Portsmouth Kate The Great | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Kate The GreatPortsmouth Kate The Great
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
portsmouthbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bewareOFpenguin on 04-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
929
Reviews:
493
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
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2,639
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164
For Trade:
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Photo of pepsican
2.74/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pitch black with a finger sized tan head. Coffee and licorice dominate the nose. Flavor had strong black licorice, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. Overall the flavor comes out too burnt, and the coffee is very dull. Nice and creamy mouth feel but has an intense alcoholic burn that takes away from the overall enjoyment of this one. This is for a growler of 07. Bottles of 07 and 08 weren't as enjoyable, so this one is what I'm going to enter.

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Photo of rye726
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'07, '10 and '11

Pours an oilish black with hues of old redwood when held to light. Thick espresso head settles to a nice silky cover.

Nose has big roasted malts, loads of chocolate, molasses, coffee, dark fruit, bitter hops. Super bready and rich, fantastic.

Taste is so deep and complex yet delicately balanced. Chocolate fudge, dark malts, ripe pitted fruit, subtle peppery alcohol, floral hops, anise, mloasses, vanilla and coffee.

Thick chewy body is perfectly carbonated. Big, lasting finish of chocolate, hops and massive malts.

One of the best beers I have ever had. Hard to track down, but well worth the effort. All three vintages are equally superb! I am sad I only have 1 bottle left!

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Photo of TheViceBlog
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DW!

First off the bat, just like most others, I too was blown away by Kate THE Great!

Coca Cola dark with a beautiful smell of booziness.

Tastes of sweet molasses, rich chocolate, and a little spiciness to go along with a slight fizzy carbonation and some alcoholic heat.

Imminently drinkable, this masterpiece still doesn't *quite* touch Surly Darkness in my all-time stout rankings, but it definitely battles for the #2 slot along with luminaries Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Brooklyn Black Ops, and Avery Mephistopheles'.

Aaron
www.theviceblog.com

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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jamie2dope for this bottle that was from the winter 2007-08 release. I wanna say December but can't confirm that.

A: The stout is a black murky singularity, absorbing all all light on the other side of the glass. A finger of head quickly dissapated, leaving nothing in its wake.

S: The nose is rich, decadent with chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, licorice, molasses and dark fruis. Nuts and graham are equally intense but nearly lost in the shuffle.

T: The first sip is a punch of dark flavor and boozy strength. As the sip fades, a full coffee flavor arises, leaving a harsh landscape in its wake. Prior to the finish, rich chocolate and dark fruits set the stage. The boozy complexity is reminiscent of a well-aged World Wide Stout, with full vinous elements mixing with the dark sharpness of the stout. A real mouthfeel that gets a little to alcoholic at times.

M: The mouthfeel is full, unwilling or unable to stay with one flavor for long. The myriad flavors make the stout work and the coffee finish seals it.

D: The boozy heat makes the stout seem larger than 9.5%. Nonetheless, Kate is a nice sipping beer that has held up nicely over the past 15 months.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First beer in the Holy Stout tasting (2009 bottle). HUGE thanks to masterhomebrewer for the opportunity!

Pitch black pour with a thick, tan head which dissipates immediately.

Lots of chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits in the sniffer.

The body of the beer is a little lighter than I hoped for, but man is this smooth! Raisins, chocolate, toffee, sweetness. Not much coffee at all which is just fine by me.

Low carbonation leading to an extremely smooth mouthfeel.

All in all, one of the best RIS's I've ever had. I made sure we started the evening off with this as my taste buds deserved nothing less. Absolutely incredible!

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Graduation Tasting: Beer number 6. Big thanks to Ampzilla for hooking this trade up!

Poured into a long-stemmed tulip. Looks how an imperial stout should. Pitch black body with a relatively light creamy coffee brown head that leaves behind traces of stickiness. There are some brown edges around the top, and I typically like a darker brown head on an RIS.

The smell is pretty nice. Raspberries, roasted chocolate and caramel malts. There is a touch of soy. Other dark fruits come through lightly as well, more like plum and maybe some cherry. Buttery, and a little bit soapy.

The taste is even more complex that the smell preluded. Nice sweet chocolate, very creamy mouthfeel. Roasted caramel malts. The chocolate in this beer is really coming out well, and a really smooth cherry taste blends in really nicely. Some light toffee flavors are also present. I could have easily drank this whole bottle by myself, but what is the fun in that? A little bit of everything, not too much or too little of any of the present flavors.

