mcox90 (1545) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle . Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. Tan head with some lacing. Very dry mouthfeel. Taste of smoky roasted malt with dry chocolate flavor. Some nuttiness. No aftertaste. Pretty good brew. My 1st from Portsmouth, but won’t be the last.
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/06/2007: Black Cat Stout is a dark brown coffee color (looks black and opaque in the glass) with a pillowy tan head that lasts a surprisingly long time (based on the fizzy sound while pouring I figured it would just bubble away pretty quickly). This beer really did produce a perfect pout into my English pint glass! There is even detailed lacing left behind on the glass as the head settles down to a frothy, lasting crown. The aroma is a bit funky with something slightly sour and smelling of sweet mold up front (hmmm, old milk?) with some chocolate nearly hidden in the middle and roasted malt in the back that I suspect crosses the line to being burnt. Quite interesting. Hopefully the flavor is fairs better... The flavor is actually pretty rich and roasty with a bit of dry smoke that begins mid-palate and carries through the dry roasty and charred finish. Some pleasing and balancing hop flavor (green/leafy and floral) and bitterness comes through in the finish and lingers on the palate. It blends really nicely with the dry, roasty chocolate finish and after taste. Yum! The flavor is right on what I want in a Dry Irish-style Stout. As far as mouthfeel goes, this beer has a a medium to medium-full body and is quite mellow and smooth. In my opinion, that’s a great palate for the style. Overall I am quite satisfied with this beer. I’m not sure what that off smell is at first, but it seems to fade away as the beer warms and the flavor makes up for it in the end! I highly recommend this stout for those that like the dry style and who can actually get their hands on a bottle! ... Wow, I took my time with this bottle (about an hour) and I am feeling it pretty good. There is no way this is only 5% ABV. I’ve had this bottle since April 2007 or so, but it would have to have climbed a long way from 5% over the past 6-7 months to make me feel the way I do now! Dang...
1 pint 6 fluid ounce bottle (5.9% Alc. by Vol.) from porterhouse. Thanks Kevin! Rating #39 for this beer...
kramer (4945) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle, from brewery. Pours a dark brown body with a small fizzy light brown head that faded quickly. No lacing. Nose is heavily roasted malt with a light acrid, burnt rubber note, some cola, a light lactic sour note, and some coffee. The flavor is pretty thin with some dry roasted malt and some nuttiness. Very lightly bitter finish with a little weak brewed coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an oily slick texture and soft fizzy carbonation. Overall, not the best Stout. Actually had more similatities to a Brown Ale than it should have.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4th of my 10 tasting flight @ Portsmouth. Pours black with a head that faded from about 2 fingers, light brown in color. Nose is robust and malty. Taste is sweet, and full of tasty chocolate malts. Nice dry stout.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
rich, good head, average
solid black, thin brown head that disappears, roasted malt aroma, creamy body, big roasted flavor with a bit of burnt malt bitterness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 10/20
Beerdedone (2618) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at vt brewfest 07. Pours black in color with a small tan head.Aroma of sweet roast, caramel, coffee, and some dark chocolate.Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate with a nice dry finish. A very good dry stout.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle via trade with porterhouse! - Thanks Kevin! - Consumed at cellar temp as all stouts should be.. Pours black with a good sized tan head that stays well and laces the glass in layers. Aromas of big roast and a good amount of coffee. Slight chocolate there too. Flavor is lots of roasted malts and coffee and a little chocolate too. Smooth and easy to drink with good medium body for a stout. Some nice dry notes at the finish. I found this to be a pretty solid stout overall..
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22 oz. bottle from the brewpub) Dry and roasty - heavy on the coffee...Pours very dark brown - like a very dark cup of black coffee with some brownish highlights. Aroma is heavy rich roasted coffee with some milk chocolate as well. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, pretty dry, esp. in finish. Nice heavy well-formed rings of lacing. Flavor is strongly coffee-ish - strong bitter coffee roast with some hints of dark bitter chocolate. Quite dry as I mentioned above. Some unfortunate soapy hints mean I have to knock this down a bit on flavor. Lingering bitterish coffee aftertaste. A pretty heavy duty stout.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very deep brown body with a minimal, oily head. Aroma of dark chocolate, sweet roast, and some grain. Pleasant flavor of roast, raisin, and licorice. Mouthfeel is a little thin and has some starchy slickness. Good character overall.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle shared courtesy of zrrbrrt. Poured a dark black color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of strong roast, caramel, and light coffee. Roasty. Tastes of roast, cocoa, caramel, and coffee. Body was on the thin side.