Kate The Great
Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
4.53 | pDev: 10.38%
Mar 23, 2019
Apr 07, 2005
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5 by HOPTOMIC_BOMB from California on Mar 23, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Vicirus from Massachusetts

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
4.24 by hopkrid from Florida on Jun 08, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by M-Fox24 from New Jersey

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
4.31 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jul 23, 2017
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4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Ahappyhiker2 from New Jersey

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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4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by dleiner from New York

'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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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by pisano from Massachusetts

2008 vintage - holding up amazingly well. what a treat!

Nov 07, 2016
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3.63/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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
4.49 by Resuin from Massachusetts on Feb 29, 2016
4.06 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts on Feb 24, 2016
5 by YvesB from Belgium on Feb 22, 2016
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4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by mschrei from Illinois

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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5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by MattMorin from Illinois


Nov 10, 2015
4.49 by JohnnieNepal from Michigan on Oct 20, 2015
4.18 by Beersmuggler from Michigan on Jun 18, 2015
3.92 by tectactoe from Michigan on May 11, 2015
4.88 by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania on May 10, 2015
4.59 by Dicers from Colorado on May 01, 2015
4.92 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire on Apr 21, 2015
4 by schmidtmattsays from Illinois on Apr 14, 2015
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3.52/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by PHBoiler from Illinois

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
4.42 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Apr 11, 2015
4.33 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania on Apr 03, 2015
4.57 by Gingerfart from New Hampshire on Apr 02, 2015
4.41 by emtprincess from Massachusetts on Mar 18, 2015
4.94 by Jordy777 from Illinois on Mar 05, 2015
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4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TemplofBeer from New Hampshire

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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3.66/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 31Sam13 from New Hampshire

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
3.75 by SocalKicks from California on Jan 29, 2015
4.83 by williamjbauer from Colorado on Jan 26, 2015
4.81 by zbodnar1 from West Virginia on Jan 25, 2015
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4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by Booty

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
4.08 by Seiler22 from Minnesota on Jan 17, 2015
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4.04/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by deebo from Michigan

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
4.5 by Drift from California on Dec 08, 2014
4.5 by wethorseblanket from California on Dec 04, 2014
4.3 by Brewski from Pennsylvania on Nov 23, 2014
3.5 by kbuzz from North Carolina on Nov 12, 2014
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