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Photo of treyrab
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jac5084 for bringing this to our Graduation tasting! I've been wanting to try this beer forever and was really glad I got to try it.

A: Pours a black with noticeable brown hues. Nice mocha brown head that recedes to some slight brown bubbles but not much more. A pretty solid look to this one.

S: Very nice. A very interesting and incredible scent of burnt toffee, dark roasted chocolate, sweet caramel and a touch of soy. Very complex and flavorful smell.

T: Very, very nice. A touch lighter for an Imperial Stout, but Kate finds a way to pack all of the flavors into a lighter stout. Very nice burnt toffee that adds a bitter note, matched by some caramel and bitter roast.

Overall, this is a great beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

09' version into a large snifter glass. Split with Birradr14 oglmcdgl and mary. Thanks goes out to Jwelsh for the bottle, one which I thought I would never try.

A- Kate is a beauty. Deep dark black sky color in appearance, there is no light going to be making it through this lady. A very thick viscous looking beer once it's settled in the glass. Got a 1/2 inch of densely packed dark tan foam that left some mess on the glass.

S- Deep roasted smells of malts at first but this really opened up fairly quickly. A heaping of high end chocolate comes up with some sweet coffee closing in behind. Somewhere in between I get a bit of milk or cream scents. I was surprised to smell a bit of vanilla towards the tail end of my glass. A dark fruit variety seems to be coming to mind as well.

T- A true RIS with a focus on the dark roasted malts but there is so much more built into this. With the roast also comes just a bit of smoke in kate as well. What I get first is a lot of dark fruit, a bit more than expected actually. Picking up a lot of rich chocolate which is blending nice with the low coffee/cream taste. Some molasses while the vanilla really steps up with warming. Just a hint of alcohol & a plethora of flavors.

M- Not quite full bodied but a step down from that. The bold flavors get my senses buzzing as well as a good amount of carb felt as well. There is a alcohol bite to this but just enough to let you know it's there. Smooth and subtle for a RIS this one should be treated with respect.

D- I only wish I had more. I could of easily drank a ton more of this. Kate is pretty hard to get if your not near the brewery so I feel blessed. Saying that this is not my favorite RIS but it is a damn good one. I savored my precious oz's for some time and loved every second of it. Hats off to Portsmouth.

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Photo of bulldogp04
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'09 Vintage....What an amazing beer! This sweet little RIS takes us back to the essentials of the style: roasted malt, chocolate malt, caramunich malt, viscous. Pours a deep black, with a one finger dark head...burnt red tinge of color around the outside of the head. Smells of caramel chocolate milk duds. Tastes of the best chocolate-malted milk ball you've ever eaten, with a slight presence of tangy hop flavor and port wine. Alcohol is well-hidden...this sucker is a creeper ! Decently roasty, but not over the top. This is a very mature and smoothly melded beer for its young age.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many many thanks to ampzilla for hooking me up!!!!
Pours an opaque darkness with slightly less than a two finger stiff brown head that fades slowly. Spotty patterns of Belgian lacing left behind. The bottle reads "08 Imperial Stout"...i read that as an American Double Stout; i agree and i'm celebrating it. The smell is true to style. Aggressive rich Tootsie roll and darker chocolate, licorice, some dark fruit and moderately roasted malt (4.65). Full flavored, the taste follows suite; deep rich dark chocolate and licorice notes dominate. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel coats completely, silky smooth, tangy with the presence of big alcohol, almost oily. An incredible drinker!!! Where did the sample go!?! One of my favorite in the style. Sexual Chocolate would have to get the edge though IMO. Black Ops, Abyss, Expedition, XXX Warlock and BORIS come to mind. All have similar characteristics. Thanks again, Andrew!!

