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Black Cat Porter - Mac and Jack's Brewery

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Black Cat Porter
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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mac and Jack's Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-22-2002)
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Birdlegs:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Birdlegs, Apr 19, 2014
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Photo of RoyalT
2.23/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Beautiful black body with bright red highlights and a gorgeous, overflowing tan head. This one was gorgeous to behold!

Smell – The big coffee aroma was spoiled by what smelled like sour fruits. I don’t get it.

Taste – The traditional Porter flavors never showed up at the taste. There was a light malt backbone and a whole bunch of sour fruits.

Mouthfeel – I thought this one was overly carbonated and way too thin. Maybe it was tapped wrong or something, but I was very disappointed.

Drinkability – Another failed NW attempt at the style.

RoyalT, Dec 23, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Dave128
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*Reviewed from notes*

Enjoyed on tap at Sazerac Restaurant in Seattle.

A - Delivered with a half finger of of off-white head. Black with ruby highlights lacing is light.

S - Mildly smoky on the nose. Dark malty presence.

T - Average porter taste. Nothing too special, but definitely well balanced and easy going. Bitterness is low.

M - Carbonation is the little high for the style.

O - An average run of the mill porter. I like that it is smoky but not super bitter.

Dave128, Apr 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

jmccraney, Sep 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Hobbit, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of BigBlacke
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black as night. Completely opaque!
Head is a light brown.
Exciting to the nostrils. Tastes of licorice, roast nuts, and slight coffee.
Taste is very light for a porter. Very toasty though.
Has a light and smooth mouthfeel compared to most porters i have tried.
Drinkibility is among the highest of any porter ive ever had. Dont recall the ABV, but it couldnt have been to high.

BigBlacke, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of Beardo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Beardo, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of mrunseen
4/5  rDev +7.8%

mrunseen, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Braz
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Braz, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -19.1%

crobinso, May 31, 2012
Photo of Presto82
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Presto82, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of KlayWey
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

KlayWey, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown, almost black in color with a 1/2" light tan colored head. A few spots of lace form on the glass.

Smell: roasted malt and bitter chocolate are soft but can be detected.

Taste: roasted malts are most dominant with some softer bitter chocolates and a hint of prune sweetness. Overall hop bitterness is very mild and this leans towards a sweeter porter.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Very brief aftertaste as the malt sweetness lingers on the tongue for a few seconds. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff, but this one grows a bit tiring after two pints.

Gavage, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of jreitman
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good black color with light brown head. Burnt and chocolate character pretty apparent. Just sweet enough to give you the flavor, but does not detract from the traditional porter character. Mouthfeel is real nice. Overall a very nice beer.

jreitman, May 22, 2002
Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the airport African room tap house.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The beer is fairly nice on the nose, with aromas of coffee, licorise and sweet roasted malt. The flavors generally replicate the nose, with some sweet roaty malt initially, but with a drying finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodieds and drinkability isn't bad at all. Would guess the abv. to be in the 6% range... maybe a bit less then that.

Nothing special, but for Mack and Jack, this is one of their better offerings. Unlike their entirely mediocre IPA and amber, I could probably drink a pint or two of this.

John_M, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Zach122, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of froghop
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with an off-white head, and great lacing.

smell of cocoa, some coffee, and a touch of vanilla.

taste is creamy, bakers chocolate, sour malt, and some coffee, ends dry and slightly bitter.

overall a very nice porter with a wonderful finish.

froghop, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Kopfschuss, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at the Africa Lounge in Sea-Tac airport.

Appearance: dark brown, almost black, and quite murky. Head is thin but creamy and has a pretty good retention.

Smell: very nice coffee aroma, albeit a bit mild. I'd like a little more volume here.

Taste: great coffee and chocolate mixture. The beer has a low level of bitterness and is quite earthy and yummy. I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: while this beer does not seem to have a very high carbonation level, it manages to be exceedingly smooth and creamy nonetheless. I quite like it.

Drinkability: a very drinkable, super smooth porter. I only wish it were on tap at more places.

flagmantho, Oct 25, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

irishgreensoda, Nov 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

weerezboy, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of bensiff
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this from the brewery in a 1/2 gallon growler. This is a deep brown porter with the slightest hint of red highlights. It poors with a thick creamy mocha head that settles down to a gentle lace.

The smell is of malt and roasted coffee. It has a carbonic bite to its mouth feel. Roasted malt is the first flavor that hits with a hint of coffee. There is also the slightest note of sour citrus that comes on just before the dry slightly acidic finish.

A solid beer that can be enjoyed on a warm or cool day. However, it is not as good as the African Amber by the same brewery.

bensiff, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of Murrhey
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured on-tap at Mugsy's in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Reviewed live.

A- one finger khaki head. Thick lacing with mahogany body. No clarity. This is dark. The beer looks like a normal American Porter.

S- chocolate and roast malts. Normal smell. Nothing special.

T- sweet and roasty. Finishes with a mocha-like flavor. Drinkable but not superb.

M- smooth, sticky and dry finish.

O- mediocre porter.

Murrhey, Jan 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An old Army buddy in WA sent this to me. It poured a nice dark blood red/brown colour with a moderate tan head. The it had a malty smell with a little sweetness to it. The taste was a little sweeter than the smell, yet retained the maltiness. This was ok. I did like it. I do remember liking it better when it was on tap in WA.

CBFanWish, Jan 09, 2004
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Black Cat Porter from Mac and Jack's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.