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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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182 Ratings

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, but shows its true color when held to the light.

low carbonation and a rather weak head that soon dissapears leaving barely a trace of lace around the edge of the glass.

smells pretty good - sweet, but with a nice hint of hops to make for a good balance.

tastes average for a porter, a little hopier than usual, which i like but do not know if it is true to the style.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After the Amber Ale, with its poor head retention, I decided to hell with etiquette, and dunked this beer vigorously from its 12 fl.oz. brown bottle into my Imperial Pint Glass. It certainly helped to produce a fantastic looking tan brown head, comprised of mainly large sized bubbles that started to settle to a nice 2” deep head, which finished around ½” deep for the rest of the experience. Longevity of the head was certainly extended, and I would strongly recommend doing this if you like a head on your beer, as I do.

The beer itself pours a very deep brown color that looks black - but on closer inspection is not. Held to the light, it exhibits that rather familiar deep red mahogany hue so reminiscent and familiar of these Porters. Aromas from the crusty brown head are of sweet roast malt and milk chocolate, but hops are also evident. Has a lovely velvety smooth mouthfeel which leads into a roast malt beginning. Roast flavours are dominant, restrained mild burnt tastes are there also, but masked by a silky smooth Cadburys milk chocolate middle, making way for some hop bitterness in the finish. Finish is a little too “aggressively short”; it just dies and leaves you wanting more from this beer. This does aid it's drinkability though, highly quaffable, and a beer that is hard to put down.

Nice beer this, but I have to say that I am used to Porters being a little sweeter than this, and for me this could easily be classed as a Dry Stout - but hey, I am no expert and I am sure that argument has been argued, won, and lost, many times in the past by people far more educated in these matters than me. Nevertheless, Porter or Dry Stout – a very nice beer that drinks well. Only complaints, well as with the only other MT beer that I have had, the ‘weak’ Head and Nose detracts somewhat from the overall pleasure of this beer.
Would I buy it again? – Yes, Certainly.

Photo of Morris729
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black color with a sticky tan colored head. Aroma is dominated by a strong dark coffee scent with hints of sweet malt and a mild sourness. Roasted malts and grains really come through in the taste with notes of molasses and a touch of sourness in the finish. A bit acidic in the mouth. This is an average porter.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly decent porter. Motor oil colored with a thin head that vanished rather quickly. Very pleasant malty/coffee aroma. Decent roasted flavor with coffee pervading, although it was on the thin side. This was noticeably un-creamy considering the name of the beer. It was rather sharp and dry, but not overly so. I'd try this again.

Photo of kennywoodbrew
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initial appearance would be a mohogany-black hole. If properly decanted (with a little help) it shows-off a creamy-creamy head; somewhat comparable to a "Guiness-Latte". Very apparent coffee/ toffee flavors are present. I sense generous additions of chocolate malt and flaked barley, offering a very smooth graininess.

There is an unusual flavor perceived during exhalation through the nose... One that pulls you back for another taste, almost a pine nut like character. Hop flavor is present but controlled in just the right proportion. "Blackwatch" is very much at home in front of the Fireplace...

Photo of HopheadEd
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of allboutbierge
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Wildman
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of AaronRed
3.01/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of pbrian
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of jreitman
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of marc77
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of packetknife
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Murph
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of proc
1.66/5  rDev -52%
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.

Photo of Jordan
2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of Mark
1.12/5  rDev -67.6%
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

MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter from Portland Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.