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Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 2,683
Gots: 170 | 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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davey101

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 20:04:56 | More by davey101
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MattKane

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

04-29-2013 05:08:50 | More by MattKane
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Noyt

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

04-27-2013 22:53:49 | More by Noyt
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Davihaw

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.9%

04-26-2013 18:27:39 | More by Davihaw
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Davelucas88

Delaware

5/5  rDev +9.9%

04-25-2013 04:40:09 | More by Davelucas88
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 01:27:58 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 18:46:43 | More by Rutager
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TallSaint

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

04-06-2013 17:19:18 | More by TallSaint
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

03-31-2013 19:41:49 | More by MarvinSnyder
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danoeltico

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.9%

03-25-2013 18:46:34 | More by danoeltico
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

03-24-2013 01:45:02 | More by Sparky44
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jderosia603

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-24-2013 00:43:01 | More by jderosia603
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brydeen

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.9%

03-23-2013 05:31:15 | More by brydeen
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rtaps

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

03-22-2013 02:15:56 | More by rtaps
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Brewnami

Texas

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 18:43:56 | More by Brewnami
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homebrew311

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 06:12:55 | More by homebrew311
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Greenplastic615

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

03-10-2013 20:17:49 | More by Greenplastic615
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TheBronze

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-10-2013 07:21:34 | More by TheBronze
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

03-10-2013 04:47:56 | More by stereosforgeeks
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duff247

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-25-2013 00:41:12 | More by duff247
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Auror

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-21-2013 05:20:07 | More by Auror
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-16-2013 18:03:31 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter

Shared by PDXHops; thanks Jeff!

2011 vintage

The color as it pours is a clear-ish medium brown. Thin layer of a lighter brown foam which departs to the inside perimeter of the glass. A ring of bubbly retention remains as do a few tiny specks of scattered lace.

This has quite the hefty aroma. There is a good deal of burnt dark sugars; licorice, molasses and a faint, semi-sweet chocolate note. Hints of cocoa dust, too. Undertones of prunes. As it warms, dark fruit tones emerge; slightly vinous. Mild earthiness on the second pour.

The flavor profile is different than what I am used to in an imperial stout. The vinous tones are more apparent than in the aroma and set the tone for the beer. It has a tangy middle that eases towards sugary, burnt flavors. Molasses and heavy prune. Not at all boozy; just ever-so-slightly warming.

Full body but not absurdly heavy. The vinous aspects seem to impart a slick, viscous feel. Carbonation is low and offers just enough of a perfectly-proportioned fluffiness to match the feel of the beer. Hints of burnt sugar linger.

This is a really interesting and enjoyable take on the style. It is seated comfortably on the sugary side of things but it is far from being too sweet. Also, it's very unique; no other beers I have had strike me as similar.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 07:59:50 | More by Ryan011235
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HopsMatt

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-10-2013 06:57:58 | More by HopsMatt
Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
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