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MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Porter - Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)

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MacTarnahan's Blackwatch PorterMacTarnahan's Blackwatch Porter

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid) visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005)
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

09-15-2013 03:07:12 | More by coldmeat23
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Murphious

Illinois

4/5  rDev +18%

05-25-2013 02:52:34 | More by Murphious
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MTNboy

Germany

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

The beer pours with a nice dark brown body. The head and lace are tan and proportional. It is a very sweet flavored beer with a coffee like aftertaste with some metallic tones. The mouthfeel is thick and full. The aroma is also sweet and somewhat mocha like.

10-01-2010 12:33:39 | More by MTNboy
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microbrew52

California

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%

This drink pours black but is still slightly transparent. There's no aroma to pick up on. The head dissipates quickly despite its generous carbonation. I'm tasting caramel upfront with coffee and chocolate in the background. This is definitely an enjoyable porter.

11-05-2009 05:03:40 | More by microbrew52
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

I was not a fan and this was a let down. Loads of chocolate flavor but this beer was definitily off the mark. I did not know alot about this beer but it looked interesting. It did have some good chocolate taste and some sweetness aspect to the porter but something was off.

10-06-2009 03:42:25 | More by CampusCrew
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tangentrider

California

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

A- Black porter with a tan head

S- Rich roasted malt with a backdrop of dried fruit

T- Roasted malt, coffee, with a light bitter finish. Fairly clean for a porter, but has a nice roast flavor.

MF- A bit light, with high carbonation.

D- While Blackwatch Porter does not go on my sit-back-and-enjoy list, it is a good porter to have with food. I'd like to try it again with a good char burger.

03-07-2009 04:25:47 | More by tangentrider
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SickBrew

Washington

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

This brew has appeal in the glass with a full light brown head floating above a dark brown class of porter. Some lacing is also apparent. Nose is subdued and could have some additional roasted characteristics. Taste is fair, a bit milder than the norm but good nonetheless. Taste intensity could be ramped up with more roasted malts and some additional bittering hops for support. Body is a bit light for a porter but the carb level offers some compensation. In finishing the beer imparts a slight acidic twinge that is a bit off putting. Cheers mates.

03-01-2009 02:41:45 | More by SickBrew
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JoePat

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown to black with a brown head that disipates fast with little to no lacing.

Very little boquet with hints of chocolate.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel and a sweet, malty, chocolate taste. Over all good for the price.

02-12-2009 01:19:54 | More by JoePat
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olmatty

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -22.4%

Appearance- Pours a dark tan, nearly two finger creamy head and an opaque dark brown beer.

Smell- Chocolatey

Taste- Surprisingly thin bodied. Mostly roasted malt and a faint hop presence. Where was the chocolate and no complexity. What flavor there is comes on way too late.

Mouthfeel- Far too fizzy and thin for porter.

Drinkability- Can someone drink this? Yes. But they shouldn't. Not with so many other choices. I'm not impressed. Why anyone would want a second one of these is the real question. It looks and smells nice, but the goods were just not there.

01-21-2009 07:27:18 | More by olmatty
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washburnkid

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Tasted on 1/12/09

A: pours less than a finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Deep black color with dark browns on the edges. Slightly reminiscent of a soda.
S: roasted coffee, sweet malts dominate
T: heavy coffee flavors with oatmeal, ending in chocolate and slight alcohol
M: almost too carbonated, which masks the flavors; light to medium bodied
D: easy to drink and I'd have another, but this wouldn't be at the top of my list of american porter recommendations

01-14-2009 23:53:39 | More by washburnkid
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%

Pitch black colored porter with a head that fades rapidly to a lace on top.Aroma is chocolate.Taste is cocoa,coffee and smoked malts.Very smooth and drinkable,no complaints abouth this one.I highly recommend to try this at least once.As for me I will buy this again shortly!!

10-21-2008 20:44:46 | More by matty
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ectomorph

Tennessee

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark chocolate in color with a very small tan head that disappears immediately.

S - Faint bread and sweet roast.

