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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 10.57%
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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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Photo of drumrboy22
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Mudpuppet for this growler! Poured into a Great Divide Yeti chalice. Beer was all black with a small, chocolate colored head.

Aroma was coffee, smoke, molasses and some spicy hops. Very complex smelling beer.

Very thick, yet smooth tasting. Hops upfront with the other flavors coming through as it goes down. Chocolate, coffee and dark fruit are prominent.

Full flavor that gets better and better as it warms up. Goes down easy and is a real treat. I only wish I mad more than one growler.

It's been almost three years since I've visited Portsmouth brewery and this was on tap the last time I was there. Brought back lots of great memories of road trips visiting breweries on the east coast. Thanks again to Mudpuppet for this rare treat.

Photo of hero27
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler received courtesy of Cedromar, many thanks!

Pours from the growler a deep brown, small head of khaki foam leaves wisps of lace behind.
Aroma of rich dark chocolate fudge, burnt toffee, and vanilla.

wow, do the flavors come alive... chocolate malts, green apple, roasted coffee, raisins, bourbon, dark fruits, & vanilla pods...almost a "chocolate-coated cherry" flavor. Hop persistence on the front-end prevents this from being overly sweet...and in fact, surprisingly balanced.
Creamy texture..biting, spicy, lingering finish. Residual sweetness will lay on your tongue and not let up. I could best describe the lingering flavors as raspberries & raisins soaked in alcohol with a dark chocolate fondue.

Well, this shit is for real...
Kate is the hottest chick in the beer world right now.

Photo of emerge077
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sample shared by Jay23, acquired via his trade. Thanks!
Great growler art, kitschy apres-ski scenes in 4-color silkscreen.

Into a Chimay chalice it pours a light-absorbing black, with dark crimson highlights, bordering on tones of oxblood. Spotty lace, with the occasional scalloped "m" bird on the horizon. Constant ring of foam around the edges, with a swirling "yin-yang" pattern to the surface skim.

Aromas of dried cherries and plums, light licorice, dark chocolate, with a slight caramelized sugar character that reminds me of cooking sweet plantains. Underneath, there's also crystalized sugarplum, and vague note of alcohol at room temperature.

Massive chocolate character that is deeply fudgy, with smooth oatmeal hints, dried cherry, with a residual dry char. There is a light brandyish alcohol, that is peppery in the finish. Taste is unique with an equally distinctive and enticing aroma.

Impossibly smooth, very much like chocolate milk, given the slight lactic feel. Peppery, bittersweet finish keeps things interesting, and keeps you sipping. If only this was available on draft locally, several pints would be a dream come true.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of citrusjim, thanks, mate! This one's been on my radar for a while, but now that it's in the Top 5, it became a must-have. Sweet, now, it's mine, all mine!

Into a chalice she goes, this Kate, pouring a solid black, with a slim brown ring of head on top. Blackety, black, black, black.

In the nose, bittersweet espresso, dark chocolate, ...didn't impress at first, but grows as it sits in the glass and warms. (This was poured about 15 minutes after taking it from the fridge.) Roast becomes more evident in aroma, favor gets bigger...deep, spicy, earthy, and warm.

Let's drink, shall we?
Enters the mouth and fills it full tilt, to the hilt, big boned and bodacious, our Katie. And there's no simplicity here, it's an intriquing stew simmering on the palate, some roasty malt, some bright tingly hops, some dark fruit...plenty of beans, cocoa and coffee, but mixed smoothly and adroitly, sliding down the throat with easy, and urging further partakings. Chocolate is in charge of the next sip, but the the sweet is matched with roast, and the bittersweet coffee kicks in next. Nice. But then along comes blackberry, and and raisins, and more...mmmm, tasty...bold, but fuzzy, fierce, but mellow, calming, a tonic for a tough night.

