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Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 379   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JulienHuxley (4635) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (7115) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (236) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingCecil (2071) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (2206) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2012
December 29, 2012 - 2011 bottle at Brett’s tasting. Black pour with limited head. Aroma of cocoa powder, vanilla and coffee. Taste was consistent plus had a sweet alcohol finish. Thanks Jason for sharing! Did this side by side with ’12 Surly Darkness and 4 out of 6 liked Darkness better. One dude tries Kate first and is like okay pretty good. Then he tries Darkness and really likes it. He gets a second pour of Kate, takes a sip and says yuck I can’t drink this now and drain pours it without hesitation. The rest of us start laughing and are like dude you realize some people would kill for that beer you just dumped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (9983) - Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2011 vintage. Smell is boozy and fruity, some port, soem woodiness. The flavor is sweet, portlike, sweet fruits, chocolatey, pertty sugary. As it warms caramel comes in and it is nice. Tropical fruits creep in. Good one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5351) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle (2011 vintage drank in 2012): Poured a pitch-black stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with huge note of black chocolate with lingering sweet notes is very interesting and quite huge. Taste is a complex mix between some huge black chocolate notes with some lactose notes with medium dry roasted notes with light espresso notes. Light liquorice notes could also be detected. Body is full with great creamy texture and good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Huge beer with huge amount of taste while still retaining some good complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoFi (1700) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2012
2012 bottle, with quite a ridiculous label if I’m honest. 12% ABV. Big thanks to fredrik_! Black with a light brown head. Aroma: chocolate liqueur, coffee, roasted. Taste: milk chocolate, coffee, roasted, creamy. Medium to full bodied. This was really nice! At this point in the evening, these were all the notes I made.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
Pours a pitch black beer with a weak beige head. The aroma is malt, roasted, chocolate and coffee. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness. Overall a really good beer.

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