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MacTarnahan's Goose Bump - Portland Brewing Company

MacTarnahan's Goose BumpMacTarnahan's Goose Bump

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%


Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Goose Bump is a deliciously dark Imperial Stout brewed with roasted and chocolate malt, coffee beans, and bold hop flavor which percolate into a complex blend of fearsome intensity.

56 IBU

Malts: 2 Row, Caramel, Roast Barley, Black,
Chocolate, Oats
Hops: Perle
Spice: Latin America, East African, and Indonesian blend

(Beer added by: froghop on 01-10-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by MadeInOregon:
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MadeInOregon

California

4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(If you don't like coffee you will not like this beer as it is made with coffee beans--as indicated on the label.)

I acquired a 22 of Mac's Goose Bump recently while in Portland.

Poured out it is pitch black with somewhat normal viscosity for an Imperial Stout. It has a very nice dark tan head; very appealing in the cup.

The aromas I picked up are most notably coffee and dark chocolate. There is some vanilla too. Other than coffee, this beer is not particulary fragrant.

Upon sipping, the first flavor to hit me was coffee then vanilla then some malt and roasted barley, then finishingly strongly with coffee and a bite of hops. Coffee, however, is present from start to finish and is the most dominant flavor. In fact, the expected hop and yeast bite typical of Imperial Stouts is actually about 75% masked by the coffee. This is not bad though. The coffee is remarkably complimentary to the strength of the stout.

In the mouth it is very smooth and creamy. Excellent.

Goose Bump has a nice warm feel from alcohol as well.

Overall, this is the best coffee-flavored beer I've ever had. I've tried espresso stouts, coffee porters, etc., but this is the best...and I'm not even a coffee drinker. The coffee is strong but it goes so well with this particular stout, which is reminiscent of Mac's Blackwatch Porter. For an I.S. this is very drinkable as it is nowhere as overwhelming and intense as that of other breweries. If you can find it, pick one up!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 08:17:52 | More by MadeInOregon
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MacTarnahan's Goose Bump from Portland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.