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Portsmouth Royal Impy StoutPortsmouth Royal Impy Stout

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A super dark, fulll-bodied Russian Imperial Stout with flavors of dark chocolate, raisins and sweet coffee that takes over the mouth. As it warms hints of aged oak help balance the alcohol in the finish. Layers of flavors in this beer is proof that great things do come in small packages.

50 IBU

2013 - Capped.
2014 - Corked & Caged. 984 numbered bottles.

Added by Auror on 02-25-2013

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of stakem
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks Mark for sharing this with me. Stubby 11oz bottle into a matching Portsmouth snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark tan to brown head. A dark brown topping gets revitalized when swirled producing some spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma includes plenty of roast, chocolate, raisin and plum. Quite vinous and almost raw oaky aspects with a fresh grain to oat quality as well. It is earthen and leathery with a hint of ash as it warms.

The taste is bitter with roast, leather and chocolatey like baker's cocoa. Some suggestions of raisin, plum, prune and molasses mid palate before blending to more oaken into the aftertaste. The faint vinous burn of alcohol does a good job breaking things up.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is chewy and smooth with booze yet complex and super enjoyable. By all accounts this is strikingly similar to it's predecessor KTG which makes sense considering how many things about this brew shadow Kate. Nicely done, would drink again.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

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3.51/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at 2014 Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. Nice crafted stout, better than average.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the brewery. Black as night. Tons of roasted malt, dark chocolate and black cherry skin. Medium to light bodied. Somewhat bitter in the mid-palate, but ends up being balance in finish. Pretty solid non-barrel aged stout. Worth the hype? Probably not, but it is good.

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4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 batch released on February 25, 2017. Sampled out of a bottle on February 26, 2017.

The pour is jet black with a small, lasting tan head that laces as it fades.

Big aroma of chocolate malts, dark roasted malts, raisins, molasses, house yeast, wood, and a low to no hop profile. The alcohol is fully integrated into the aroma.

The body is medium to full. Quite chewy.

The taste is again a big chocolate sweetness with no booze to speak of, a hint of dark fruit, and a mild to moderate bitterness. If you like chocolate or cocoa in your Imperial Stouts then this one is for you.

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

CooperEllis hooked this up in a surprise box!! John is one of the best traders out there!! Shared tonight with Buckeyeboy for an impromptu humpday tasting.

Pours thick with a long lasting brown head... great lacing.

Nose is the expected rich mix of melted chocolate, background dark malt and some licorice notes.

Flavor mirrors the aromas with some added dark fruitiness.

Body is pretty decadent with a lighter carbonation that adds to the smooth velvety mouthfeel.


Thanks again John, your generosity will not go unrewarded.


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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle, so about as fresh as can be.....

A - Not much in the way of head, pretty thin type of pour with a moderate amount of lacing, obviously black as night

S - Dark chocolates, black licorice stands out

T - Fairly bitter hops, lots of roasted malts, high percentage dark chocolate, vanilla cola on the finish

M - Medium body, low carb, smoothened up as it warms

O - This was real fresh as stated and you could tell it tastes pretty young with the upfront bitterness. Some of that subsided as it warmed in the glass but I think some time with balance this one out. Unknown labeled ABV but drinks really easy in that regard. Nice overall stout!

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Portsmouth Royal Impy Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 142 ratings
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