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

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

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.25%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 04:28:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mactrail

California

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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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 12:18:31 | More by barleywinefiend
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Wasatch

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 20:01:23 | More by Wasatch
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 09:48:53 | More by JohnGalt1
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 04:03:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
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flagmantho

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 04:51:10 | More by flagmantho
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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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Reidrover

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 05:01:34 | More by Reidrover
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Gobzilla

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 05:30:40 | More by Gobzilla
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 01:46:17 | More by beerwolf77
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froghop

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 22:44:43 | More by froghop
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vkv822

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 05:00:31 | More by vkv822
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Docer

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 03:42:11 | More by Docer
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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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GreenCard

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:07:00 | More by GreenCard
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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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grittybrews

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 05:32:51 | More by grittybrews
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 03:20:40 | More by cswhitehorse
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Magpie14

Michigan

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

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 20:00:39 | More by Magpie14
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philbertk

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 21:34:56 | More by philbertk
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark with a nice frothy tan head.

S- The smell was very to the style of a porter, roasty with a good hit of coffee.

T- This was a very standard porter type beer. I would have loved a bit of spice or something to feel a bit more winter like. But good coffee notes and a slight vanilla hit. Very roasty.

M- Thin, thinner then I would have thought, but still good with the style.

D- Not too bad, easy to drink for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 05:34:36 | More by Wetpaperbag
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beertaster13

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 00:50:48 | More by beertaster13
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velosuds

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 04:36:45 | More by velosuds
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kagent777

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 05:56:52 | More by kagent777
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MacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r Ale from Portland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.