Black Cat Porter | Mac and Jack's Brewery

BA SCORE
3.7/5
59 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mac and Jack's Brewery
Washington, United States
macandjacks.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,560
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
59
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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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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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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 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 jmccraney
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Stardusthotel83
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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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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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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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3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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