Full bodied as they get, with a long, long finish...finish doesn't work, as there is no termination. Just a long languor. That's a good word for it.
languor \LANG-guhr; LANG-uhr\, noun:
1. Mental or physical weariness or fatigue.
2. Listless indolence, especially the indolence of one who is satiated by a life of luxury or pleasure.
3. A heaviness or oppressive stillness of the air.

#2 fits best for our purpose here. Call me satiated by this decadent, luxurious, fruity, hoppy, chocolatey, mellow, deep, dark, and stronger than you think Imperial Stout...what not as strong as I what? I didn't...wait, there it is...

beautiful girl, Kate, lovely, lovely lass!

Photo of pwoods
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here's to you NJpadreFan! I can not believe you were gonna try to send this without me knowing! You're a BA of the finest kind.

Served in my Stone IRS tulip.

A: Poured straight black with only the faintest of ruby trying to peek through at the very bottle of the glass when back lit. Carbonation held up great and produces a nice 2 layered chocolate milk head. The bottom layer is very tight and holds strong while a top fluffy layer lays down and leaves big chunks on the walls.

S: Big fudge and chocolate cake aroma with a pleasant smokiness in the back. Alcohol combined with a solid dose of hops give a crisp spicy bite. A bit of underlying burnt coffee in the back.

T/M: My goodness. Such a large hop profile! A zesty, peppery taste lasts throughout the entire drink. Some chocolate covered orange candy(you know.. those chocolate things you bang on the table and it splits like an orange... anyway, lol). A very pleasant German chocolate cake taste is very persistent but doesn't become cloying as it can tend to get in other brews. A nice alcohol burn starts near the beginning and also lasts through to the end but never becomes abrasive. SO MUCH going on but never becomes too much or confusing. A very nice sweetness with a touch of bitterness smooths things over in the finish. Again, carbonation held up very well.

D: With as robust as this brew is, it's surprisingly drinkable. I feel very privileged to have such a good friend in NJpadreFan. Thanks again for this brew, Alan. You never cease to impress and I got something I think you'll like heading your way.

Photo of Todd
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the source. Man does it suck living only 1 hour away from the brewery. Dual-reviewing this with the bro as I type, but silently so he won't copy me.

Dense, opaque, black, like motor oil, with a rich looking coffee colored head that eventually drops to a ringed lace. Gorgeous.

Big, bold nose full of molasses, chocolate cake with a glass of milk on the side, some spicy hops blended with sherry, and a tease of anise and char in the back. Tobacco, too. "So ... damn ... complex," said in my best Shatner voice.

Smooth, full-bodied, and viscous in the feel. Quite spicy upfront, with an herbal and lightly citric hop smack that's steeping in a border-line boozy, peppery, and warming alcohol chop to the throat that burns; just a bit. Malt characters run deep with some tangy blackstrap molasses, honey, treacle syrup, some char, brownie/chocolate, burnt coffee, and an interesting dark, fruitiness that's akin prunes (aka - dried plums; which I guess sounds better these days). Finish is quite tame with some powdery sweet chocolate. More hop spice, fumy alcohol (not too hot), and a hint of smoke in the linger.

Kate is indeed Great. This is probably the 4th or 5th time I've had this beer and it just keeps on getting better. Balanced, for what it is, insanely complex, and ranks right up there with the best of its style.

Photo of Jason
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've tasted this beer in passing, the last time was probably EBF 06'. Blurry memories so now I'm finally splitting a growler with Todd.

Pours thick and black with a sufficient brown lacing.

Aromas of chocolate cake batter, Tootsie rolls, chocolate covered malted milk balls and dry toasted cocoa beans. Hint of dark berry and spicy herbal from the hop / alcohol combo.

Creamy and a bit slick, almost a little syrupy in the mouth. Smooth carbonation. Alcohol is warming and a little fuming but not hot, hops come through quick with the alcohol before the maltiness lays in. Chocolate syrup, molasses cookies, dried plums and a cocoa powder maltiness slowly appear with each sip as each complex layer peels away. Finishes with some hop flavor, slight charred malt and a semi-sweet choco-flavor.

