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MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter | Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream PorterMacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter
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MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream PorterMacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter

Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mark on 09-15-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 202
Photo of Mark
1.12/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A very disappointng beer to say the least. No head, little or no roasted flavor, and very cloying. It didn't help matters that the alehouse served it much too cold. If this were the first Porter I had ever tried, I WOULD HAVE MISSED OUT ON SOME FINE BEERS.LOWEST POSSIBLE RANKING

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Photo of proc
1.66/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The appearance of this beer is great. It pours out to a very dark amber, almost black, with not much head and little carbonation. The smell is decent, but that is where it stops being good. The drinking portion (the part that counts) was awful. Burnt malt taste, coupled with a horrible finish. I thinking burnt coffee with rancid sugar thrown in with a bit of bitterness on top. Not good.

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Photo of BierReise
2.01/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Espresso black with a tan not so compacted head. Smells a little yeasty, which is not what I expect of a Porter. Taste is somewhat watery with very little character except for some bitterness. This is a real dissapointment. Even at room tempature has little flavor. Must be another crap micro of the month club beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.03/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Always in a mood for a porter I grabbed a sixer of Mac's.

Pour is easily managed into a frothy tan head, marginal lacing, eclipse black, no transparency at all.

Lots of roasted type smell and taste, combine with some burnt qualities. The combo grinds on the palate in my opinion as there is little else to it. Espresso, burnt wood, roasted beans, astringent wicked wack on the palate.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is not a porter. It's a black, bubbly, macro-like brew in disguise.

To me, a Porter is all about the mouth feel. I like em' smooth and filling. In the summer a good porter should feel like a dip in a mountain lake at night. In the winter the same porter should make your mouth feel like it's bathing in hot chocolate.

This so-called porter was thin and way overly carbonated. It had no body at all.

The smell almost tricked me though. When I opened the bottle, I got a wonderful whiff of mesquite smoke. It was almost overpowering but it too was a trick. The wonderful smokiness was nowhere in the flavor and within moments I could not find its scent either.

It tasted lightly of chocolate, vanilla, cherry, espresso, and alcohol. Felt like Pepsi.

Maybe I had a bad example so I will give this one another try based on all the positive reviews from other Beer Advocates.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.46/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance is pretty good, a head that doesn't completely disappear with a good lacing. The crisp black color is nice.

Smell is light, but sour with a slight backround of coffee.

Taste is of black coffee and little else.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, good.

I could wait to have this fresh, but I would still be wary of it.

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Photo of Jordan
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Light bodied almost featherweight. Begins semi-sweet then turns into a bitter charcoal and molasses. Suppose you could consider this creamy. Got many qualities of a porter, although I prefer a heavier body. Oddly enough, the more you drink the worse it gets.

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Photo of beercollector
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this at a movie theater with pizza. I feel that it was served too cold.

It was poured into a clear plastic cup. It had a small light brown head that lasted just a bit. It was the typical deep brow/black.

The coldness cut the smell but it had a bit of a burnt odor.

The taste started with a burnt malt the was followed by a bitter acidic aftertaste. The mouth feel was light and slick.

I generally like this beer in bottles but this tap sample may have been off.

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Photo of bkilpatr
2.59/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/21/08.

Pours a dark brownish-black color with a thin half-finger of tan head. The head quickly dropped to almost nothing. Aroma is milk chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste is roasted malt with a bit of smokiness. A bit of light milk chocolate. Not much else - the flavor is quite bland and it doesn't taste that good. Feel is very disappointing. The carbonation is very low, and it's very thin and watery. It just feels empty. Drinkability is decent because it's so light with not much flavor.

I don't know why this is labeled as a cream porter. There's nothing creamy about it in either the taste or the feel. I'm not impressed - the taste and feel are both very disappointing.

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Photo of RedHaze
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with some ruby notes around the edges. There's a thin head that quickly diapears some mild lacing.

Smells are all subdued: Chocolate, some coffee, and not much else going on.

