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Portsmouth Le Chat Noir - Portsmouth Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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irs

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-12-2013 21:28:31 | More by TotallyHosed
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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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thegerm87

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

09-24-2012 00:26:08 | More by thegerm87
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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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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

08-10-2012 02:49:03 | More by Yabev15
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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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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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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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Miamilice

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-01-2012 16:59:31 | More by Miamilice
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projektyle

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-13-2012 18:40:04 | More by projektyle
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wildcat29

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

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

Massachusetts

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
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

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

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

11-16-2011 20:09:32 | More by Satchboogie
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

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

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

11-15-2011 17:04:46 | More by ElGallo
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

11-15-2011 04:47:44 | More by HopStoopid120
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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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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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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap yesterday (24AUG11) at the Brewery, during lunch with Alewife.

My imperial pint glass was filled nicely with a deep, dense, opaque black liquid. Sitting on top was a tan, 1/2" layer of pure creaminess, looking as smooth and satiny as all get-out. Lacing was A-1 along the insides of the glass. Aroma was an inviting mix of roasty choco and some enticing bitterness. It was as smooth as expected on the tongue, though the medium body was a slight let-down; was hoping for more chewiness.

Flavor picks up where the aroma left off - with more roasty malts and choco notes. Has a little mocha, and almost a hint of smokiness, then it segues into some tasty floral bitterness and subtle fruity action. Nowhere near as dry as the Black Cat Stout this morphed from. I'd call it a Belgian Stout, if that category existed here. Quite enjoyable, to the tune of 3 pints out on their patio. Prosit!!

4.03 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1360

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 14:41:18 | More by Bierman9
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with a finger of creamy khaki colored head. Real nice retention here.

This one has a very faint aroma. Light coffee aromas with a little bit of plumbs. Nothing very strong here, but pleasing either way. The flavor is chocolatey right up front with light coffee notes and a little bit of fruit in the finish.

The feel is full and ver creamy. Low and soft carbonation. Pretty much your run of the mill nitro feel. Overall pretty good here. A nice take on their black cat stout

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-19-2011 03:51:19 | More by Bendurgin
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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
Portsmouth Le Chat Noir from Portsmouth Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.