MacTarnahan's Goose Bump - Portland Brewing Company
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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
4.38/5 rDev +22%
appearance - black with small tan head, lacing is solid.
smell - coffee and brownie, had this just after black tuesday and isnt embarrassed by the comparison. some oak and alcohol. brown sugar and caramel malts.
taste - much the same but not quite as robust, body is a little light and a minor burnt malts coming through. still delicious.
mouthfeel - body is light, far too light. carbonation is decent. not impressive here.
10-18-2011 19:21:58 | More by claytong
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
4.15/5 rDev +15.6%
Bomber poured into my Delirium snifter, Goose Bump is very dark brown with a tight tan head that leaves gorgeous rings of thick foamy lace.
Smell is coffee, more like the grounds, a nice acridness to it, toffee as it warms, a hint of buttery diacetyl.
Taste is big coffee, wow. Very nice for coffee fans, pure and intense. The sweetness pokes out as I adjust to the bitterness of the coffee, light fusels creeping out as well, although the alcohol is fairly smooth overall.
Mouthfeel is oily, a nice viscosity to it, with a great creaminess.
Drinkability is great if you liked coffee, which is so strong in this one that you could probably served it to some one in Starbucks sippy cup and they'd think it's some kind of iced coffee drink. Smooth, tasty, and a great value, there's nothing not to love about this if you like strong coffee stouts. Well done.
03-13-2010 07:24:12 | More by ccrida
4.15/5 rDev +15.6%
I bought a bomber of Goose Bump at JB's Food and Bottleworks ($5.49). Poured in to a pint glass.
Pours a black walnut color and is opaque. One finger bubbly tan head dissipates quickly leaving little lace.
Smell is a rum candy and coffee aroma. Caramel and toffee notes are also present.
Taste is decidedly a rich dark roasted coffee flavor. Bit of a caramel and spiced rum sweetness.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, even thick, but not particularly cloying. A bit of alcohol heat on the tongue and the back of the throat.
Drinkable for the style, but at 9% ABV not particularly sessionable. I'm not sure it's worth what I paid, well worth the price at say $3 or $4 a bottle.
11-22-2010 00:58:39 | More by RJLarse
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
22oz bottle from 2010.
Pours opaque black with a one inch frothy, tan head. Ripped sheets of lacing and a solid skim coat for the duration of the glass.
Aromatics lead off with coffee beans, roasted malt, charcoal, bitter chocolate, and brownie bits. Very roasty and a strong coffee aroma is quite inviting.
On the fuller side of medium bodied with a crisp, smooth mouthfeel. A bit lush and soft.
Burnt malt, coffee grounds, black chocolate, and Oreo shells start the palate. Some mild ashiness and a mild acridity follow through.
Finishes with a charcoal-rubbed coffee bean dryness, smoke, and dark chocolate.
Tasty brew and goes down really easy. The coffee is done well, but the light acridity and mild ash character detracts.
02-11-2011 00:32:36 | More by brewandbbq
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
4.04/5 rDev +12.5%
A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is black in the glass, but brown on the edges with some ruby hues when backlit. A small milk chocolate-colored head settles on top, leaving behind decent legs of lace.
S: Not terribly strong in the nose at all - some licorice, some molasses, some generic roasty malt. Not getting coffee at all, which is unusual for a coffee stout.
T: Roasty malt - with roasted coffee beans (there's the coffee!). Earthy, piney hops. A touch of milk chocolate or cocoa powder on the back of the mouth, with more cocoa perceived as it warms. Finishes with a good lingering bitterness, however; a combination of roasty, earthy and piney.
M: A little thin for an Imperial/Double Stout, heft-wise; call it medium-bodied. Carbonation is sharp and active and seems to work well with the flavors for some reason.
O: Good. More like a cross between an Imperial Porter and an American Black Ale than an Imperial/Double Stout, so judged to style it loses points. But I enjoyed it, especially at the price point (I think I paid $2.99 for the bomber a few weeks ago as a special; wishing now that I'd bought more). . . .
04-12-2013 15:21:55 | More by Kendo
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
3.93/5 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
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
22oz bottle poured into a large goblet
Pours black with a light tan, small head, very slow, very fine carbonation. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and yeast.
Taste is a malty coffee with a chocolate aftertaste, coffee definitely dominates the flavor (which is exactly what I was in the mood for when I picked this beer).
Mouthfeel is chalky and dry, pretty normal for this style of beer. Quite drinkable. Not overwhelming.
08-07-2010 21:58:08 | More by snaotheus
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
3.76/5 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.