MacTarnahan's Goose Bump - Portland Brewing Company
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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
3.58/5 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
4.05/5 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
3.15/5 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
3.66/5 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
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
Bottle poured into a snifter glass
Bottle was a work Christmas Gift
Pours a nice dark black with a decent chocolate head that lingers a bit.
Smell is very heavy on coffee with a slight hint of chocolate.
Taste has a little hops with a overpowering coffee flavor. Bitterness of coffee overpowers the finish.
Neat beer to try as a present but I don't think I would seek this one out again.
12-24-2012 05:31:10 | More by jsulko
3/5 rDev -16.4%
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!
10-08-2012 07:23:13 | More by Rizalini
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
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
A - Pours a medium tan head that has good retention and leaves a thick ring as it settles. The beer is dark brown/black and almost opaque, but there is a little light coming through the top.
S - The nose has strong chocolate notes along with some coffee and lightly roasted malts.
M - Medium to full in body. Just a little thin for an imperial stout in my opinion. The carbonation is low-medium and works well with the beer.
T - A dose of chocolate strikes first and linger mid-taste. Some roasty malts are detectable mid-taste followed by subtle coffee flavors and dark chocolate rounding out the taste.
Not bad, but I thought the coffee flavor was lacking and it was missing some other component. The chocolate flavor is the most prominent throughout. On the positive side the alcohol is undetectable.
11-26-2011 02:35:22 | More by boralyl
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
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
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
4.1/5 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
4.22/5 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
MacTarnahan's Goose Bump from Portland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.