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Photo of Bankhead
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i essentially wrote an essay as i drank my bottle of 08 kate on how it was great to have a back-to-basics ris after the extreme flavors of its hyped brethren, and how i loved the beguiling port quality that set this one apart and made it disappear fast

but instead of posting any of that i'll just transcribe my wife's verbal review as she sipped her glass:

"smells like caramel"

"tastes roasty, burnt"

"live free or die mothafuckas"

she then drew one of those red and black nautical stars that a lot of people have tatoos of and asked me what it meant

thanks to garthtaargus for the great birthday trade

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Photo of Jwale73
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage courtesy of RomanW70 - beer #3 during the 'Motha of All Stout Tastings.' Poured two shades shy of black with a thin head that dissipates into a narrow, off-white band. No lacing during the tasting. Nose consists of dark malts, licorice and a hit of caramel towards the back. Taste reveals caramel and toffee on a solid, dark malt backbone. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and slightly creamy/oily - a brew that slides down easy and doesn't linger. Incredible balance and drinkability. There's no wonder that this is my top rated beer; however, I have to say that the experience on draft is a little more sublime.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

so the time has come. yeah. its kate time.

pours black with a nice one finger mocha head. this beer looks thick. nice amount of lacing.

smells of rich cocoa with a touch of syrup and some faint hints of vanilla or coffee. chocolate covered dark fruits.

tastes great. definite chocolate, some slight booze at the back but this beer is drinking great. some coffee near the back with a slight presence by some dark fruit that i cant put my finger on.

mouth is creamy and smooth. thick and viscus. this is an extremely drinkable beer. worth the majority of the hype that is given to it. seriously this is a well crafted beer. easily top five of the style. well done portsmouth. well done

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Photo of stonequarrywest
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Dogfish Head Pint....

Nice dark pour with with tan thick head.
Really get molasses,licorice,dark sweet fruits in the nose
Great taste that makes me think of Figs and raisins some vanilla cherry..tiny bit of chocolate

Mouthfell is exceptional with carbonation that is near perfect...creamy and delicious.

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Photo of brdc
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage, again courtesy of LittleBreeze. The other bottle I have is in my cellar, to be revisited in a couple of years.

Poured into a snifter, it is pitch black as expected, with a dark brown head that not surprisingly holds better than the growler version I had.
The first thing that comes to mind as you smell and taste this great brew is delicacy, believe it or not. No, this is not a delicate brew, but compared to Dark Lord, it is significantly more delicate.
Chocolate dominates the aroma and flavor, more on the sweet side. Roasted malts, coffee, milk, cookies, dark fruits to a minimal extent, and a faint hoppiness round this up.
Medium to full body, but significantly thinner than DL (which is a big syrup), which keeps a high drinkability.
Lives up to the hype, a great brew, possibly more delicate and nuanced than DL, which is still my favorite. If you prefer in your face taste explosion, DL is for you; if you prefer delicate, as far as a big RIS can be, this one is for you. I loved them both.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 bottle sent to me by xumbi. Thank you so much, Jim! Not only do you have great taste in music, but your generosity is impeccable as well.

A: Black witha dark brown head with good retention and some patchy lace. Dark brown highlights

S: Bakers chocolate up front with coffee and creamy sweetness. Exceptional balance and smoothness. Complex with mild oxidation, brown sugar, mild spiciness reminiscent of cinnamon sugar. Slightly vinous, it makes me think of a good port. Mild alcohol as this warms up.

T: Rich, big and tasty. Opens up with a great balance of unsweetened chocolate and coffee before some mild oxidation appears with a hint of sherry and raisin. This beer is probably the most complex yet balanced non BA RIS I've had. Mild roasty mid palate, finishes mildly dry, mildly sweet and mildly bitter, just exceptionally balanced

ML Full bodied with absolutely spectacular carbonation and a fantastic finish

D: No hint of alcohol, just so smooth and drinkable

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Photo of Buebie
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cooperrip for this 2009 bottle!

Poured into an oversized snifter, somwhat rigerously, producing a 1 inch dark brown head. Dark black in color. The head receeds leaving a creamy bubbly colar of retention and a thin layer over the top of the beer.
It appears thick off the pour.
The glass is now almost empty and the lace head has left thin greasy spots of light brown lace all the way down.

The aroma is big on chocolate with some malted milk ball aromas. Some alcahol on the knose, but nothing solvent like or hot.

The feel on this is slick and ultra creamy with just a bit of carbonation up front. Theres an oily slickness that coats my mouth.
The taste up front is sweet and candy like with a similarity to charred marshmellows, with just a touch of heat warming into the swallow.
Plenty of rich dark chocolate cake and charred bitter chocolate grain taste.
After the swallow my throught is warmed, but not hot or unatractive. Some more malted milk ball taste and plenty of maple/ vanilla and fermented mollases. I believe tootsie rolls were mentioned before. I have to agree with that. A burnt tootsie roll carmel chocolate flavor lingers with bittering piney hops.
As its warmed things have not changed much at all, the only flavor addition that has come in is an untoasted oaky wood flavor into and lingering after the swallow.

