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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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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 pdxtomct
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This is not one of the better winter ales I've tasted this year. It has decent color and the malty character is okay. But there is little aroma and mouthfeel iis non-existent. There's a reason Humbug'r sells for under $2.50 a bottle in stores. If you do choose to buy some of this stuff, drink it quickly. It won't hold up to cellaring.

pdxtomct, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of robmorris31
2.23/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

DO NOT buy if you are expecting an ALE!!!

Not one of my favorite Winter Ales this season. It's sold and self advertised as a Winter Ale. It says it's a "deceptively dark holiday ale" however it is in-fact a winter porter. If you read the neck label on the bottle it reads "The limited edition Porter with a deep, dark character and rich malt flavor that will unravel your ribbons.

As far as porters go, yum!

It's reminiscent of Bare Knuckle Stout and Boddington's.

Not very hoppy, more barley flavored.

robmorris31, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

twelveinches, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Sargully
4/5  rDev +14%

Sargully, Nov 28, 2011
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 timtwoface
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've seen this beer in the shelf at a local supermarket for months now and as the Christmas season is finally upon us, I finally decided to give it a shot.

I was surprised at how much I liked it. For a porter it's standard...I'm more of a stout guy so for my taste, it came across as weaker, simpler, but still delicious and filled with those caramel-and-coffee tastes that make these beers delicious in the first place. And for only $2.29 for a 650ml bottle, that's quite a good deal.

I won't come running back as there are other delicious beers in this vein I enjoy more, but it's definitely a worthy candidate for someone looking for a decent porter.

timtwoface, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of kagent777
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
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +14%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of corylew
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pretty solid winter porter. Nice roasted malt flavor accentuated with hop bitterness. Tastes chocolatey and nutty, not too bitter and slightly sweet. Light smokey flavor lingers after it goes down. It's pretty light in body making it a good beer to kick back a few of. Other than that, it's relatively forgettable but certainly not flawed.

corylew, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of jkdrummer
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark dark porter. Pours a nice foamy head that slowly dies into a thin lace. Not much aroma but this is a porter. The taste is very roasty, chocolatety, smokey - typical porter really - nothing very special. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but this not a stout right? The price is right though, not a bad choice is the Anchor or Butte is not stocked.

jkdrummer, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes poured from a bottle into a mug.

A This beer pours out a nice deep brown almost black body. The head is about 1 finger but lasts pretty much the entire time you drink it.

S The nose of the beer is kind of lackluster and faint. But there are notes of coffee and chocolate in there.

T. The taste starts off strong with very nice notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. However it finishes with nothing but essentially water.

M The mouthfeel is kind of thin and watery but actually not bad. It's just not good.

Overall this is a very disappointing beer. The taste has some signs of potential with a very nice strong start of coffee and chocolate. However the lackluster nose and the watery finish pretty much leave you wanting more from this beer.

beerandcycling88, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of timmick
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
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
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 mk3
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
Photo of katybee
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly translucent cola-brown, with tan 1/4" head which quickly dissipated, true to the porter type, but without any other really distinguishable character. Lightly hoppy on the tongue, and just a little "guinness sourness"; then some malt flavor on the breath out and more as the beer warmed up. Light to medium bodied; a little too thin, I thought. Granted there was a nice balance of hops to malt,a little bready and a little bitter and no residual aftertaste, but for a specialty porter I expected more flavor and body. There was no real dimension to this beer, nothing to remember except that it was highly drinkable and went quickly and easily, due to the moderate ABV. Bah humbug!

katybee, Dec 13, 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 bishopgary
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark brown with slight amber tones. Develops a slight head that quickly fades.

S: Pretty mild in this category, not too intense. However there is some chocolate, and slight roast malt aromas.

T: Some mocha, hints of burnt coffee. Pretty light on the malt, could be heavier. Not too sweet, finishes slightly bitter.

M: Lighter in body than I would expect. Nice carbonation.

D: Fairly drinkable, worth the price paid. If you are looking for something on the dark side without heaviness. The overall mildness of this makes it pair well with a wider variety of foods.

bishopgary, Nov 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 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 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 irishevans
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
Photo of Elimination
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For some reason I missed last years release...

Look is typical pitch black with an alright sized mocha head.

Smell is very light coffee chocolate and a tad bit of hops

Taste is the same but the cocoa and chocolate sort of stands out a bit. Almost like a carbonated chocolate milk.... Here is also a Metal taste to it at the end that really brings this down.

Mouthfeel is a nice lightness for a porter

Drink is a bit above sub par but be use I'm only craving a porter today.

Elimination, Sep 18, 2010
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 philbertk
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
MacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r Ale from Portland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.