Black Cat Porter | Mac and Jack's Brewery

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Mac and Jack's Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 59
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz draft

A good pour here, there is a little over a finger of light brown head on top of a black body. The head is pillowy, not quite creamy. Retention is average. Good looking beer so far.

Smell is relatively dry, with a little chocolate in here as well. Maybe some cocoa too. Pretty strait forward and simple, and not too huge of an aroma, but it smells good. Well balanced. Not too sweet, not too dry. As I smell it more and more, it smells sweeter, but still dry as well.

Taste is nice, quite similar to the aroma. A little chocolatey, dry, but not terribly dry, finishes with a very light bitterness. Slightly on the sweeter side here, but again, just barely. It's a hair watery, but hardly noticeable. Also a tiny bit metallic. With those two off flavors it's close to a 3.75, but they are hardly noticeable, and it's quite tasty right now, so I think I'll go 4.

It's a very light bodied porter, earing on watery. I’m not sure if this is acceptable or not, but I don't mind it much. Carbonation is light, but lively enough. Not a bad mouthfeel, definitely on the light, sessionable side.

Drinkability is quite high, it's tasty and light bodied.

The appearance turned out decent. The head retention was average, and the head itself, while being the perfect size, was also just slightly above average looking. Lacing was patchy, and only covered part of the glass, but in no way bad. Not a bad looking beer, but in no way amazing.

Overall this is a nice beer, pretty strait forward and "safe", but it's good. While it has a few off flavors, they are small, and overall it comes across as a pretty clean beer. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
2.52/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Had on tap at the brewery during a visit and tour.

It is a basic mediocre American style porter and nothing special. It has a smokey taste along with burnt chocolate, soy sauce, and a small amount of alcohol. The smell is basic roasted barley and a strong smell of the house ale yeast. Not as good as their other beers ok to sample but I wouldn't order it.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured on-tap at Mugsy's in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Reviewed live.

A- one finger khaki head. Thick lacing with mahogany body. No clarity. This is dark. The beer looks like a normal American Porter.

S- chocolate and roast malts. Normal smell. Nothing special.

T- sweet and roasty. Finishes with a mocha-like flavor. Drinkable but not superb.

M- smooth, sticky and dry finish.

O- mediocre porter.

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Photo of Dave128
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*Reviewed from notes*

Enjoyed on tap at Sazerac Restaurant in Seattle.

A - Delivered with a half finger of of off-white head. Black with ruby highlights lacing is light.

S - Mildly smoky on the nose. Dark malty presence.

T - Average porter taste. Nothing too special, but definitely well balanced and easy going. Bitterness is low.

M - Carbonation is the little high for the style.

O - An average run of the mill porter. I like that it is smoky but not super bitter.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blackcat Porter, on-tap @ Kahootz Meridian ID. Served in a Full Sail tumbler.

A: Pours with a very dark and opaque body. A very small amount of off white head laces the glass very well.

S: Muted, but pleasant; darker malts, faint smoke, light chocolate, and maybe a touch of raisin.

T: Darker malt character and lightly sweetened cocoa, charcoal. Very low bitterness other than a very light earthy hop presence on the back end.

MF: Very very smooth and creamy medium body, low carbonation...almost silky.

O: A nice drinker, but very muted smells and flavors.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Applebee's. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is an opaque black color with a creamy tan head.

Smell is disappointingly faint and nondescript.

Taste is a mild coffee taste with a little dark roasted charcoal flavor on the swallow.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and thin. Dry mildly bitter finish.

A nice drinkable porter that paired well with my steak.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at the Africa Lounge in Sea-Tac airport.

Appearance: dark brown, almost black, and quite murky. Head is thin but creamy and has a pretty good retention.

Smell: very nice coffee aroma, albeit a bit mild. I'd like a little more volume here.

Taste: great coffee and chocolate mixture. The beer has a low level of bitterness and is quite earthy and yummy. I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: while this beer does not seem to have a very high carbonation level, it manages to be exceedingly smooth and creamy nonetheless. I quite like it.

Drinkability: a very drinkable, super smooth porter. I only wish it were on tap at more places.

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Photo of froghop
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with an off-white head, and great lacing.

smell of cocoa, some coffee, and a touch of vanilla.

taste is creamy, bakers chocolate, sour malt, and some coffee, ends dry and slightly bitter.

overall a very nice porter with a wonderful finish.

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Photo of BigBlacke
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black as night. Completely opaque!
Head is a light brown.
Exciting to the nostrils. Tastes of licorice, roast nuts, and slight coffee.
Taste is very light for a porter. Very toasty though.
Has a light and smooth mouthfeel compared to most porters i have tried.
Drinkibility is among the highest of any porter ive ever had. Dont recall the ABV, but it couldnt have been to high.

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Photo of beertunes
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

As mentioned in other reviews this actually named Black Cat Porter. Served in imperial pint glass. Poured very dark, not translucent at all, looked more like a stout than a porter.

A very rich aroma, roasty and quite nose filling. Very rich and roasty on the tongue, perhaps a touch too roasty for a porter, with a slightly sharp finish.

The body was smooth but a little thin for the style, perhaps closer to a brown ale. Drinkability was very good, easy and quite sessionable. Overall, it seemed that this beer is a little confused about it's identity. It looked and tasted like a stout, yet had the body of a brown ale. An enjoyable beer, worth trying.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this beer at the brewery then took a half growler home to drink the next day. Blackcat projects a strong taste of coffee extract with accompanying bitterness and roasted qualities. It is deep ruby to opaque brown with modest carbonation creating a placid, glassy mouthfeel. The low CO2 smoothes the body while a sweet, malty aroma dances above. Beneath it all, a benign sweetness carries the day.