A one of a kind brew that perfectly mirrors the style. Rich creamy and full of delisious chocolate. The sweetness is not overdone, its absolutly perfect.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sort of 'brokered' this bottle in trade with a super cool trader, who shall remain nameless at this time to prevent unwanted Kate solicitations (you rock man!), and my kickass local partner OlieIPA. Olie threatened to open Kate when he came to pick her up but I mostly thought he would just take her home. Oh he opened her all right, with both our ladies, as part of a stupid ridiculous can't-fucking-believe-I'm-drinking-all-this-good-shit-in-one-night-line-up that included Kate, Abyss, Barrel Aged Decadence, Black Butte XX, and all my sorry ass could offer in the face of this brutal onslaught was a well placed and tasty Southern Tier Choklat extra from same unnamed awesome trader. Poor me caught in the crossfire. Mike and Amy know how to share the shit outta some brew. There's the long winded intro, here's the beer:

The pour frothed up a little head, medium tan, then died out. Black with ruby highlights.

Smell is a nice mix of black and red licorice over ... cherry chocolate says I. Maybe just a faint trace of booze. Maybe raisins.

I taste some dark to light fruit. Probably the licorice. The alcohol is just a little too out in the open. Not that it's bothering me as I love alcohol, and it's just barely showing, but you come to expect beer of this hype and caliber to have the alcohol completely under control. Taste is good and enjoyable. Much more remniscent of Dark Lord than any other big ass stout I've had. Fruity.

Silky smooth, a great offering. I would have it any time I was in it's hood, but I won't be overextending my resources to chase her down. Very lucky to have friends that just come to my house and open this kinda stuff.

Overall: good, not perfect

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The more I find out about this beer, the more I realize I need to say thanks again to biniek13 for this stellar trade. Thanks BJ! Now let's get down to brass tacks.

Like most reviewers, my expectations for this stout are sky-high, considering the hype, reviews, and the lack of willingness to trade it. I can now understand why so many BA's hang onto these like that crazy nazi chick from the last crusade holding onto the holy grail. I poured this into a Guinness pint glass, but now am thinking I should have found a snifter or at least poured it into one of my tulips, because the head is about a quarter of a finger, but it is definitely retaining there pretty well. The brew is black, thick as night, and mighty inviting.

Smell is also very complex - molasses, rolled oats, chocolate layer cake, and the fine dessert combo of rum-soaked bananas.

There is a lot going on here in the taste - first a slight hop bit, about midway through some spices, but a pervasive fudge brownie roasted malt flavor keeps everything on the dessert side of things - have you ever had Mexican pudding? OK, it's just chocolate pudding with cinnamon in it, but that spice kicks a standard dessert into overdrive - the spice here cuts through the murky sweet brownie flavor and livens up this stout. Even the whip cream is there to top it all off.

The mouthfeel here is unbelievable smooth and creamy - like a cask or nitro serving, but it's from a bottle! Little or no carbonation, just a little tingle in the back on the way down.

It's a little hard to make a drinkability call with a beer that is so difficult to come by. I sure hope I can get another one of these someday. "Great" is a bit of an understatement.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't tell you how long I've waited to try this beer. So, when PatronWizard helped set-up this trade...I was freaking excited. Anyways, going into this review...Abyss was the king of all beers, so I decided to do a side by side tasting to determine (at least in my mind), who reigned supreme. Well, here goes my review...

A: Pours dark as night and looks pretty damn viscous! The beautiful tan-colored head held up for a few moments, but quickly dissipated.

* Abyss wins

S: I pick up a lot molasses, chocolate, black licorice, and some sort of dark fruitiness that dominated all the other aromas. Since I'm doing a side by side tasting with the Abyss, the dark fig quality definitely comes out much more in the Kate...but there's definitely some similarities between the both.

*Abyss kicks BUTT again

T: A very robust cherry-chocolate mixed in with the very pronounced licorice. The flavor profile doesn't consist of as much coffee as I was expecting. The flavor seems to be really rich and doesn't go away for quite some time. The alcohol is a bit evident, but does adds to the finish rather than taking away from it. As PatronWizard suggested, this brew definitely reminds me a lot of Dark Lord...with a stronger chocolate punch.

*A tight race, but the Kate has a slightly deeper and richer flavor; too hard to tell.

