MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter | Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream PorterMacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
macsbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mark on 09-15-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
202
Ratings:
222
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
14.74%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 202 | Ratings: 222
Photo of SickBrew
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
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 JoePat
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of olmatty
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
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 lhaqq
4.34/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a thin, sticky tan head.
S: Pretty dang sweet but not cloying. Strong smells of cream, toffee and milk chocolate. Also some sweet doughy smells.
T: All the smells cross over into the flavor. Milk chocolate is the predominate flavor. Kind of reminds me of a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, though I still prefer the latter. Also some hints of pine toward the end.
M: Creamy, silky, and smooth. Pretty low carbonation, and enjoyably so.
D: Definitely would like to have more than one of these. Haven't seen them in bottles but will have to look around for a 6-pack.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of gpogo
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a large dark brown sugar colored head. Head dissipates to a foamy covering and leaves a dense lacing.

A- Roasted malts and a bready creamy aroma.

T- Incredibly smooth tasting, the bottle mentions the use of oatmeal and wheat. Very smooth and sweet with roasted malts and a coffee flavor in the back and aftertaste. The creamy smoothness makes this almost like drinking coffee, quite interesting.

M- Medium bodied low carbonation. Incredibly smooth, almost like a nitro-stout smoothness(but smoother!)

D- Delicious. This beer is so amazingly smooth, I recommend trying it.

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Photo of charlzm
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours almost black with mahogany highlights. A two-finger tan head quickly subsides to a ring of foam clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is muted, though nuts and roasted coffee with a minor in sweetness are easily detected.

Slightly slick, even oily, in the mouth. Low carbonation.

First flavor is a mildly acidic lactic sourness. Then comes the thin, dark roasted malt which reminds of coffee and chocolate. A hint of dark cherries. Slightly sharp on finish. Doesn't really work as well as it reads here.

Clean, nearly flavorless finish.

Easy to put one down, but not inspiring enough to make me reach for a second.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with no head to speak of. Unremakable aroma; roasty malts, caramel and vanilla sweets. The taste is very smooth. The oatmeal and roasted malts are nicely balanced up front, but the beer then moves into a sour, dull finish. Its okay, but I won't buy it again.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared at a homebrew club meeting

A - Pours a light black, chocolate head, dissipates slow, and nice legs.

S - Creamy, alcohol, black patent, pineapple hops.

T - Creamy, slightly bitter from the malts, slightest taste of hops.

M - Great for a British style, might have a stronger hop to malt balance for an American.

D - Refreshing and good overall.

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Photo of Japerrault
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, the beer was black in color with a brown head about 1cm tall. The head died down quickly to nearly nothing.

S: Aromas were light with hints of sweet chocolate. No hops aroma noticed.

T: Not terribly complex; Mild chocolate and roasted grain flavors with light sweetness upfront. Quite low bitterness at the finish allowing roasted chocolate to prevail. No hops to note.

M: Medium low carbonation, medium body with a light creamy texture, and mostly dry finish.

D: The mellow flavors and body allow one to drink this beer easily. Nothing offensive here. This is a good easy-drinking porter.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black color with a nice tan colored head. Nose is dominated by a strong dark coffee scent with hints of sweet malt.Taste is alot of roasted malts and grains really come through in the taste with notes of molasses. Really creamy mouthfeel and easy to drink.

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Photo of RickS95
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. I'm starting to realize I've got a whole Sybil thing going on...I like fruity wheat beers, and I like porters...go figure.

Anyway, this cream porter poured a thin brownish head. Very dark brown in color.

Scents of roasted malt in the nose. No lacing. Very smooth mouthfeel, buttery comes to mind.

Hints of malt and bitter chocolate in the smooothe finish.

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Photo of matty
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!

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Photo of kemoarps
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It poured a beautiful black with a decent tan head that fell away pretty quickly.
the smell was ok, but nothing exceptional. the malts are clearly the driving force behind this beer, and the chcocolatey coffee aroma is welcoming, but not particularly outstanding.
the taste follows the lead of the aroma in terms of flavours, with the coffee malts and chocolate malts (in that order) making themselves quite apparent. almost a faint hint of toffee.
the mouthfeel is decent, but nothing to write home about, and it does not feel as heavy as some other porters I have had, making it a drinkable dark beer. Overall an enjoyable brew, not one that is necessarily particularly exemplary, but definitely an enjoyable drink. Would probably get again, but would not go out of my way to try and find it.

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Photo of Goliath
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and almost completely opaque. Some ruby and amber hues appear around the edges. A nice half inch light tan head forms and lingers with decent retention. No lacing though.

The aroma is fine. Some chocolate and caramel dominate. Slightly roasty as well.

The taste is nice. Some chocolate and caramel, roasted malt dominate like the nose. Not much else going on but very nice for a session porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is high. Good flavor and low alcohol makes for a nice drinking session porter.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bkilpatr
2.59/5  rDev -25.1%
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 spointon
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Ragedominion
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I crack this one open my first whiff I get strong malt smell. As I smell some more I get a bit of chocolate as well. I give it a taste, it has nice carbonation, feels very nice in the mouth. Has a good malt taste with slight creaminess to it. I have had some bad porters and this is not one. An easy drinker for a porter. It didn't really weigh me down as some porters do. I will always go for one of these when I get an urge for a decent porter.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Taffle
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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..

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Photo of KBomb
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fantastic dark rich color and creamy frothy head. Some good chocolate aroma and a hint of nuttiness. Tasted a little less interesting than it smelled; some toasty malts, but not as good of sweet flavors as other porters. Kind of weak really. Mouthfeel was a bit light, a little watery. Easy to drink, maybe its a porter for people not usually fans of porters.

This is a decent beer, but overall the flavors are pretty mild. Not as rich or interesting as others, but nothing really wrong with it either.

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Photo of DIM
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of smttycty
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The massive chocolate milkshake head bursting up from my shaker pint had me reaching for the emergency brake mid-pour. The rocky crown receded slowly exposing the blackish-brown opaque body. Sub-par lacing for such a nice head though. Still, the rocky cap stuck around for the session.

The nose was mild; a little dark chocolate and a tang of fresh cut hardwood. I realized on first sip that I let this one de-chill a little too long. This usually results in any deficiencies of the brewer's skill to lay naked and exposed, yet this subtle porter faired quite well on the palette. Sitting at probably 60 degrees the upfront flavor maintained the dark chocolate and drifted to a coffee-with-cream. Very soft, even demure, on the finish.

The mouthfeel was smooth and not quite medium bodied, with a pleasing carbonation. Very drinkable if not too thin on personality. Bitterness and astringency is something I often find too much of in America porters, yet the total lack of either here doesn't produce much excitement. That not withstanding, it's drinkable and doesn't give me any reason to kick it out of the fridge

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MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter from Portland Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 222 ratings.
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