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Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

882 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 10.11%
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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ScreamForMe

Washington

5/5  rDev +9.9%

11-15-2011 21:26:26 | More by ScreamForMe
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stoutluvr420

Vermont

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Black color, coffee brown head. Head retention was medium.

S- Chocolate, maricino cherry, faint coffee esters and a slight woody aroma.

T: Chocolate, cherry, dark dried fruit, tobacco, licorice- in that order. Less sweet and more oak than previous years. The roasted malt here is predominately chocolate, earthy hops are noticeable, yet restrained.

M: Not as thick or viscus as previous years, but still a substantial beer.

D: So layered and complex I could drink it all night, closest thing to a sessionable RIS- besides the abv...

Compared to previous years, this is my favorite batch. Im guessing the port/oak infusion was tweaked. I will be aging this one a year longer than usual...

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 08:09:31 | More by stoutluvr420
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Mag00n

New York

5/5  rDev +9.9%

12-15-2011 21:09:00 | More by Mag00n
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Bailarge

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'll preface by saying this is my first ever beer review for BA. Also, I'm from New Hampshire, but I've never actually tried Kate until I moved to Connecticut. Go figure. Huge shout out to jastack for giving me the opportunity to try "Kate the Great"

I've had other stouts before that still taste good, but definitely feel watered down. Not the case with "Kate the Great". Not in the slightest. This beer is thick with a creamy texture. It tastes like a liquid, alcohol-filled version of the chocolate brownie sundaes I would get at Lago's Lone Oak Ice Cream (coincidentally only a few miles down the road from the Portsmouth Brewery) growing up on the Seacoast of New Hampshire.

There's also a fruity flavor to the beer that lingers for the right amount of time, an added bonus that turns the beer from great to outstanding. And the heat of the alcohol is never overpowering. You know its there, but it won't overwhelm you.

I'll admit my palate may not be experienced enough to be able to search for all the other various flavors withing "Kate the Great", but I don't think that's necessary to be able to simply state that this is the best beer I've tasted in my life.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 00:02:05 | More by Bailarge
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +9.9%

11-16-2011 02:09:45 | More by BierBliss
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wildcat29

Washington

5/5  rDev +9.9%

03-06-2012 14:52:13 | More by wildcat29
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lightindarkness

Florida

5/5  rDev +9.9%

11-14-2011 20:11:20 | More by lightindarkness
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BrianTheBrewer30

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.9%

11-14-2011 07:08:31 | More by BrianTheBrewer30
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SageO

California

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-20-2012 06:01:11 | More by SageO
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TMath524

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +9.9%

03-27-2012 03:18:18 | More by TMath524
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ridglens

Indiana

5/5  rDev +9.9%

11-17-2011 01:13:50 | More by ridglens
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jjnasty

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.9%

11-14-2011 21:53:26 | More by jjnasty
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CSeavey64

Maine

5/5  rDev +9.9%

01-25-2014 00:37:29 | More by CSeavey64
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

5/5  rDev +9.9%

11-14-2011 12:25:03 | More by nathanjohnson
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MaseFace

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-09-2013 23:46:16 | More by MaseFace
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zadams1

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +9.9%

01-08-2013 19:20:21 | More by zadams1
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jdaelhousen

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.9%

11-21-2011 20:39:53 | More by jdaelhousen
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NorthsideFred

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a 2009 bottle with krtman and jcnd9803.

Thanks to TheRowan for providing this incredible beer!

I've read some of the reviews and threads on here about a contaminated or sour taste. I'm here to say there was not even a hint of sourness in the beer I had.

A: It looks out of this world. This is as black as black can be. There is a thin dark tan head with minimal lacing.

S: It smells amazing. Very complex, with dark fruits, and chocolate, perhaps some licorice.

T: Wow, this tastes better than I ever imagined! The dark fruits and roasted malty chocolate blend together in perfect harmony.

M: This just feels right. Not the thickest RIS, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

D: Exceptionally drinkable. I could never see this being too rich and becoming a burden to finish.


This is possibly the finest Russian Imperial Stout I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 14:24:27 | More by NorthsideFred
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NHhomebrewguy

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +9.9%

06-28-2014 23:40:56 | More by NHhomebrewguy
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jrcmlc

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.9%

04-29-2012 18:11:36 | More by jrcmlc
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basilcrow

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +9.9%

11-17-2011 21:56:24 | More by basilcrow
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jbar920

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.9%

05-29-2013 18:03:37 | More by jbar920
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cpinto6

Georgia

5/5  rDev +9.9%

11-17-2011 19:27:07 | More by cpinto6
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is jet black, with a thin, off-white head that is clingy and retaining. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, red wine, mint, and a bit of smoke. Amazing! Flavors are ridiculously layered, hitting the tongue all over with a barrage of characteristics. Woody and smokey hinted dark chocolate first, followed by a smooth roasted coffee profile that blends and cleans the palate. Candied and sugary highlights at the end make this absolutely delicious. The aftertaste is super rich and creamy, with smokey mocha flavors. The finish is warming and supersmooth, with a richness and booze cleanliness. Amazing beer, and I can't even imagine what the bottles will age like. Tremendous!

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 17:01:14 | More by GarthDanielson
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woooobeer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-02-2014 04:09:25 | More by woooobeer
Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
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