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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Hawaii Liquor Superstore in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii. I picked this one up because I have never seen it in California.

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Chunky rings and streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted dark malt, coffee, and some metallic notes. Taste is of roasted dark malt, coffee beans, and some slight cocoa flavors. There is a mild roasty bitterness that sticks around after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp but thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good porter but nothing that special. I have never seen this in California so I am glad I was able to try something new.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +14%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
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 barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark brown with good carbonation leaving a dirty jead

S: Coffee, roasted malts and hints of chocolate

T: Light cocoa, mainly roasted malts, coffee, vanilla hints in there

M: Needs more malt, sordove think for a porter, lighter booze

D: Not a bad beer at all but not one I would go back to

barleywinefiend, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy/fizzy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is malty, chocolately, slightly sweet. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew, surprised me.

Wasatch, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +14%

dmorgan310, Dec 04, 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
Photo of flagmantho
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
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
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 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 twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

twelveinches, Dec 02, 2011
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%

shelby415, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

CoryR, Nov 05, 2012
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
Photo of 2GOOFY
3/5  rDev -14.5%

2GOOFY, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of grittybrews
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured black with a finger of quick-receding mocha head. Mild roasty malt aroma of semi-sweet chocolate and a touch of coffee with some floral hops.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, slightly thin mouthfeel. Flavor impact didn't measure up to the aroma, with mild roasted coffee and cocoa with no trace of sweetness. Hops really emerge on the finish, much more so than hinted at in the aroma.

Easy-drinking, but not much flavor impact.

grittybrews, Oct 30, 2010
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 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 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 RJLarse
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.

RJLarse, Dec 19, 2011
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
Photo of Murrhey
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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MacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r Ale from Portland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.