Portsmouth Black Cat Stout | Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth Black Cat StoutPortsmouth Black Cat Stout
BA SCORE
4.02/5
197 Ratings
Portsmouth Black Cat StoutPortsmouth Black Cat Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Yes, Arthur, there is another stout. Our Irish-style "dry" stout is brewed with four different malts, roasted barley and Chinook hops. It is big, bold, smooth & tasty, and we think it's the best thing on either side of St. James Gate.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,247
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
197
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass and a mug. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a decent one finger white to off white foamy head that once it dissipates, there’s a decent amount of white foamy lacing that’s kinda light for the most part. The smell had a nice dry roasted coffee aroma with some light chocolate trying to come through but stays in the background for the most part The taste was mostly dry with a nice roasty sort of coffee-ness coming through. On the palate, this one sits about a light to medium on the body and it has a fairly decent sessionable aspect about it. Overall, I say this was a decent Irish Dry Stout worthy of having again.

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Photo of pieface22
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Didier
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a black color with a one and a half finger foamy white head that dissipated at a nice pace. Light lacing graced the sides of the glass nicely.
The smell started off with some smoked malts and bleeds into a nice roastiness. Dry cocoa beans and a light dark chocolate glide in for the balance.
The taste was moderately balanced between the sweet, the smoke and the roast. Cocoa beans blend with a light coffee bean. There's a light quick roasty to smoky aftertaste leading into a dry finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt right for the style and for me.
Overall, nice Irish Dry stout, pretty sure I could do this again.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of parris
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hozersr
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lem me start by warning that this beer is incredibly carbonated. A soft pour gets four fingers of rich carmel colored fat foam head. It has excellent retention and leaves scattered lace. Body is pure ink black. Nose has distinct hops, burnt malt and a dry mineral quality. With first sip I am taken by how the dryness of this beer teams with the soft smoked malts to form a dynamic union. There is the slightest of sweetness on the back of the tongue then a bit of citrus rind or even piney hop tone. They really hit the style perfectly with this one. Maybe the best American version of the style I have has the pleasure to try. Mouthfeel is both dry and thick with a bitter bite on the end. Wonderfully drinkable, long term sipper.

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Photo of SveNss0N
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ejmw
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SnacksGarces
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwwjd
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snowmageddon
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of psweendogg
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JuliusCaesar
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of irishevans
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of braican
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of dtomes
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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Portsmouth Black Cat Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 197 ratings
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