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Portsmouth Royal Impy Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 71
Gots: 17 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

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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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 18
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks Mark for sharing this with me. Stubby 11oz bottle into a matching Portsmouth snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark tan to brown head. A dark brown topping gets revitalized when swirled producing some spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma includes plenty of roast, chocolate, raisin and plum. Quite vinous and almost raw oaky aspects with a fresh grain to oat quality as well. It is earthen and leathery with a hint of ash as it warms.

The taste is bitter with roast, leather and chocolatey like baker's cocoa. Some suggestions of raisin, plum, prune and molasses mid palate before blending to more oaken into the aftertaste. The faint vinous burn of alcohol does a good job breaking things up.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is chewy and smooth with booze yet complex and super enjoyable. By all accounts this is strikingly similar to it's predecessor KTG which makes sense considering how many things about this brew shadow Kate. Nicely done, would drink again.

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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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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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Wicked day at work today, so I said WTF and blew off to Portsmouth after work to "relax"... The fact that this new RIS was on tap had no bearing on my decision whatsoever.... ;-)

Battled through the snow, rain and wind and settled down in the fishbowl for a few small tulips of Tylers RIS.... It was a deep, dark opaque brown/black, looking oily and thick. Head was mocha-hued and creamy, though it thinned rapidly, leaving some rim-job lace. Had a lovely aroma, with rich choco and mocha, currants and dates. Nice!! Body was medium-plus and a bit chewy, plus being quite smooth heading down.

Flavor had lovely sweetness without being cloying. More choco notes plus some light roastiness hit the palate, accompanied by espresso, raisins, and black currants. Had a little floral hoppiness in the finish with subtle bitterness, but it mostly had smooth, chocolately sweetness while closing things up. Real nice... real!!!! Nice work, Tyler!!


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Portsmouth Royal Impy Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
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