T - Roasted malt sweetness with hints of chocolate and smoke. Tasty.

M - Weak in the body and a little watery.

D - My favorite Pyramid product to date.

10-06-2008 00:39:38 | More by ectomorph
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spointon

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

I poured this one from a 12oz stubby brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep brown-black color with a nice 2" tan head. Unfortunately the head dropped to a skim within a minute! No lacing appeared.

S= This porter gave some muted aromas of roasted malt, molasses, candied fruits, and chicory.

T= I found mild roasty flavors and a bit of sweetness. Call me crazy but the yeast flavors reminded me of a steam beer. Slight dry finish.

MF= Carbonation was a bit sharp for the style. Medium body.

D= An ok porter, but there are a hundred better examples out there.

09-12-2008 01:41:01 | More by spointon
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured avery deep brown, virtually black color with minute head. No retention, no lacing.

Smell shows some roasted malt, coffee. chicory, and some bitter cherries.

Taste has an initial sweetness, that is followed by a dark fruitiness (plums, prunes).

Finishes with more sweet dark fruit, and a touch of offsetting dryness.

A nice tasty beer. Would have been better on a cool autumn evening.

06-29-2008 02:02:49 | More by tgbljb
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Taffle

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -7.7%

The Blackwatch poured A rich, dark black rendering a tan, yet brief, head.

Subtle rustic-bean aroma. Nothing too strong though.

A bit more dry-hop bite and stout flavor than your usual porter. A bit bit weak lack much of an aftertaste.

Rich and creamy in feel. Resulted in a pretty satisfying fill - a dessert beer for sure. As coffer drinker, I liked it, but was missing a finishing touch..

05-21-2008 02:54:28 | More by Taffle
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -10%

a: This was a dark ruby red . It poured with a medium sized ligh tan head that faded pretty quickly.

s: I detected some roasted malts and faint cherries. This was pretty mild overall and slightly sour.

t: There isn't anything wrong here, it's just kind of bland. Mild, generic roasted malts that are kind of sour.

m: This was thin and watery, under carbonated as well.

d: Not bad, but not worth seeking out either.

04-28-2008 10:41:44 | More by DIM
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

I had this brew yeaaaars ago and had it recently at Pyramid Alehouse Seattle.. I remember liking it pretty well then, and I found it decent now. Poured a dark black with a light tan creamy head that dissipates into clingy lacing S: Unsweetened chocolate with a dark roasted coffee tang to boot. The taste is just as the aroma hints, but there is another somewhat nutty flavor that comes through that does not compliment the others all that well. Mouthfeel and drinkability were good, but not outstanding. A nice middle of the road porter, but there are much better choices out there.

04-04-2008 05:09:26 | More by barleywinefiend
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gubbt

California

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a nice dark brown with ruby edges. Small tan head that fades rather quickly.

Nice aromas. First you get hit with some acidic black malt roastiness with a good dose of milk chocolate.

Nice roasty/dark chocolate notes up front, but that is about it. Finish is pretty weak with some sweet chocolate. Nice roastiness overall though. I wish there was as much chocolate on the palate as their was on the nose.

Light side of medium, a little fizzy for the style.

Overall, a nice beer, but not that memorable. There are many other porters available that I would go to before this one.

Cheers.

04-04-2008 04:25:29 | More by gubbt
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becktone

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -6.2%

Eye: The appearance of this beer is exactly as it should be. The body is extremely dark brown with ruby/garnet highlights. Head is tan, creamy, with great retention(also of a nice size)with some nice lacing as well, think sheets and rings. Just about perfect. Can't ask for more from a beer.

Nose: This beer has a nice aroma to it. There is a nice amount of chocolate malt present in this beer's aroma. I'm also getting some coffee tones along with some burnt wood notes.

edit: the more I smell this beer the more false and watery it becomes. It is okay, but not much more than that. All those aromas are there, but it just seems like they are a bit forced.

