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Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.79%
The granddaddy of stouts. Intended for export to the Imperial Court of Russia’s Catherine the Great. Jet black. Full-bodied. Very strong.

alobar's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, and some vinous notes. Roasted malt flavor with smoke, vinous notes, and hint of cocoa. Just ridiculously good!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle: 2010 vintage. Dark, oily black pour with a fine-bubbled, leathery tan head that forms & dissipates just as quick. Aroma has a nice chocolate & roasted malt base with light hints of coffee & burnt toffee. However there are mild signs of infection. Faint cherry skin, must, wet dog, & some old cotton blanket lie in the periphery. Uh-oh. Surprisingly enough, those do not show up on the palate, & there really isn’t any apparent tartness in the flavor. Roast, coffee, chocolate malt, a touch of woodsy smoke, some licorice, with a slightly bitter & ashy finish. Strange how the nose showed infection while the flavor didn’t. In any case, the flavor wasn’t anything spectacular, either. Pretty standard for a stout. Good, but maybe a touch overrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Clownoisseur (389) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2014
2012 bottle. Pours nearly pitch black with some copper hues and a thin mocha cap on top. Breaks into minimal lacing and has some nice legs to it. Aromas of dark fruit sweetness, brown sugar, roasted coffee and a subtle spice. Taste is bold roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate and anise upfront. Some oak, subtle spice, raisin and leather come across the middle. The finish is nice and long. Anise, plum, moderately bitter hops and a slight brown sugar sweetness linger for days. The mouth feel is slightly sticky, slightly oily, slightly silky and 100% smooth. Very balanced beer and worthy of the praise it gets. RIP

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyit (3669) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2014
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of chocolate, red berries, yoghurt, roasted malt, dry, fresh and fruity. A flavor of roasted malt, red berries, fruity and nice notes of oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (10551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
2011 Vintage. 22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Nose brings out lots of chocolate, caramel, some brandy-like liqueur, and tobacco. Flavour is ultra-complex, with soy sauce, chocolate, caramel and some liqueur. Highly complex, with just enough oxidation, caramel and residual sweetness. Definitely overhyped, but this is a solid impie stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (5584) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Pitch black beer with a small brown foamy head. Aromas of coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, roast, dried leaves, raisin, prunes, soya, some sweet tones, hints of light vinous and sticky darker tones. Flavours of coffee, roast, espresso, liquorice, toffee, soya, brown sugars, espresso, prunes, sticky, bitters, light citrussy wild yeasty tone and some light berries tones. Quite delicious! Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, prunes, roast, light sticky, some roast and some coffee/liquorice tones. Low carbo, creamy close to silky mouthfeel, full bodied and a sticky spicy texture. Another incredible brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle shared with SJ. Ann oddly amazing imperial stout. It had it’s typical, moleasses, roasted malt, burt / chocolate flavors, but then it added some odd tart/ berry taste to it that really made it shine. A really nice thick full body. I really liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4213) - SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
Pours pitch black with small bubbly head. Aroma is intense roasted malty dark fruits coffee chocolate. Flavor is velvety smooth as aroma pleasantly bitter and a bit fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7418) - Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2014
22 oz. bottle multiple times. Pours black in color with a small off white head. The aroma has roasted malt, dark fruits, some smoke and perhaps some char. The flavor has roasted malt, smoked malt with some char, some dark chocolate, dark fruits with some earthy hops, light to medium body with a smooth finish. This is good, but I think there are quite a few that are better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (3324) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 Old rating, 0,65l bottle sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Lett fyldig og sødmerik lukt med preg av mørk malt, humle, kaffi, karamell, sjokolade, mørke bær, søt lakris. Fruktig lett syrlig og sødmerik smak med preg av mørk malt, humle, syrlig mørk frukt, salt lakris, syrlig kaffi, mørk bitter sjokolade, soya, gras. Middels bitterhet og lengde. Veldig god.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
2010 Pours black, light tan head Smell smooth caramel, vanilla Taste smooth vanilla, leather, lots of barleywine qualities, red fruit Medium body Ok

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