MacTarnahan's Goose Bump - Portland Brewing Company
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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
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
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
MacTarnahan's Goose Bump from Portland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.