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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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81
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
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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Reviews by mk3:
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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first review so have pity on me

I'm drinking one as i write this from an average pint glass.;

It looks like a porter, almost black with a kind of reddish hue.

Not a strong aroma, more of a chocolate, coffee, than coffee, chocolate. not as bitter as I usually like in porter. Like an earlier post, it has more of a stout flavor, not unpleasant though.

It's 8 bucks a 6-pack here(which is cheap for Utah) and it's a good, drinkable beer that I will buy again.

mk3, Dec 17, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of WaydeRafnel
4/5  rDev +14%

WaydeRafnel, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Jeffreysan
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.

Jeffreysan, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Sargully
4/5  rDev +14%

Sargully, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Magpie14
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours reddish brown and once gathered in the glass melds a solid heavy brown with dusty black, a moonless brew. I must admit that the label "deceptively dark" is in good order. Just about as impressive was the fairly dense wallop of lasting mocha cream that perched atop. Lacing is in the norm with some good filmy patches. As far as appearance is concerned, this is one of the better MacTarnahan brews

S: caramel, chocolate malts, with a light floral minty hop tinge. Some type of dry-woody sour smell permeates within each whiff

T: this beer starts with mildly roasted malts dusted with cocoa powder and a slowly accentuating caramel. Within each sip, especially right after the finish, a sour tang hits the tongue. This is immediately followed up with a very timid stale and dry coffee character. Some dryness pairs with a charred character as the beer is warming, malts are showing up a little more
I find the flavors fitting for an American Porter just not in the right dimensions or quality. Not as dynamic or complex as I had hoped

M: a slick glassy beer with medium body and feel. Carbonation is right where it should be, not interfering with much and providing a fuzz. By the look of the moonless body it seems it should be heavier, or that would just be nice

D: okay beer, it drinks easy enough. I would reach for other American Porters as this showing is kinda timid, flat, and unvaried

Magpie14, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle of this... heard it was really good from a brewing buddy of mine.

- Dark solid brown and black... mild off-white head.... little see-through around the edges.... looks like its supposed to!

- The smell is fantastic... grains, slightly sweet oats... roasted nuttiness.... light spice and bittering hop. Quite nice.

- Very light and tasty porter.. clear waters... light grain and sweet nuttiness... nice bitterness... overall a fantastic porter, and fits the style very well. Because many beers are overdone anymore, I am sure this porter wont get the credit because it fits the style so well.

- Light bodied... slightly watery.... not robust and chewy like the smell might lead one to believe.

- Overall a very nice session porter... tastes great, easy to drink, and is a nice regular go-to seasonal.

Docer, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of isualum12
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great beer. I really get into the winter beers and somehow this beer sat in fridge until since Christmas.

Pour was nice with decent head
Taste was full of flavor with dark aroma. Lots of carmel...
I honestly meant to stop and write down a couple more things while drinking this beer and the next thing I knew this beer was gone. That tells you how good it was and how easy it was to drink. To be honest I really wish I could get my hands on a few more now....

isualum12, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into an Imperial Pint. 5.3% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this winter brewski with me!

A - Almost black in the glass, it's got dark ruby highlights and a dense tan head. Low retention left a thin ring and no lace left.

S - Dry roasted malts flood the nose with mild semi-sweet chocolate and caramel sweetness in the background. A hazelnut coffee creamer nuttiness with mild spices finishes the aroma out. Not cloying or syrupy at all.

T - The flavor comes across thinner than the nose lets on. Thin roasted malts with a light tart fruity bitterness and low caramel sweetness. Much different from what the nose let on.

M - Medium-bodied, it's a bit thin for a stout. Very dry finish with roasty bitterness.

D - The different between the nose and flavor is disappointing but still good. The nutty hazelnut creame doesn't come out at all. A good porter though.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Fletchorama
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Fletchorama, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz from the COOP poured into my Delirium goblet...

No real head.. no lace... the brew is perfectly black.. Ink.

Nose immediately reminds me of the Blackwatch without as much licorice.. smells black.

Flavor is more stout than porter.. dry roasty malts.. with warmth some malty sweetness helps pull the brew together.. chocolate with a weird tart essence.. odd.

