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Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.79%
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The granddaddy of stouts. Intended for export to the Imperial Court of Russia’s Catherine the Great. Jet black. Full-bodied. Very strong.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (649) - 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 (1671) - 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 (2614) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MotherBrother (683) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
Big thanks to the Phredrik for sharing this bad boy. Pour black, with a small tan head. Aroma of slight chocolate, slight coffee upfront, followed by some berry notes. Jupiler, strawberries, then followed by some yogurt. Sounds rather weird, and wasn’t what I was expecting, but is actually rather tasty. The taste is slightly bitter, with a whole lot of fruity sweetness to it. Medium bodied, with a slightly oily texture and a semi-fizzy carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4292) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2013
2008 Bottle @ The Stouts Tasting Pt II. Cheers to Ken for the pour! Deep brown in appearance with only the slightest of tan heads. Red berry, raspberry chocolate on the nose. Some coffee ice cream. A bit of wood. The taste is very nicely balanced. Red fruit compote flavors with a spicy finish. Rich port. Ashy roast. Full body. Still slightly hot on the finish. Not an in-your-face imperial stout. Overall, pretty good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6140) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2013
2008 bottle consumed at THE stouts tasting part 2, thanks to Ken. It pours opaque, near black with a small tan head. The nose is roasted malt, coffee, toffee, vanilla, toasted coconut, light earth and a touch of oxidation. The taste is roasted malt, decent bitterness, coffee, bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, alcohol warmth, dark fruit, mild acidity, toast, spice and ash with a bitter finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Good depth of flavour, yet remains smooth and mellow. Tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 Bottle shared at Bruce’s, London during The Stouts Tasting, Pt. II - big thanks to Ken. Vintage 2008. Pours clearish, dark brown with a small, beige foam head. Lots of burnt, then wet wood, hints of oxidation, some dried fruits, leather. Tastes much nicer than the nose, some sugary chocolate, burnt wood, some raisins, other leathery dark fruits. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish, some baking cocoa, burnt bread, light earthy bitterness, hints of chocolate cake. Certainly showing some signs of age but still very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2013
bottle provided by Aaron .. . pours a very dark black .. deep cooking chocolate, burnt molasses, black liquor, and chewy black tar .. . very deep stuff, but has a wonderful smoothness .. . abv seems about right, a very enjoyable beer to drink .. . . hey man save me a poke!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JulienHuxley (2852) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2013
Small bottle. Black pour, with a half moon of brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, nuts, light plums, dates, port, light spice, not roasty at all, nice sweet malt assemblage. Taste is sweet, fruity, lots of dates (old ale kinda) port, sweet but not cloying. Perfect palate, good balance of mouth coating creaminess but dry enough not to be "sticky". Great stout.


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