MacTarnahan's Goose Bump - Portland Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):
Black as black can be, the head might be short but the retention and stickage is nothing less than great. Aroma of freshly used coffee grounds, blackberries and a faint, smoky burnt grain as well. Super creamy with a smoothness that has some depth. Coffee flavor peaks right away along with the malt sweetness that resembles burnt sugar. More of a roasted note settles in the middle. A little molasses and charcoal. Hops are modest yet balancing. Burnt figs, a linger of coffee and an even, roasted flavor delve deep into the finish.
A good Impy Coffee Stout, the addition of oats without a doubt holds this beer together and bumps up the level of quaffing. A worthy seasonal.
01-11-2011 01:44:26 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
4.22/5 rDev +17.5%
Pours out a dark brown color, great looking wisp of tan head to it, rings around the tulip glass. Aroma, dry coffee.
Taste, reminiscient of Coffee Bender right off the bat, and that's a damn good beer. But that calls itself a brown, this an imperial stout. Regardless, good, who cares about the classification all that much. I'd say substantial viscosity for a brown ale, a little thin for an imperial stout. Coffee is a little muted compared to Coffee Bender, not that smash in your face roast, but a little more mellow, very dry.
Hides the alcohol amazingly well, was shocked to see that this is 9%. Would have guessed 6-6.5% frankly. And at only $4.49 from John's in Portland, geez you can't go wrong.
Some might make hay about their corporate ownership or something like that, but just enjoy a damn good beer at a damn good price already. Our first beer of the night last night, how often can you start out with a 9% beer?
01-28-2011 18:18:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev +11.4%
22 oz. Very very dark brown pour, not quite black. Little bit of cream colored bubbles whispy on top. Sticks to the glass nicely, but doesn't retain too long.
Aroma is mainly roast malt and coffee. Hints of dark or bakers chocolate.
Taste has roasted malt and dark chocolate as well and the coffee present and mostly dominant throughout. 9% nowhere present.
A real nice lively carbonation that borders on creamy. Solid enough medium body.
Finishes a little acrid coffee, but mostly a lingering coffee bitterness.
Solid coffee stout, definetely not imperial but the abv is a bit high for a standard stout. Still better classified there I suppose.
Nothing bad to say about this one, solid but unspectacular.
Worth trying if you like coffee stouts.
01-23-2010 04:14:04 | More by Bung
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
220z. no bottling or freshness date..
- Pours a very pretty jet brown... couple good fingers of rich mocha colored head which fizzled down nicely to a large ring of lace, and a steady island of thick foam.. bubbled like a lot of barrel aged stouts bubble.. but left more behind.
- Actually a nice grassy pine hop flare to it.. sweet biscuity malt.. light chocolate, and light bitter coffee... earthy approach..
- Quite the coffee touch.. light notes with a touch of sweet chocolate, grainy bready malt.. but not a heavy malt taste. All rather light. This doesn't taste like a 9% alc. stout at all... in fact, I don't think it even is.. maybe 7.5% if lucky. Tastes like a good solid standard stout.
- Bit thin for an imperial stout.. not much on a heavy grain or body like I would expect. Bit drying from the bitterness both from coffee and hop. Leaves behind a slightly chalky film.
- Overall it's a tasty stout, and drinks quite easily.. but it's thin, and is lacking some very important imperial stout qualities. I am sure a pint from the pubs would be better... but if anything, it's just a regular everyday 'slightly' stronger stout. Certainly isn't 9% as stated. Perhaps a miss reading, or the yeast didn't do much for it.. or it was too late to fix the labeling.
04-28-2011 00:47:04 | More by Docer
3.38/5 rDev -5.8%
Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head and light lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee, chocolate. Coffee and smokey malt start, astringent middle and astringent, slightly hoppy and sour finish. Got better as it warmed up, but not really that smooth. A light to medium body. OK, but not very well balanced.
08-06-2012 22:55:13 | More by LiquidAmber
3.49/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours nice and dark, with a small chocolate head.
Not much in the smell, small hints of coffee and chocolate.
Not a lot of coffee in the taste, which is disappointing. Nice amounts of malt.
Doesn't taste light a stout which also is disappointing.
I'd get this again if it was at a very good price.
