ThirstyBird (764) - DŁsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Chris for sharing (2009 bottles rated in 2010) Appears deep dark brown with garnet highlights. Smell is port, dark fruit. Taste is big oak, port, nutty, some spiciness, dark fruit with some fruit sweetness. It has some oxidation and is at the end dry slightly bitter and complex. Full body with mild carbonation. Interesting but certainly not as good as standard Kate.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with very minimal head or carbonation. Very strong port/wine aroma with a very nice fruitiness. Roasted malt, cocoa, wood, coffee, and vanilla. Much better nose than regular Kate. The flavor is an improvement as well. Very nice port flavor, quite a bit of oak, tons of dark fruit, some coffee, chocolate, and plenty of roast. A light tartness and dryness on the finish.
crossovert (5642) - Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 vintage. Similiar pour to regular Ktg. Smell is more caramally and more woody. Port scent is there along with caramel. The flavor is fruitey, vanilla, chocolate, Sweetness is not overpowering but still high. I like it.
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huge thanks to Mike for this surprise at our sour tasting. Black pour with no head. Much better aroma than regular Kate (tasted side by side with an 11 kate). Oaky, fruity, prune, burnt malt, smoke, and bakers chocolate. Flavor is not as good. Huge oak, bitter chocolate and coffee, astringent (maybe tannic), Smoke, prune, raisin, plum. Medium body with lighter carbonation. This was ok, but as with regular Kate, Iíd rather have many other off the shelf imperial stouts.
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Keithís. Thanks to the person who brought it, I cannot recall who.
Black oily pour with a tiny film of tan head.
Aroma is fudge, bitter chocolate, light roast, burnt wood, alcohol, lightly fruity port wine. The body is a bit thinner than I was expecting. As others have noted here, the high level of astringency really takes away from the lovely soft chocolate maltiness of the base beer. Super tannic oak dominates the palate and flavor. I could barely finish my serving.
jleblanc (8) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2011 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2007 vintage, strangely indicated by the cap. This particular bottle was sold in the gift shop randomly several years ago. thanks to jamie for sharing.
deep black pour with smooth carbonation with a thin brown head. nose is dense with charred oak and vanilla. the flavor is highly astringent from the oak, if you dig deep you can find pleasant roast chocolate malts. it has the signature dryness of kate, but doesnít offer the counterbalance of sweet malts or fruity esters. incredibly drying. water please.
this base of this beer is holding up well, but i could have used half as much oak.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks muchly to the ever generous Uncle Urbs
My god this is insanely good. Iíve considered myself lucky to drink a fair amount of the regular KTG but this clearly takes things up a whole level. The oak is clear as day and utterly stunning. If I could give this an 11 for flavour Iíd do it in a heartbeat. Thereís this honey chestnut character that is beyond description. The depth and width of flavour is just so huge. The barrel has imparted a lick of sourness in the finish that rounds things off so well. Every sip leaves me staring into space and incapable of speach. The finish is a journey of sheer indulgence. Ok I have about 20cl left in my glass and although Iím aware this is a shit rate but Iím gonna just call it a day and go and drink it. This is too good for me to be worrying about writing good notes. Amazing stuff.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared by an insanely-generous advocate of beer when I least expected it. I honestly never even considered drinking this beer, let alone literally having a nice pour handed to me on what had already been an incredible beer-drinking day.
2009 Vintage. The bottle looks like the regular KTG except that "Oak2" is written within the mug on the label. Had I just seen the label and not actually tasted and smelled the differences, Iím not sure that I would have believed it.
Served in a goblet. Up from a black body rises a two-finger tan head that persists for a bit before slowly falling back down into its wondrous lagoon in which would soon make most of my senses weep. Slight lacing dots the edges of the glass and the aroma emanates from below. This is one of the best-smelling beers I have come across.
Iíll say from the start that traditional Kate is only "okay" to me in the sense that I donít think itís worth all the hype and I could easily name 10 or more imperial stouts that I prefer. Not the case with this. An excessively-beautiful oaky smell rises quickly from its hiding. It carries along a nice creaminess and a bit of vanilla. Some port is still there, but the oak has definitely taken over.
Waiting in the background is a bit of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and faint espresso. The prominent oak character really helps everything to shine.
The taste is slightly sweet and combines with the ever-present oak character quite well. Some dates and figs mingle in the background, hiding beneath a cornucopia of flavors reminiscent of the best baked goods--vanilla, chocolate, and coffee meld together exceptionally.
The body is medium and ever-so-slightly tannic, though most of the oakís effects here seem to have faded with age. Just a slight amount of booze and a really creamy body. Excellent finish that keeps inviting me back for more. I would say that this was hands-down the best beer experience--including the atmosphere and the brew itself--that I have ever had. This was one amazing tread and I cannot thank the beer gods enough for passing this morsel my way.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-16-2010
guntlipz (19) - Portland, USA - OCT 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
EBF- Dark pour with a thin beige head. Aroma is roast and light oaky tannins. Espresso, vanilla and roast. SLICK finish
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Let me explain this brew. First you have to know the ingenious way that the flavors of oak and Port are introduced to the original Kate. Some of the Kate is taken and place in a keg that it filled with port soaked oak spirals. It sits there until they are ready to introduce it to the large batch, thus imparting all the wonderful port and oak goodness to the main batch. Now seeing that Portsmouth is in New England and we are quite frugal they back fill the small keg, and let it sit. Thus producing the double oaked batch of Kate.
Now on to the review; poured into a small snifter it produced a slight tan head that went to nothing, but would come back with a swirl. The color was the typical stout black with light ruby highlights showing off the oak.
The aroma on this batch (09) had a slight lactic smell because of the 7 months of age, but the oak defiantly made a strong showing. Along with the typical roasted coffee and chocolate flavors associated with the original Kate. There was a slight, I mean light sourness to the brew, again from the age I would guess. It did however work well with the strong oak, quality. The alcohol heat associated with the original Kate seems all but lost in this brew. The feel in my mouth was nice and thick, slightly syrupy with good carbonation.
I did enjoy this brew I have tasted this a few times; it is really amazing how the slight difference will change and add to the complexity of this original brew. Its drinkability tended to be a bit higher to me than the regular 09 I had a few weeks back. Defiantly worth the try
Serving type: on-tap