Taste mild chocolate, and coffee, rather mild for this style. There's a very thin mouthfeel to this beer that is not very satisfying.

There's just not that much going on with this beer. Smell does get slightly better as it gets warmer, but that's about it. Drinkabilty is decent due to the fact that the flavors are mild, and there's very little bitterness present.

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Photo of Mustard
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date.

Appearance: Pours an opaque chocolate-brown with a beautiful -- albeit shortlived -- beige head; not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma: Heavy doses of roasted chocolate.

Taste: Flavor's a sallow imitation of the smell; unpleasantly acrid to boot.

Mouthfeel: Solidly viscous; overly carbonated for the style.

Notes: I am too good for this beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pulled this 12 oz. bottle from a mixed 12-pack; beer & snacks served at the office during a little get-together presentation this afternoon. I'm pretty sure I've had this beer before, though it's been several years...poured to a pint glass (and, yes, I got "snobby" at the office, couldn't drink it straight from the bottle...)

A: Dark, dark brown. Thick 2-finger tan head that's very 'busy', lots of fizz. Eventually settles down to a pencil-thin creamy cap. Sort of schizofrenic...

S: A mildly metallic lager-like smell. Malty but without the roasted nuttiness. 'Average' may be generous, so be it...

T: Initially it's bitter, very bitter. I let it sit for a while; the warming helped reduce the astringency somewhat. Developed into a mildly bittersweet malty porter. However, throughout the tasting I found it to be chalky and unpleasantly sour and metallic.

M: For a 'cream porter' this is one sharp and carbonated beer. Relaxed mouthfeel, actually pretty weak and watery. Lasting bitterness and some acerbic sour tones. Medium body. Not impressive for the style.

D: Would I have another? Unlikely. There are many fine porters out there; this is not one of them IMO.

Though I'm appreciative of the office's generosity with the beer buying, next time I plan to 'advocate' for better beer...

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Photo of blackjack000
2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer pours as a beautiful dark brown, like black coffee being poured, and turns solid black in the glass. It was topped with a frothy, eggshell head. The head quickly dissipated and entirely disappeared within a minute.

Smell: A light scent of roasted coffee beans.

Taste: The beer tastes a little light for a porter. A taste of black coffee after you add water to cool it off quickly, metallic- and twangy-feeling hops, and a hardly noticeable dark chocolate. Something odd in the background, almost like a cleaning agent, or when your tongue brushes against the aluminum can when taking a drink.

Mouthfeel: Feels too watery for it's color. The frothy head might have been a giveaway--the feel is equally "frothy" and feels empty. The image of the head was giving me this uncomfortable feeling like I had accidently poured dishwater into the glass. There wasn't much "cream" going on in the porter.

Drinkability: Very light feeling and easy to drink. However, I was looking for more flavor from a porter.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.67/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours into the glass with a medium head that dies off fast. It has a cocacola appearance, in both color and carbonation.

Th smell is a syrupy caramel with some other malty notes floating around.

It has a cola flavor; dark malts and intense sugar with a hint of a dark alcohol. The body is really weak. It is watery and does not carry the flavor long at all.

Overally, the experience reminded me of a flat one of those pre-bottled Rum and Coke drinks.

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Photo of Sleestak
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Ink black opaque with a soft looking light tan head. Smells very roasty with some coffee and slight chocolate overtones. Very roasted taste. Coffee and chocolate seem to disappear leaving an almost very burnt like toast finish. Creamy mouthfeel with the addition of oatmeal in the mix. This just seemed off to me, too much burnt toast in the finish and not much else imo. Glad I only got a single bottle.

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Photo of klewis
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Porus dark brown with a tan foamy head that has good sustain.

S: Soft aromas of roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Light and transparent taste with earthy flavors, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is quite thin and leaves the mouth quickly.

M: Light in body for a porter. This isn't creamy at all, like the label claims, but rather it has carbonation that is quite fizzy.

D: Drinking this beer bores me. There's very little smell or taste and no body. Drink something else.

