SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2010
On tap at the Seatac airport. Pours black with a creamy but ice-chunky light tan head. Has a strong coffee roasted aroma with a leopard print lacing pattern. Very dry roasted flavor with a dark chocolate bitterness. This tastes much more like a dry stout than like a porter. It’s an ok beer but not great. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Tap... Poured deep, dark brown with a light, brown head. Malt aroma, no roastiness to the brew. Subtle, soft palate. Malty and chocolaty with a low bitterness. Easy drinking but nothing much going for it. 22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 Reviewed again 5.31.10
Second review on this beer yet from a different supplier. Pours a dark black, with ruby highlights, minimal head. Tastes of roast malt, light acridness, and a fruity estery note. Very little to no roast character although the dark color would suggest it. Definite presence of citrusy hops, slightly sour/acidic finish. Still nothing great about this porter...although I have raised my rating to a 2.4
Original Review: 10.27.09 (1.3)
A very difficult drinking porter. What do I mean? Exactly how it sounds...for a robust porter there’s a definite absence of roast or bittersweet flavors. Instead I get an almost rotten and spoiled vegetable aroma and aftertaste, a thin mouthfeel almost acidic in its over-carbonated and thin-bodied state. How unfortunate because I must visit this porter again at a different location to see if it’s the beer or the lines. dwyerpg (6368) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2009
An absolutely terrible soapy brettanomyces type aroma. Awful sour milk too. The flavor, however, is much better than the aroma, but still only okay. A little weight, but relatively balanced, just a ho-hum porter in flavor. gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2009
On tap at Taphouse. M&J is known primarily for their African Amber, which is the beer that people in the Seattle area mean when they say "Mac and Jack’s." Although Black Cat was a decent porter, it doesn’t hold the same wow factor. It pours a black black with no head to speak of . Aromas are standard for a porter, caramel and some chocolate with a bit of roasted malt. Flavors of toasted malt, oak, pepper, and a faint hint of chocolate.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Draught @ EcoBrew Fest - Pours dk brown with a medium tan head...aroma is roast and dk malt, some burnt wood....flavour is similar, char, a bit of cocoa...not too sweet with a lingering bitterness, maybe a bit thin...overall pretty good... smprochak (23) - Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Kind of blank for a porter. nice color and taste. has drinkability, but could have more flavor. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2009
On tap at the Tap House Grill in Seattle. Dark brown to black in color. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and buttery bread. Flavor was also a bit buttery, which was not appreciated. Not much roasted malt either. Really, not much going on at all. Disappointing beer. Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 9, 2009
This one hits the mouth very bland and without structure...but opens up to some hearty and robust malt. It ends with a semi-sweet kick and a lingering aftertaste. Kinda chuncky mouth feel however.... BuckeyeBoy (8281) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 16, 2009
On tap at The Frontdoor Boise, pours out a dark brown topped with a tan head. Aroma of dark roast malt and some sweet chocolate. Tast more of the dark roast malt and sweetness.