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MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter - Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream PorterMacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter

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177 Ratings

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002)
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Reviews by 49degrees:
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting offer from within the Porter style of ales. The creamy complexion and marketing slant for this brew puts this one in the "fusion" style of brews -- and subsequently will detract Porter enthusiasts from embracing it. It tends to look and react to pouring like a Stout, and has a fairly thick viscosity thanks to the addition of Oatmeal in the brewing process. Despite garnering the 2001 GABF Gold medal for Porters, this doesn't quite live up to that billing, but that's not to say its not an enjoyable brew -- just not a Gold standard.

Pours a dark black color, with a modest oatmeal induced viscosity, medium rocky head, with little to no lacing. Small, uneven collar forms along the top of the brew and sticks around while drinking.

Malty aroma with distinct bouquet featuring slighy earthy tones, caramel, coffee and a mellowing blend of malts.

As for the palette, there's an interesting blend of malts and hops which helps to keep it smooth. Oatmal addition combined with malted barley and unmalted grains provides a smooth balance, but waffles in its delivery. Black Watch presents a blended example of four distinct styles: American Amber, Cream Ale, Porter and Stout all into a single package, as a result, it doesn't really peg a Porter style the way one might hope. However, its an interesting concept and it is pulled off with a relative flair and makes for a smooth afternoon drink.

I'm always game to tackle something different. I had previously seen references to the beer but had never seen it for sale anywhere until this past week. Sold in 12 oz bottled six packs, the stylish, but conservative labeling provides virtually no information about the brew.

If you're looking for an interesting dark beer that isn't afraid to play with traditions Black Watch should be worthy of a closer look. However, if if you’re looking for something from the Pacific Northwest that more closely adheres to the Porter style, you may want hold off until you can enjoy a Black Butte Porter from Deschutes (also from Oregon).

[ STATS:>> 12 oz bottle / ABV: unlisted / PRICE: $ 1.89 USD ]

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2003 20:32:51 | More by 49degrees
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MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter from Portland Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.