Perfectly balanced, very complex yet not too over the top so it has a dangerous level of drinkibility. There is so much chocolate and cocoa goodness here, so don't expect a big burnt charred character its more mellow within the sweetness.

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

A- Poured into a Portsmouth tulip at the Portsmouth Brewery. This is a pitch black brew with about 3/4 inch of dense head. Great looking beer.

S- A very aromatic brew with a complex nose. Coffees, chocolates, and dark fruits. Almost spicy like a chianti.

T- This is a thick dark beer with strong notes of coffee and chocolate. That is not to say it isn't fruity with flavors of grape, currant, and plums. This is an incredible beer.

M- Good carbonation for a imperial stout. It looses a bit of carbonation when being consumed from growler but that adds to the flavors.

D- This is a very smooth and delicious beer. This does not taste like a 9.5% beer. It hides the alcohol well. Which is dangerous if you are at the brewpub because you can have quiet a few. And I recommend you do!

Photo of mountdew1
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a pitch black that didn't let any light in. Head was a bubbly chocolate brown that left a "slick" on top of the beer, as well as a ring around the glass. Aroma was slightly sweet, with chocolate and grain undertones. Taste was sweet, chocolatey and also milky. Felt very silky smooth in the mouth. Coated wonderfully, was hinted at when pouring from the growler it looked almost like a cough syrup. Very easy to drink despite the high alcohol content. Probably one of the best imperial stouts I have had.

Photo of mbrandon2w
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler to share with my fiancee's family over christmas.
Poured absolutely Jet black. No light came through whatsover. Nice dark brown head.
Aroma of chocolate, coffee. Both in the taste as well. The flavor was so complex and unbelievably smooth. Coffee, chocolate, slight roasted grains, some alcohol.
According to the bartender when I bought it, this was closer to 12%, and I can't believe the beer was so smooth if it had that much alcohol.
I wish I could get more of this.
Of the 5 or 6 people that tried it, not a single person did not love it.

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.97/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black, dark, motor oil with a thin dark brown head. It looks thick and evil, and that itself is vastly appealing.

S: Roasted grains, some dark chocolate, some dark fruit, some coffee all mixed together. Wonderful. Incredibly complex and balanced.

T: Wow. That's all I could say. Balanced. Complex. Lots of flavors in this one, that start in the nose and persist throughout the taste. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden, perhaps a hint of warmth, but not even really noticeable.

M: Smooth, creamy, and thick. This is the mouthfeel I wish most imperial stouts had. It's absolutely outstanding.

D: This is a phenomenal stout, and worthy of the hype. Delicious, smooth, creamy, and outstanding.

Photo of fo5s
4.95/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bottle with generic portsmouth brewery label. Only the poorly inked "Imperial Stout" stamp near the bottom gives hint to the treasure inside. No freshness date, but this one should be good for a long time. 2007 vintage. Drank in celebration of the patriots unbeaten regular season. Poured aggressively into a mug.

Appearance- Thick, motor oil black. As expected for any imperial stout. Very small dark brown head. Shouts "DRINK ME!" and took self control to sit down and get the patriots postgame on before diving in.

Smell- Chocolates, roasted malts, hints of coffee and dark fruits. It already tastes good, and I haven't even put it to my lips yet.

Taste- Makes good on the promises of the smell with dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a deep, subtle fruit taste. Small hint of coffee that hangs with the aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden, especially if the 2007 is 11% as I've been hearing. Taste improves as it warms, but is best in the happy medium between the serving temp and room temp.

Mouthfeel- Thick, creamy. Creamier than other imp stouts I've had.

Drinkability- Impressive. If not for the high alcohol (and perhaps rarity) I could drink this all night. The creaminess/smoothness is unlike any imp stout I've ever had and serves to make it even more drinkable.

Absolutely amazing beer. As far as I'm concerned, this is well worth the praise and hype its been receiving.

