ads135 (3338) - 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 (285) - 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 (1984) - 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.
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is sweet cream, roasty, dark chocolate. The appearance is black, small tan head. The flavor is bittersweet chocolate, The body is thin/medium, a little thin for the style. The finish is a subtle but lingering piney hop bitterness. Decent porter, nice aroma, flavor, ttoo thin for the style.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown with tan head.. Nose is like charred sweet milk, taste is medium sweetness, medium porter character, a little bland.
r464 (2019) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Hints of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Smooth finish.
thirdeye11 (5746) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bomber 2003 vintage thanks to Walt) clear dark brown pour with a ring of light tan bubbles. Nose of cream, vanilla, cocoa and bourbon. Taste of cream, vanilla, barrel. Light creamy body.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Portland Brewing Company, Inc.--BlackWatch MacTarnahan’s Scottish Style Cream Porter--2001 A 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Clear deep dark black color built on red. Creamy tan head. Mild light chocolate porter front. No Scottish hints. Creamy light chocolate body with minimal sweet fruit flavor. Easy slightly citrus creamy end. Sampled 4/21/2001.
Portland Brewing Company, Inc.--MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company--MacTarnahan’s BlackWatch Scottish Style Cream Porter--2001 B 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.0 / 5.0) Clear obsidian black red color. Mild head. Light creamy tan lace. Mild toasted front. Dry toasted Porter body with light fruit sweetness. Easy bland drinkability. Crisp mild end hints of crustiness. Weak. Sampled 9/18/2001.
MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company--Black Watch Cream Porter--2002 Stubby 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--28 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0 ) Malt of the Earth Beer of the Month Club Selection August, 2002. Creamy espresso head. Clear dark obsidian color. Toasted roasted mild fruit floral hop front. Creamy rich roasted caramel fruit body. Smooth sweet crusty flavor. Lingering mild hop end. Sampled 8/2/2002.
MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company MacTarnahan’s BlackWatch Cream Porter--2002-B Longneck 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. (3.25 / 5.0) Clear dark black red color. Light espresso head. Fruity toasted malt mild hop front. Thin not creamy body. Sweet fruit flavors dominate. Chocolate notes appear in mild hop lingering roasted end. Sampled 8/6/2002.
MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company MacTarnahan’s BlackWatch Cream Porter--2004 Longneck 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--20 IBU’s.? (3.75 / 5.0) Mild lacy espresso head. Clear dark opaque black red color. CO2 mild tangy toasted coffee hop fruit front. Tingly CO2 thin mild creamy sweet roasted cherry body. Dry astringent citrus mild hop end. Sampled 4/14/2004.
MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company--Pyramid Brewing Company MacTarnahan’s Blackwatch Cream Porter--2007 Stubby 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV?--30 IBU’s? (3.5 / 5.0) Mild head. Clear opaque dark black red color. Mild roasted chocolate hop front. Dry sweet thin mild creamy roasted caramel mild biscuit body. Dry mild hop spice citrus ester end. Bland. Easy to drink. Sampled 4/29/2007.
Kands (40) - Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
We liked this one a lot . . .
Poured from 12 oz. bottle an almost black color with a medium brown head. The head was short lived, but lacing was OK. Aroma is strong featuring chocolate predominately and overall dark malts. Flavor is well-balanced between bitter elements of coffee and roasted malts, and the chocolate and somewhat molasses-like tones. Hops provide adequate bitterness, but do not overpower. The oatmeal is not actually noticeable in the flavor, but clearly helps to smooth this brew overall. This is not really a great example of a "Porter" (nor would we guess it is meant to be), but taken on its own terms it is a very enjoyable brew. (BTW, here in St. Louis, the MacTarnahan products are no longer available as the only distributor locally has dropped them. Hopefully that will change . . . )
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - OCT 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a nearly opaque black, no head to speak of. The nose is smokey with rich strong chocolate on the back end. The taste starts the same with a little of that same smokiness with chocolate and a hint of coffee. The end is malty and a little creamy. It’s a little thin for a porter,
slightly fizzy as well. It’s an okay porter. Won’t go out of my way for it though.