05-20-2013 05:48:47 | More by MooSully
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
22 oz bomber. Great looking beer black as far as my eye can see..with a large tight bubbly tan head Aromas of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee, the aroma though doesnt jump out at ya. The taste however does jump out at ya! Very good dark roast coffee flavours, with roasted,burnt oat, dark dried fruits, and some resin like hopping in the background. Great mouthfeel on this one, pretty smooth yet with loads of stuff going on. Overall very good from Macs. Not top class but very good coffee flavours IMO. For $2.99 this is excellent value
01-24-2010 06:00:35 | More by Reidrover
4.05/5 rDev +12.8%
Poured into a balloon glass.
Look: Espresso bean black, mocha head recedes to a wisp, light lacing.
Aroma: Bubblegum? Roasted malts, black licorice.
Taste: The beer starts with a bubblegum sweetness then gets into a chalky dark chocolate. Burnt grains filter in. Faint hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Watery. Dry.
Overall: I like the taste, but this beer is all over the place. I still gave it a good score because it is unique.
03-03-2013 03:00:39 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
A: Nearly black. Well carbonated (though its so dark that you can only tell by looking down at the top of the glass to see it bubbling up). Dark brown foam thin foam with large bubbles that mostly disappeared quickly.
S: Bitterweet chocolate and cocoa from the roasted grain. A touch of vanilla.
T: Both sweet and bitter at the same time. The bitterness balances the huge roasted malt flavor. The bitterness fades quickly leaving a rich sweet chocolate. The coffee flavor from beginning to end goes without mention. Alcohol taste persists once the bitterness fades.
M: Great body. It had a good lightness from the light bitterness that keeps it from feeling too chewy. It drinks like a lighter beer despite being an imperial stout. The high alcohol is covered wonderfully,
O: One of the more drinkable imperial stouts I've had. The sheer drinkability alone is winning me over. The taste is nicely balanced but the coffee addition feels a little like cheating. Well, if you aren't picky about the coffee it really is a good down to earth beer.
04-05-2013 03:43:23 | More by constantine_272
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours a slightly darker almost mocha colored 1/3 finger fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, with a bit of lacing and decent legs, over pitch black beer.
Nose starts with roast and coffee, fresh roasted and ground coffee beans and light espresso, a bit of roasted malt, some powdered cocoa, dark chocolate a bit, a bit of a syrupy candy like addition too, a slight mineral quality.
Taste starts rich and thick, a bit syrupy and fairly sweet, with big malts, fluffy nougat like, light roasted malt, touch of powdered cocoa, just a little coffee and roasted coffee grinds but barely any, syrupy caramel and candy syrup like flavors too. The booze cuts in warming and tingly, and a bit of a boozy taste even. I think a hint of earthy hops add bitterness, but hard to tell if that's more from the roasted malts. A bit more minerality as well, that turns slightly metallic and just a touch acrid. The earthy spicy hops come through a lot more as it finishes, which is sticky sweet, syrupy, a bit more booze taste, and some lingering syrupy roast and touch powdered cocoa. A light acrid taste later on the finish too.
Mouth is fuller bodied, rich, syrupy, thick, decent carb, some warming and tingly booze.
Overall, OK but not great. The coffee only really came out on the nose, and it gets a bit mineraly and slight metallic acrid taste. The thick rich over syrupy flavor and taste isn't great either, and the booze taste is also not great. NO date on it, but I just picked it up recently so it can't be too old. The syrupy flavors and thick richness and booze makes me want to sit on it for a while, but the lack of coffee doesn't make me think it ages at all. Fairly meh.
12-28-2012 16:58:41 | More by jlindros
4.7/5 rDev +30.9%
(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!
02-26-2010 08:17:52 | More by MadeInOregon
3.76/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from a bomber into a mug, the beer is a very dark, brown-to-black coloring with ruby highlights around the edges and a thick, dense, small bubbled, creamy, light tan colored head. Looks great. Aromas of bitter coffee, tangy sweet cream, vanilla notes, woody character, and hints of booze. Surprisingly tangy sweet nose. Flavors are rich and smooth, with a creamy undertone that really mellows everything out and makes this beer so easy to drink that it's scary. Wow. Coffee and char first and foremost, providing bitterness, but also some roast and depth to the palate overall. The sweet and rich cream notes come on a bit towards the end to smooth out the rough edges and keep the drinkability up. Smooth bodied, with hints of dryness. The aftertaste is like coffee ice cream, both bitter and rich. Surprisingly sharp, clean, crisp finish, with only a hint of creamy linger. Solid brew!
12-09-2013 01:00:11 | More by GarthDanielson
MacTarnahan's Goose Bump from Portland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.