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Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 387   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Advocate_Ames (581) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
2011 bottle. Pours dark black with no head. The aroma is of licorice, sweet carmel malts, mild booze scent, very weak roasted chocolate malts, and I pick up on some dark fruits. As for flavor it is complex. I picked up on strong sweet carmel malts, dates, weak roasty chocolate notes, and diverse minor flavors that is hard to distinguish. The finish is great. There was a minimal dryness from the alcohol, very little bitterness, and a sugary sweetness. Overall this was a treat, truly great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4606) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Black in color with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, licorice, molasses and chocolate. Taste is of molasses with rich chocolate and roasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (4025) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle vinage ’09, courtesy of Kermis, @ Rampkrot tasting. Pours a headless, pitch black beer. Aroma is madeira, vineous, licorice and some booyness. Flavour has some light acidity in it with vineous notes and grapes. Also molasses and very dark chocolate in there.. Great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (6384) - 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 !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8211) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (11265) - Where the wild whales are, 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!

   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

   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.

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (751) - 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.

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