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Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.79%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The granddaddy of stouts. Intended for export to the Imperial Court of Russia’s Catherine the Great. Jet black. Full-bodied. Very strong.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (5199) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2013
many thnx to kermis ! first real whale of the rampkrot whale tasting. 09 edition ! pours black, small grey/brown foam that fades to a ring . smell is sweet, bitter in a pure form. perfect carbo . sweet VS sour VS grapes ( red grapes, other heavy red fruits ) i now understant the kabert beer way better !

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (6512) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2013
Thx to kermis @ Rampkrot Whale tasting – 2009 Vintage. 65 cl. Bottle sampled. Pours black with a small beige head. Thick vinous molasses nose, thick sugar, malts, prunes, liquorish, wine vines, thick sweetness chocolate,… Taste is quite vinous, sour candy, dark red grapes, vinous, liquorish, wine vines, chocolate, molasses, malty, sweet spices, light bitterness in the back, very thick cake, lightly sour in the finish, bitter grapes,…. Almost touch light body for a stout,… Very unusual for a RIS esp. with the sour, red grapes, etc. notice, very unexpected. Still confused if this is supposed to be like this but it seems like this is the case. Unusual to say the least.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (8485) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle shared at Rampkrot Whale Tasting. Pours black with a medium beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malt, dark grapes, caramel, molasses, fudge, licorice and dried fruits. Flavour is fairly heavy sweet, moderate bitter and light acidic. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Excellent!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allesmetkaas (170) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle (2009) from kermis@ Rampkrot whale tasting. Pours black with a tan head. Strong malty, burnt caramel aroma. Thick oily mouthfeel. Surprisingly fruity (vinious), with a citrus sour finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle shared with timfoolery. Really good Imperial Stout with nice licorice flavor in it. I was looking for a tad more sweetness but really good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JUN 1, 2013
2010 bottle from trade. Aroma and flavor of espresso and lots of licorice. Really not a sweet thing AT ALL. Nice palate and low carb. Pretty choice beer, but I'd prefer some sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (748) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Quick notes. 2011 vintage, 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to Doug for sharing a pour with me! A really big want of mine which I’ve heard far too many grumblings of it being "overrated". Pours a dark black body with a quickly fading mocha head. The aroma and taste on this beer is really unique as the port does leave quite an impression. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, molasses and an almost dark fruit/black grape acridity. Rich and creamy mouth feel. Its rich and decadent and the dark fruit element that the port brings to the table really works. This exceeds all hype for me as I found it to be one of the best non barrel aged stouts I have had. I really hope this recipe carries on with Mott’s new brewery as I would love to try it fresh.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (2951) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle 660ml. [2011 vintage] Pours black with low beige head. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, sweetness. Palate: Very nice mouthfeel. Velvet. Overall: Outstanding.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (4516) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle (22 oz). Vintage 2011. Shared by Pier-Luc, Julien & Benoît, thanks! Pitch black with a small brown head and some lacing. Aroma of berries, vanilla, roasted malt, cacao, wood and slight caramel. Taste is moderately sweet and intensely fruity (almost port-like) with vanilla, cacao, roasted malt, wood and slight caramel. Full body. Velvety mouthfeel. Really complex Imperial Stout, probably the most fruity that I’ve tasted so far. Interesting beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle from Pier-luc and Julien, thanks! 2011 vintage. Pours pitch black with brown head and very little lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, dired berries, vanilla. Taste is very rich, again lots of cocoa, vanilla, dried fruits. Oak, light acidity wich well balance the sweetness. Very velevety, full body and low carbonation. This one was a treat.


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