MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter | Portland Brewing Company

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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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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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Photo of gubbt
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.


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Photo of becktone
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of blackjack000
2.66/5  rDev -23.1%
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 TYE
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer confirmed my initial aspirations about the flavors, textures, and aromas. Begins with an impressive pour of dark roastiness, nice airy head formation that retained well and left traces of lacing on the glass. Aromas are typical in the roasted barley and sweet malt profiles with hints of coffee and cocoa. A grain aroma follows up and threatens to take control of the beer. Flavors are a medium balance of stout-like grains, softened by chocolate and nutty character. Hopped assertively for bitterness and a grassy flavor. Again, the grain flavors take hold late and give an astringent taste to the aftertaste. Feels airy, dry, and round due to the abundance of carbonation, but not as creamy as the label suggests. A balanced blend of raw barley, chocolate, and hops in the finish. It hits the stride with many to-style Porters, however ordinary nonetheless.

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Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of bharris
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MillRat
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep brown-black pour with one finger of tan head that disippates into a ring that stays around the glass all the way down, but leaves no lacing. A mild chocolate malt aroma with a little sweetish malt. Flavor is rather mild for a PNW porter, with a smooth creamy malt and oat base with a solid but proportionate dark chocolate malt flavor. A very nice, medium-light mouthfeel that completes a very nice session porter. Don't expect this beer to wow you in the first sip, but you will appreciate the balance and brewer's restraint as you reach for the second and third pints.

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Photo of olimax
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This realy looked like a good beer when it was sitting on the shelf but in truth it is unremarkable.

Appearance: Dark, thin head, and looks thick.
Smell: Not much. A little bitter. Metalic?
Taste: A little bitter and smokey. This beer should have more taste than it does.
Mouthfeel: It is a little thick and not too carbonated.
Drinkability: I have no objection that would affect the drinkability of this beer.

There is nothing wrong with this beer...just unremarkable. I probably won't buy this again but I'm sure I'll drink my other bottle in the next couple of weeks.

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Photo of gottajiboo2
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.


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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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