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Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth Kate The GreatPortsmouth Kate The Great

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

854 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 10.11%


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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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-19-2007 01:16:53 | More by ppoitras
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Serving type: growler

12-19-2007 00:30:30 | More by johnnnniee
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an almost jet black color with a modest head that still manages to leave some droplets and squiggles of lace

Smell: Dark chocolate and espresso, with hints of molasses, roasted nuts and tar

Taste: The first sensation is fruity, but that is deceptive as the tongue is then greeted by milk and then dark chocolate (one of those high % bars); the chocolate is joined by a subtle hint of citrus fruit for just a moment and then the rich chocolate flavor prevails, although the fruit is definitely there, providing a bitter edge; after the swallow, the vanilla creme flavors arrive, almost like a nougat, providing for a long and silky finish that is reminiscent of fine tobacco

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied and creamy; with moderate carbonation; slight warmth on the finish

Drinkability: For an RIS, this is so smooth it defies description and the unusual flavor profile is what distinguishes this beer from the other great RISs out there; tough to find but worth the effort

Thanks, njhcnwk, for the initial score and mikeale, for the rebound

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 22:05:34 | More by brentk56
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to grassrootsVT for sharing this long time wish list item...
Appears a near black/dark brown with a tan head that slowly fades out into a mild floating head of foam and a light collar. Scattered spots of lace are left around the glass.
Smell is of black grapes, roasted nuts, cocoa, and mild vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a nice play on the fruity, roasty, cocoa mix.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with cocoa sticking around, light smoke, with a chewy fudginess.
We should've had this before the Dark Knight Returns b/c it was hard to top that intense beauty, which has held up nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 17:00:52 | More by weeare138
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber purchased from the Brewery Gift Shop in February.

I've had this on tap as well (it was just as good then) and have simply been too lazy to write a formal review while at the Brewery but this stuff is so damn good I just had to review it.

Pours pitch black with a full 2 fingers of creamy brown head and loads of lacing. Smells of dark roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, and some dark fruits. As for the taste, well... WOW. I can barely begin to describe this. Starts off with a nice coffee flavor which is quickly replaced by a combimation of sweet roasted malts and chocolate. This is followed by an appearance by some hops just before the coffee returns for the finish accompanied by some toffee. Mouthfeel is great, full body, which is just a bit lighter than I expected but still near perfect for the style. Drinkability is excellent. The only distraction is the ABV which quickly makes its presence known with a wonderful warming that quickly makes its way from the stomach to the extremeties. Bottom line: this stuff is amazing. I've had a fair few imperial stouts and this is the best. I suggest you make the trip to Portsmouth and give this brew a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 22:09:27 | More by mnj21655
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler poured sometime in late January at the brewpub. Has been sitting at cellar temp, in the cellar since. Shared with warriorsoul and inHOPpursuit on a lazy Sunday evening after dinner.

Pours a black as night black with a one finger caramel colored head. Dissipation is rather fast, but there is a fine line of retention that hugs the edges of the glass and lasts throughout. With a swirl of the glass the head resurfaces with quickly and leaves fine lacing down the sides. A complex blend of sweet caramel, bitter coffee, and sugary chocolate syrup tickle the nostrils. Heavy spicy thickness of alcohol clears out the aforementioned aromas.

Amazingly smooth and soft on the palate. Sweet caramel and nestle chocolate sauce flavors. Bitter coffee and robust malt notes. A very nice coffee bitterness, which is actually quite hefty, tag teams with chocolate notes rides into the aftertaste. Bitterness is quite apparent in the finish. leafy hop notes show their presence here. Thick and heavy with a full body, but yet amazingly drinkable. High abv goes completely masked by the complex flavors. With each sip a new flavor plays the lead role. Slight residual sweetness left on the lips. So drinkable that it's scary--this beer will knock your f'ing socks off if you have too many, but with each sip you want more. It's just addicting. Kate the Great rocks.

Serving type: growler

03-26-2007 02:35:05 | More by bjohnson
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

growler from ben johnson, probably the coolest trader around

black beer, no light gets through. measly toast-colored head which leaves some spectacularly drippy lacing around the glass in circles.. kind of like a heavy-handed horizontal line by spraypaint. nose approaches the glass and BAM with rich coffee syrup and a butterscotch-laced deep caramelized chocolate malt aroma. complex but not overly assaultive or saccharine.

the flavors of this beer absolutely coat your mouth after sipping.. like chocolate syrup in a sundae flute. the body is light and some fizz is apparent, but the flavor and smooth texture which blossoms with each millisecond the beer spends on the tongue is exponentially awesome. starts with a bit of booze, moves into the bitterness and fruity sweetness of kona coffee. then comes a more pronounced bitterness- nondescript hops and baker's chocolate. the finish is all kahlua-soaked toffee bits and faint hints of dirt. this beer certainly lives up to its reputation as tops on the food chain of russian imperial stouts.

the only place i have to mildly criticize is in the field of drinkability. it's a little too light and airy to bear down with the rough edges of clearly divided alcohol presence and such high bitterness. these will work for some, but the perfect RIS would be just slightly less haywire in these categories.

but that's just me nitpicking. this beer is f-ing good and should be sampled at all costs to the drinker.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2007 02:46:25 | More by goodbyeohio
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 5 2005 vintage, home bottled from a growler, wax tipped 12oz.

Pours opaque black with a dense, tan head of a half inch at the peak of the pour.
The thick, tightly packed foam receded within 2 minutes revealing stray lines of lacework as well as irratic dots.
Aromatics are thick, fudgy, and rich.
Chocolate cake batter with brownie nuggets and espresso grounds.
Alcohol is non-evident and nose finishes with lingering a hint of fruit, brownie batter, and finally... Vanilla.
Mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and chewy. Some stray carbonation struggles out of solution on the tongue, in a creamy fashion.
Pallet is lucious and heading in a velvety direction. Dark chocolate, caramel coated coffee beans, and hints of Kahlua-spiked Hershey's syrup.
Finishes with a nod twords vineousity, with a lingering mocha-bomb-vanilla profile.
The beer has improved quite a bit from when I had it fresh and cold on tap the day I brought home the growler.
A bourbon barrel would kick Kate closer to the perfect 5, fo sho.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 22:45:40 | More by brewandbbq
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! This one knocked me over (literally and figuratively). Picked up a growler while at the brewpub for lunch.

Poured an almost black in color. Could not get any light to shine through. When I poured I first thought the beer was flat but after about a minute an thick, creamy, tan head formed. Lace was stringing and blotting all around the glass' interior. Nose is full of dark malts and chocolate. Slight bit of hops in there.

Flavor is incredibly complex. Alcohol is still slightly apparent but the vastness of flavors almost conceals the alcohol burn and there is just a slight bite of heat. Lots of coffee and vanilla flavors wrapped around loads of chocolate and burnt malts. Nice creamy flavor. Just a slight whispiness of smoke. The vanilla is what I like most in the flavor--just very consistent and solid throughout. Almost like eating vanilla ice cream. Very full body and creamy feel. Just kind of slides down and I pick up the flavors from the thin coating left on my tongue and cheeks. My only worry is that the open growler will not last another day because this beer is amazingly good.

Serving type: growler

01-22-2006 00:55:35 | More by MuddyFeet
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Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
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