Photo of HopDerek
4.95/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a blacker than black that says to light "thou shall not pass" with a good bubbly tan head. Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted chocolate malt, and alcohol. Taste is that of sweet chocolate with some dark fruits, a hint of coffee, with a touch of hops in the finish. Alcohol present the entire time, but it doesn't hinder any of the flavors, actually complimenting and accentuating them very well. Medium to full in body and very smooth. A very drinkable RIS, and very unique compared to most of the others out there. If only it wasn't such a challenge to obtain, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it, thanks to Kegatron for sharing.

Photo of LittleBreeze
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Kate The Great

11/21/07 notes: on tap

Pitch black with a tan head. Smell is a wonderful mixture of chocolate, coffee, dark brown sugar...malts and vanilla.

The taste is like the aroma but all of the elements are working together in a way that you can't really taste each. Outstanding. It is creamy and rich. Sweet. Each taste gets better. It is almost addictive. I prefer it warm. Cold is good too.

These go down pretty fast and easy. I was told Kate came in at over 11% this year. It will sneak up on you.

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12/29/07 Kate The Great '06

Tried bottles of the '06 and '07 Kate side by side. Wow...the difference a year makes. 06 Kate made the 07 Kate seem boozy and a little rough. '06 Kate is dreamy smooth and mellow. The mouthfeel is down right silky...and I didn't think the mouthfeel could get any better.

Photo of bigman147
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured at the Portsmouth Brewery on 12/26/07 into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a nice dark tan head. Head never completely settles and floats on top like the creme on a full bodied espresso.

Aroma: Smell of dark chocolate and coffee with hints of dark fruits (cherry, plum, maybe even apple). Alcohol is present but only helps to convey the coffee and toffee notes. Sweet and very pleasant. The kind of beer that you could just sit around all day and smell

Taste: Taste of sweet malt and slight coffee type bitterness. Very well balanced however since the sweetness just helps calm the alcohol in order to cool the mouth and throat. Its delicious and coats the lips driving you to lick our lips and enjoy the next taste until the sadness of an empty glass drives you to order more or buy every drop they have. Its the perfect balance of body, sweetness, bitterness wrapped up in the perfect package.

I would have originally said that my only complaint in general about RIS is the lack of drinkability but this is different. Heck, my dad who is diabetic even ordered a glass after sampling mine. I am sure he paid for it later but he is still talking about how good it was.

The perfect beer at the perfect time for me. Hopefully, it will be for you too (until its all gone)

Photo of Cedromar
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Never have I had a better beer. In a word, delicious.

A: Black with a light cocoa head.
S: Caramel, Chocolate and some dark fruit notes lingering in the background.
T: Wonderful chocolate taste throughout. Some vanilla accents as it warms as well.
M: Creamy and thick. Lingers on the palate beautifully.
D: It doesn't get more drinkable then this for a stout.

I made two 4 hour (roundtrip) journey's for to the brewery for this beer and was fortunate to grab a few growlers and bottles for aging. It was more than worth it and exceeds the hype surrounding it.

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

Portsmouth- Kate the great

Growler picked up at the brewpub

A- Dark thick black with a small creamy tan head. 2 ring lacing down the glass.
S- Milk chocolate cocoa and creamy sweet coffee.
T- Cream and sugar coffee cocoa powder and hot booze.
M- Sweet and slighty boozy. Slightly cloying in the end.

Overall- Very tasty and creamy. A half growler is enough for an evening.

*update* (12-/30/07) stopped back for another growler and a pint or 2. This stuff is selling fast! Several people at the bar were drinking it and filling up growlers.
*2nd update (06/24/08) Kate the Great day! Sold out quickly and it tastes as good as ever!

Photo of craptastic
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The wife and I snuck out to the Portsmouth Brewery to pick up Kate the Great (KTG) on this mild winter day. We hit the store first and obtained the last two 22s of the aged KTG (nice!). The girl at the counter pointed out that they still had some KTG on tap, but indicated they would be dry by Monday (today being Saturday). I will follow up when I try the aged KTG, but what follows is for the freshies:

A- Dense, dark molasses color. Light does not penetrate this dark brew. Head was a light khaki tan color, leaving a fine lace around the glass.

