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Portsmouth Black Cat Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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90
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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 47
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Yes, Arthur, there is another stout. Our Irish-style "dry" stout is brewed with four different malts, roasted barley and Chinook hops. It is big, bold, smooth & tasty, and we think it's the best thing on either side of St. James Gate.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Oakes bottle. Damn good for its style this one. The smell of chocolate. A bit of smoke, lighter mouthfeel. Quite nice. Chocolate and roasty flavour held up well enough after room temperature that I finished another good sized sample then. Black, nothing special on head.

09-01-2008 22:56:10 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-24-2011 01:38:52 | More by djrn2
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -1%

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

01-01-2014 20:56:19 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-31-2014 08:06:04 | More by zestar
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

was very happy to receive this one in a recent trade. I had wanted to try some of their other offerings and this one surely did not disappoint. Served at a decent cellar temp and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/12/2009.



The pour was wonderful. Rich dark black in color with a huge head of tan that came up and over the top, settling down for just a moment and totally coating the insides and the bottom of the glass as it went, really full and very dark looking. Rich roasted malts that came over the nose as I lean in for my first smell. Really very well done here I have to say. Lots of light cocoa and a hint of subtle cookie dough like aroma as it warmed. The first sip revealed a very full bodied and well carbonated dry stout. Very sweet with loads of lactose sugar and a wonderfully complex flavor. Rich chocolate and sweet notes that really just put on an incredible show here. Smooth as could be with as close to a session stout as you are going to get. I had no issue with putting this one away quickly.



Overall this was like kates little sister for me. Rich, smooth, decadent and slightly dry this was a nice lighter stout that I really enjoyed and would have no issue at all going back to another day.

04-14-2009 00:31:22 | More by mikesgroove
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-30-2012 05:39:02 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

My wife actually had this offering before I had a chance to try it and she even liked this one,pours a pitch black with a great creamy,sticky head.Aroma is roasted to the hilt along with some sweetend chocolate hints.Taste is roasted malt and chocolate with a marshmellow quality about it,a very enjoyable beer to savor the different flavors of this one.

10-18-2003 23:46:52 | More by oberon
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

On nitro-tap @ the Portsmouth Brewery (Portsmouth, NH) on 3/13/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a flat black in the glass, with ½ finger of creamy mocha colored head. This maintains a rich frothiness to it, ringing the sides of the glass with robust creamy lacing. The aroma has a nice moderate fullness here to it, with notes of cocoa, coffee, and ripe citric fruit. Going deeper reveals some additional a sweeter caramel flavor and a fresh leafy hops. This is nice.

The taste is also fairly rich with chocolate, dark roast, and bitter citric hops. Those fruitier flavors sit with a touch of boldness across the back of the palate. Overall, this feels drier with bitterness than actual roast but you do get some light dark accents from the malts which hang on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pleasant smooth crispness to it that has also has a touch of a chewier feel underneath. This feels about right for a 5-6% Stout.

While this didn't quite come off as a traditional Dry Irish Stout to me, this definitely packed some quality full flavors and a well balanced feel into its easy drinking sub 6% package. I could have easily had a couple of these. I believe that this is usually their staple dark beer here and it's a good one to have around.

03-22-2011 19:27:24 | More by Kegatron
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2%

Tap at brew pub

Creamy 1 finger nitro head, pitch black beer. Messy lacing all over the glass.

Nose lots of choc malt, bit of roast, coffee, toffee, hint of caramel, creamy nitro pour aroma, hints of earthy hops, and stouty bitterness.

Taste starts creamy with a definite nitro pour, creamy dark malts, some choc malts, touch of cocoa, some roast with coffee and toffee, fairly rich and creamy but not very heavy. Plenty off earthy hops giving it some bitterness combined with a bit of roasty stout bitterness. Finishes with lingering hops earthy bitterness, some stouty dark malts and hint of creamy milk choc.

Mouth is med bodied, little lighter than i expected, creamy nitro carb.

Drink is decent, creamy and smooth, no bad flavors, could have used a bit more dryness on the finish, and I would like to try it without the nitro. The more I drink the more some earthy and a little herbal hop flavors come out, and start to interfere with the rest of the beer a bit, but that's my opinion.

01-30-2011 13:42:25 | More by jlindros
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-01-2011 20:25:34 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Luckily this was just added on tap before I left my barstool to return home. So bartender poured me a pint which showed up black in color with a super thick 2" tan head. Thick coating of lace develops through the drink. Nice aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Strong roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, light coffee, hint of licorice, and some nice bitterness levels makes the tastebuds very happy.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Medium-heavy in body. The finish is long on the bitter chocolate and roasted tones after swallowing. Another outstanding beer at Portsmouth. It's almost a meal in itself.

07-05-2005 12:20:40 | More by Gavage
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-11-2012 02:25:59 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -5%

Thanks to zrrbrrt for bringing this one to the table...
Appears black with a brown hue with an off-white head that quickly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of grainy oats, cream, caramel, cracked wheat, and cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a mix of cocoa, cream, and caramelized grain.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, grainy, & mildly astringent. Semi sweetness up front fades away with some roasted coffee notes into a somewhat dry finish.

