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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Fletchorama, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

DerwinWentworth, Dec 11, 2012
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 Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a very dark brown with brown highlights that had a very thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma had nuttiness, coffee, slightly milky with roasty character. It has big coffee bean notes to it. The taste was chocolatey alongside coffee, roasty, and lacto milky accents. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight astringent, roasty, and creamy finish. drank real good and was digging the coffee bean qualities it had.

Gobzilla, Nov 30, 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
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4/5  rDev +14%

WaydeRafnel, Mar 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14%

Sargully, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14%

Vancoubeer, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from a six pack my wonderful girlfriend brought home.

A- Not much head to speak of, even with an aggressive pour,it only foams up to a finger thick than fades to a skim on top of the liquid. medium tan/beige in color. the body is an extremely dark root beer brown, and lets very little light through, almost black with no lamp, but there is something about it where you know it's brown.

N- toasted berad noted and some roasted malts and slight toffee or caramel scent. tiny bit of a coffee and sourdough kind of a smell. faint floral hop smell if that is what I pick up on, not at all strong though.

T- a bit sour and bitter. roasted malt in the background and some fruity esters. much more herbsl hop taste than nose would lead you to believe, comes out in the taste early on too. not more than style calls for, or even on the heavy side for yankee porter, but more than the nose would have you think. has the tiniest bit of smoke on the finish along with the toffee taste.

M- a bit on the thin side for it's style. good if you live in the tropics, or desert, but I just like my porters with a bit more viscosity. still had a nice carbonation level and a lovely bitter/sour twang to it. again however; too thin.

D- For starters i like when a brewery makes dark styles for winter beer. rather than just another hop bomb IPA. also this one ssessions well, and I love the sour twang. over all geed brew.

irishevans, Oct 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev +14%

Garrett092112, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up for a great price considering the price of a bomber these days. I think it was on sale for $2.19. It was well worth the price. It poured a dark black with a creamy foam head which was 1-2 fingers.

The smell was normal for a porter and had a nice coffee aroma to it. The taste was good and tasted like a porter should. Mouthfeel was pretty light with normal carbonation. Overall not a bad effort. We are talking about a porter here. Author of Beervana hammered it because it was a season winter brew? Obviously too smart for his own good.

cswhitehorse, Dec 13, 2009
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4/5  rDev +14%

dmorgan310, Dec 04, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great winter porter. Pours a nice black oil color with a gorgeous chocolate froth foamy head. The smell is of dark roasted malts. The taste is smooth and hints of roasted cocoa. Goes great with smores and or cheesecake. A great beer at a great price 2.17 for a 20oz.

beertaster13, Dec 17, 2009
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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.

Murrhey, Feb 16, 2012
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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
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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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3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

MacTarnahan's Brewing Company Winter HumBug'r Ale--a rich, holiday porter--Enjoy A Deceptively Dark Holiday Ale, Decking The Halls With Cheer--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--27 IBU's. (3.9 / 5.0) Porter. Thin fizzy tan espresso thin lace head. Clear dark black red color. Roasted mild espresso hop front. Thin dry sweet burnt biscuit mild bitter cocoa zesty CO2 minimal fruit body. Clean dry bitter sweet mild hop refreshing Porter end. Well made but a hint bland. Sampled 11/6/2009. 2 --$2.17 Each.

2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--27 IBu's. (4.25 / 5.0) Porter--Thick pour. Dense mild lace half finger espresso head. Clear dark black red edge color. Rich roasted mild hop front. Mild creamy cloying malty rich roasted burnt black bread dry espresso cocoa Porter body. Lingering roast clean mild hop tangy crisp end. Nice! Sampled 10/9/2009. 6-Pack--$6.49.

MacTarnahan's Brewing Company Winter HumBug'r Ale--a rich, holiday porter--Enjoy A Deceptively Dark Holiday Ale, Decking The Halls With Cheer--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Big foamy lacy espresso head thins quickly. Sediment hint. Opaque dark black color. Rich roasted mild chocolate spice hop front. Creamy mellow sweet roasted doughy malty smooth Porter chocolate body. Clean mild hop spice lingering malt end. Rich textured. Well Made. Sampled 11/1/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $6.99 at Seattle Fred Meyer--Ballard on 8/24/2010.

MacTarnahan's Brewing Company Winter HumBug'r Ale--a rich, holiday porter--Enjoy A Deceptively Dark Holiday Ale, Decking The Halls With Cheer--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 27 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Porter? Big dense lacy coffee head. Opaque dark black bronze edge color. Toasted sweet chocolate hint mild hop front. Mild sweet soft black malt light Porter body with light biscuit coffee cocoa hints. Mild hop spice clean smooth end. Tasty odd UnPorter. Black Pale Ale. Sampled 8/28/2010. 2 @ $2.38 Each.

philbertk, Aug 28, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: black with a little ruby when held up to the light. Nice two-finger tan head when poured, but it dissipated relatively quickly; still pretty nice, though.

Smell: lots of roasted malts with a little chocolate and a little twang. Not bad; quite standard American porter aroma.

Taste: chocolate right up front with some tartness; the tartness fades away leaving some chocolate in the middle which subsequently fades to some subtle coffee notes among other roasty flavors. It's actually quite a solid porter, and I appreciate this dynamic flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: on the lighter side of medium; could be a little better in my book but not bad. Carbonation is minimal, even for the style.

Drinkability: this is a solid porter. It could make a good session beer.

This is billed as a "rich, holiday porter" and a "deceptively dark holiday ale". I don't get much holiday out of this; it has none of the qualifications for a traditional Northwest winter warmer. It is, however, a quite decent porter, which I would probably buy again if it were available around here in six packs.

flagmantho, Nov 07, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the Utah system poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A nice rich dark brown, pretty clear with garnet edges if I hold it to a light. One half finger of tan head. Leaves a little lacing as I go.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with a little dark dried fruit mixed in. A little general hoppiness thrown in for good measure, also a touch of light alcohol.

Taste: A solid bittersweetness from the roasted malts with a hint of chocolte. A fairly middling length finish. This is a "winter" beer only in the fact that it is produced for the winter, it does not have any "winter" spices or flavors. I would be just as happy drinking this in the summer as the winter. A tasty porter.

Mouthfeel: A middle to heavy beer, not viscous but solid nonetheless. The carbonation is strong but smooth, not prickly. The flavor spreads around the mouth nicely.

Overall: This is a solid porter at a very decent price point. I will pick this up again.

kagent777, Nov 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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, Dec 28, 2012
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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
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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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3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, nearly black with faint reddish highlights when poured into a pint glass. Two fingers of nice, frothy, tan colored head than clings to the glass as it slowly recedes.

S: Coffee, along with roasted malts. Nothing really stood out and grabbed me.

T: Followed the nose. Coffee and roasted malts up front, with a slight citrus rind finish. Mild flavors that seem balanced and simple. Very little hop except for the slight citrus finish.

M: Smooth and light bodied with no overpowering flavors. Finishes very clean with a slight roasted malt taste hanging around.

D: Very drinkable. I would have no problem downing a few during a session. Not a lot of complexity, but it is a pleasant brew.

timmick, Mar 17, 2011
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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
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.