S- Strong coffee tones with a bit of dark chocolate.

T- Wonderful. Coffee taste to compliment the scent. A bit of molasses gives a nice semi-sweetness. No bitterness, just a smooth flavor throughout hitting

M- Great mouthfeel; it was thick, and creamy just like a stout should be.

D- An everyday beer, if it could only be so. So smooth and pleasant to drink you'd be so lucky to get it at the corner store.

Photo of Kegatron
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub 12/21/07.

Served in a 10oz tulip glass.

Pours a impenetrable pitch black with a beautiful tan head that settles down into a smooth, creamy covering. I don't believe I've ever been mesmerized by a beers appearance before but I just couldn't get enough of watching the swish of blackness and tan head swirl around in the glass, leaving an awesome spiderwork of glass down the edges of the tulip glass. Aroma is a HUGE nose of chocolate sweetness. This mixes with an underpining of faint heat to make for a most pleasant, warming smell.

Much like the nose, the taste is one again dominated by sweet chocolate malt. This is by far one of the sweetness Imperial Stouts I've ever tasted and I loved it! The sweetness isn't absolutley dominate though, as some secondary notes of dark fruits and coffee shine through as well. Finishes with a combo of sweetness and some slight roasty bitterness that lets is end with a bit of an oomph. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, feeling almost viscous at times over the tongue. As I drink it though, I feel like it could almost go a little deeper with the body. Just a bit. Alcohol is present but never detracts from the rest of the beer. It perfectly accentuates the other flavors, adding an undercurrent of warmth and roastiness to the overall taste profile. Definitely one of the best jobs of balancing a higher ABV that I've ever felt in an RIS.

I don't know what else to say about this beer. I drove 8 hours up to New Hampshire to try it and it more than met my expectations. It doesn't possess the deep burnt notes and intense heat of other Russian Imperial Stouts, instead offering a profile that while still complex, is more accessable and most importantly, incredibly drinkable. After this glass, I had another on draft and proceeded to grab 4 growlers of it for myself and friends back home. Well worth the trip and I'll do it again when next year's release rolls around.

Photo of dciBA
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well after reading about this stuff in the New England regional forum for the past week I had to see what all the hype was about. Had some time to myself, and needed a break from last minute shopping so i made the drive down to portsmouth and grabbed a growler. Boy am I glad I did. This one really does live up to the hype. Exceptional, balanced, tasty brew. I make the trip down a few times year to the brew pub so i have had many of thier beers, this is definitely the best.

Poured a deep black so black I swear it sucked the light out of the room. Nice, thick consistency, on par with motor oil, and I mean that in a good way. Smells of chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts and a touch of alcohol. Taste, one word? Wonderful. I can only compare to a couple other RIS's but this one is very well balanced and flavorful. A healthy dose of malt initially, followed by a slight hop flavor, then creamy, rich chocolate on the finish. Warms as it goes down, which is expected from a beer pushing 10%, but is very drinkable, which was not expected.

I'd be really curious to taste this one after some aging although there is no chance I could ever have this in the house and not drink it. Another great stout from New England. Nice job Portsmouth Brewery.

Photo of Floydster
4.95/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber acquired in a trade with brewandbbq, gave up one of my cherished Angel's Share bottles for this one, so I had high expectations going in and I was really hoping it was a great beer, thanks for giving me the opportunity to taste this hard to find brew and I look forward to doing more trades with you in the future, planned on holding on to this one for another six months or so but my will power failed and I gave in like I always do

I have never tried any other beer from this brewery, simply wanted to try this because some friends said it was great and it is in high demand with people on this site, had to see what all the hype was about for myself

Had to drink something special for review #450

Currently sipping on the last of this bottle as I write this, wishing I had more to pour into my snifter

This was not the latest batch that just came out, it was the one released before that, so I think this had a little over a year of age behind its belt

