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Portsmouth Kate The Great | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by bewareOFpenguin on 04-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was feeling a little nutty this evening and decided to open this after the CBS when my fiance said "Kate the Great; which one is that again...told her the details...fuck yeah sounds awesome".

11' Bottle

Pours, pretty straight up Imperial Stout like, thick and syrupy with a nice off-white head.

Nose; oak (slightly smokey), some wine, caramel and chocolate.
Taste; milk and dark chocolate, rich wine notes, vanilla, oak, and a lingering bourbon vanilla ice cream, a touch of espresso. Finishes with a hint of ripe fruits; must be the port coming through and finally a suggestion of no-bake cookies; wtf!?!?!

This is most definitely dessert in a bottle...so much richness and decadent flavors!

Overall; very complex, layer upon layer of decadent notes with a great milky mouthfeel.

Killer stuff; lives up to the hype most definitely!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed December 10th, 2011. 2011 vintage. Many thanks to Vurt for sharing!

Beer is close to pitch black with little apparent carbonation.

Aromas of dark pitted fruit, molasses, chocolate.

Flavors are more subtle and plentiful than expected: tobacco, chocolate, coffee, prunes and an acidic edge that flirts with sourness but doesn't go there. Port wine and woody notes as well.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, contributing to enjoyability. Slightly dry, clean finish.

This is one of the greats and deserving of the hype. Would I drink it every day? No. But a few times a year would be nice.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage compliments of Kelp, a ridiculous trading partner from New England way.

A - pours generally black but fairly modest in its head and lacing retention. Was not sure what to expect following its initial presentation.

S - Failry modest across the nose. Fruit & licorice find their way across the nose. Nothing stands out, all very nice.

T - Without doubt, the best RIS I have had to date. Dark fruit port like in taste and absolutely no hint of alcohol. Some underlay of dark chocolate too but the fruit takes the lead and never looks back. Tremnedous world class RIS. Can't put it any way other than the measuring stick for RIS's. This was without doubt the smoothest silkiest beer that I have had in a long time. Everyone just kept saying "smooth" as they were drinking it.

M - Given the lack of head, a tad thin but still very enjoyable. Its richness and smoothness

O - Worthy of the hype. A tremendous beer that I would love to have over and over but realize that you can't.

Thanks J for the #1 beer in the tasting tonight. Everyone had this as the #1 beer of the night, hands down.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes: Thanks Jacob for sending this my way.

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: chocolate, vanilla, roast, sweet, malts / barley

taste: smooth chocolate, roast, vanilla, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: this is a well down stout and so glad I finally got a chance to try this bad girl. ; )

the CPJ

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Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 929 ratings
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