Canuckale (8) - Alabama, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent brew. A lot lighter then the appearance would like you to believe. Good flavor and easy to drink. It does have a slight carbonization, which is kind of odd.
brenn79 (1411) - Idaho, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle- Pours deep black with a small head. This holiday porter tastes of roasted chocolate malt with a nice spicy flavor. Very enjoyable.
Oscbert (962) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
~Aroma of roasted toasty chocolate malts, bready cereal.
~Pours black with bug creamy tan head.
~Bready chocolate flavor some harsh roasted bitterness that is pleasant.
~Med body med carbonation, roasted chocolate finish that lingers.
~This a very pleasing porter. Delicious. Good to drink anytime.
jake65 (2514) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Very dark brown pour with a finger of creamy tan head. Nice little bits of lacing. Strong aroma is sweet, chocolate filled, roasty, and some faint espresso/mocha. The flavor is roast forward with light bittersweetness and dark chocolate. Again, light hints of espresso. Lacks what some would consider to be ’intense’ flavors, but one of MacTarnahan’s better brews and overall quite enjoyable. I see I’m against the grain on this one, but really a 3.7 was how it came out and 3.8-3.9 isn’t really out of the question...
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and light roast. Flavor shows the same. Not too shabby. Not a whole lot of depth but fairly well made.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle via Hagen. Pours dark brown almost black with a small tan head. Nose is nutty. Taste is chocolate, hazlenuts, toasted grains and a bit of coffee in the end. Body is medium, carbonation is moderate/high. Very sessionable and easy to drink.
bhensonb (10197) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from John’s Marketplace. Pours very dark brown with a frothy tan head. Smells of rich darkly roasted malt with possible xmas spice. Medium body with mild carbonation. Dark, lightly burnt malt flavor. Spice seems absent. Light bitter. Seems to be going coffee towards the finish. Not a lot of hop, but it’s pretty good.
BrewDad (4601) - Olympia, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Aroma: Nice porter like aromas dark malt light chocolate and spices.
Appearance: Brown in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Good dark malt flavors with the added chocolate and spices this was great tasting and easy drinking.
Palate: Dry finish with a Great Mouthfeel.
Overall: Tasty easy drinking porter this was a surprise and I really liked this beer.
Reid (1783) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
six pack from Roths Vista Market,Salem.
Lovelly looking ale darkest,mahogany brown with a gorgeous thick half inch light tan head.
Typical roasty,toasty,burnt porter aroma.
I had susupected that this might just be a re-label of the Regular McTs porter but the first sip tell me this is different, much more toasted, burnt oat kinda feel to it, more dark fruitiness. Bitter dark chocolate dominates some spiciness towards the end also .
Palte is weird..its very well carbonated for a porter but really doesnt distract.
Overall a nice simple winter ale. MacTarnahans aka Portland Brewing seems to be re-awakening after a long sleep since its take over by Pyramid.
Lets hope Pyramid continues to give them more independence.
Nalu (216) - Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark red-brown with a short tan head and low carbonation. Malty, alcohol aroma accompanied by faint spicy hints. Smooth with medium body and slight oiliness, and favoring chocolate and raisin maltiness. The hops are not absent however, lending a nice resinous tail end. I’m not much of a porter fan due to them usually having a heavy coffee taste, but there is no coffee found in this is top notch holiday porter!