Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
For me this was Perfect. Smooth & Chocolately. Start to finish. I think this is the best of the three MacTarnahans I've had yet.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark as hell with a creamy head. This stuff was bad ass. I liked it about as much as Anchor Porter.
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Without a doubt my favorite beer for everyday drinking. This one has a great color, great taste and smooth finish. I was worried when I moved away from Oregon that I wouldn’t find this again. Thank God for good distributors. Even named my dog after this one, akc registered Mactarnahn Blackwatch.
Mephistefales (47) - USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2009 I really love this beer! The wonderfully distinct coffee aftertaste keeps me happy long after I finish the glass.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an absolutely awesome cream porter. Delicious notes of creme soda, coffee, and chocolate. Bitter finish. Just lovely!
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Dark, roasty, espresso, chocolate, cocoa, blah, blah, etc.
This is a very, very delicious beer. One of my favorites. If youre a stout/porter drinker such as myself, then you will probably love this
pelicanfleck (15) - Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I grabbed two bottles of this brew at a local store...I usually don’t when trying a new brew, unless the style is appealing to me. This being a "cream porter" I tried it. I am happy that I bought (2) of them, I drank them back to back. Here is my review:
Presentation: 12 oz short/stubby bottle. Nice lable, no freshness date found.
Aroma: The aroma was unlike a chocolate porter in smell. The roasty nuttiness of the malt was presant.
Appearance: The brew poured a very dark brown with ruby edges where very little light poured in. It poured a nice two finger light tan head that produced nice lacing through the session.
Flavor: This is what really stood out for me. The creaminess of the carmel and toffee flavor was a delight. The malt was very strong but not overpowering by the roasted taste to it.
Mouthfeel: No carbonation that I could tell. Low mouth feel.
Overall Impression: This is one of my favorites so far, out of the ones that you can get locally here in Oregon. I would drink this brew occasionally...if not weekly.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brewery has a remarkable ability to wring delicious beers out of otherwise ordinary ingredients. Their Zig Zag Lager is amazing and this porter is also terrific! A light, session porter for beginners who are new to the style. Creamy and deliciously drinkable. Just terrific.
RasputinsBeard (11) - Why do you give a fuck?, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really enjoyed this Porter quite a bit. It is a good example of a sweet/milt porter. They have really taken the time to craft this brew with particular attention to notes of detail and robust roasting. A very damn fine brew.
bpreo (2412) - 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.