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Photo of olmatty
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of atsprings
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a not quite opaque black that shows some ruby in light. The head is thin and off white and diminishes to a ring. The aroma is dominated by black and chocolate malts. The beer is mostly black malt. Some hops are present but they only make for a very off taste. The beer is light, but slightly over-carbonated. This beer is maybe drinkable as a nightcap, but nothing more.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce stubby twist-off from Total Wine, on to the beer:

The head has a tint of tan, and forms thick on top this charcoal colored beer. No lacing, not much head retention. Dark malt is obvious in the nose, vague roasted malt show up on occasion. To taste, it is light in the mouth, some silk-like texture is present, with little carbonation hitting on the palate. Some odd cream flavor is tasted along with a powdery, somewhat tasteless chocolate note. Flashes a vague green veggie note, could that be hops?

Decent to wash down a meal, but that's it. Lacks the robust flavor I would want from my porter, and adds a bit of an odd flavor in return.

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Photo of bditty187
2.72/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Largely black in hue, there is some ruby highlights around the edges, especially when held to a light. A foamy beige head of a finger and a half in height topped off the beer. The head retention was excellent as it took a long while before it faded to a foamy cap. Subsequent lacing was patchy but rather widespread. This is a very handsome beer. The nose does nothing for me; all I get is weak suggestions that this is a Porter. Faintly roasty notes are mixed with an airiness that is bothersome. At the back is a tickle of lactose-like sweetness. Bland. It is not inviting, true it is not offensive either but I lack any motivation to take a drink. I will sip with trepidation. After a few swallows I had enough, it didn’t taste off or foul, it was just bland. This is a very weak Porter. Lightly roasty upfront with not much in the middle, the creamy flavors emerge at the finish. It is largely that simple as the only other flavor is a suggestion of coffee, burnt. There is not much aftertaste either. Damn, this is a bland and pointless drink. Medium-light in body. There is modest carbonation, however it seems stark naked on this slight mouthfeel. Sup-par. I’m really disappointed with this effort, it is bland tasting and watery and light in the mouth. Aside from the great appearance this beer is a real dud. I bought a 12-ounce bottle in Iowa City for $1.40; I need not try this one again. Forgettable.

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Photo of Wildman
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very almost black amber color and left a sudsy huge light tan head that subsided quickly but left some lace. The aroma was of malt and coffee. The flavor was of malt and coffee with elements of molasses. The body was a bit light/weak for a porter. The finish was a touch sour. As a porter, it was a bit weak and the finish hurts it.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.77/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of cokes
2.79/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mostly black with trimmings of burnt amber. The head is compact and pale tan.
Nose is hollow. To say this has no aroma is not quite right. But it's close. Confounding the matter, the trace aromas present are not appealing. Metal, wet paper, and oversweet vanilla extract.
It seems redeemed, once it enters the mouth. But that too is fleeting. Roasty upfront, coffee ground astrigency. Sugary caramel with a carry-over of the nose's cheap vanilla extract and elements of artificial blue razzberries. Roast remains and carries an assortment of baggage. Almost meaty and smoky at times but never reached in full. Then it all goes AWOL. The mouth is left robbed of most everything except a lightly sticky brown sugar, and perhaps a few scattered dead leaves. Some vegetable hues arrise afterward.
Texture is fine (if perhaps a bit thin), its flaws exist elsewhere.

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Photo of choyhosoi
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass

Apperance-dark porter with a creamy white head that dissapated quickly

Smell-There was a raisen-plum scent mixed in with with a little coffee scents

Taste- The taste was not bad but it did have a little bit of bitterness

Not a bad porter look forward to another from this label

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Motor oil dark brown pour, 1/3 inch but thick tan head. Dark roasted coffee beans and cocoa are the over-powering aromas, there are some faint citrus-like overtones. Initially this is quite chalky; a sharp day old coffee biterness, the palate is left dry. Some chocolate notes in the body, but this is a rather poor representation of the style. Fails to develop into anything worth writing home about. Skip.

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