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Portsmouth Le Chat Noir - Portsmouth Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
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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GoGriz

Massachusetts

2.13/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 22:45:21 | More by GoGriz
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thegerm87

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

09-24-2012 00:26:08 | More by thegerm87
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TobiasG

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-26-2013 21:04:40 | More by TobiasG
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TotallyHosed

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-12-2013 21:28:31 | More by TotallyHosed
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Body is an opaque dark brown hue. Pours with a 1 finger or so creamy dark tan head that quickly fades to a thin collar.

S- Nose is good and reminds me more of a milk stout than a dry stout. Chocolate milk all over the place-just as this should smell.

T- Taste is where this one starts to drop off a bit. The chocolate and relative milkiness is there but aren't as good as they are in thse nose-initially everything is good but the milkiness lingers and it comes off as that cheap milk chocolate that you get from your great aunt Penny for Easter. Not bad but not nearly as good as it could be.

M- Medium carbonation and a body that is slightly more than medium weight-.slightly dry

D- This is an ok brew overall. I'm sure this was great fresh and on-tap- or maybe it tasted like generic milk chocolate then too. Not bad overall-but could be much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 00:26:21 | More by PittBeerGirl
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

03-01-2014 22:58:36 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

03-01-2014 22:56:25 | More by djrn2
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Kranders

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this recently during a lunch trip. Really unique beer that's hard for me to place. Nice dark color, but the body was a little lacking, almost watery without being watery if that makes any sense. Really unique flavor that I was enjoying a lot at first but kind of faded away as the beer went on. Pretty good overall though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 03:40:25 | More by Kranders
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 rate.

Should be changed to "Le Chat Noir" as that's what the bottle says.

Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Nose is lightly roasted coffee beans and burnt, smoky malt, with a touch of bitter chocolate. Malt presence is not overly strong. Lightly roasty, bitter flavors, pleasant marriage of the coffee and bitter chocolate with the lightly toasted malt. Reminds me somewhat of an unsweetened cereal. Really comes across like a dark saison rather than a dry stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 03:56:16 | More by JAXSON
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-04-2012 21:37:11 | More by KTCamm
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rayman2112

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-24-2013 05:19:01 | More by rayman2112
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-23-2013 05:48:27 | More by Kelp
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-22-2012 03:31:00 | More by sliverX
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 03:56:30 | More by PicoPapa
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Siggy125

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

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
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MA08

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-19-2014 17:16:45 | More by MA08
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark mahogany verging on black. Inpenetrable even when held up to light. Thick, creamy espresso like brown head. Head is initially about one finger after a somewhat agressive pour but it quickly fades to a thin foam cap.

S - Roasted malt, hints of coffee and a faint floral hoppiness. The roastiness is certainly the dominant aroma in this one.

T - Surprisingly strong fruity hoppiness backed by light roasted malt. The hops are primarily citrus and they carry through the entire drink. Somewhat odd.

M/D - Medium bodied with a velvety feel. Good carbonation as well. Easy drinking but the strong fruitiness is a little odd to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 22:36:10 | More by ckeegan04
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-30-2012 23:23:06 | More by wdarcy77
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phuntasy

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-14-2014 05:27:50 | More by phuntasy
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Jmoore50

Nevada

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade some time ago. Just pulled it out of the fridge to try it. An interesting style, I think they did well with it.

The appearance is black, thick, and it owns a tan foamy one finger head. Light lacing with the head not lasting long, a dark thick stout.

The smell is of roasted grains, chocolate, and a little bit of alcohol. The roasted grain are really strong, but everything else is fairly muted.

The taste brings back the roast, but now it is paired with the chocolate very well. Nice medium thick mouthfeel that lets the beer show its flavors. Chocolate, earth, are all accompanied flavors.

Good beer that is a fun representation of this style. Portsmouth does well with this one.

J

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 00:46:49 | More by Jmoore50
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quirkzoo

Colorado

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
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kaos14

California

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 00:41:59 | More by kaos14
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Portsmouth Le Chat Noir from Portsmouth Brewery
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