12-22-2006 16:33:37 | More by weeare138
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

Had this on-tap at the brewpub in Portsmouth. Poured black with a beautiful head that is satiny smooth with very tight bubbles. Great, very fine lacing. Smells roasty and creamy with an undernote of espresso. Tastes roasty as well, followed by a slight nuttiness, the slightly startling and faint flavor of oyster liquor, and a creamy finish. The oyster flavor I'm referring to is a brash brininess with a metallic tang and is evocative of the sea. Mouthfeel is extremely creamy, and this is a pleasure to drink. Quite a complex Irish dry stout, particularly for such a low abv.

08-10-2008 18:01:47 | More by Georgiabeer
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

On tap at the Portsmouth brewpub on 3/12/11. This was a nitro pour served in a pint glass. It appears black in color with a finger and a half of fluffy mocha head. A webbing of patchy lace sticks all over the glassware in a sort of spotty curtain as more sips and swirls are taken.

The smell of the brew is roasty with dark chocolate malt and an overall very even, appealing roasted character somewhat like charcoal mixed with citrus hops. The hoppiness only really makes itself known across the back with a light mineral touch.

The taste is minerals mixed with roasted malt. There is a lasting light bitterness that is lightly chalky to charcoal in character with the way it coats the mouth. Lingering flavors of chocolate meets coffee persist but are mild coupled with contrasting citrus hop flavor.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The nitro delivery was not 100%, it was clearly a blend of beer gas nitro/c02 because the initial pour and head formation was short lived. Overall easy drinking and not bad. In the dry stout category this is among the better ones I've had.

03-31-2011 16:15:47 | More by stakem
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

A 650 mL bomber from the brewery. Shared with janlud (1st review) and ksak.

A: The stout is black, dark as night, nestled underneath a white head. Isolated patches of lace run all around my glass.

S: The nose is cocoa powder with a chemical bubbliness. Roasted malts run alongside the cocoa, a sweet body.

T: The taste is mild, befitting an ale below 6%. The sweet roasted body shows off chocolate, cocoa powder and syrup. The dryness is palpable, wringing out the sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet and dry, a thin flavor that tries to disappear but can't. A powdery taste lingers.

D: Under 6%? Good enough for me. My Irish dry stout on St. Patrick's day.

03-17-2011 23:29:38 | More by akorsak
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: Dark coffee, very rich, roasted malts, nuts and chocolate.

Taste: Rich coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, and nut flavors.

Mouthfeel: roasted, slight creaminess. Lighter bodied. Medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, a pretty decent dry stout. Easy drinking. Nice flavors. Good stuff.

09-24-2010 02:16:31 | More by mothman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-12-2011 00:46:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

11-21-2011 19:57:57 | More by brandoman63
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured on nitro tap, 8 oz. into a half shaker pint glass at Portsmouth brewpub in Portsmouth.

What a gorgeous red to this body, deep and dark brown with red edges, given with a super creamy tan head, thin nitro bubbles with hints of speckled white. Lots of lacing and rings while consuming.

Nose is filled with lots of Swiss like milky creamy chocolate. Rich. Dry biscuits and chewy oatmeal cookies out of the oven, this smells fantastic.

Taste is sweet and rich, but in control. Wonderful creamy texture. Palate hits with coffee and milk cream, but very light bodied. Some mild playful carbonation, and a great lime oil finish of hop goodness so subtle.

Super fantastic and super drinkable, great beer!!

08-28-2012 18:52:17 | More by smakawhat
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +24.1%

12-02-2011 05:35:58 | More by rab53
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%

Received for BC2 from none other than mr. purplehops. Thanks Stan!

Pours a clear dark brown, reddish in the light, thick tan head forms, sticks around, nice thick layer, not much lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, some toffee, bitter chocolate, coffee roast, cream, quite nice. Taste is interesting, more brown ale than stout, light roast, caramel, nuttiness, light citrusy kick in the finish, bit of chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonation, little bit prickly. Not as smooth as I like my dry Irish stouts, but a pretty capable effort and definately a treat, flavours were nice and light, but had enough going on. Thanks Stan!

07-29-2007 02:57:20 | More by Viggo
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured forth the color of cappuccino with a small brown head that went away slowly. Smells like coffee, smoke and cocoa. The taste is probably what guinness would be(if it didn't taste like bog water and chocolate syrup). all the smells com through in the taste and it ends with a nice smokiness too it and coffee lingers on the tongue. It feels silky and creamy and ends with an enjoyable bitterness on my tongue that made me wait longer than usual to have another sip. I actually wanted more of this brew once i had finished the bottle, which for me is a lot to say since i tend to go from one beer to another when i drink, and this was 22oz to boot. I do wonder how much nicer this would have been straight from the tap though.

01-01-2010 18:23:03 | More by Kelp
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billab914

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Surly nonic pint glass. It poured black in color with a modest and creamy off-white head to it. The head faded to a very thin covering and remeined through drinking it. It left some decent lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma is on the sweet side with milk chocolate and malt leading the way. It has just a touch of roasted malts present as well.

the taste has a mix of milk chocolate and dark chocolate to it. It has just a bit more roast to it compared to the nose, but still pretty reserved. Some sweeter, malty, caramel flavors bring it more towards the sweeter side. The caramel showed even more as it warmed.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is decent, but not great. It was a little on the sweet side for me overall, but not too bad. Enjoyable beer overall.

12-19-2010 02:40:57 | More by billab914
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-28-2014 02:16:11 | More by wrightst
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Portsmouth Black Cat Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.