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Portsmouth Black Cat Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

174 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 48
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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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -0.7%

imperialking, May 11, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Satchboogie, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Rempo, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Khazadum, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Miamilice
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Miamilice, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

GarthDanielson, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev -0.7%

funkel81, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of projektyle
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

projektyle, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev -0.7%

smutty33, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Feb 16, 2012
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.

TATURBO, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Duff27
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!

Duff27, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of BierBliss
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

BierBliss, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of gkunkle
4/5  rDev -0.7%

gkunkle, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

phingdong, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Texasfan549, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -0.7%

portia99, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +24.1%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Gatch
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.

Gatch, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of NardiByNature
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.

NardiByNature, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Reagan1984, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Huhzubendah, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

jh1982, Nov 24, 2011
Portsmouth Black Cat Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.