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Portsmouth Killer B - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Killer B
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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 16
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our braggot, a medieval ale style, is brewed with 120 pounds of honey which imparts a unique sweetness. A golden, full-bodied, robust ale with just enough hops to balance its sweet side.

(Beer added by: Truh on 11-19-2006)
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Photo of farrago
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Decent head which crests over a finger, mostly larger bubbles so doesn’t persist that long, pleasingly orangish tan color, the lacing forms thick streaks, however, these too aren’t long for this world. Rich amber red color, bright shine to it, lots of large and swiftly moving bubbles. Big, brash nose of honey, candied orange peel, cocoa and caramel, sweet is what it does best, lighter dough to processed grains presence, apple, pear, peach to fig fruit scents, textural thickness has it glued to your nostrils for some time. Full-bodied, the carbonation is working overtime but not going to match the layered power and heaviness it presents. More mineral to metallic notes as well as grass and bread crust, still it remains all about the honey. The orange citrus expands into white grapefruit. The caramel verges onto butterscotch syrup and vanilla pudding. There is a burnt touch, like caramelized brown sugar. The fruit lacks clarity, lump of peach, apricot and fig. At the very end you get a fizzy tickle. Does come off as boozy, you feel the alcohol. A very sweet in style beer that likely is best utilized as a dessert beverage or to counter a very spicy and heavy main course dish.

farrago, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of gcamparone
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a hazy dark amber body with a white head. Smells malty, honey, sweet cane sugar, molasses, dark fruits. Taste is honey, spice, sweet toffee, molasses, roasty on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, medium heavy, rich body. Overall a very enjoyable beer, a great representation of the style.

gcamparone, Aug 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

cp45, Aug 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

cnwillis31, Jul 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

NHhomebrewguy, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

BigCheese, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Texasfan549, Jun 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ZEB89, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

snowmageddon, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

jfcaa193, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

johnnnniee, Aug 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

mklisz, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, golden-amber coloring with only a ring of white film on the surface. Aromas of honey sweetness, dark and rich, with some fruity highlights like cider. Subtle nutmeg sweetness on the nose, too. Flavors are rich and toasty, with a honey and toffee sweet backbone. Nutmeg spicing and subtle apple sweetness brings a hot cider feel to the palate, and there are some peppery hops characteristics towards the end of the palate that help clean up. Smooth, mid-bodied with a roasty and sweet aftertaste. The finish is light, slightly frothy, with a hops bitterness at the end.

GarthDanielson, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

warnerry, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

splendidsplinter, Mar 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Thorpe429, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by June 2013 on bottle, I bet it could go much longer than that.

Pours a orange copper color, not much head nor lacing but neither is expected for a braggot.

Smell has a good amount of honey aroma as it should, on the sweet side, bit of a floral aroma as well but not necessarily in the hoppy arena.

Taste starts out with a honey-like sweetness, malt backbone is solid, slight hop presence to balance things enough but is very muted and knows to stay out of the way, carbonation is low but more than present, it is soft and lends a decent body to the beer as well.

deltatauhobbit, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

jderosia603, Mar 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

garrisonp, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Rochefort10nh, Feb 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Auror, Feb 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

mattparsons, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Portsmouth

Another so-so brew from Portsmouth. Honestly, I wouldn't have thought this was a braggot even if someone told me it was at the time. Seemed more like a malt liquor: something they added a ton of honey to, the yeast had a blast flashing off the flavor and leaving behind a bulky ABV.

Hazy, burnt orange pour, with a white collar of bubbles. Sweet, malty aroma, light stone fruits, and herbal notes. Taste was pretty similar, caramel malts, sweet corn, honeysuckle, indistinct stone fruit, vegetal, stiff with dry booze. Yep, this was essentially a glorified malt liquor. Mouthfeel was pretty thinned out, about light-medium in body. Not much distinctiveness or flavor. Not something I'd go for again.

Rifugium, Feb 23, 2013
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Portsmouth Killer B from Portsmouth Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.