MacTarnahan's Goose Bump | Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Goose BumpMacTarnahan's Goose Bump
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Goose Bump is a deliciously dark Imperial Stout brewed with roasted and chocolate malt, coffee beans, and bold hop flavor which percolate into a complex blend of fearsome intensity.

56 IBU

Malts: 2 Row, Caramel, Roast Barley, Black,
Chocolate, Oats
Hops: Perle
Spice: Latin America, East African, and Indonesian blend

Added by froghop on 01-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of towlea25
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of boralyl
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium tan head that has good retention and leaves a thick ring as it settles. The beer is dark brown/black and almost opaque, but there is a little light coming through the top.

S - The nose has strong chocolate notes along with some coffee and lightly roasted malts.

M - Medium to full in body. Just a little thin for an imperial stout in my opinion. The carbonation is low-medium and works well with the beer.

T - A dose of chocolate strikes first and linger mid-taste. Some roasty malts are detectable mid-taste followed by subtle coffee flavors and dark chocolate rounding out the taste.

Not bad, but I thought the coffee flavor was lacking and it was missing some other component. The chocolate flavor is the most prominent throughout. On the positive side the alcohol is undetectable.

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Photo of claytong
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - black with small tan head, lacing is solid.

smell - coffee and brownie, had this just after black tuesday and isnt embarrassed by the comparison. some oak and alcohol. brown sugar and caramel malts.

taste - much the same but not quite as robust, body is a little light and a minor burnt malts coming through. still delicious.

mouthfeel - body is light, far too light. carbonation is decent. not impressive here.

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Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

220z. no bottling or freshness date..

- Pours a very pretty jet brown... couple good fingers of rich mocha colored head which fizzled down nicely to a large ring of lace, and a steady island of thick foam.. bubbled like a lot of barrel aged stouts bubble.. but left more behind.

- Actually a nice grassy pine hop flare to it.. sweet biscuity malt.. light chocolate, and light bitter coffee... earthy approach..

- Quite the coffee touch.. light notes with a touch of sweet chocolate, grainy bready malt.. but not a heavy malt taste. All rather light. This doesn't taste like a 9% alc. stout at all... in fact, I don't think it even is.. maybe 7.5% if lucky. Tastes like a good solid standard stout.

- Bit thin for an imperial stout.. not much on a heavy grain or body like I would expect. Bit drying from the bitterness both from coffee and hop. Leaves behind a slightly chalky film.

- Overall it's a tasty stout, and drinks quite easily.. but it's thin, and is lacking some very important imperial stout qualities. I am sure a pint from the pubs would be better... but if anything, it's just a regular everyday 'slightly' stronger stout. Certainly isn't 9% as stated. Perhaps a miss reading, or the yeast didn't do much for it.. or it was too late to fix the labeling.

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Photo of harrymel
2.19/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Vintage 2011

A: Pours a deep brown with good clarity where allowed. Little to no head formation with a solid sheet of latte surface foam which doesn't stick around. No lacing.

S: Sweet, licorice, esters, light coffee. Very soft coffee. Smells like it fermented a little warm.

T: Hmmm. Pretty much tastes like a poorly crafted imperial stout. Very sweet. Hints of not bitter, but sharpness. Au cont-rare: the beer is okay to drink, but nothing special.

M: Medium body for the style, low carbonation. Leaves mouth without resonance.

O: On par with mactarn and pyramid's offerings: forgettable.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 2010.

Pours opaque black with a one inch frothy, tan head. Ripped sheets of lacing and a solid skim coat for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with coffee beans, roasted malt, charcoal, bitter chocolate, and brownie bits. Very roasty and a strong coffee aroma is quite inviting.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a crisp, smooth mouthfeel. A bit lush and soft.

Burnt malt, coffee grounds, black chocolate, and Oreo shells start the palate. Some mild ashiness and a mild acridity follow through.

Finishes with a charcoal-rubbed coffee bean dryness, smoke, and dark chocolate.

Tasty brew and goes down really easy. The coffee is done well, but the light acridity and mild ash character detracts.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a dark brown color, great looking wisp of tan head to it, rings around the tulip glass. Aroma, dry coffee.

Taste, reminiscient of Coffee Bender right off the bat, and that's a damn good beer. But that calls itself a brown, this an imperial stout. Regardless, good, who cares about the classification all that much. I'd say substantial viscosity for a brown ale, a little thin for an imperial stout. Coffee is a little muted compared to Coffee Bender, not that smash in your face roast, but a little more mellow, very dry.

Hides the alcohol amazingly well, was shocked to see that this is 9%. Would have guessed 6-6.5% frankly. And at only $4.49 from John's in Portland, geez you can't go wrong.

Some might make hay about their corporate ownership or something like that, but just enjoy a damn good beer at a damn good price already. Our first beer of the night last night, how often can you start out with a 9% beer?

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Black as black can be, the head might be short but the retention and stickage is nothing less than great. Aroma of freshly used coffee grounds, blackberries and a faint, smoky burnt grain as well. Super creamy with a smoothness that has some depth. Coffee flavor peaks right away along with the malt sweetness that resembles burnt sugar. More of a roasted note settles in the middle. A little molasses and charcoal. Hops are modest yet balancing. Burnt figs, a linger of coffee and an even, roasted flavor delve deep into the finish.

