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MacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r Ale - Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r AleMacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malts: Caramel, Black Roast, Wheat and Oats
Hops: Northern Brewer and Willamette
Bitternes: 27 IBU
Alcohol By Volume: 5.3%
Availability: September through December

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 10-08-2009)
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong aromas of roasted malt, freshly baked dark bread, dark chocolate and brown sugar.

Taste: Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, some subtle licorice, some generic sweetness, and subtle hops. Unfortunately, all the flavors are muddled and muted, not leaving much of an impression.

Mouthfeel: A little thin actually, with very little, but some carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an ok beer, not bad, but not good either, rather, it’s bland and pretty forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:55:17 | More by Jeffreysan
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

08-29-2013 18:37:54 | More by GraduatedCashew
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casapy

Idaho

3/5  rDev -14.5%

04-06-2013 18:37:20 | More by casapy
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Slammy

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-30-2013 21:34:21 | More by Slammy
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2GOOFY

California

3/5  rDev -14.5%

12-30-2012 23:57:27 | More by 2GOOFY
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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HungarianCount

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

12-21-2012 05:44:45 | More by HungarianCount
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

12-11-2012 05:55:48 | More by DerwinWentworth
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Garrett092112

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14%

12-09-2012 23:52:30 | More by Garrett092112
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +14%

12-04-2012 07:07:29 | More by dmorgan310
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Jsteez

China

3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled beer mug.

A-Deep black and not translucent; light brown root beer 2 finger head that lasted throughout consumption. This head was thick and foamy. It almost looked like I could eat it with a spoon! I love the look of a good porter! Sticky lace left on the glass.

S-My first whiff was of black licorice and malt. It had a slight smell of molasses and brown bread, but not too strong. There were hints of barley and oats, too.

T-My problem with this beer is that right after I poured it and started drinking, it had an unpleasant metallic irony flavor. It was mostly prevalent in the aftertaste. The aftertaste had a bite once the metallic taste dissipated. However, after the beer warmed a bit, the true flavors "ripened" and the metallic taste went away. I could taste spice, cinnamon chocolate brownies, and mocha-choco cake.

M-Full-body, carbonated a little too much.

Overall- I am not sold on it, but it was okay. There are other holiday porters out there that are destined to please.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 15:03:40 | More by Jsteez
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fishguyac

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

11-21-2012 06:51:57 | More by fishguyac
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Vancoubeer

Washington

4/5  rDev +14%

11-11-2012 05:48:09 | More by Vancoubeer
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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

11-05-2012 16:53:26 | More by CoryR
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Fletchorama

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

10-15-2012 05:30:05 | More by Fletchorama
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber into standard pint. Served cold.

A: Completley opaque with a finger of richly chocolate colored head that fizzeled down to nothing like it was a soda. Looks tasty except the head was sad.

S: coffee notes, smells like darkness. No hops on the nose. A little bittersweet chocolate. Something I can't quite identify but not un-pleasant. A tad sweet smelling.

T: big coffee notes, a bit of bitterness but not hop bitter, more dark roast bitter. Just enough hop to balance. A hint of metallic taste to the finish.

M: rich, as advertised. But thinner than expected. Smooth, the carbonation doesn't add or detract.

O: for $2 and change this is a good buy. It is a good porter all around, nothing stands out to make this great but it is worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 03:49:02 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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edwardkersh

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

03-31-2012 05:19:38 | More by edwardkersh
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%

03-16-2012 08:14:26 | More by WaydeRafnel
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-26-2012 08:28:24 | More by shelby415
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Murrhey

Montana

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half mocha head. Large bubbles and decent retention. Creamy lacing. Deep mahogany brown.

S- Distinct coffee and chocolate scent. Warm brewing spices as well.

T- Chocolate and coffee again. Warm and nice flavors with some vanilla thrown in.

M- Surprisingly light and creamy for such a dark smelling and looking beer.

O- Quite good. My hopes weren't high but this exceeded it.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:55:39 | More by Murrhey
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beer348

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : Nice simple bottle design, feel. Twist off cap.

S : Smelled good, like a dark porter should.

T : Seemed a little too bitter.

M : Had nice texture.

O : Good beer. I got a 6-pack. I think it could have been sweeter. That was the main problem. Just seemed like something was missing.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 10:03:25 | More by beer348
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Black Raven imperial pint glass. Pours a dark, nearly opaque red brown with cola tint at the edges. Two finger fine light brown head with good retention and lacing. Looks nice. Aroma of roasted malt, slight chocolate and a hint of earthiness. Flavor follows with roasted malt, a hint of chocolate. Finishes rather abruptly and somewhat dry, with the hops and spices leaving a somewhat mineral taste. Fairly light flavored, starts off pleasantly, but the thin taste does not hold up. Light to medium bodied. A satisfactory dark ale, but somewhat thin and lightly flavored for a porter. Happy to finish this one, but will probably not look for this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 04:13:15 | More by LiquidAmber
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BilbosNuts

California

3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color with light brown and garnet colors coming through on the sides. A creamy tan head sits on top. Light bubble streams can be seen rising up the sides of the glass.

S: The aroma consists of light roasted malts with a slight piney hop profile. This is basically all I could pick up here.

T: The taste is similarly muted. The same roasted malts and piney hops are present, but are limited.

M: It has a sort of watery feel to it and it's body is on the lighter side for a porter. It has a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: This was just an average porter for me. The flavors and aromas were somewhat muted and I would've liked to see these aspects more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 23:11:32 | More by BilbosNuts
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mactrail

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish black beer with a light body. Decent carbonation to start. More of a dark lager with some deep roasted malt. Quite a lot of grainy flavors. Slight sourish taste, maybe from the charred malt. Lacking in depth. A fair amount of flavor, but not much malt body. Thin and the dishwatery caramel hints finish it off. Some slight hoppy bitterness.

"Deceptively dark" is about the silliest thing anyone has put on a beer label. "Festive" is about the last word you would use to describe this. A plain cheap beer with a nice label.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 05:24:10 | More by mactrail
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RJLarse

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a bottle of Humbug'r in a grocery store. $3.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black color with a bubbly beige head that reduces to a thin froth.

Smell is a sweet chocolate milk aroma.

Taste is a roasted grain and coffee flavor, but with a bit of an acerbic vinegar like flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, with a dry bitter aftertaste.

In terms of drink-ability it's not the best porter around, and is really nothing special in terms of the holiday season either. I'm probably not having this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 00:26:15 | More by RJLarse
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MacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r Ale from Portland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.