MacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r Ale | Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r AleMacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts: Caramel, Black Roast, Wheat and Oats
Hops: Northern Brewer and Willamette
Bitternes: 27 IBU
Alcohol By Volume: 5.3%
Availability: September through December

Added by Reidrover on 10-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
65
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
12.03%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 44
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3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Jeffreysan
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong aromas of roasted malt, freshly baked dark bread, dark chocolate and brown sugar.

Taste: Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, some subtle licorice, some generic sweetness, and subtle hops. Unfortunately, all the flavors are muddled and muted, not leaving much of an impression.

Mouthfeel: A little thin actually, with very little, but some carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an ok beer, not bad, but not good either, rather, it’s bland and pretty forgettable.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of 2GOOFY
3/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Jsteez
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled beer mug.

A-Deep black and not translucent; light brown root beer 2 finger head that lasted throughout consumption. This head was thick and foamy. It almost looked like I could eat it with a spoon! I love the look of a good porter! Sticky lace left on the glass.

S-My first whiff was of black licorice and malt. It had a slight smell of molasses and brown bread, but not too strong. There were hints of barley and oats, too.

T-My problem with this beer is that right after I poured it and started drinking, it had an unpleasant metallic irony flavor. It was mostly prevalent in the aftertaste. The aftertaste had a bite once the metallic taste dissipated. However, after the beer warmed a bit, the true flavors "ripened" and the metallic taste went away. I could taste spice, cinnamon chocolate brownies, and mocha-choco cake.

M-Full-body, carbonated a little too much.

Overall- I am not sold on it, but it was okay. There are other holiday porters out there that are destined to please.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber into standard pint. Served cold.

A: Completley opaque with a finger of richly chocolate colored head that fizzeled down to nothing like it was a soda. Looks tasty except the head was sad.

S: coffee notes, smells like darkness. No hops on the nose. A little bittersweet chocolate. Something I can't quite identify but not un-pleasant. A tad sweet smelling.

T: big coffee notes, a bit of bitterness but not hop bitter, more dark roast bitter. Just enough hop to balance. A hint of metallic taste to the finish.

M: rich, as advertised. But thinner than expected. Smooth, the carbonation doesn't add or detract.

O: for $2 and change this is a good buy. It is a good porter all around, nothing stands out to make this great but it is worth drinking.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Murrhey
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half mocha head. Large bubbles and decent retention. Creamy lacing. Deep mahogany brown.

S- Distinct coffee and chocolate scent. Warm brewing spices as well.

T- Chocolate and coffee again. Warm and nice flavors with some vanilla thrown in.

M- Surprisingly light and creamy for such a dark smelling and looking beer.

O- Quite good. My hopes weren't high but this exceeded it.

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3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : Nice simple bottle design, feel. Twist off cap.

S : Smelled good, like a dark porter should.

T : Seemed a little too bitter.

M : Had nice texture.

O : Good beer. I got a 6-pack. I think it could have been sweeter. That was the main problem. Just seemed like something was missing.

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3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Black Raven imperial pint glass. Pours a dark, nearly opaque red brown with cola tint at the edges. Two finger fine light brown head with good retention and lacing. Looks nice. Aroma of roasted malt, slight chocolate and a hint of earthiness. Flavor follows with roasted malt, a hint of chocolate. Finishes rather abruptly and somewhat dry, with the hops and spices leaving a somewhat mineral taste. Fairly light flavored, starts off pleasantly, but the thin taste does not hold up. Light to medium bodied. A satisfactory dark ale, but somewhat thin and lightly flavored for a porter. Happy to finish this one, but will probably not look for this again.

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3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color with light brown and garnet colors coming through on the sides. A creamy tan head sits on top. Light bubble streams can be seen rising up the sides of the glass.

S: The aroma consists of light roasted malts with a slight piney hop profile. This is basically all I could pick up here.

T: The taste is similarly muted. The same roasted malts and piney hops are present, but are limited.

M: It has a sort of watery feel to it and it's body is on the lighter side for a porter. It has a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: This was just an average porter for me. The flavors and aromas were somewhat muted and I would've liked to see these aspects more pronounced.

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MacTarnahan's Winter Humbug'r Ale from Portland Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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