A good Impy Coffee Stout, the addition of oats without a doubt holds this beer together and bumps up the level of quaffing. A worthy seasonal.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Goose Bump at JB's Food and Bottleworks ($5.49). Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color and is opaque. One finger bubbly tan head dissipates quickly leaving little lace.

Smell is a rum candy and coffee aroma. Caramel and toffee notes are also present.

Taste is decidedly a rich dark roasted coffee flavor. Bit of a caramel and spiced rum sweetness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, even thick, but not particularly cloying. A bit of alcohol heat on the tongue and the back of the throat.

Drinkable for the style, but at 9% ABV not particularly sessionable. I'm not sure it's worth what I paid, well worth the price at say $3 or $4 a bottle.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a large goblet

Pours black with a light tan, small head, very slow, very fine carbonation. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and yeast.

Taste is a malty coffee with a chocolate aftertaste, coffee definitely dominates the flavor (which is exactly what I was in the mood for when I picked this beer).

Mouthfeel is chalky and dry, pretty normal for this style of beer. Quite drinkable. Not overwhelming.

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Delirium snifter, Goose Bump is very dark brown with a tight tan head that leaves gorgeous rings of thick foamy lace.

Smell is coffee, more like the grounds, a nice acridness to it, toffee as it warms, a hint of buttery diacetyl.

Taste is big coffee, wow. Very nice for coffee fans, pure and intense. The sweetness pokes out as I adjust to the bitterness of the coffee, light fusels creeping out as well, although the alcohol is fairly smooth overall.

Mouthfeel is oily, a nice viscosity to it, with a great creaminess.

Drinkability is great if you liked coffee, which is so strong in this one that you could probably served it to some one in Starbucks sippy cup and they'd think it's some kind of iced coffee drink. Smooth, tasty, and a great value, there's nothing not to love about this if you like strong coffee stouts. Well done.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.66/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(If you don't like coffee you will not like this beer as it is made with coffee beans--as indicated on the label.)

I acquired a 22 of Mac's Goose Bump recently while in Portland.

Poured out it is pitch black with somewhat normal viscosity for an Imperial Stout. It has a very nice dark tan head; very appealing in the cup.

The aromas I picked up are most notably coffee and dark chocolate. There is some vanilla too. Other than coffee, this beer is not particulary fragrant.

Upon sipping, the first flavor to hit me was coffee then vanilla then some malt and roasted barley, then finishingly strongly with coffee and a bite of hops. Coffee, however, is present from start to finish and is the most dominant flavor. In fact, the expected hop and yeast bite typical of Imperial Stouts is actually about 75% masked by the coffee. This is not bad though. The coffee is remarkably complimentary to the strength of the stout.

In the mouth it is very smooth and creamy. Excellent.

Goose Bump has a nice warm feel from alcohol as well.

Overall, this is the best coffee-flavored beer I've ever had. I've tried espresso stouts, coffee porters, etc., but this is the best...and I'm not even a coffee drinker. The coffee is strong but it goes so well with this particular stout, which is reminiscent of Mac's Blackwatch Porter. For an I.S. this is very drinkable as it is nowhere as overwhelming and intense as that of other breweries. If you can find it, pick one up!

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Photo of Reidrover
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Great looking beer black as far as my eye can see..with a large tight bubbly tan head Aromas of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee, the aroma though doesnt jump out at ya. The taste however does jump out at ya! Very good dark roast coffee flavours, with roasted,burnt oat, dark dried fruits, and some resin like hopping in the background. Great mouthfeel on this one, pretty smooth yet with loads of stuff going on. Overall very good from Macs. Not top class but very good coffee flavours IMO. For $2.99 this is excellent value

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Photo of yuriruley
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - nice dark color with a great looking tan head that retained extremely well. I was really impressed with the look of this beer.

Smell - coffee up front, nice sweet aromas.

Taste - decent, but could have been better. The coffee flavor tasted the way ground up coffee smells, so not bad at all, but seemed to raw for me. Was hoping for something to balance it out.

Mouthfeel - kind of creamy, not too thick, decent carbonation.

Drink - Entirely possible because coffee and myself don't get along the best, but this one wasn't sitting well with my stomach.

Decent beer, could be better in some aspects, but definitely delivers what it says on the label, imperial stout with coffee beans.

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Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Very very dark brown pour, not quite black. Little bit of cream colored bubbles whispy on top. Sticks to the glass nicely, but doesn't retain too long.
Aroma is mainly roast malt and coffee. Hints of dark or bakers chocolate.
Taste has roasted malt and dark chocolate as well and the coffee present and mostly dominant throughout. 9% nowhere present.
A real nice lively carbonation that borders on creamy. Solid enough medium body.
Finishes a little acrid coffee, but mostly a lingering coffee bitterness.
Solid coffee stout, definetely not imperial but the abv is a bit high for a standard stout. Still better classified there I suppose.
Nothing bad to say about this one, solid but unspectacular.
Worth trying if you like coffee stouts.

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Photo of froghop
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a small brown head, and some lacing.

smell is of cocoa, coffee, prune, and a little vanilla.

taste is tart, sour malt, chocolate, vanilla, and some coffee, end is dry, a little sour, and somewhat bitter.

overall a very well made imperial stout.

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MacTarnahan's Goose Bump from Portland Brewing Company
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