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Portsmouth Le Chat Noir - Portsmouth Brewery

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85
very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 04-16-2008)
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Reviews by Siggy125:
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Siggy125

California

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a red wine glass. Was drinking a great cab and felt like having a beer, but something with red wine influence for a nice segway. This hit the mark.

Deep espresso black brown in color. Good amount of tan head with decent retention, excellent lacing.

Heavy red wine overtones on the nose. A little fruity sourness but blended well the roasted malts. Judging by the nose alone, I didnt think I would like this one.

As far as taste, the red wine tartness seemed to give way to the heavier roasted presence of a classic stout. Dried fruits and a tad of cocoa powder as it warmed. No alcohol presence and a nice oatmeal stout silkiness on the palate.

Overall a tasty stout, but not one I'd seek out as I'm not a big fan of beers influenced by wine. If you are, this is one worth trying.

01-29-2012 17:55:40 | More by Siggy125
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Black Cat Stout made with a Belgian yeast strain? Very interesting. Served in a pint glass this was a very dark brown, almost black, beer with a thick tan head and lots of lacing. It had a big coffee/roasted malt aroma. Similar taste, but there was a little sweet interlude in the taste. More on the dry side. Great beer.

04-30-2008 21:20:47 | More by lordofthewiens
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KirkFrancis

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-02-2014 17:11:20 | More by KirkFrancis
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-01-2014 22:58:36 | More by acurtis
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quirkzoo

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Thanks to ajcormier for this one.

Pitch black, an aggressive pour yields 1 scant finger of khaki head.

Tons of roasted malt, slight caramel sweetness. Some acidity and astringency. Just a touch of alcohol heat on the nose (bottle did not label ABV but I see now it is only 5.5).

More of the aroma but it is very densely flavored. When I worked with a sommelier he used the term "concentration". This beer has a very good concentration of flavor.

Decent carbonation with a full mouthfeel.

Overall this is not quite as dry as some other Irish Dry Stouts I have had (perhaps this comes from the very full body) but it is a great beer.

06-13-2012 17:12:17 | More by quirkzoo
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Chat Noir is French for Black Cat, and the style is the same noted, yet it is a Belgian style stout. Smooth mouthfeel, owing to yeast. Some Candi, chocolate malt. Very good drinkability. Dark brown coloured. Worth a try.

08-19-2012 03:08:56 | More by Sammy
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

Nitro-tap at the brewpub on 2/20/09. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a jet black with a finger of super creamy beige colored head. Retains around the edges with some thin wisps in the center. Swirling leaves a huge cascade down the sides of the glass that settles into a solid latticework of spotty lacing and brown oils. The aroma is rich with chocolate malts, coffee, roasted nuts, and a ton of fruity smelling Belgian yeasty character that gives this bouquet quite a deep tangy quality. Also, even though the ABV of this is on the lower side, I swear that I'm picking up some light heat qualities as well.

The taste is similar, with a solid base of chocolate roast, caramel, and coffee starting things off; but once again, that same fruity tang from the Belgian yeast really kicks in, running all over the back of the profile and well into the finish where it leaves a heavy dryness that just hangs in the mouth for a good bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and creamy overall feel from the nitro but this is still retaining a firmness in it from the heavier flavors that I'm really digging.

Well as freaky as this Frankenstein of a Irish/Belgian Style Stout sounded at first, I think that this came out about as well as you could hope for and I for one really liked it. Solid Irish Stout flavors that mix it up with some yeasty fruity esters that does give this a touch of a funky edge but thankfully not TOO funky. Another unique brew from Todd & Co. Nice!

02-26-2009 02:03:33 | More by Kegatron
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-04-2012 21:37:11 | More by KTCamm
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +9%

On tap at the Brattleboro, Vermont Brewers Festival on May 22, 2010. The pour is a very dark brown with a thin, silky brown head. The aroma has more in the way of malts and oak wood than hops or chocolate. The taste has a wide array of light hops, muted malts, yeast, and a tiny hint of fruitiness. All told it was a nice beer.

05-22-2010 22:55:33 | More by puboflyons
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

22oz bomber.
A) Opaque. Thin head, tan in color. Semi-sticky lacing.
S) Bready. Subtle smoky notes. Earthy.
T) Profound smoky flavor. Woodsy. Roasted grain in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Dry. Full body. Feels a bit harsh in the finish.
D) A decent stout. Wears a bit on the palate.

10-19-2010 00:28:51 | More by u2carew
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Many thanks to the generous trader that pulled this one out of their cellar for me. I cracked it open for a nightcap last night not knowing what to expect. Twenty Two ounce bottle, served at cellar temp in a snifter. Consumed 08/17/2008.

The pour was very nice, deep dark black and completly opaque. Rich head of tan was a little small and faded to nothing, leaving a touch of side glass lace. Still though, this was a very solid looking beer for sure.

The aroma was very odd, but good. Some light sweetness from the malt was evident that this was a stout at heart, but there was a nice bit of dark fruit like yeast present in here now as well. Rich notes of plums and prunes, touches of figs and some light vinous quality on top of some light milk sugar. The flavor was more of the same, it had that dry irish stout taste, but seemed to be blended with a light farmhouse ale. Not much funk for me here, just lots of dark fruit layered on top of the base. Medium feel on this one, could have used a touch more carbonation, but still very good. THe drinkability though was off the chart almost as it was easily a sipper, but at the same time, they were large sips.

