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Portsmouth Black Cat Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Ratings: 173
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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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-12-2012 00:42:02 | More by Satchboogie
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

04-08-2012 00:43:50 | More by Rempo
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-07-2012 03:00:03 | More by Khazadum
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

04-01-2012 16:59:18 | More by Miamilice
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black with a low profile, dense, off-white head that clings to the glass like glue. Smokey and coffee roasted aromas, which smell light, and very tasty. Flavors are dry and smooth, with roasted coffee and a slight molasses highlight. Cloying, bitter aftertaste that is pleasant and rich. The finish is dry and bitter, cleaning the palate. Very tasty brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 23:18:58 | More by GarthDanielson
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-18-2012 18:24:24 | More by funkel81
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

03-13-2012 18:39:08 | More by projektyle
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-20-2012 15:55:25 | More by smutty33
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3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this beer at a tasting with local BA buddies on 2/11/12. Review is from written notes.

Thanks for bring this rarity Duff!

Appearance: light black bodied beer with a huge fluffy head composed of many small dense bubbles. Head drops quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: kind of a weak nose. Mild roast and some milk chocolate. Hints of fruit and smoke. You really gotta put your nose in this beer to get a good idea of whats in the nose.

Taste: Faint roasted coffee that is mildly bitter. Hints of smoke and a little fruitiness. Finishes fairly clean and with a bitterness that quickly fades away.

Mouthfeel: light bodied Irish dry with high carbonation levels. Its a bit overcarbonated, but it does effect the beers other qualities too much. Carbonation is even prickly at times. Easy to drink this; you could kill a bomber yourself with getting a buzz.

Overall: Not your typical Irish Dry stout; I would place it as an American stout. The beer needs to be a little more roasty and creamy to be a good Irish dry stout. I enjoyed the oppurtunity of tasting this beer and it was the first beer I have tried by Portsmouth.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:36:27 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of TATURBO


3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this at a tasting I hosted thanks to Duff 27 for sharing.

Appearance was Opaque Black with close to 2" of head.

Smell: I got some dark fruits, almost "raisin-like" Slight sweet & sour smells going on.

Taste: Strong burnt/roasty flavors. Nothing really special going on to draw me back for more.

Mouthfeel: This is what kinda killed this beer for me, It was way too carbonated for my liking. Average otherwise.

Overall: Carbonation Overkill. (Bad bottle maybe?) although others tried it in our tasting group the same time as I did. Just not one that would bring me back again. Too many other better stouts out there and more easily available.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 22:24:56 | More by TATURBO
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3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge two inch tan head on a black body. Excellent lacing and head retention.

Its got that metallic baltic porter aroma. Not off poutting but doesn't really do anything for me.

Nice roasted notes, almost burnt or coffee-like. "Charred." Might guess at a higher ABV. Some dark fruits come out as it warms.

Medium mouthfeel, carbonation on the higher end.

A nice beer, first Portsmouth beer. Enjoyed a lot moreas it warmed. Thanks mikeyv35!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:57:48 | More by Duff27
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New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on cask with coffee.

Aroma: obvious coffee tones

Appearance: pours black, good lacing

Flavor: slight bitter finish, no carbonation or booziness

Mouthfeel: served warm on cask, smooth

Overall impression: my favorite stout from Portsmouth. I don't always get the cask versions because they normally get hopped to much when they create cask versions.

Very drinkable and tasty

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 20:02:56 | More by BierBliss
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-03-2012 15:57:28 | More by gkunkle
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

02-01-2012 23:06:01 | More by phingdong
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-30-2012 05:39:02 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-19-2012 00:52:19 | More by portia99
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

01-07-2012 17:38:59 | More by kevgod
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.

A - Pitch black with a creamy, light brown head. Hangs around for a long time.

S/T - Smoky, charred, roasted malt.

M - Smooth, roasty, and dry in the finish.

A good example of a traditional stout. Went well with the pulled pork sandwich.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 00:02:34 | More by Gatch
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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this guy on tap at the Brewery on the 23rd. It impressed me in the sampler (which are sweet), so I ordered a pint of it afterwards.

Black and a creamy short head that sits on top of this beer until the end. Head clings to the glass around the edges so it's sort of smooth and concave.

Licorice, coffee, chocolate and grain smells.

Delicious. I love this. Some of the nose with some roasted grains and toast.

I've seen beer described as "velvety" before, and that seems like one good way to describe it - if you like velvet, that is. Dry, yet creamy. It's great.

Loved it. Try it if you're drinking in Portsmouth then I couldn't speak more highly of the Portsmouth Brewery. The imperial stout is great and so is the Bottle Rocket IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2011 20:28:16 | More by NardiByNature
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

12-18-2011 17:04:19 | More by Reagan1984
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-12-2011 00:46:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-01-2011 20:25:34 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-24-2011 03:42:49 | More by jh1982
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-24-2011 01:38:52 | More by djrn2
Portsmouth Black Cat Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.