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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Hints of chocolate and coffee accent this rich and creamy brew. Blackcat’s smooth approachable flavor demonstrates that dark beers can be enjoyed by all. Our traditional Porter features five select specialty malts, English Ale yeast and fresh Northwest hops. Blackcat is clean and crisp, yet complex and flavorful. A superbly balanced beer that is drinkable any time of the year.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2009
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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Draught @ EcoBrew Fest - Pours dk brown with a medium tan head...aroma is roast and dk malt, some burnt wood....flavour is similar, char, a bit of cocoa...not too sweet with a lingering bitterness, maybe a bit thin...overall pretty good...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
smprochak (23) - Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Kind of blank for a porter. nice color and taste. has drinkability, but could have more flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2009
On tap at the Tap House Grill in Seattle. Dark brown to black in color. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and buttery bread. Flavor was also a bit buttery, which was not appreciated. Not much roasted malt either. Really, not much going on at all. Disappointing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 9, 2009
This one hits the mouth very bland and without structure...but opens up to some hearty and robust malt. It ends with a semi-sweet kick and a lingering aftertaste. Kinda chuncky mouth feel however....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckeyeBoy (6150) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 16, 2009
On tap at The Frontdoor Boise, pours out a dark brown topped with a tan head. Aroma of dark roast malt and some sweet chocolate. Tast more of the dark roast malt and sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Tap at TFD Boise: Very dark brown pour with a finger of creamy tan head. Nice sheets of lacing. Aroma is soft of roasted malt and cocoa. Tastes smooth and sweet with more cocoa than roast or coffee. Rather tame, but still pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - DEC 3, 2008
dark brown, a bit of foam roasty aroma and flavor, a bit of coffee, no cat somewhat watery, and not very interesting.

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