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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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Photo of HopheadEd


4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two words for this one; good stuff. The color is the shade just before black, dark, dark, brown. The head on this one was only about 1/2 inch and faded quickly. Patchy lace that slowly faded. Big coffee/ toffee flavor hits you first then chocolate, then a smokey finish. Clean, crisp, finish. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 18:04:50 | More by HopheadEd
Photo of allboutbierge


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Me and my buddies made a trip down D's 6 pack and Hot Dog last night and we brought back a few or these to try... this is what my beer buddies and I thought..
Beautiful appearance, slight brown twinge in a liquid black cloud with a nice two finger carmel tinted head in a pint glass. Initial coffee flavor holds through life of glass with full aftertaste. Semi-Sweet flavor grows stronger as you drink further and further down the glass. Transcends into a slightly bitter taste halfway down the glass to finish in a coffee, choclate, bitter-sweet bliss. Has a heavy taste on palate even for a porter but a completely solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2002 11:36:58 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very deep brown, almost black, with mahogany & ruby highlights topped by a creamy tan head that holds well and leaves some limited lace. The aroma is of sweet dark malt. The body is medium and nicely creamy in the mouth. The flavor is caramel-like, with a mild chocolate character and a very subtle roastiness. There's a slight hop flavor; and a well balanced bitterness. Finishes with lots of lingering cocoa. Very nice and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2002 18:06:05 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Pegasus


3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep mahogony brown color with a huge tan head that lingers, quite good lace. Aroma consists of strong coffee, malt, and smoke. Taste begins with dark roasted malt flavors and a bit of stinging carbonation, followed by earthy notes and somewhat cloying molasses, finishes with a moderate hop bitterness. The molasses flavors seemed overpowering by the time the beer was half finished. The mouthfeel was a bit disappointing, I expected it to be smoother. There is really nothing special about this brew, alas.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2002 19:50:10 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Wildman


2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very almost black amber color and left a sudsy huge light tan head that subsided quickly but left some lace. The aroma was of malt and coffee. The flavor was of malt and coffee with elements of molasses. The body was a bit light/weak for a porter. The finish was a touch sour. As a porter, it was a bit weak and the finish hurts it.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2002 18:12:01 | More by Wildman
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New York

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For me, this beer was decent. A deep dark brown color, not much of a head though. I could only smell dark, roasted malt, and the taste was for the most part one- dimensional, relying heavily on chocolate or roasted malt- something intended to be rich and deep, but didn't quite do it. I don't think this was a bad tasting porter,- kind of average and not complex.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2002 16:58:47 | More by AaronRed
Photo of pbrian


3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with quickly dissipating thin tan head. Immediate fruity aroma followed by heavily roasted black malts. An interesting mix of a sweet caramel malt start and acidic roasted malt finish but its thinness keeps it at barely above average status.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2002 08:08:28 | More by pbrian
Photo of jreitman


3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with brown head. Malty, burnt nose though no individual aromas stood out for me. Easily drinkable but that is mostly due to it's lack of character. Overall the flavor profile was very subdued.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2002 22:07:57 | More by jreitman
Photo of marc77


2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beige head tops a nearly black brew. A touch of a very clear, deep garnet hue when held to light. The aroma is comprised of smooth, coffee - like roasted grain; when coupled with the sweet crystal malt notes it is quite chocolately and appealing. Unfortunately, this beer falls a bit short tastewise. It's a bit weak in body, and has that odd oily mouthfeel that most of Portland brewing beers have. Black patent sharpness hits upfront, but the dearth of malt or hop character makes this porter forgettable and average. I would love a Rogue Mocha Porter right now.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2002 20:04:15 | More by marc77
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3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark dark brown with a tan head. Toasty smell. A tad soapy. Like cookers chocolate a bit. A bit malty. Had it in MN not to long ago, can't find it in CT.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2002 16:05:31 | More by packetknife
Photo of Murph


3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black with a creamy head that sinks quickly. Smell is of roasted malt and slight hint of chcolate. Taste is roasted malt with some burnt/chocolate undertones. Bitterness is not really as strong as it should be. Flavor is a little thin. I get a strange coffee grounds aftertase. Decently drinkable. In my mind this brew is only a little above average. It could work for a session but I would probably rather drink something with a little more/better flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2002 16:52:13 | More by Murph
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given the wide swing on reviews of this beer, I have to wonder if perhaps there is a problem with consistency in the brewery's production. My experience with this porter was quite positive. Dense and rich, with nice roasted notes. Some coffee and dark chocolate, but these were background flavors. It certainly did not strike me as a love-it-or-hate-it beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 17:40:16 | More by Brent
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3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wonder if this is the same beer that is reviewed below? While this is not the best porter I've ever had, it wasn't bad. It pours with a large brown head. Very dark brown in color. Smells roasty and coffeeish. Tastes of well roasted malt with some dark chocolate and coffee notes. Medium body.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 12:22:11 | More by htomsirveaux
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Tan lace sticks all over, big pillowy head when first poured then settles into an almost cake-like form on top, takes for ever to dissipate. Nearly all the way black, a tinge of light is seen thought the dark liquid with reddish highlights.

Smell: Big roasted coffee aroma, you would swear that this was a glass of fresh brewed iced coffee. Trace amount of malt sweetness and a charcoal woody aroma also.

Taste: Smooth with a slightly crisp finish to the mouth feel, carbonation is at a moderate level. Rounded medium body. Roasted flavours are mildly aggressive, meaning they are not extremely harsh but get a bit taxing on the palate with a vague astringent back ground. The roasted malt ranges from coffee grounds to woody charcoal, black strap molasses to somewhat acrid. Hops are more or less an addition to the bitterness of the roasted malts and the woody flavours throughout. Alcohol is a gradually warming factor. Oatmeal and other unmalted grains bring a small amount of softness and a trace of sweetness but are far from balancing.

Notes: A half decent porter, roasted flavours are perhaps drawn-out too much brings a touch too much astringency. Even when served at cellar temperature the astringency still hangs around and wants to be noticed.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2002 13:00:13 | More by Jason
Photo of proc


1.55/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The appearance of this beer is great. It pours out to a very dark amber, almost black, with not much head and little carbonation. The smell is decent, but that is where it stops being good. The drinking portion (the part that counts) was awful. Burnt malt taste, coupled with a horrible finish. I thinking burnt coffee with rancid sugar thrown in with a bit of bitterness on top. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2002 08:15:24 | More by proc
Photo of Jordan


2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Light bodied almost featherweight. Begins semi-sweet then turns into a bitter charcoal and molasses. Suppose you could consider this creamy. Got many qualities of a porter, although I prefer a heavier body. Oddly enough, the more you drink the worse it gets.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2002 14:41:45 | More by Jordan
Photo of Mark


1.1/5  rDev -68.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A very disappointng beer to say the least. No head, little or no roasted flavor, and very cloying. It didn't help matters that the alehouse served it much too cold. If this were the first Porter I had ever tried, I WOULD HAVE MISSED OUT ON SOME FINE BEERS.LOWEST POSSIBLE RANKING

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2001 22:44:26 | More by Mark
MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter from Portland Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.