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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
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 04-16-2008)
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Photo of sliverX
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

sliverX, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of quirkzoo
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

quirkzoo, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Miamilice
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Miamilice, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of projektyle
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

projektyle, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of wildcat29
4/5  rDev +5.5%

wildcat29, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

jlindros, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev +5.5%

phingdong, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Siggy125
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Siggy125, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Satchboogie, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ScreamForMe
4/5  rDev +5.5%

ScreamForMe, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

ElGallo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +5.5%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.6/5  rDev -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.

PicoPapa, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Kranders
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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.

Kranders, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Bierman9, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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

Bendurgin, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

JAXSON, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Irish Dry Stout is a style I am very torn on and only really like examples pushing the boundaries of the style and this did that.

S: Mostly black in color with some mocha colored head. A touch of lacing.

S: The aroma was a touch of chocolate with quite a bit of roast thrown in. It was a little bit estery but it really did not go that out of style. Really just came across as complexity.

T: Taste was more IDS than anything else. Nice balance of roast and chocolate. The yeast did it's job in the finish but it was never fruity again it came across as complexity.

M: Dry. Carbonation was light. Friend has this in nitro and said it was about perfect.

D: Am I the only one thinking Cadillac Mountain Stout? Just a nice riff on IMO what is a boring style while not getting too crazy. I would drink this on the reg if it were available on nitro. Really nice beer.

aerozeppl, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of GoGriz
2.13/5  rDev -43.8%
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.

GoGriz, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of u2carew
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

u2carew, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Jmoore50, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

puboflyons, May 22, 2010
Photo of drseamus
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

drseamus, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of ckeegan04
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

ckeegan04, Oct 06, 2009
Portsmouth Le Chat Noir from Portsmouth Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.