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter with a dark dark black color, resembled black mud or thick tar, there was inch thick head that was tan color, foamy and bumpy, did not settle for about five minutes, good retention and an amazing amount of lacing

Smell is awesomely strong, sweet chocolate, lots of cream, dark roasted malt, faint coffee notes, toffee, caramel, spices, and a small amount of different dark fruits

Taste was fantastic, lots of sweet malt from the beginning that consisted of chocolate and creamy accents, in the aftertaste I was able to taste faint flavors of raisins, prunes, red apples, and raspberries, very odd for a stout but there was lots of sugar and sweetness in this one, lots of chewiness and still some small amounts of hoppiness that balance some of the tangy malt, the coffee flavors did not come until later when it warmed significantly, the closer to room temperature this got the better it tasted, started tasting some fig and vanilla towards the end, the spiciness in the finish was great as well, went great along with the chocolate malt characters, overall this was an outstanding RIS that I feel lucky for getting to try, with all these different tastes, it was still a calm and easy to drink beer, everything blended together beautifully

One of the thickest bodies I have ever seen and it also had a perfect amount of carbonation, only small complaint here is that the taste does not linger for long, which made me drink this faster than I wanted to

Almost too drinkable if that makes sense, hard to get and only available at the brewery I think, making this sad because I might not have this again for a very long time, not filling at all, goes down easier than any other Imperial Stout, alcohol is well hidden, did not feel like nine and a half percent

This is a little better than Dark Lord in my opinion, definitely easier to drink, probably the best RIS I have to date, so much going on but so mellow at the same time, wish I had a case of this stuff along with two hundred plus other users on this site, this belongs in the top ten of the beers I have tasted so far, Kate is certainly great, I cannot recommend this one enough, worth trading tons of beer to get it which is what people usually require to cough up a bottle, I cannot wait to drink this one again some time, congratulations to Portsmouth for brewing this masterpiece

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

finally made it to the pub to try this elusive brew. definitely worth the effort!

A - motor oil. Pitch black color with dark tan head that slowly develops and never dissipates.
S - To my nose at least this was a very mild brew. Once past the mid point of my glass the brew warmed up some and let off nice aromas of smoky, roasty grains, chocolate, molasses and sweet dark malts
T - all I noted above with additional notes of port, oak, vanilla and a barest hint of espresso and piney hop to perfectly balance the sweet side of this beer.
M - rich, full bodied, creamy, medium carbonation, sweet, smooth, heavenly after taste.
D - wow! everything about this beer says big yet the net effect is so sublte, balanced and smooth is belies this big tag and is immensly approachable. Sip after sip, this one only gets better as you reach the bottom of the glass.

so often I have an RIS and it's over the top in one way or another but it leaves me wanting something a bit more in the experience. This one is a work of art and it shows. My hat's off to the brewer on this one!

Photo of ampzilla
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter, this brew was black. A cascade of tiny bubbles packed tightly into a cm tan head which laced the glass moderately. The aroma peaked at about 1 hour, dominated by alcohol with chocolate and candied fruits. The taste was so harmonious it was difficult to distinguish the key elements, but I'm sure I tasted bitter dark cocoa and aged cognac. Truly fantastic.

Photo of ppoitras
4.97/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler obtained in trade with a kind individual. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque black brew. Head dwindles slowly, with lots of lingering lace. Aroma is dark, roasty, oaty, yum. Taste follows along, velvety dark maltiness upfront, which flows right into gradual warming on through the experience. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is along the lines of "body saying want more now, brain saying should wait until tomorrow". Glad I had the privilege to enjoy this one.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler obtained same day from the brewery.

Pours a dark black with a thin tan head that dissipates and laces the glass all the way down. Smell sends out chocolates, and coffee and a faint hop aroma. Some alcohol comes through as it warms. Taste is a chocolatey toffee like sweet indulgence. Has a bit of alcohol warming as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. I'd love to watch this one age, this is one of the best Imperial Stouts that I've had!

Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 897 ratings.