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Portsmouth Royal Impy Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Reviews: 19
Hads: 126
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 76
Gots: 19 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 11.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Auror on 02-25-2013

A super dark, fulll-bodied Russian Imperial Stout with flavors of dark chocolate, raisins and sweet coffee that takes over the mouth. As it warms hints of aged oak help balance the alcohol in the finish. Layers of flavors in this beer is proof that great things do come in small packages.

50 IBU

2013 - Capped.
2014 - Corked & Caged. 984 numbered bottles.
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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 126
Reviews by wisrarebeer:
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4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer!
In a tulip the beer was very dark brown, near black in color. There was a good-sized tan head that subsided quickly and left a little lace.

Rich dark chocolate aroma, some dark fruit.

Taste followed form. Lots of dark chocolate with raisins. Fairly sweet. The alcohol was very well hidden, not noticeable at all (until I stood up after my second one).

A rich but not heavy beer. Wonderful!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingClever
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

350ml corked and caged poured into snifter

A: pitch black as stouts are wont to be had a pretty nice light chocolate head that disappears to nothing

S: chocolate, licorice, smells sweet

T: a lot of sweetness, some roast nice stout flavor some licorice and chocolate

M: A full mouthfeel but not lush or creamy a little thin

O: This is a solid stout if not a tad bit too sweet, it needs a little more mouth and a little bit more complexity to make it great. It's solid big not memorable

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of CooperEllis
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from my brother, cheers. Stubby.

A fine effort all around, with the light and effervescent characteristic I love about New England beers in general and PB in particular.

Highlights from this bottle are the nose, with plenty of action. Dark fruit - raisins, plums - light cocoa, and faint oak/booze around the edges. The booze is certainly right there in this one. In that one regard, this is reminiscent of Kate. The booze is evenly balanced throughout, with the malt and booze blending. I'm in no way a brewer but I wonder why more of their ilk do not use spirals over barrel aging. Seems gentler.

Flavor mirrors the nose perfectly. There is something of a rich malt missing from this. Given that it is an RIS, I'm rating to style, not preference. For me, this is a straight-up 5. It is in line with one of my all-time favorites: Foothills Baltic Porter. Speaking of which...

Dear Foothills,

This year I would like you to take a few barrels of your Baltic Porter and toss in a stone of bourbon barrel spirals. Thanks.


Mouthfeel is smooth, on the light side, without much of a presence beyond crossing the palate.

I'd be happy to see this in the annual rotation and hope to catch it on tap sometime.


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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beer on tap at the brewery. Looks great actually a decent amount of head for a 12%er. Smells of sweet malt not much else. Taste does not follow the nose, chocolate coffee, toffee, and caramel sweetness with a semi dry finish. Overall completely impressed. Then something magical happened the beer tender showed up with a cask drawn strawberry version of the impy. First sip no strawberry wondering if I misheard. Then it showed up on the back end of the pallet. Not the typical overly cloying sweet fruit stout. This is a masterpiece. Hats off to the Portsmouth brewery, well done. Kate the great, never heard of her...

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

CooperEllis hooked this up in a surprise box!! John is one of the best traders out there!! Shared tonight with Buckeyeboy for an impromptu humpday tasting.

Pours thick with a long lasting brown head... great lacing.

Nose is the expected rich mix of melted chocolate, background dark malt and some licorice notes.

Flavor mirrors the aromas with some added dark fruitiness.

Body is pretty decadent with a lighter carbonation that adds to the smooth velvety mouthfeel.


Thanks again John, your generosity will not go unrewarded.


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Photo of jegross2
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Royal Impy Stout from the Portsmouth Brewery out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This beer replaces Kate The Great in the brewery's current lineup as a new winter stout that was released during Portsmouth Beer Week 2013. This beer is different from Kate, but is the name an allusion?

Score: 94

2013 vintage bottle served in a Doom teku-like glass and enjoyed on 06/27/13. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a chocolately brown color with no head. No lacing or retention to speak of. 3.5/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, dark chocolate and roast. Hint of fig. tons and tons of chocolate. 4.25

Taste: Nice mix of silky/creamy chocolate notes - cacao, dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Less roast on the palate than in the nose. Touch of boozy warmth in finish, but no boozy flavor. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied, low carbonation. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Quite dry on the finish. Nice bittersweet flavor balance, with more sweetness upfront and more bitterness towards the finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Delicious and well worth the retail cost. It is better than aged Kate The Great, but not quite as good as I recall Kate being fresh. Although not the most complex stout, this brew delivers in what dimensions its offers. I wish this were more readily accessible.

Cost: $8 for a 300 ml "stenie bottle."

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had last night, taken from my notes.

Pours a dark dark brown, essentially black color, about half a finger of a tan head, left some bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell is primarily roasted malt which aspects of chocolate and caramel, not picking up much dark fruit as I would have expected though.

Taste is dominated by the roasted malt, chocolate is the most prominent flavor after that, dark fruit or any type of wood aging is weak which makes this RIS a bit more straightforward, alcohol heat is present but for the most part is very well hidden, body is not as thick or viscous as others, carbonation a touch high but not distracting enough, not a cloyingly sweet RIS or one that pounds you with many flavors.

Overall, good but not great, definitely not something I would take the day off for as some might. I don't see this as replacing Kate in the hearts of beer geeks, but then again, no beer should really try.

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