Tongue: Again, chocolate notes, not quite as potent as the aroma would have you to believe...the same goes for all the aromas present athat are also here in flavore-smoked/burnt wood, coffee. All in all there is an overall watery quality to it that just seems to insult the flavor that is there. Also getting some yeast fruitiness that puts a damper on the beer as well. Seems to finish with a plastic like dry flavor...just not for me.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As aforementioned this beer is a bit watery on the palate, just not there for what I want from a porter. This isn't a bad beer, but not a porter that I'd go out and seek. Just another average guy, Nothing special, no memorable moments.

04-03-2008 20:08:47 | More by becktone
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TYE

Kansas

3.73/5  rDev +10%

A - Pours black producing a dark tan to light brown head that's thick and about 1 finger tall. The head dissipates quickly to a very light covering with no lace.
S - Strong aroma of dark malt and roasted nuts. Maybe a light hint of caramel or toffee?
T - Very dark strong coffee taste. Dry and a good hop bitterness, but not too overpowering. Maybe a slight sweetness of toffee?
M - Medium carbonation and body. Slight hoppy bite on the back of the tongue. Finishes dry with a lingering coffee aftertaste.
D - Pretty darn good. Not as strong as I thought it would be, but a solid medium bodied beer that has a good hop character. Blended with the coffee and slightly sweet toffee, this one is enjoyable. Could be kicked up some. Pretty easy drinker. Recommend.

03-09-2008 23:41:38 | More by TYE
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours black with a light tan head that descends to a lasting thin cover.

The smell is of lightly roasted, sweetened, coffee.

The taste is of sweetened coffee with a touch of roast and some oatmeal. Sweet with only a touch of balance from the mild roast.

Light-side of medium-bodied with an annoying astringency.

Lacks balance. Forgettable.

03-03-2008 00:19:38 | More by jwc215
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bharris

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%

Tasted as part of a mixed pack recommended by a friend. Initial appearance suggested a strong porter, with a heavy roasted flavor. Lots of chocolate malt.

Tastes good, not great. Flavor does not meet expectations, as the "cream" mellows out several of the strong ingredients.

Sits in a glass nicely, good foam, quickly disappeared. Did not taste overly carbonated.

Mouthfeel was good. Smooth drinking.

02-05-2008 04:43:08 | More by bharris
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gottajiboo2

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours a coca-cola looking dark black into my pint glass. Very thin brown head that disappears quickly except for a bubbly ring around the edges.

Smells chocolaty and maybe some there's some mild smokiness about it.

Tastes roasty and slightly musty. Acidic coffee tingly feeling hits my cheeks and the finish leaves a roasted malt, bitter stickiness in the back of my throat. Coffee an apple slices on the exhale.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, slightly sticky and chalky.

This is a pretty tasty porter to be enjoyed with friends. Very drinkable.

cheers

01-16-2008 01:14:09 | More by gottajiboo2
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davidt

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured into a shaker pint with a very thin head. Deep red-brown in color. Good coffee scent. Expected a little more from the taste. Rather light in flavor. Makes me think of weak oatmeal stout. Not a lot of body to this beer. It's certainly not a bad beer, but just average. The flavor just doesn't live up to the expectations given by the smell.

11-03-2007 00:29:26 | More by davidt
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

12oz brown stubby bottle with a twist-off cap. Served into a nonic glass.
Brownish,black color with a 1" creamy tan head that quickly dissapated into a thin coating.

Moderate aromas,leaning towards the faint side. Chard woody aroma,some roastyness,subtle chocolate,oaty,with a touch of vanilla. Had a strong taste that reminded me of a Milky Way bar.

Clean first taste,almost no taste. Had a smooth creamy oatey first taste.like Mother's Oats,some mild malty tastes started coming through mid-way,roasty/chocolate/coffee no standout here. Finished with a clean,easy,woody bitterness. The whole taste overall seemed watery.

Light bodied,very smooth and silky. Goes down easily,just lacking in taste. Not a bad taste,just wish there was more of it. Boring,nothing here to make me want another.

10-30-2007 03:20:23 | More by jcdiflorio
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MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Porter from Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
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