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RATINGS: 467   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Once again MacTarnahan's redefines "smooth". Striking a perfect balance between the classic Northwest and Celtic styles, Blackwatch is a remarkably distintive new style of porter. With expert use of malted barley, unmalted grains and oatmeal, Blackwatch Cream Porter delivers unforgettable rich taste and smooth texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 8, 2001
Toasty malty aroma with a chocolate milk colored head. Toasted malt and coffee taste with nice hop bitterness. Light bodied for a porter, but refreshing. A good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2001
A very tasty porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2001
A porter that struggles to get going. When it does, there’s a decent enough array of coffee and roastiness and a pleasant length of finish, but on the whole this is just small potatoes in the porter world. You can do much better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
screigh (533) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2001
It has a strange malty aroma I have never smelled with any other beer. It pours nice making a dark creamy head. Too bad it doesn’t last very long. It starts out smooth with a very slight bitter taste but I like the way it finishes leaving a nice roasted flavor a full 30 seconds after the beer is swallowed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
joet (2434) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 26, 2001
Low-medium effervescence but perhaps still too much fizz and foaming for a beer that claims to be incomparably ’smooth’. Dark coffee and lactic flavors. Plenty of hop and wet, mineral flavors. I’d really like to taste this on tap sometime. I bet it’s much better. MacTarnahan’s is one of my favorite macro micros.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
amceachern99 (70) - Albany, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2001
Very Good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2001
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2003 The beer pours that magical color to me, black with hints of garnet, the head prodigious in size, the texture frothy, the color light chocolate. After the head erodes it leaves a thick glutinous sheet to seal off the glass. The nose is lightly toasted malt, sweet, as is the start, top skimpy, finish has a nice hop presence, carbonation light, the aftertaste dry and lingering. Drinkable as porters go, maybe a beginner’s dark beer, but lacks any real interest for me, as it has little body and little bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2001
Another great beer from Portland Brewing. Not as strong as the average Porter, but I think that made it easier to drink alot more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2001
The aroma is a little weak, as is the aftertaste. But overall, I thought it was pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 5, 2001
Big, foaming, solid head is this beer’s best feature. Roasted coffee-bean aroma. Bitter-chocolate flavor is a bit...tired, for lack of a better word. Too hoppy at the end. Bit light in the body. An inoffensive porter, that just isn’t enough to make me buy it again.

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