A routine yet drinkable porter with a fleeting moment of constrained excitement.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the airport African room tap house.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The beer is fairly nice on the nose, with aromas of coffee, licorise and sweet roasted malt. The flavors generally replicate the nose, with some sweet roaty malt initially, but with a drying finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodieds and drinkability isn't bad at all. Would guess the abv. to be in the 6% range... maybe a bit less then that.

Nothing special, but for Mack and Jack, this is one of their better offerings. Unlike their entirely mediocre IPA and amber, I could probably drink a pint or two of this.

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Photo of Gavage
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown, almost black in color with a 1/2" light tan colored head. A few spots of lace form on the glass.

Smell: roasted malt and bitter chocolate are soft but can be detected.

Taste: roasted malts are most dominant with some softer bitter chocolates and a hint of prune sweetness. Overall hop bitterness is very mild and this leans towards a sweeter porter.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Very brief aftertaste as the malt sweetness lingers on the tongue for a few seconds. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff, but this one grows a bit tiring after two pints.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

easy drinkin porter...Good black color with light brown head.
Burnt and chocolate character pretty apparent. Just sweet enough to give you the flavor, but does not detract from the traditional porter character. Mouthfeel is real nice. Overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint of this fine ale at the Revolution Bar & Grill in the EMP at the Seattle center. I could have sworn it was listed as Black Cat Porter, but they may have listed it wrong.

A - A deep brown that appears black unless held up to the light. The head is a small tan one that doesn't leave any lace to speak of.

S - The smell of deep roasted malt with hints of coffee.

M - A pleasant medium full bodied ale. Nice roastiness and sweet finish.

T - The vanilla and coffee flavors are splendid with nutty flavors accents the dark malt sweetness. There is a definite char quality with dry tinges and powdery aftertastes. I found this taste to be pleasant since it was very subtle and the cocoa-like effects are more noticeable.

D - This is a highly quaffable ale. I was trying not to rush while enjoying this, but I could not help but take larger swallows of this it was that easy to drink.

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Photo of jclovebrew
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appeared black in the glass, deep brown around the edges. Nice head and lacing. Aroma was sweet chocolate malt. Delicate chocolate taste. Smooth and luscious. Very low bitterness and maybe the slightest trace of hops. Perfectly balanced. This beer was good enough to get me over my irrational aversion to porters. I'm going to start drinking them from now on.

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Photo of woemad
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this at the Elk in Spokane for $4. It accompanied a tasty, though messy, grilled lamb sandwich. Yeah that's right, I eat baby sheep - get over it.

This came with a big, cramy looking mocha colored head that too a few minutes to drop. The lace was somewhere between "spiderwebby" and spotty.

The scent was of dark chocolate and roast coffee, but wasn't very dominant. They were working overtime at the olfactory just to find a trace of aroma.

The taste was similar to the smell. Darkly sweet and richly bitter, with elements of coffee and dark chocolate, but again it was extremely restrained. I stopped drinking for a while to let it warm up, but it didn't change things much. This tastes ok, but would be better if the gloves were taken off.

Medium bodied, even a little thin, in the mouthfeel department. I wouldn't have minded this being a little more substantial.

This is a mediocre porter, and is fine if nothing better is available. I don't think I'll have a need to seek this out, however.

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Photo of bensiff
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this from the brewery in a 1/2 gallon growler. This is a deep brown porter with the slightest hint of red highlights. It poors with a thick creamy mocha head that settles down to a gentle lace.

The smell is of malt and roasted coffee. It has a carbonic bite to its mouth feel. Roasted malt is the first flavor that hits with a hint of coffee. There is also the slightest note of sour citrus that comes on just before the dry slightly acidic finish.

A solid beer that can be enjoyed on a warm or cool day. However, it is not as good as the African Amber by the same brewery.

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Photo of henrysunset
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyable beer fresh from the brewery in a 1/2 gallon growler. Drop by and pick up some of there beers to go. Flavor is pleasent, rich and dark. Flavor is better than the porter at the Elysian, which I felt had too strong of a fruit tone to it.

I think the taste is nice while it's in your mouth, but the aftertaste is better. It's a tad bitter and the velvety chocolate tones don't come through till after you swallow it down.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An old Army buddy in WA sent this to me. It poured a nice dark blood red/brown colour with a moderate tan head. The it had a malty smell with a little sweetness to it. The taste was a little sweeter than the smell, yet retained the maltiness. This was ok. I did like it. I do remember liking it better when it was on tap in WA.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.27/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Beautiful black body with bright red highlights and a gorgeous, overflowing tan head. This one was gorgeous to behold!

Smell – The big coffee aroma was spoiled by what smelled like sour fruits. I don’t get it.

Taste – The traditional Porter flavors never showed up at the taste. There was a light malt backbone and a whole bunch of sour fruits.

Mouthfeel – I thought this one was overly carbonated and way too thin. Maybe it was tapped wrong or something, but I was very disappointed.

Drinkability – Another failed NW attempt at the style.

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Photo of jreitman
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good black color with light brown head. Burnt and chocolate character pretty apparent. Just sweet enough to give you the flavor, but does not detract from the traditional porter character. Mouthfeel is real nice. Overall a very nice beer.

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Black Cat Porter from Mac and Jack's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 59 ratings