Portsmouth Black Cat Stout - Portsmouth Brewery
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the Portsmouth Brewery. Thankfully, they also had a couple bottles left in the off-premise store for me to take home...served in a standard pint glass.
Solid ginger head on licorice body-decent retention and lacing. Looks extra dark with a nice, bright head that stays around for quite a while.
Scent is a little mild-maybe some hop grass and a little chocolate malt and tannin but that's it at first. Fortunately, smoke and slate emerge with warmth.
Nice, clean and dry...malts emerge with solid roasted quality and great hop grass. Slate-ish on the back end, putting an exclamation point on the dry nature of this beast.
Creamy is a good way to describe this...creamy and austere. Nice, clean and even finish...yet hearty. Hop grass cuts what little weight there is, but fortunately it's by no means thin in body.
Goes down quickly. I want to down this stuff quickly, but better discretion limits the possibilities. Nothing against Guinness; it serves a purpose, but if you could have this on tap why would you even consider anything else? Extremely well-constructed.
Serving type: on-tap
10-08-2009 12:02:29 | More by IBUnit63
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3.99/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: A little bit too much foam, initially, but it settles down to an impressive head level with plenty of streaky lacing left behind; the fudge brown liquid reveals some ruby highlights
Smell: Roasty, with chocolate and woodsy tones
Taste: Roasty and ashen, up front, with chocolate and a hint of mint; dry finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation; could be creamier
Overall: This bottle has a few years in it but it still drinks nicely; the mouthfeel would need to be a bit better to take the rating up to the next level
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 20:56:19 | More by brentk56
Portsmouth Black Cat Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.