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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 BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%

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 beerwolf77
3.65/5  rDev +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 isualum12
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%

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 froghop
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%

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 beertaster13
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%

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
Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +14%

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
Photo of Docer
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

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 Magpie14
3/5  rDev -14.5%

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 Wetpaperbag
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

Wetpaperbag, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of GreenCard
3.23/5  rDev -8%

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 JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%

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 flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%

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 Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

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