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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 Russiaís Catherine the Great. Jet black. Full-bodied. Very strong.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2008
#100! Big thanks to Brent:TheRealBastard, for sharing this one with me. Pour is as black as charcoal with a thin brown head. Aromas of chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt, and coffee. Flavor is nothing like iíve ever had before. This brew coats your whole mouth and is wonderful. Coffee stands out the most and some chocolate is in the finish. I wish this stuff was on the shelf everyday. Awesome brew, the best Iíve had to date.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Bottle (thanks to cloudskipper for the great trade from last fall)... A 2009 bottling that Iíve been cellaring and waiting to enjoy on my fianceeís birthday (who is appropriately also named Kate). Poured pitch, jet black with a thick, brown head. The head faded quickly and kept a consistent ring around the perimeter of the glass. Nose was very refined, dark sugars, bark chips and roasted meats, wine-like in a sense of its complexity. Smooth, silky, velvety texture. Bold and boozy but far from astringent. The typical strong stout characters of oats, roasted grains which carried a malt sweetness, and even a slight fruit creaminess. But also hazelnut flavors meshed with more roast which countered a dark, wine-like alcohol presence. I even detected some brine towards the finish surrounded by chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon flavors. Divine, a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Simply put, one of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had. Oily, rich in Coffee and Chocolately overtones, with a smooth bitterness dancing softly on the backside. The Mouthfeel is viscuous, and grainy, almost chewy. has a very small nutty flavour hidden in the palate as well. A superb brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - APR 3, 2008
Shared with Andrew(imadeadguy) and my little broski(Drew). Iím giving it a 20 only because the flavor is out of this world!!! Aroma is light chocolate and alcohol, but hardly there. That still does not take anything away from this one. This beer is the best imperial stout Iíve ever had. For overall flavor this is the one I wish I could have as an everyday drinker, a real treat. Taste is chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, expresso, roasted malt, some smoke, little vanilla on the finish, and hops throughout. I couldnít ask for anything more in a beer. This is the closest to the Double Bastard yet(my favorite beer). Huge thanks to Matthew and Unclejedi for this beauty. This beer defines what an Imperial stout should taste like. Period!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheCoder (4) - - JUL 23, 2012 does not count
OH MY where to begin with Kate? Well how about, get it, trade for it, buy it, just try it somehow (within legal/moral means...) she crushes your palette with wonderful chocolate, bits of coffee, sweet, a bit of alcohol and a blend of some amounts of oak and fruits. Please try this if you can it will not let you down.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Jet black body with a nice mocha head. Picturesque beer all around. The aroma is great. There is a bunch of milk chocolate and coffee and it smells delicious. The taste is crazy good. It is creamy chocolate and coffee blended together. There is a bit of hotness that is probably alcohol but could be some bitterness. I canít wait to see how this ages. When itís cold, the body seems pretty thick but as it warms it thins out a bit and becomes almost more of an old ale consistency. I prefer RISís on the thicker end and served on the warmer end, so this didnít quite meet the terms of perfection. This is a DAMN good RIS. With a little age, I think the bitterness will reduce a bit and make this awesome. This beer is MUCH better cold rather than warm, which is usually the opposite of what I find. It still has good flavor and aroma cold and the body is much better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2010 On tap at the brewery on 5-24-08 for Kateís second release. Smuttynose big beer tulip. I was quite skeptical of this brew from the get go. A world class beer in my own state? Impossible. What I came to learn was quite different for this brew spoke for itself. Pours motor oil black with one finger tan head that lasts throughout. Aromas of heavily roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and a dash of hops. Powerful, pronounced, and complex. First sip was absolutely heavenly. Initial blast of flavors include gratuitos amounts of roasted malt, subsiding into complexity and character which I have seldom seen. Chocolate, caramel, plum, raisin, and port were quite evident, as well as the perfect amount of sweetness from residual sugars. Hop character is present, but by no means overwhelming, and balances out the sweetness to create a great moderation of flavors. Perhaps one of the most flavorful brews I have sampled to date. Palate was thick and fufilling with an impenetrable mass of a body that sat on the tounge with the weight of an anvil. Texture is smooth and rich, perhaps complemented by the expert balance of flavors. After swallowing my first sip, I could think of nothing but another- the flavors are so intense and powerful while maintaining a rich, though supple mouthfeel. Alcohol is un-noticable despite its rather high content. So well balanced- this beer has just about everything going for it. Expertly crafted- a delicious treat for sure.
March 12 2010 Re-Rate. I stand by everything I said on May 24 2008. Kate is exquisite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2008
On tap at the brewpub during the KtG release: Well, there were some really great beers on tap for the release but this Kate did in fact prove to be great for me. Thick, rich, concentrated, powerful...and surprisingly balanced. This pours thick in the glass and remains thick in the mouth, coating the entire palate. There was a nice mix of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla and some dark fruit. Hopefully the bottles will live up to the tap! While I may not rate this a perfect 5, the day and event made this a perfect experience!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 10, 2009
On tap at Portsmouth Brewery 2/9,.Just an awsome beer that more than lived up to itís hype. Pours oil black with dark brown lacing. Aroma of molasses, roast, and chocolate. Taste is incredible, alcohol is barely present. Has strong cocoa and molasses flavor that are present right through to the end and then slights into a medium bitter finish. Just a beautiful finish, equal parts sweet and bitter. What a treat!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review date 2/10/2009...directly after KtG day... Served on-tap by Tod (my bad for misspelling your name in the Official KtG day thread - sorry Tod!) himself at KtG day a few minutes after the first tapping...into a Portsmouth snifter. Finally! Letís see if Kate can bring it...and how... Pours an ultra-dark brown - more than dark chocolate or espresso. Maybe combine those with licorice or Sambuca black and you goddit. A bit of viscosity but not terribly thick. Ginger head is just under a finger - sticks OK with a bit of lacing. Brown sugar is front and center on the nose with a good alcohol burn. The dark roasted malt is so clean, though, on the backdrop. In a word...silky. Iím at a loss for words here and canít really describe this...incredible! So much vanilla and roast combines in Beautiful Chemistry with the mild brown sugar and a little milk chocolate. Hops are on deep background but thereís a nice woody, grassy quotient that dries this up nicely. Absolutely perfect. The palate feel is perfectly balanced. Not too light, not too heavy. Not too much of anything but just enough of everything, as overabundant as this may be. It doesnít come off as a caricature - all elements fire on all cylinders. Now the warning. Because this is so smooth, it drinks way, way WAY too easily for its ABV. Goes down quicker than (insert name of decrepit cherished female relative of your mortal enemy here) on the 29th of the month with rent due. This has got to be the best beer Iíve tasted to date. I guess it has the sweetness of Dark Lord with the dryness of Darkness, and it all ends up in perfect balance. Out-frigginí-standing. The trip to Portsmouth was well worth it.

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