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Portsmouth Killer BPortsmouth Killer B

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our braggot, a medieval ale style, is brewed with 120 pounds of honey which imparts a unique sweetness. A golden, full-bodied, robust ale with just enough hops to balance its sweet side.

Added by Truh on 11-19-2006

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by mattparsons:
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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Photo of gcamparone
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a hazy dark amber body with a white head. Smells malty, honey, sweet cane sugar, molasses, dark fruits. Taste is honey, spice, sweet toffee, molasses, roasty on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, medium heavy, rich body. Overall a very enjoyable beer, a great representation of the style.

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Photo of farrago
4/5  rDev -2%

Decent head which crests over a finger, mostly larger bubbles so doesn’t persist that long, pleasingly orangish tan color, the lacing forms thick streaks, however, these too aren’t long for this world. Rich amber red color, bright shine to it, lots of large and swiftly moving bubbles. Big, brash nose of honey, candied orange peel, cocoa and caramel, sweet is what it does best, lighter dough to processed grains presence, apple, pear, peach to fig fruit scents, textural thickness has it glued to your nostrils for some time. Full-bodied, the carbonation is working overtime but not going to match the layered power and heaviness it presents. More mineral to metallic notes as well as grass and bread crust, still it remains all about the honey. The orange citrus expands into white grapefruit. The caramel verges onto butterscotch syrup and vanilla pudding. There is a burnt touch, like caramelized brown sugar. The fruit lacks clarity, lump of peach, apricot and fig. At the very end you get a fizzy tickle. Does come off as boozy, you feel the alcohol. A very sweet in style beer that likely is best utilized as a dessert beverage or to counter a very spicy and heavy main course dish.

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Photo of blitz134
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one right around New Years at the brewery and brought it home, obviously. I noticed after chilling this beer I'm actually wearing my Portsmouth Brewing Co T-shirt...how appropriate. I have a PBC coaster out too for good measure.

Poured with little head actually, different than the other reviews mention and reduced to no head at all. Nice clear caramel body with a red overtone. I dont know if the journey with this one back home affected this one or not.

Sugary sweet smell, honey is evident. Candy apples and cotton candy. Some caramel malts show through underneath, so its not all sweet but mostly.

Taste is sweet again as expected. Honey and caramel. Not as much of the candy comes through in the flavor. Has a peppery spicing as well. A touch of sweet rolls appear at the very end hinting at this beers base. A little sweet alcohol comes in too to finish it out. It works in well though.

Mouthfeel is full and viscous, nearly syrupy. Coats every bit of my cheeks and tounge and the flavor lingers. Somewhat low carbonation amount, but it allows the flavors to come through.

Nice drinkability. This one has to be drank slow due to its thickness, but it really has a nice flavor overall and superb mouthfeel. Alcohol warming effects are noticable after only a short while.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't going to have this, because I really didn't like the only other braggot I had tried. My wife had one, gave me a taste, and I had to have one of my own. Served in a snifter, it was a dark brown, with a small head and some nice lacing. It had a sweet, dark fruity aroma. A sweet honey taste, with some hops, that just kept coming at you. Very assertive, but not in your face. A definite hit. Try it, by all means.

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Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of warriorsoul
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for dropping one of these in my lap...enjoyed a half pint today with friends at the brewery itself and just had to finish off the day the way it started.
Dark amber in color, yet becomes a vibrant cherry color with the help of some artificial light...fairly clear with a full finger of bright white head, half of which leaves before my first sip.
Thick lacing forms, but falls back into the brew after a few seconds.
If I didn't enjoy drinking this one so much, I'd sniff it all day...caramel malt, orange peel, vanilla and honey in the aroma.
Taste is sweet candy sugar at first, with the honey sliding along the pallet...citrus hops bitter it up just barely and help clean up the finish and distract you from the sweetness. The alcohol is nowhere to be found until you get halfway thru the bomber and realize this one packs a punch if not careful.
Moutfeel is incredible...thick, yet not syrupy.
When I had this at the brewery, I thought it would be tough to polish off a bomber by myself and here I am, pouring the last of it and quite bummed it is now gone.
Another big beer winner from Tod and the folks at PB...the perfect beer for the winter season IMO.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of justme
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Delightful beer made better by the location and the brewery's wonderful food

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Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of garrisonp
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Newcastle glass.

Look is a hazy light brown with a thin head that dissapates quickly.

Lots of honey on the aroma and flowery herbal esters.

Taste is a little thin and slightly cloying but good.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by June 2013 on bottle, I bet it could go much longer than that.

Pours a orange copper color, not much head nor lacing but neither is expected for a braggot.

Smell has a good amount of honey aroma as it should, on the sweet side, bit of a floral aroma as well but not necessarily in the hoppy arena.

Taste starts out with a honey-like sweetness, malt backbone is solid, slight hop presence to balance things enough but is very muted and knows to stay out of the way, carbonation is low but more than present, it is soft and lends a decent body to the beer as well.

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Photo of jderosia603
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of snowmageddon
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Portsmouth

Another so-so brew from Portsmouth. Honestly, I wouldn't have thought this was a braggot even if someone told me it was at the time. Seemed more like a malt liquor: something they added a ton of honey to, the yeast had a blast flashing off the flavor and leaving behind a bulky ABV.

Hazy, burnt orange pour, with a white collar of bubbles. Sweet, malty aroma, light stone fruits, and herbal notes. Taste was pretty similar, caramel malts, sweet corn, honeysuckle, indistinct stone fruit, vegetal, stiff with dry booze. Yep, this was essentially a glorified malt liquor. Mouthfeel was pretty thinned out, about light-medium in body. Not much distinctiveness or flavor. Not something I'd go for again.

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Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, golden-amber coloring with only a ring of white film on the surface. Aromas of honey sweetness, dark and rich, with some fruity highlights like cider. Subtle nutmeg sweetness on the nose, too. Flavors are rich and toasty, with a honey and toffee sweet backbone. Nutmeg spicing and subtle apple sweetness brings a hot cider feel to the palate, and there are some peppery hops characteristics towards the end of the palate that help clean up. Smooth, mid-bodied with a roasty and sweet aftertaste. The finish is light, slightly frothy, with a hops bitterness at the end.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Damian
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at the Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH

Poured a clear, dark mahogany with a glowing crimson center. (It almost looked like there was a light shining behind the glass.) The tight, creamy, one-finger, caramel-colored head slowly faded to a thick ring. Large patches of lacing coated the glass and remained long after the beer was finished.

The aroma rich and candy-like but not overly sweet. A buttery, toffee/caramel-like quality was instantly recognizable along with fragrant notes of honey.

The taste was rich, complex and sweet, yet remarkably well balanced. Malty rich up front with some honey sweetness. As the beer moved along the palate, a strong spiciness emerged. Dark and dried fruits, including plums, currants and figs, also became noticeable. At this point, the alcohol took on an almost port-like character, yet in a more subdued manner. (I was amazed to later find out that this beer registers at a whopping 9.8 % ABV. I would have guessed the ABV to be half this figure.) Just when I thought the sweetness was becoming overwhelming, a crisp, zesty hoppiness kicked in on the back end and followed into the resonating, citrusy, slightly dry and bitter finish. (What a way to balance a beer!)

Body was medium with a semi-creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, I was very impressed with this unique offering. It was a delightful and intriguing adventure every step of the way.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of BigCheese
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Nickcal
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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