MacTarnahan's Goose Bump - Portland Brewing Company
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3.66/5 rDev +1.9%
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with tawny highlights; the tan cap pancakes on the liquid and leaves a few shards of foam sticking to the glass
Smell: Coffee and chocolate, with charcoal undertones
Taste: The hops dominate the flavor profile, bringing a bitter, piney cast; by mid-palate, the malts eke out their place, with chocolate, molasses and charcoal elements; after the swallow, however, while the malts underpin, the hops return to dominate the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation
Overall: The dominance of the hops creates an unbalanced effect, making it more like an American Black than an Imperial Stout; must be a very fresh bottle that needs some time to settle down
01-19-2013 01:58:49 | More by brentk56
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
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, char, toast, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good strength and balance of roasted malt and coffee notes; decent complexity. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted coffee and pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, char, toast, dark bread, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of roasted malt and coffee flavors; with a fair amount of robustness and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good imperial stout. Not very complex; but has a good balance of dark malt and coffee flavors; and is very smooth to sip on. An enjoyable offering.
04-03-2013 03:54:40 | More by superspak
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
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
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
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
3.15/5 rDev -12.3%
1710th Review on BA
Draft to Pint
@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.
01-27-2013 02:36:06 | More by FosterJM
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
2.17/5 rDev -39.6%
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.
03-30-2011 15:31:05 | More by harrymel
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
3.58/5 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
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
4.1/5 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
4.38/5 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
MacTarnahan's Goose Bump from Portland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.