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Portsmouth Royal Impy Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Royal Impy StoutPortsmouth Royal Impy Stout

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 62
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Auror on 02-25-2013)
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

08-24-2013 21:04:11 | More by imperialking
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 13:37:38 | More by stakem
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jegross2

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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."

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 8, courtesy of Auror. Poured into a snifter.

A - Crude oil. Black, viscous fluid that leaves a film down the side of the glass. A small amount of dense, brown head formed slowly as I poured, but then receded to a ring and a whisp on the surface.

S - Caramel, vanilla, booze, and roasted malt. Delicious.

T - Rich chocolate, toffee, molasses, and a touch of roasty coffee. There's the slightest hint of astringence that ties the flavors together nicely. This is just so decadent and rich and smooth and delicious... From the smell I expected it to be boozy, but whatever alcohol there is (and I'm sure it has plenty) is hidden away entirely.

M - Super thick, but it almost feels light on the tongue, perhaps because it's so smooth. Barely any carbonation and just a hint of alcohol. Just about perfect.

Holy shit, this is amazing. I love it! It's everything that I love about big stouts, like it was designed to fit my palate perfectly.

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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.

Proper.

Thanks again John, your generosity will not go unrewarded.

4.25/4.25/4.5/4.25/4.5

Serving type: bottle

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Portsmouth Royal Impy Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.