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Portsmouth Killer B - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Killer B
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89
very good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 13
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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Reviews by Rifugium:
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 23:05:29 | More by Rifugium
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3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
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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.

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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.

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blitz134

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one right around New Years at the brewery and brought it home, obviously. I noticed after chilling this beer I'm actually wearing my Portsmouth Brewing Co T-shirt...how appropriate. I have a PBC coaster out too for good measure.

Poured with little head actually, different than the other reviews mention and reduced to no head at all. Nice clear caramel body with a red overtone. I dont know if the journey with this one back home affected this one or not.

Sugary sweet smell, honey is evident. Candy apples and cotton candy. Some caramel malts show through underneath, so its not all sweet but mostly.

Taste is sweet again as expected. Honey and caramel. Not as much of the candy comes through in the flavor. Has a peppery spicing as well. A touch of sweet rolls appear at the very end hinting at this beers base. A little sweet alcohol comes in too to finish it out. It works in well though.

Mouthfeel is full and viscous, nearly syrupy. Coats every bit of my cheeks and tounge and the flavor lingers. Somewhat low carbonation amount, but it allows the flavors to come through.

Nice drinkability. This one has to be drank slow due to its thickness, but it really has a nice flavor overall and superb mouthfeel. Alcohol warming effects are noticable after only a short while.

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Damian

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at the Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH

Poured a clear, dark mahogany with a glowing crimson center. (It almost looked like there was a light shining behind the glass.) The tight, creamy, one-finger, caramel-colored head slowly faded to a thick ring. Large patches of lacing coated the glass and remained long after the beer was finished.

The aroma rich and candy-like but not overly sweet. A buttery, toffee/caramel-like quality was instantly recognizable along with fragrant notes of honey.

The taste was rich, complex and sweet, yet remarkably well balanced. Malty rich up front with some honey sweetness. As the beer moved along the palate, a strong spiciness emerged. Dark and dried fruits, including plums, currants and figs, also became noticeable. At this point, the alcohol took on an almost port-like character, yet in a more subdued manner. (I was amazed to later find out that this beer registers at a whopping 9.8 % ABV. I would have guessed the ABV to be half this figure.) Just when I thought the sweetness was becoming overwhelming, a crisp, zesty hoppiness kicked in on the back end and followed into the resonating, citrusy, slightly dry and bitter finish. (What a way to balance a beer!)

Body was medium with a semi-creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, I was very impressed with this unique offering. It was a delightful and intriguing adventure every step of the way.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2007 19:34:25 | More by Damian
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