BlackWatch Cream Porter - Portland Brewing Company
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
4.01/5 rDev +11.1%
A: Near black. Semi translucent. Light biscuit head that faded quick leaving a sticky ring with webs down the side of the glass.
S: Chocolaty with almonds and walnuts. Sweetness of caramel and vanilla. Dry creaminess. Bit of a juicy alcohol aroma.
T: Awesome. Starts off caramel, creme brûlée and chocolate. Cleans up really quickly with a tartness and tanginess with a tad bit of nutmeg, cloves. Tartness even has a small amount if orange rind in it. Leaves a bit of residual sweetness of cream and sugar--cream cheese icing on a chocolate cake.
M: Starts off very light. Dryness grows and grows, but not overpowering.. yet. After half a beer it is getting a little heavy on dryness.
O: I really dig the balance of hops, which cuts the roast perfectly. The creaminess lingers from start to finish but is less noticeable until the hops come in. I think the hops created the dry finish, but well worth it as they really balance out the roast nicely.
01-29-2014 02:14:16 | More by constantine_272
3.15/5 rDev -12.7%
Appearance- Pours up a pretty good amount of head which seems to have similar retention. The head is a creamy, light to medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown which shows the slightest hint of ruby when held up to the light. Good amount of lacing.
Nose- Pretty subtle aroma which consists mostly of roasted notes. Stronger from the bottle. The glass shows some roasted malt but displays them more as a bubblegum scent. Some coffee. Swirling doesn't add much at all.
Taste- Shows a little more presence than nose. More coffee than just basic roasted notes. Does have a weird finish that is a little sour. Some grain. Some chalk. Sourness that turns sweet and then slightly metallic. Not a good flaw to have in a beer that doesn't have much complexity or presence. The sourness is way too dominant as well. Some earwax bitterness. A little too messy for such a low ABV beer. Still, not quite as bad as it may seem from the above description but pretty much average. The roasted malts are nice but fairly standard. There's a slight flavor profile boost from the oats as well. Slight tendency toward being below average. It's one saving grace is that it's pretty cheap.
Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with ample carbonation that isn't too much but does give a little zing.
Drinkability- Not too bad if you don't sip it. Pretty much as cheap as a craft bomber gets at 2.50 a bomber. I've only seen Red Hook and Pyramid that cheap.
Overall- Pretty much just average as some of the off flavors begin to mellow out. I can't necessarily endorse trying it but it is cheap enough that it doesn't really matter.
12-28-2013 04:02:19 | More by artoolemomo
BlackWatch Cream Porter from Portland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.