Overall not sure what to make of this one. Definitly one of those fun crossovers for sure. Would love to try this on tap as it is probably extrordinary. Still this is something i would not turn away.

08-18-2008 14:42:35 | More by mikesgroove
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kaos14

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

The beer is not what I was expecting. Having had both Portsmouth's Black Cat and the Struise Belgian stout, Black Albert, I expected this beer to be sort of a lighter sweeter version of Black Albert with a bit of the flavor of the Belgian double on top of the regular Black Cat flavor profile. However, Le Chat Noir has instead a much more funky feel to as if the yeast used was more closely related to a saison rather and one of the belgian strong ales.

The smell is predominately funky barnyard with coffee and bitter chocolate floating around the edges. The appearance is a beautiful jet black with a dark tan head that fades to a rim around the edge of the glass. The taste starts with a strong saison funk and fades through some coffee and bitter chocolate tones to finish with some nice hops. There is a lovely dry stout mouthfeel creating a very drinkable beer. I have nearly finished the bomber in about 15 minutes.

05-07-2008 00:41:59 | More by kaos14
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-07-2013 22:13:45 | More by HattedClassic
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-15-2011 21:43:37 | More by ScreamForMe
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irs

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-21-2013 22:34:51 | More by irs
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-01-2012 23:26:33 | More by phingdong
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wildcat29

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-12-2012 17:08:39 | More by wildcat29
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -5%

22oz bottle purchased at the brewpub. Pours a black color with a thin, tan head. Some lacing. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts. Hints of booze with some coffee. Earthy. Taste is some roasted malts with some burnt coffee and some chocolate. Earthy flavor with some dark chocolate bitterness at the end. Very light and thin mouthfeel to this beer. Overall, its an alright beer but nothing special.

11-07-2011 03:56:30 | More by PicoPapa
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rayman2112

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-24-2013 05:19:01 | More by rayman2112
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projektyle

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-13-2012 18:40:04 | More by projektyle
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Nitro tap at brew pub

Big creamy nitro head fades...wait doesn't fade, upside down waterfall settling beer, almost pitch black with slightest hint of brown light coming through, big nitro notched lacing.

nose starts with nitro but doesn't overpower, creamy dark malts, similar to the black cat stout, bit of bakers chocolate and cocos nibs, some caramel, sweet like but not quite as there is no syrupy aromas, a really big mocha.

Taste starts with black cat stout flavors again, dark malts, caramel, soft creamy milk and bakers choc, creamy nitro feel but very light on flavor thankfully, a nice mocha flavor, and hint of vanilla. The difference comes in in the background and more as out warms, light esters and saison like spices, a hint if a peppery flavor, interesting light fruit almost a pear like flavor. Ask those flavors come in lightly in the background mostly overshadowed by the dark malts, chocolate, and nitro. Finish is mostly dry but creamy, bit more mocha and vanilla, saison flavors are long gone.

Mouth is creamy and full, decent nitro carb.

Overall really interesting, black cat stout is dominant as it should be, nitro is there but not overpowering thankfully, nice saison spices, esters, and fruit add a nice change in the background and still plays nicely with the creamy but dry stout, drinkable and nice.

Extra comment, I found out after that they had this in cask as well, and the cask was much better! Without the nitro the true flavors came out much stronger and great. This goes right with my feel that nitro really ruins most beer, and is only good for very few select beers.

03-07-2012 14:24:26 | More by jlindros
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GoGriz

Massachusetts

2.13/5  rDev -43.8%

Bought at the brewery. Really dissapointing.

Pours a coca cola color with a minimal head that dies off quickly. The nose is weird with a little banana showing through but mixing with a smell I can't name . The flavor is bland and doesn't give me much to write about. A touch sour with roasty malt as the most pronounced flavor and I get a little of the belgian yeastiness but it doesn't work for me. The mouthfeel is about all I can give an average grade to and just average is what it is. I am not trying to trash this beer, it just isn't very good. Obviously the drinkability suffers.

Oatmeal stouts aren't my favorite anyway and the odd consortium of flavors works in a negative way for me. To each his own.

10-23-2010 22:45:21 | More by GoGriz
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

Not really an Irish stout, but it starts with their black cat stout, and-Paraphrased from the Portsmouth website- Fermented out with a begian yeast strain- makes it a "belgian style stout"

Anyways- Impressive looking beer- nitro poured deep black with nice 1" tan head. Smells of slight alcohol with little bit of roasted malt. First sip is deceiving- I get teh normal dry stout flavor, but backed up with a nice sweetness from the yeast. Very nice, smooth finish. Irish stouts not being one of my favorite beers, this one is definitely different! Nice change up on the style. Very drinkable and actually refreshing!

04-16-2008 15:46:39 | More by DrDogbeer
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-15-2014 23:29:40 | More by mattmarka1
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bcastine

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%

Served from 22 oz bottle

A: Black with small tan head that faded rather quickly, little to no lacing.

S: First thing upon popping the botttle I was hit with banana, other typical stout aroma'a appear as well.

T: dominate banana sweetness that meshes very well with the other dark fruit flavors, chocolate and coffee flavors as well. Takes a couple of sips to adjust, as it seems really odd at first, but very different, and impressive once adjusted too. This might just be the perfect summer stout.

M: little sticky, lightly carbonated

D: very drinkable with its low abv, really makes me wonder how special this would be with some more heat. Great beer

03-01-2009 23:34:35 | More by bcastine
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Portsmouth Le Chat Noir from Portsmouth Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.