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MacTarnahan's Goose Bump - Portland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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)
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

svt5126, Feb 01, 2014
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2.17/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Vintage 2011

A: Pours a deep brown with good clarity where allowed. Little to no head formation with a solid sheet of latte surface foam which doesn't stick around. No lacing.

S: Sweet, licorice, esters, light coffee. Very soft coffee. Smells like it fermented a little warm.

T: Hmmm. Pretty much tastes like a poorly crafted imperial stout. Very sweet. Hints of not bitter, but sharpness. Au cont-rare: the beer is okay to drink, but nothing special.

M: Medium body for the style, low carbonation. Leaves mouth without resonance.

O: On par with mactarn and pyramid's offerings: forgettable.

harrymel, Mar 30, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

hikeeba, Feb 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

king75, Nov 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

FullObs, Feb 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours virtually black with a finger of light brown head that fades rather quickly.

S - The smell is very coffee forward, with some hints of dark chocolate notes.

T/M - Hmmm, the flavor isn't really matching the smell like I hope it would. There's an overpowering bitterness that's kinda like a combination of a weird hop flavor, and cold bitter coffee. Missing all the roasty dark malts that I like in my stouts. Medium mouthfeel.

O - A swing and a miss for me as a coffee stout.The stout wasn't thick enough for me, the flavors were fighting each other, and it just wasn't as big as I would've liked. On the plus, the 9% ABV is undetectable!

Rizalini, Oct 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

AlaskanYoung, Jun 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Lambocalrisien, Nov 04, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1710th Review on BA
Draft to Pint
12oz

@Pyramid Ale House, Walnut Creek, CA

App- When this arrived it looked more like a porter to me than a stout. A bit more dark browns mixed in with some reds and a bit of lighter edges didnt do to much for this one. A small maybe 1/4" head was there and then gone. Didnt really deliver much looks in a pint glass.

Smell- This was a little better than average but not too much was here. Smelled like a porter to me as well. A little leaning to the more malty side with a bit of roast and say pine nuts. I didn't pick up on too much chocolate or any other sweeter flavors.

Taste- This was more akin to a porter to me. More malty and nutty driven. A little unbalanced and cold. A little hoppy and didnt really deliver the roasty or chocolate/vanilla double stout flavors that I was hoping. A pretty average stout. Even as it warmed there was just not a whole lot of flavor to this beer.

Mouth- A little bit more of a medium body with a thinner medium carbonation. This was the better part of the beer actually. A bit of residual malts is all that was left over.

Drink- It was better than average but not by much. Small malts dominated this flavors with some nutty accompaniment but not much else. Probably wont come back to this one.

FosterJM, Jan 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

cyrushire, Aug 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

EZEKIEL_F, Oct 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 06, 2012
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3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

MooSully, May 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jheezee, May 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

tommy5, Aug 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

HungarianCount, Dec 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Hellpop65, Nov 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Jan 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

marct, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

mmilyko, Nov 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

rct, Sep 15, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

jlindros, Dec 28, 2012
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MacTarnahan's Goose Bump from Portland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.