Fresh and more interesting than inviting.. seems pretty limp... too burnt as I finish the bottle... Not sure what to make of this one.

JohnGalt1, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

LiquidAmber, Feb 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

HungarianCount, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of velosuds
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date evident. Paid $2.29 on sale at local supermarket. Been a cool, wetter than normal summer. I am ready to "deck the halls with cheer."

A-Pours a dark brown almost black hue with a two finger, light tan and bubbly head with decent retention and modest lacing.

S-Somewhat subdued roasty maltiness with a slight hint of citrus hops. Not nearly robust enough.

T-Chocolate roasted malts, slight hop bitterness, and slight smoked essence present. Taste is not robust enough either.

M-Very smooth, but a little thin and a tad flat.

D-This indeed drinkable, but I would want to try something else before following with another of the same.

A mediocre Oregon microbrew among a plethora of better offerings. I bought it based upon the label and my desire to get into the holiday spirit early this year.

velosuds, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

six pack from Roths Vista Market,Salem. Lovelly looking ale darkest,mahogany brown with a gorgeous thick half inch light tan head. Typical roasty,toasty,burnt porter aroma. I had susupected that this might just be a re-label of the Regular McTs porter but the first sip tell me this is different, much more toasted, burnt oat kinda feel to it, more dark fruitiness. Bitter dark chocolate dominates some spiciness towards the end also . Palte is weird..its very well carbonated for a porter but really doesnt distract. Overall a nice simple winter ale. MacTarnahans aka Portland Brewing seems to be re-awakening after a long sleep since its take over by Pyramid. Lets hope Pyramid continues to give them more independence.

Reidrover, Oct 08, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Slammy, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of BilbosNuts
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.

BilbosNuts, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of vkv822
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a deep, dark brown bordering on black. There are very nice ruby highlights when held to the light. It has a thick foamy tan head that leaves awesome lacing.

The aroma is of roasty malts with some faint chocolaty malts and nuttiness as well.

The taste follows the nose very well, though the chocolate malts are much less distinguished. The main emphasis is on the roasted and nutty malts.

The mouthfeel is fairly average bodied for the style, with decent carbonation.

While this was nothing too spectacular I found it a well done porter, especially at the low price.

vkv822, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of GreenCard
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep mahogany, opaque, narrow layer of tan suds that dissipate to a thin crown

Aroma: cola, malt, weak coffee, black pepper

Flavor: dryish malt profile with a mild acidity; touches of roast and caramel; finishes fairly dry with a roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, spritzy carbonation, crisp

Other comments: "A rich, holiday porter." Not quite an accurate description. Porter, sure. But it's not particularly rich.

GreenCard, Nov 12, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

DerwinWentworth, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of froghop
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear dark brown with a red tint with held to the light, a large khaki head, and some lacing.

smell is faint, sour malt, caramel, and some spice.

taste is watery, spice, some metallic, caramel, and a little sour malt, end is a little on the tart side.

froghop, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of notsoprobeer
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown--almost black color. One of the darkest I've seen. Has a tan head with some lacing. Aroma is mainly malts. Taste has lots of coffee and roasted malt flavors, with not a lot of hops. Reminds me a lot of Kona's Pipeline Porter. Very little bitterness. Medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel, very sessionable.

It's a very solid beer and I like it. However, other than being a porter, I don't really get the winter seasonal aspect of HumBug'r because it didn't really offer anything unusual (which is something I look for in a winter seasonal).

notsoprobeer, Jan 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14%

Vancoubeer, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber split with fellow BA BeerFMAndy.

The beer pours dark blood red bording on deep brown. When held to the light the red edges really show. The mocha hued head reaches about an inch and settles leaving no lace.

The aroma has all the characteristics of a typical american porter. Chocolate, light roast malt, hints of coffee, and a touch of spearmint.

The flavor hits the porter style running. Roast malt, light chocolate, touch of bitterness and there's that spearmint again.

Medium to full creamy body. Very light carbonation.

Overall a nice porter. What makes it a holiday porter seems to escape me. Still very drinkable and a nice cold weather beer.

beerwolf77, Jan 27, 2010
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MacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r Ale from Portland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.