Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery
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4.7/5 rDev +3.3%
330mL bottle into a snifter
450th Beer Advocate Review
My 94th out of the top 100 (based on the top 100 list at the time I started my quest to try all 100 of the beers)
A huge thanks to kdmcguire10 for sending this one my way.
A: Pours an opaque black with some browning on the edges when held to light. A thick sliver of tan colored heads builds and then fades fairly quickly. Leaves only a few small patches of lacing.
S: Quite sweet. Vinous, dark fruit notes, big licorice, chocolate cake batter, roasty, cinnamon, a subtle hint of booze. Just layers of complexity. Wonderful.
T: Chocolate, roasted malt and oak upfront. This is followed by a vinous component, which then fades back to an oaky vanilla thats reminiscent of some of the qualities barrel aging lends to a beer. I also get some herbaceous qualities, bitter coffee and cream. Again, its amazingly complex. So many wonderful layers to this one, and the flavors are bold, strong, and linger forever.
M/D: Full bodied, chewy, fairly smooth but carbonation on the heavier side for the style, which detracts from the smoothness slightly. Effectively no hint of the 12% ABV, and drinkability is so good that I have to make a conscious effort to slow down on drinking this one so that I can savor it.
O: Overall, this is an incredible beer, absolutely no doubt about it. Lives up to the hype, and well worth the wait for me. Arguably the best non-BA, non-additive infused Imperial Stout Ive ever had. The depth and layers of the aroma and flavor profiles are impressive. World Class.
11-23-2013 03:56:07 | More by zac16125
4.34/5 rDev -4.6%
Mid. 2013 review:
2009 Vintage. 65 cl. Bottle sampled. Pours black with a small beige head. Thick vinous molasses nose, thick sugar, malts, prunes, liquorish, wine vines, thick sweetness chocolate,… Taste is quite vinous, sour candy, dark red grapes, vinous, liquorish, wine vines, chocolate, molasses, malty, sweet spices, light bitterness in the back, very thick cake, lightly sour in the finish, bitter grapes,…. Almost touch light body for a stout,… Very unusual for a RIS esp. with the sour, red grapes, etc. notice, very unexpected. Still confused if this is supposed to be like this but it seems like this is the case. Unusual to say the least.
10-31-2013 11:58:50 | More by 77black_ships
Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.