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Portsmouth Tarnation Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Tarnation Stout
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13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
55 IBU

(Beer added by: rab53 on 07-25-2012)
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ajcormier

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -8.5%

10-31-2013 19:30:52 | More by ajcormier
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mltobin

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -8.5%

08-22-2013 23:18:26 | More by mltobin
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NewBrewBB

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -8.5%

10-13-2012 02:59:30 | More by NewBrewBB
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bobv

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

08-15-2012 03:16:33 | More by bobv
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. In an imperial pint glass the beer was a very dark brown, near black color. The head was on the small side, but still left a good deal of lace.

Aroma mostly sweet chocolate. Some coffee and roasted malt. A whiff of piney/floral hops.

Very sweet chocolate taste; some mocha. Roasted malt/coffee. Still the whiff of hops. Lots of chocolate flavor.

Felt good. Not quite as hoppy a Donna led me to believe, but still a nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2012 22:24:39 | More by lordofthewiens
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jfmamj

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-31-2012 18:12:45 | More by jfmamj
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a couple of pints of this on 19JUL12, in honor of Tod Mott...

Offered in a standard shaker pint, Tarnation was a deep, dense, opaque brown color. Head was creamy and tan, and ebbed rapidly leaving some decent lacework. Aroma had some choco sweetness and a good dose of rindy hops. Was thinking black IPA at first... Body was a solid medium, and it had a low carbo level, giving it a nice smoothness.

Taste had sweetness, too, with some smooth choco notes, a little cocoa and a hint of mocha. Then the hops took over, with plenty of rindy, pithy, resiny action hitting the palate. Oh damn, that was tasty! Unlike a BIPA with the added dark, bitter malts on top of an IPA, this was a nice, semi-sweet milk stout amped up with Heady Topperish hopping. Verry nice stuff; great work, as usual, Tod!! You WILL be missed! Prosit!

4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1483

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 19:02:19 | More by Bierman9
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-28-2012 14:34:01 | More by oldp0rt
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rkasten1

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-26-2012 04:06:55 | More by rkasten1
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark brown, if not black. Head is minute and a light tan color but it laces well.

S-You definitely do get that lactic sweetness in the nose. Roast and frothed milk chocolate milkshake. Under the dark aromas is a hefty slap of citrus, tropics and piney hops. Really pretty cool; you can tell the Alchemist was involved.

T-Milky and roasty. Chocolate milk with massive amounts of Hershey's syrup. The hops come in a pleasant bouquet following the chocolate and roast.

M-Creamy with mellow carbonation. Finishes bitter but smooth. Easier drinking.

O/D-Cool collaboration. Love anything involving the Alchemist and hops. This was a strike. Happy to have tried it at the VT Brewfest. Would love to have had more in order to further dissect this cool collab.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 02:19:46 | More by VelvetExtract
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-25-2012 15:43:18 | More by ElGallo
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guezarka

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.4%

07-25-2012 11:48:41 | More by guezarka
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rab53

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Portsmouth brewpub on 7/23/12. Was told by the server that this is a hoppy milk stout brewed in collaboration with The Alchemist. Sold. ABV listed as 8% at brewpub, 7.5% on Vermont Brewers Festival website.

Color is a brackish dark brown, translucent around the edges. Thin white head. Smells quite hoppy. Based on the smell and appearance, I'd say this was an American Black Ale/Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale. Sweet and floral. Taste is similarly hoppy with underlying roasted malt bitterness. Citrus and pine dominate. Stout roastiness is definitely second fiddle, so much so that this may be interpreted as a porter. Easy-drinking despite the relatively high ABV. Smooth, almost flat mouthfeel.

Overall, worth a try. If my dinner companion wasn't a grumpy toddler, I'd have gotten a growler to go.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 04:07:34 | More by rab53
Portsmouth Tarnation Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
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