M: Carbonation is nearly perfect...gently massaging my palate, but invigorating all the flavors at the same time. The Kate also coats the palate the way a RIS should...THICK! 4.5

* Abyss = Kate...Dark Lord probably rules this category.

D: The only knock I have on this beer is that the alcohol is a bit more obvious than other epic stouts I have had. This includes the Abyss and Dark Lord,both having higher ABV's as well.

Overall: I hate to say it, but Kate held up to all the hype...but I still think Abyss reigns supreme! This is definitely a must try, and something worth seeking out. One of my favorite beers. Cheers!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade from DrDog beer. Thanks so much. Sharing with my beer buddy Pipmeister.

Pours a deep black. No real head or lacing.

Smells not as strong as I expected. But lots of bittersweet chocolate. Some fig notes. Raisins? Nice bourbon balance. It's not too much.

Taste is out of this world. Not a typical RIS. Lots of bitter sweet chocolate and it is very sweet. Some fig and raisin notes as well. Such a good beer.

Mouthfeel is great. But a kind of weird bitter
Mouthfeel in the finish.

Man I could drink alot of this. Too bad it's hard to find. I feel very lucky to have been able to try this brew.

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Photo of DSmith24
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Writing in retrospect of about a month and a half. Jet black with no head by the time it arrived at my table. Some lacing. Rich smell of dark chocolate and some coffee. This was definitely the most delicious stout I've ever tasted. Tasted like a fudgy chocolate cake milkshake if that's possible. A little coffee with that. Silky smooth and way too drinkable, I couldn't detect any alcohol. I wish this beer was brewed more often.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a very rare and unassuming bottle this beer was an opaque black color. The one finger head was mocha-colored and retained decently as a collar leaving thin, torn curtains of lacing. The aroma was very appealing, lots of chocolate, mocha, oiled leather, sweet pipe tobacco, molasses and some musty oak. The flavors were also excellent, lots of chocolate up front with a depth of molasses and sugar cane in the sweetness too. The roasted malt was pleasant in an earthy way, along with some blackened malt and hints of smoke towards the end. The finish was surprisingly crisp and aided in the drinkability of the brew despite the nearly 10% ALC. The alcohol was quite well hidden in general, even as it warmed, and the hop bitterness properly offset the sweet maltiness. As it warmed I tasted more caramel malt and the chocolate became very distinct like chocolate syrup. The mouthfeel was silky, the body full and the carbonation delicate. Lightly acidic, well balanced and quite complex. Deserving of its reputation and truly one of the greatest beers in this greatest of styles. I know how bold it is to say this, but this beer does belong in the top ten of the nation. Step back, respect, enjoy.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 batch. This is a heavy hitter indeed.

Pours a highlight-less black with a nice mocha head that leaves incredible lacing. Looks very viscous in the pour.

Smell is of chocolate and dark fruit, maybe molasses in the background. Hints of toffee and very light roasted malts.

Taste is well, what I had hoped. Somewhere in between the Dark Lord and the Darkness lies kate, a sweet and fruity but ballsy imperial stout. Chocolate and roasted malts are more prevalent in the mouth than in the nose. Dark fruits and molasses are present. Comes together extremely well.

Mouth is just goddamn perfect. Thick and low carbonation. Where RIS should be.

Drinkability is great, of course I will drink this again if given the chance. Not much hint of the present alcohol. The debate of whether or not this is a top 10 beer? Maybe not, but it is well above average when it comes to RIS.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #700. Much, much gratitude to MrRetardedMonkey for passing this gem along. 2008 bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours pitch black with a large, creamy tan head that sticks to the side of the glass on the way down and remains a big bubbly collar for the duration.

The aroma is pretty much textbook RIS with tons of dark roasted malts dominating the nose throughout. There is plenty of nuance on top of that with licorice, chocolate and some dark fruits in there as well. As this thing warms, the opens up BIG time, especially with some citrus hops which I definitely didn't get earlier.

The taste is more complex than the aroma indicates. It's got an initial chocolate and dark fruit sweetness that blends seamlessly with the dark malts that form the backbone. The finish is slightly bitter with some bakers chocolate and licorice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with plenty of carbonation. Despite a relatively low ABV for the style, there is some alcohol burn in the finish though nothing too distracting.

This is a great RIS and one of the truest to the style that I've tried. It doesn't blow you away with any aspect, but as a package it's excellent. Thanks again Scotty for the opportunity.

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Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
4.51 out of 5 based on 929 ratings.
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