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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MotherBrother (865) - 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 (6357) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (10656) - 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 (16281) - 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 (7519) - .....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 (5203) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (7403) - Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle to oversized snifter (2012 vintage). Looks good; pitch black with beige lacing. Smells and tastes good too; sweet and malty with notes of chocolate and molasses. Nice and creamy on the palate. An excellent example of the style; I would love to see this in a bourbon barrel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
2010 bottle. Pours with no head. Aroma has a strong raspberry aroma, chocolate, strawberries, newly baked brownies, a hint of liquorice note. Although there is an unusual amount of berries in this beer. Crazy enough. Taste also plays on the berry notes, then burnt caramel, chocolate, liquorice, cookies, a roasty tartness. Wow - I really appreciate this for how unusual and exciting this is. Fruity, chocolaty, tart - amazing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (264) - DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
Pours almost black with a dark beige head. The aroma is slightly roasty with a surprising berry impression afterwords. Some spice, cardamom, white pepper, strawberry yoghurt and plum. Sounds a little strange but it kinda works. Mouthfeel is great - ballance is good too. Good brew. Thanks a lot Phredrik!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingCecil (2081) - DENMARK - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle @ home ... from trade with pandableh.. Thank my friend for this opportunity! :) It pours pitch black with a small tan head.... The aroma is roasted malt and coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and licorice..... The flavor is roasted malt, sweet dark fruit, licorice, caramel, chocolate and coffee..... Very nice!! love it!


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