Huhzubendah (3736) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Never say never. Thank you Brad!
The beer appears a dark cola brown with a broken bubbly tan head. The aroma brings oak, roast, a hint of red wine. Sweet with prominent port character. A hint of molasses and a touch of spice. Not boozy sweet, more like dessert wine. Low carbonation and smooth. Distant cherry notes. Delicious.
RussianDragon (578) - - AUG 9, 2014
750 ml bottle is 2011 vintage shared by ygtbsm94, thanks Brad! Pours a nearly still dark cherry brown/near black color with ruby hues when backlit. A line of beige bubbles line the rim of the glass. Aroma is massive and boozy - oak, cherries, chocolate, coffee bitterness and port. Flavor is same with smooth lactic mouthfeel and nearly no carbonation. Very sweet - a great dessert beer, delicious. tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
Pours jet black. Aroma is chocolate roasted malts rich soy. Flavor is acidy as aroma thick fruity a bit sweet bitter. ThirstyBird (2992) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2013
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 (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
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 (13724) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
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 (150) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2012
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, I’d rather have many other off the shelf imperial stouts. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Bottle shared at Keith’s. 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
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 doesn’t 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 (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2011
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks muchly to the ever generous Uncle Urbs
My god this is insanely good. I’ve 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 I’d do it in a heartbeat. There’s 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 I’m aware this is a shit rate but I’m 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.