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Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

881 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 2,683
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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2beerdogs

California

4/5  rDev -12.1%

09-08-2013 03:58:43 | More by 2beerdogs
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

A-Pours quite black. Thin head. Doesn't appear to be completely black. Has a browner tint to it. I only enjoyed a small sample so it is difficult to properly assess the appearance.

S-Wow, what a unique aroma. It smells a bit like port. I get a lot of dark fruitiness. The standard chocolate and roast is a secondary aspect here. Very neat, almost like a Quad without the Belgian yeastiness.

T-The flavor is, like the aroma, unique and very interesting. I really wish I had a full glass as opposed to a small sample. Kate explodes with dark fruits: fig, prune, raisin. Dark chocolate and port wine. The year of aged has forced the favors to cooperate considerably well. Definitely an individual flavor.

M-Big, velvety and slick. Soft carbonation. Booze is a complete no-show. Excellent feel here.

O/D-Was never expecting to try this and I am super happy I got the chance. Haven't had a Stout quite like Kate. Definitely worthy of the hype. Too bad she's retired.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 18:43:26 | More by VelvetExtract
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zakkondratenko

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

09-04-2013 10:31:07 | More by zakkondratenko
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DarthKostrizer

California

4/5  rDev -12.1%

08-26-2013 05:20:45 | More by DarthKostrizer
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joe1510

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

Getting the chance to sample Kate the Great on Easter courtesy of brewandbbq, Thanks Jeff! Kate gurgles midnight black from the bottle into my snifter. This beer actually sucks up the light in the room. Not much of a head up front but halfway through the pour a fingers worth of creamy dense mocha colored head showed up and never left. Tiny carbonation bubbles rush along the glass keeping the head in place throughout. Great looking drink lines are left behind after each sip.

As this warms the aroma becomes more and more complex. Waves of anise crest throughout and then drop from sight before cresting again. Deep roasted malts, bakers chocolate, and cocoa all meld together to create an intense, inviting nose. On top of all this throw in a handful of dark ripe berries and you have yourself a mouthwatering complex RIS.

Everything I picked up in the aroma comes through in the flavor. The chocolate, roastiness, and cocoa meld together perfectly to create an intense yet seamless RIS. The chocolate comes through big mid-palate through the finish with the roastiness adding a bite on the swallow. This really is a top notch RIS with an incredible complexity of flavors!

The mouthfeel was good up front but as this beer nears room temperature the true nature of the beast comes out. The body is fantastically smooth and velvety. Kate massages the tongue on its slow tour of every tastebud in the area.

The drinkability is as high as I could expect from any big complex RIS making this one a true danger if you're not careful. My glass is disappearing far to fast as I try and figure out all the layers to this brew.

I'm always a little skeptical, and I hate to admit it but I am more critical, of a beer with this amount of buzz behind it. This is a fantastic beer no matter which way you look at it and if you read the rest of my review complex is the word! Keep Kate the Great comin'!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:39:31 | More by joe1510
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.9%

08-03-2013 19:51:31 | More by sacrelicio
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dcloeren

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-29-2013 19:27:49 | More by dcloeren
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EnronCFO

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.9%

07-17-2013 14:05:42 | More by EnronCFO
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Draught2012

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.9%

07-12-2013 15:54:30 | More by Draught2012
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Duff27

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-02-2013 04:54:28 | More by Duff27
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Small khaki head atop an almost black body. Doesn't last. Eventually there's nothing atop the beer.

Smell - Dark chocolate. Dark fruits, fruity and sweet like a port. Some booze.

Taste - Dark chocolate. Very rich. Dark fruits right behind, again reminiscent of a sweet port. Oak in the finish. Boozy.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation and pretty boozy. Medium body.

Overall - A touch thin and boozy. Otherwise one of the best nonbarreled stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 00:48:06 | More by Alieniloquium
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mrandypandy

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

06-17-2013 17:07:56 | More by mrandypandy
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mtchaput

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.9%

06-11-2013 23:15:16 | More by mtchaput
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EricDu

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +9.9%

06-06-2013 04:40:52 | More by EricDu
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jbar920

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.9%

05-29-2013 18:03:37 | More by jbar920
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mcintire78

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.9%

05-28-2013 16:41:50 | More by mcintire78
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JitsuBrew

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

05-24-2013 21:03:49 | More by JitsuBrew
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chippo33

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-23-2013 01:29:30 | More by chippo33
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marine1975

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

05-21-2013 02:14:40 | More by marine1975
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-20-2013 12:19:31 | More by InspectorBob
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tourdot

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-12-2013 06:40:54 | More by tourdot
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.1%

05-05-2013 22:11:27 | More by ejimhof
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xxcarpxx

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-04-2013 19:48:23 | More by xxcarpxx
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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
Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 881 ratings.