98/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This 2011 vintage was generously shared by Rutager.

A: Black liquid with 1/2" light brown head.

S: Chocolate, salt, caramel and grass.

T: Cherries, figs, raisins, pears, roasted barley, chocolate and caramel.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: This stout is pretty much perfect. The Belgian yeast strain and special B malt are an amazing addition to the style.

DaftCaskBC, Apr 08, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 bottle thanks to Yeahnatenelson. Served at cellar temperature.

Appearance. Pours black with 1/2 a finger of khaki head.

Smell. Prunes, raisins, chocolate, rum, cherries and caramel. Despite that description it's very unique smelling and keeps me coming back for more.

Taste. Tobacco, prunes, raisins, chocolate, plums and molasses.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full body with medium-low soft and smooth carbonation, unbelievably smooth.

Overall. Smooth and delicious.

Rutager, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

TallSaint, Apr 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

MarvinSnyder, Mar 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

danoeltico, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

jderosia603, Mar 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

brydeen, Mar 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

rtaps, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Brewnami
4.99/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you want to know what the mouthfeel is like, or what color this beer is, take a peek at the other 700 reviews. I am writing here today to boldly state that this might be the best beer I've ever had. I luckily was able to get my hands on two bottles of this recently from the last batch made at Portsmouth Brewery in 2012. Because I am a nice guy and sharing is caring, I poured the little bottle into 5 glasses so that 4 other people could induldge in a beer in which, unless you work there, you need to win a lottery just to be able to purchase. This is as smooth as a nitro stout, perfectly balanced with chocolate notes and bitterness, smells delectable, and hides the 12% ABV very nicely. If anyone who has not tried this beer, enjoys Russian Imperial Stouts, and has the opportunity to trade for a bottle or purchase one from someone, I highly recommend doing so. I have one more bottle and I don't know when I will open it as I don't want it to go away. Hopefully the brewer will make this again one day!

Brewnami, Mar 21, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage reviewed from notes. Pours like a typical RIS, thick black and opaque with little to no head. The owe starts with deep roasts malts followed by a touch of oak, a bit of smoke and char, heavy waves of dark fruit and molasses, and some ashy notes. The taste is smooth and well rounded with chocolate and molasses coming through the strongest. The body is heavy and the carbonation is mild which makes for a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this brew is very tasty and well executed. I don't really get much port character in this, and perhaps I was expecting liquid gold with all the hype surrounding this... I didn't get that, but it is still a damn good beer!

homebrew311, Mar 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Greenplastic615, Mar 10, 2013
Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 891 ratings.