Portsmouth Le Chat Noir - Portsmouth Brewery
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Reviews by drseamus:
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
First off, big thanks to Tyler for answering all my questions and especially for telling me the cask was about to kick, which it did right as my pint finished.
You wouldn't be able to tell this was a cask beer by looking at it. It came with a dark but opaque body topped with a nice frothy cream head. The head had really tight bubbles and looked like a nitro beer, as the non barrel aged beer is. It has a pretty tight nose. The wine influence in the beer is fairly hidden. All that really shows is a slightly fruity sweetness and a touch of vanilla up front. The beer opens with some of that fruitiness and them some roast comes in later. The mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy which is weird for a cask beer. This is pretty good though and I could drink a lot especially at the relatively low ABV.
Serving type: cask
04-10-2010 18:35:13 | More by drseamus
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3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-19-2012 03:08:56 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2012 17:12:17 | More by quirkzoo
4/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: nitro-tap
03-07-2012 14:24:26 | More by jlindros
Portsmouth Le Chat Noir from Portsmouth Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.