ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huuuuuuge Mac n jacks fan. Had this one at the farellies off of pacific ave. Good dark head with malty taste
IndianaRed (2569) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brewforia in Meeidian, I’D. Deep rich brown with a small light tan dense head. Lightly roasted and faint chocolate aroma. Slight roasted flavor and a faint slightly sweet brown paper bag note. A little on the sweet side and almost completely lacking that sour porter characteristic.
Undercarvonated, even a bit for the style. Easy to drink. Not very interesting. A Porter for the masses.
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a reddish tinge. The flavor has chocolate and berries. Drinkable porter.
highibus (736) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black with somewhat ruby edges. Light aroma of roasted malt. Flavor is deep roasted malt ad well and a bit of light smoke. Light body but okay. Nice flavor finish. Decent.
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Seatac airport. Pours black with a creamy but ice-chunky light tan head. Has a strong coffee roasted aroma with a leopard print lacing pattern. Very dry roasted flavor with a dark chocolate bitterness. This tastes much more like a dry stout than like a porter. It’s an ok beer but not great.
boFNjackson (4162) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap... Poured deep, dark brown with a light, brown head. Malt aroma, no roastiness to the brew. Subtle, soft palate. Malty and chocolaty with a low bitterness. Easy drinking but nothing much going for it.
22415brewery (378) - redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 Reviewed again 5.31.10
Second review on this beer yet from a different supplier. Pours a dark black, with ruby highlights, minimal head. Tastes of roast malt, light acridness, and a fruity estery note. Very little to no roast character although the dark color would suggest it. Definite presence of citrusy hops, slightly sour/acidic finish. Still nothing great about this porter...although I have raised my rating to a 2.4
Original Review: 10.27.09 (1.3)
A very difficult drinking porter. What do I mean? Exactly how it sounds...for a robust porter there’s a definite absence of roast or bittersweet flavors. Instead I get an almost rotten and spoiled vegetable aroma and aftertaste, a thin mouthfeel almost acidic in its over-carbonated and thin-bodied state. How unfortunate because I must visit this porter again at a different location to see if it’s the beer or the lines.
dwyerpg (4637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An absolutely terrible soapy brettanomyces type aroma. Awful sour milk too. The flavor, however, is much better than the aroma, but still only okay. A little weight, but relatively balanced, just a ho-hum porter in flavor.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Taphouse. M&J is known primarily for their African Amber, which is the beer that people in the Seattle area mean when they say "Mac and Jack’s." Although Black Cat was a decent porter, it doesn’t hold the same wow factor. It pours a black black with no head to speak of . Aromas are standard for a porter, caramel and some chocolate with a bit of roasted malt. Flavors of toasted malt, oak, pepper, and a faint hint of chocolate.