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Portsmouth Black Cat StoutPortsmouth Black Cat Stout

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

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.

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 196
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewpub with dinner on 11/19.

Really liked this beer. The flavor was more of a roasty than a toasty (or overly so). Very creamy body that was served at the perfect temperature. Poured a very black in color with a slight brown head. Very thick too, with bulbous-like lace. Picked up some slight coffee and vanilla on the palate. Not acidic at all like some other dry Irish stouts. Nose was mostly stale coffee and hints of chocolate.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap from the Brewpub. It was presented to me in a standard pint glass the beer was a near perfect midnight black with no light able to penatrate. Atop the beer sat about 1.5 fingers of dark tan colored head. No outright signs of carbonation but a good coat of lace developed down the glass throughout the sample. The head retained well and reduced to about a half-finger for the remainder of the sample.

The smell was very strongly coffee upfront with more subtle aromas of toffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Also some burnt expresso in the background. The smell was ever so slightly sweet like a milk chocolate candy bar.

The beer has a very smooth but robust body. A very milky-chocolately taste resembling a sweet stout (Mackeson, perhaps). Coffee flavors and vanilla were also in the taste and the beer finished as smoothly as it began with no trace of bitterness to speak of.

A moderate to heavy body with a velvety creamy consistancy that proved enjoyable but filling. Almost no carbonation.

A very drinkable stout and it paired well with my fried seafood appitizer. Would have gone equally well with dessert, or as dessert, or with oysters. I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9/27/05 on cask at the brewpub

Utterly black with fat yeasty tan head, just like a scoop of ice cream on a float as the (root) beer underneath starts to invade. The fluffiness never gives up, leaving grey clouds on the glass and a lumpy cookie in the bottom.

Very yeasty scent, like bread yeast. I'm still of divided mind as to whether I like this on a beer.

Sweet smooth chocolate that melts like silk on the tongue.

Slightly syrupy body.

Actually, it got a little too sweet and syrupy for me toward the end. If I didn't have to drive home, I would have tried something else.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Cat Stout
22 oz brown bomber (purchased at the brewery)
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a jet black with a tan colored head. Excellent sticky lacings all over the glass. There is no seeing through this beer, it's as black as you can get.

Pleasant aroma in the nose. Whiffs of dark chocolate, cherries and hops.

Slick mouthfeel. Juicy malts with a nice coffee, mocha and chocolate blend. Very smooth and enjoyable with just the right amount of hops on the finish. This beer also has a bitter coffee or espresso presense.

This is one solid stout. The Black Cat stout is well crafted and made with quality. Wish I could find this in stores around me. Check it out if you have the chance.

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Photo of Truh
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Walked under a ladder, dropped a mirror, and stepped on some cracks, all at the same time, with this one on 6/26/2005. 16-oz. pint at the source on a quiet, Sunday afternoon.

Huge, rafting float of archer’s bow tight bubbles, and very mocha in look. Pitch black, where in the hell are we, hue. Lots of roast and nuttiness on nose with a slight lactic quality that starts to reveal itself as the pour warms. Very creamy feel on the mouth, and the mix of roasted malts and some chocolate flavors are amazing; I also note an almost praline-like sweetness.

A fantastic session stout.

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Photo of Gavage
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Luckily this was just added on tap before I left my barstool to return home. So bartender poured me a pint which showed up black in color with a super thick 2" tan head. Thick coating of lace develops through the drink. Nice aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Strong roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, light coffee, hint of licorice, and some nice bitterness levels makes the tastebuds very happy.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Medium-heavy in body. The finish is long on the bitter chocolate and roasted tones after swallowing. Another outstanding beer at Portsmouth. It's almost a meal in itself.

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Photo of carln26
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black color with a decent tan head that settles to a light lace after I drink. The nose has a ton of roast malt that gives off a little chocolate and maybe licorice. The taste has a dominant roast malt flavor. Some of the licorice comes through in the flavor along wit a pleasant hop bitterness and some floral hop flavor. Very dry in character with a mildly slick mouth feel. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of mschofield
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black with red highlights, topped with a one finger creamy tan head, leaves a sheet of lacing.
Coffee and caramel aroma, earthy with coffee grounds.
Coffee, chocolate and an earthyness pervade the taste, roasty malt, wood note. Chocolate aftertaste.
Full bodied, smooth and just a touch sour - nicely offsets all the sweetness that would otherwise be there. They should add a beer engine to their setup and run this one off cask. I picked up a couple of bombers from the store to bring home.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff smells like a better-than-Starbucks mocha, you could almost swear there were chocolate chips floating in it. Has the color and texture of motor oil, as a good stout should. A dark chocolatey head with great lacing as well, but suprisingly only a mild chocolate taste with a more predominant roasted coffee bean flavor. This stuff is Barry White-smooth with just the slightest bit of coffee bitterness at the finish, just barely enough to keep this off a 5 for drinkability (I agonized over this one.) An awesome beer.

Both the beers I tried at this place were really good. I'm going to have to make a special trip up here to try some of the others, or beg and plead these guys to roll some kegs into the Blind Tiger.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife actually had this offering before I had a chance to try it and she even liked this one,pours a pitch black with a great creamy,sticky head.Aroma is roasted to the hilt along with some sweetend chocolate hints.Taste is roasted malt and chocolate with a marshmellow quality about it,a very enjoyable beer to savor the different flavors of this one.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours an opaque black with a nice tan creamy head that last the duration, leaving a nice thick lace behind. The smell of robust malts ans coffe fill the nose with great pleasure. A mild hop aroam fill the nose also. The first sip brings a nice roasted barley flavor to my palate, along with a coffee flavor that is great. This has a thick mouthfeel to it which I kinda like in a stout.


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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark enough to block out the sun. Robust taste, chocolate and malty. The brewery tells me they will never bottle this, so the only way to experience it is on draft, which is ok by me. My favorite stout.

Update: they do bottle this. Must be cold in hell

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Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, has a nice dark-brown with ruby tint color. Small, creamy head. Nose is mild choco-coffeeish. Fairly smooth tongue and medium body, though I think could be a bit fuller. Tastes roasty coffeeish and finishes a bit dry. Sueprising hoppy florality, much akin to a Guinness Foreign Extra Stout in that respect. Pretty easy drinkin'.

overall: 4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Portsmouth Black Cat Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
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