hockeybeerguy (1999) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light speckled lacing clinging here and there around the glass.
The smell had a rich roasty coffee to sweet chocolate malt allowing a creamy sort of caramel to vanilla underneath.
The taste was mainly sweet and still had a decent roasty balance to it all.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation ran so smooth and velvety in texture.
Overall, this one really lived up to its description - spot on and I would have this again.
furthur (167) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler pour, this was hard to figure out because the store listed it as Portland black water cream porter. After reading the reviews, I’m pretty sure I’ve got the right one. Red/black body with a skiff of fine mocha colored head. It smells of raisins and anise and coffee. First taste was kinda soapy?! Sour and slightly spicy, then bitter. Almost a black IPA. Finish is bitter, faintly of grapefruit. Carbonation is fine, but slightly sharp, and body is a bit thin. Overall just average.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark, finger dark tan head
Smell rich, lactose sugar, burnt malt, cream and roast, bit of licorice
Taste smooth sugar, coco, roasty finish
pdx76 (622) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - pours dark brown with large thick tan head. Nose of chocolate, malt, and coffee. Taste is of milk chocolate, brown sugar, and coffee. Has a tangy hop finish.
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pdx77 (1345) - Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle. Dark brown with thick white head. Aroma is dark malt, oat, and coffee. Taste is licorice, roasted malt, coffee, oat, and a hint of cocoa nibs. Really smooth mouthfeel with a lasting coffee and roast aftertaste.
Frahmo (292) - Idaho, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber, room temperature. Black pour with a light brown head. Very nice hints of chocolate and coffee. Good mouth feel with just the right carbonation. Very smooth drinker, this one is worth having a few pints.
Sledutah (4670) - Utah, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Pyramid Tap House in Walnut Creek
Dark mahogany with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Flavors of toasted malts, roast coffee, rich chocolate and licorice
ads135 (2921) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a middling porter. The coffee and chocolate you’d expect, though more watery. A tad bit of licorice.
toml219 (209) - California, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving type: bottle
Aroma- Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.
A-Dark Dark brown almost black with a quickly disappearing tan head, very little lacing.
T/P- Tasted is of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Seems to be a little bit over carbonated.
D- A good porter, this is easy to drink before a meal, with a meal, or after a meal or all three. Found myself wanting another one after I finished the first. It is very good for a light tasting porter.
bpreo (1550) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2013 This sounds like an awesome beer. I really need to try it again, to freshen up my memory of it.
3 years later I am trying it again. MacTarnahan’s is now known as Portland Brewing Company. Tastes amazing, maybe even better. So creamy and smooth.