Kate The Great
Portsmouth Brewery

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From:
Portsmouth Brewery
 
New Hampshire, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
12%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.53 | pDev: 10.38%
Reviews:
495
Ratings:
438
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 14, 2022
Added:
Apr 07, 2005
Wants:
  2,622
Gots:
  165
SCORE
100
World-Class
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Rated: 4.33 by edthehead from New York

Sep 14, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by HOPTOMIC_BOMB from California

Mar 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Vicirus from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2011 bottle, drank on 7/28/18

Sent to me by an incredible trading partner and friend to celebrate the birth of my son. Drank with my father who got me into this “hobbie” when gave me two KtG in ‘11 right after they were released. Thanks Marcos!

Still a beautiful poor with a creamy tan head that lingers for a few minutes before dissipating. The smell is a big drop off from when it was fresh unfortunately. Picking up some red wine and bakers chocolate, but fairly muted. Some red wine, espresso, dark chocolate, light soy sauce in the taste. It’s thinned out but it was never a thick stout from what I recall. Very dry on the back end. Overall, very happy to be able to revisit this one after so many years and life experiences. It held up better than I had hoped, and easily was a 5/5 when originally released.
Jul 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by hopkrid from Florida

Jun 08, 2018
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Reviewed by M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Pour is simply black, with an off-white head that’s a few centimeters high. Strong retention with conceited lacing

S: Elements of soy sauce, dark fruits, leather, and smoked tobacco with soft vinous tones. There’s an earthy and spicy circumference with further notes of brown sugar, chocolate brownies, coffee, roasted malts and barley

T: Soy sauce prevalent, but not compromising with intricacies surfacing: raisins, plums, berries, sherry/port, bitter yet fudgy chocolate with caramel malt, vanilla, oak, leathered espresso

M: Medium feel, average carbonation – creamy, chewy, smooth complexity

O: A contrast of soy sauce, yet the age isn’t fully jeopardized given the roasted malts and notes of chocolate covered brownies, vanilla turbo shot(s), caramel, leather, tobacco, some plums and cherries
Jan 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Jul 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Ahappyhiker2 from New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2011 bomber.

I shared this with friends, as they had purchased this for me years ago when I graduated from college. This honestly was amazing. I'll admit I hyped it up to a certain point, but it exceeded my expectations.

I had this beer in 2012 when it was fresh, and it disappointed me. I thought it was just your average Russian Imperial Stout and was lacking the aroma and flavor that I was hoping for after hearing about all the hype. Luckily I got mine through trade, cause if I went through a lot to get that bottle, I would've been pissed.

When this is aged for six years though, it's remarkable. It's probably the smoothest Russian Imperial Stout I've ever had, and the flavor made me want a lot more than a 1/3 of a bottle. Tons of chocolate, which I didn't expect after being aged this long.

Sadly, this is retired. If you can get a bottle, I highly suggest it.
Jun 27, 2017
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Reviewed by dleiner from New York

4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
'11 bottle opened on 5/20/17. Great beer with unbelievable mouthfeel. Be sure to let this warm up, slightly oxidized. If you have this, you should open it now! Definitely not going to get better...
May 21, 2017
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Rated by pisano from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2008 vintage - holding up amazingly well. what a treat!
Nov 07, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.63/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Comes in super pitch black with a mixture of that beige and cherry cola colored head on top. Aroma was lots of earthy, soy, tobacco like notes.

Plenty of dark fruit notes, more raisin and soy, kind of sweet. Does have a mouthfeel that absorbs the alcohol quite nicely.

I really never understood why this one was so loved. Its pretty basic stuff, just had a low bottle count, special release kind of thing furthering the hype of a decent beer along Dark Lord lines.
Apr 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.49 by Resuin from Massachusetts

Feb 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.06 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts

Feb 24, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by YvesB from Belgium

Feb 22, 2016
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Trying a 2011 and 2012. The 11 was better due to a much larger presence. Both vintages are Amazing visually. Strong sweet smell. Molasses chocolate malt creamy taste. Damn glad I got to try this.
Feb 12, 2016
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Rated by MattMorin from Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2011
Nov 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.49 by JohnnieNepal from Michigan

Oct 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4.18 by Beersmuggler from Michigan

Jun 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.92 by tectactoe from Michigan

May 11, 2015
 
Rated: 4.88 by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

May 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.59 by Dicers from California

May 01, 2015
 
Rated: 4.92 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

Apr 21, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by schmidtmattsays from Illinois

Apr 14, 2015
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Reviewed by PHBoiler from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
This April 2015 review relates to a 2012 bottle. Really thin stout with quad-like flavors. Not much on the nose. Really past its prime. Wet cardboard flavors and papery mouthfeel.
Apr 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.42 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Apr 11, 2015
 
Rated: 4.33 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania

Apr 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4.57 by Gingerfart from New Hampshire

Apr 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.41 by emtprincess from Massachusetts

Mar 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4.94 by Jordy777 from Illinois

Mar 05, 2015
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Reviewed by TemplofBeer from New Hampshire

4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had this 2/26/15 it was a 2012 vintage at the Portsmouth brewery. It was fantastic, very do bust flavors of molasses vanilla and some barrel. I just recently opened a 2010 dark lord and this was better by a fair amount. Some sweetness but not overly so. A delicious stout. I can't wait for Tod Motts new Kate the great from Tributary brewing!
Feb 27, 2015
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Reviewed by 31Sam13 from New Hampshire

3.66/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A wonderful experience. When the beer is released it is like a whole different atmosphere; it makes people happy. I agree with the taste analyses by many of you, however, after drinking a fair amount of the stuff (or being lucky enough to) I must say that it has lost it's charm. It's not as otherworldly as some would have you believe. It hits its high notes, but its not the perfect beer, as rated here.
Feb 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by SocalKicks from California

Jan 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.83 by williamjbauer from Colorado

Jan 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4.81 by zbodnar1 from West Virginia

Jan 25, 2015
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Reviewed by Booty

4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
I had this beer on tap in 2009. It was awesome, 99 out of 100.
Had a bottle of the 2009 about a yr ago and it was kinda flat. It had a little CO, but not much. Still tasted great. World Class for sure.
Jan 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4.08 by Seiler22 from Minnesota

Jan 17, 2015
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Rated by deebo from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2008. Big ass stout. Lots of big roast. Doesn't drink like a beer that's been aging for 7 years. Still plenty of co2.
Jan 17, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by Drift from California

Dec 08, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by wethorseblanket from California

Dec 04, 2014
 
 
Rated: 4.3 by Brewski from Pennsylvania

Nov 23, 2014
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